Comes from Santiam High

by: Photo By Rhonda Simmons - Nichole Scholz was recently hired as the new Madras High School FFA advisor and agriculture instructor.

Nichole Scholz says she wouldn't be where she is today without a rich history of 4-H and FFA in her life.
   Recently, Scholz was hired to replace Brook Rich, who resigned to change careers, as the Madras High School FFA advisor and agricultural instructor.
   "It is an honor to come into such a strong AG program," Scholz said. "I've already had the privilege to get to know so many outstanding individuals so far, and I can't wait to see what else Madras has to offer."
   Scholz has had an extraordinarily busy summer. She finished off her duties as the FFA advisor for Santiam High School, which concluded at the Linn County Fair July 17-22. Not only was she busy with the SHS chapter, she made several trips to Madras in order to prepare MHS members for last week's fair, and was in attendance all of last week.
   "It has been a nice opportunity to work with twice as many students, but very busy," Scholz said. "I was representing two chapters there for awhile and it was nice to have an impact on so many students."
   The 29-year-old said she has been impressed with the Madras students thus far, and said she is ready for the challenges of taking over a program built to high levels by Rich.
   "The level of maturity and self motivation by the Madras students has me very excited about their potential," Scholz said. "You can tell there is a great tradition and program in place. Brook was recognized as the top AG teacher of the year a couple years ago, and the fact that this program was built by such a respected individual drew me to the position."
   Scholz earned a Bachelor of Arts in animal science and earned a Master Degree in agriculture education form Oregon State University, after graduating from Newberg High School.
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