by: Submitted Photo - Madras FFA members attending the convention were, from left, Advisor Brook Rice, Kyle Riedinger, Stephanie Stovall, Kody Abandschein, Rachel Woods, Caleb Cole, Karina Romero, Tiana Avila, Fred Romero, Megan Nichols, Justin Osborn, Nichole Stewart.

During the recent 79th Oregon State FFA Convention, 11 Madras FFA members traveled to Oregon State University in Corvallis, to participate in various activities and events.
   Those students were: Tiana Avila, Justin Osborn, Nichole Stewart, Kyle Riedinger, Stephanie Stovall, Kody Abendschein, Karina Romero, Fred Romero, Megan Nichols, Rachel Woods, and Caleb Cole.
   Students attended leadership workshops, participated in numerous judging and leadership roles, and had the opportunity to listen to renowned speaker, author, and artist Sam Glenn.
   The convention was jam-packed with outstanding opportunities for the nearly 2,000 Oregon FFA members and guests that attended.
   Justin Osborn received a Gold Award with his Chapter Treasurer's book. Tiana Avila and Craig Fuller competed with their projects in Specialty Crop Production and Forage Crop Production, respectively.
   Avila's project includes working for her parents at Country Vines, assisting in all aspects of greenhouse production of organic tomatoes. Fuller leases ground where he produces grass hay for his personal use as well as to sell to customers.
   Nichole Stewart received the coveted State FFA Degree. Her project consists of swine production and work experience. She currently raises a market hog every year for the Jefferson County Fair and has raised a gilt in a breeding project for the Oregon State Fair. Additionally, she has worked at NWC Trails End Feed Store and is currently employed by Madras Veterinary Clinic.
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