A standout high school leader
Local Crook County High School Principal Michelle Jonas was recently the recipient of an award by convention leaders of FFA.
Among the many events canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, FFA was unable to hold its annual event state convention, which was scheduled for March 19-22 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.
The convention would have hosted thousands of FFA members from across the state, participating in a variety of events, including workshops and electing new state officers.
Despite the disappointment, however, convention leaders still recognized teachers and administrators for their support of high school agriculture programs. FFA districts across Oregon — 12 in all — recognize teachers and administrators in the following categories: Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agri-science Teacher, Outstanding Secondary Program and others. There's also an award for Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
Crook County High School Agricultural Science Teacher Dan McNary nominated Jonas for the latter award because of her support for the Ag program, career and technical education programs, and the students at CCHS, he said.
"Principal Jonas is always willing to help and assist members with interviews, award presentations, attend meetings and supports our program financially even during hard times," said McNary.
Crook County School District Superintendent Sara Johnson wasn't surprised by the award.
"Michelle is a remarkable high school leader and understands the significance of the FFA program wholeheartedly and is very deserving of this important award. It's a great honor for our high school district," Johnson said.
FFA held a virtual convention on Thursday, March 20, and the awards were announced live on Facebook.
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