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Madras FFA took 21 members to the 2019 Oregon FFA State Convention over spring break.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras FFA attended the Oreogn FFA State Convention, March 22-25, at Deschutes Fair & Expo Center.Madras FFA, formerly Future Farmers of America, took 21 members to the 2019 Oregon FFA State Convention over spring break.

FFA members attended multiple workshops geared toward agriculture, helped package food for "Food For All," and some participated in the first-year member Ag Knowledge Test.

Jensen Comment placed fourth in Co-op Quiz. Every morning and evening, there was a "session"; all FFA chapters gathered in the stadium and heard from FFA state officers, sponsors, guest speakers and winners of state CDEs were presented.

Amberley Snyder, a guest speaker, talked about her life story and inspired a lot of others to live their lives like today was the last.

Two middle school students from Jefferson County Middle School had the honor of wearing official dress. To officially and professionally wear an FFA jacket, at a district- or state-sponsored event, seventh and eighth graders must have an approved program with an agriculture-endorsed teacher. Madras is one of very few middle schools in Oregon that has an approved program; we're fortunate.

My favorite part of the event was checking out all the booths at the Career Show; they had swag, drawings, activities and lots of career information. We would like to thank Madras City Council and Madras FFA Alumni members for their support of our chapter, which allowed us to take more members to experience this unforgettable opportunity.

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