Farmers, field trips and - gasp! - finals

Things are getting stressful for many students at Sandy as end-of-the-semester finals rapidly approach. There is very little time to get last-minute work in before it is too late.

FFA had a speaking competition in Molalla on Saturday. Members compete in four different categories: creed, job interview, public speaking and demonstration.

Creed is when you have to memorize an agricultural speech written by someone else, and recite it. Job interview is going through the process of a real job interview. The participant has to get letters of recommendation, fill out an application, write an essay and have an interview.

Public speaking is when you prepare your own presentation about an agricultural topic. Demonstration is designed to give a member or members the opportunity to speak clearly and effectively by demonstrating a persuasive competency.

Hailey Cochran placed first for beginner's public speaking, senior Quade Sheehan placed second for advanced public speaking, and Michael Roderick placed third in demonstration.

About 12 Green Club students went on a field trip for tree restoration in an area near the Salmon River on Friday, Jan. 18. The trip was originally scheduled for mid-December, but a rainstorm washed out some of the roads, so they were forced to reschedule twice.

There is a scholarship opportunity for juniors. The only requirement is that you must have a GPA of 2.5. It is designed for students who have faced and overcome serious life challenges. Information and applications may be found in the counseling center at the high school.

The SAT test will be offered at Sandy at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Preregistration is required.

This is also the last week before finals.

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