Vale resident given state FFA honor for years of community service

Helen Thomas, a longtime Vale resident, was recently awarded an Honorary Oregon FFA State Degree. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

VALE – Not one for the spotlight, longtime Vale resident Helen Thomas recently found herself there – as a recipient of an Honorary Oregon FFA State Degree.

“I’m very humbled and very honored by it. I wasn’t expecting it, and it’s something that I thought would never happen,” Thomas said. “I’ve always been someone who does things in the background. I do it because I love the kids, I love the program. I believe in the program.” 

Thomas was nominated for the honor by FFA advisors in the Snake River District, which includes the Ontario, Nyssa, Vale, Adrian, Harper and Jordan Valley FFA chapters. 

Holding back tears, Thomas said . . .