Hats off to North Marion FFA
The North Marion High School FFA Chapter compiled several accolades during the 2022 Oregon FFA State Convention held on March 18 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.
The honorees were Sydney Bircher, Charlie Kirsch, April Revis, and Katie Weidemann: three earned state degrees and one was instrumental in putting together an award-winning piece of financial excellence.
I'm always proud of them, every single one of them," said Tricia Stoddard, North Marion FFA adviser. "They work hard."
North Marion received first and gold in the Treasurer's Book. FFA chapters put together a Chapter Book, such as one detailing the group's finances, which reflects the values of the organization.
Stoddard said that junior Charlie Kirsch worked with her to complete the book, which contained all the FFA chapter's accounts. First and gold are separated because gold indicates a book meets the highest standards in its category; first indicates that it was the best executed book submitted statewide.
"It is a difficult task, and it takes lots of time and dedication to keep track of all the money that goes out of the account, and doing so in an orderly fashion," Kirsch said.
Bircher, Revis and Weidemann each received their state degree, the highest award a state FFA association can bestow. Applicants must be an upperclassman or a graduate from the prior year, and complete a minimum of two years of agricultural education along with leadership and community service activities.
"This is a big accomplishment for me," said Weidemann, a junior. "I raised sheep and rabbits and did a farmhand thing. I fed animals for people, and I sheared goats and sheep."
Weidemann clarified some FFA misconceptions.
"A lot of people think that you need an animal or to live on a farm, but you don't," she said. "It's all about leadership."
Revis agreed, noting that she lives in Woodburn. Revis worked in an agricultural store and bred goats for her degree.
"I want to get my American as well; it's the highest honor you can get (nationally)," said Revis, a senior who is interested in working in mechanics in the ag field. Bircher, a senior, raised rabbits and also worked in a barn with an English riding horse.
"I like the social aspect of FFA," Revis said. "We get to travel and meet so many people."
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