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Vale FFA honors members and community supports

The Vale FFA gathered last Thursday for its annual banquet and awards ceremony at the high school. From left: Vale High school seniors Sydnee Thomas, Isabella Sigrah, Lexi Schaffeld and Kyla Wright.

VALE – The Vale FFA Chapter recently invited the community for an event that every chapter can look forward to, an event that not only acknowledges its hard-working members but also recognizes the generous support of the community.

Community members in the packed high school gym enjoyed a roast beef dinner and a live music performance by the Vale FFA Barnyard Bucket Band.

The dinner and performance was followed by the  awards ceremony, the second annual dessert dash and silent auction raise money for the local FFA chapter and the induction of new chapter officers.

Awards and honors were given to members who recently received Greenhand and Chapter Degrees. Aliza Saunders was named Star Greenhand and Harold Saunders was named Star Chapter Farmer.

One student from each academic class was honored as a outstanding leader. Members who were recognized were Kailey McGourty, freshman; Shelsea Marshall, sophomore; Anna Saunders, junior; and Clay Siddoway, senior.

Saunders, who recently received her State FFA Degree, was also named the most outstanding FFA member.

Students were also honored for their years of active dedication in the chapter. First year honors went to Lane Clark, Morgan Hager, Bailey Harrison, Matthew McBride, Kailey McGourty, Brock Payne, Mason Recla, Aliza Saunders, Harold Saunders, Clay Siddoway, Matyson Siddoway and Caysen Young. Second year honors went to Katie Friend, Shelsea Marshall, Lexi Schaffeld, Sadie Thomas and Hayden Williams. And third year honors recognized Anna Saunders and Kyla Wright.

The long list of awards and recognition were given not only to FFA members, but to adults who have helped the chapter along the way.

Brain and Barbara Wolfe, along with Lee and Charity Wright, were named honorary Vale FFA members for their support and contributions to the Vale FFA.

Finally, the 2019-2020 chapter officer team was inducted into their respective positions. The team includes McBride as president, Saunders as vice president, Morgan Hager as secretary, Bailey Harrison at treasurer, Aliza Saunders as reporter, Hayden Williams as sentinel, Katie Friend as historian and Kailey McGourty for social media.

High Individual Achievements: Clay Siddoway, District advanced livestock judging; Mattie Siddoway, state beginning livestock; Harley Fugate, advanced district dairy judging; Marie Spieker, beginning district dairy judging, Jenifer Zanabriga, beginning district ag sales; Kailey McGourty, district creed speaking; Harold Saunders, chapter sophomore speaking; and Anna Saunders, chapter prepared speaking.

Chapter Proficiency Winners: Kyla Wright, beef production entrepreneurship; Sydnee Thomas, diversified ag production; Mason Recla, diversified crop production; Matthew McBride, diversified livestock production; Clay Siddoway, equine science entrepreneurship; Jace Justus, forage crop production placement; and Morgan Hager, veterinary science placement.

First Place for Proficiency: Clay Siddoway, district advanced livestock judging; Mattie Siddoway, state beginning livestock judging; Harley Fugate, advanced district dairy judging; Marie Spieker, beginning district dairy judging; Jenifer Zanabriga, beginning district ag Sales, Kailey McGourty, district creed speaking; Aliza Saunders, chapter creed speaking; Kailey McGourty, chapter beginning speaking; Harold Saunders, chapter sophomore speaking; and Anna Saunders, chapter prepared speaking.

Greenhand Degree: Kaia Allen, Luke Andersen, Jessi Arriola, Ayla Belnap, Morgan Bruton, Ricardo Bueno, Bradley Cabral, Delainee Clark , Lane Clark, Alexis Cleaver, Colt Cummings, Alysa Dotson, Kaylie Faughn, Chloe Giacomo, Kaitlyn Harper, Logan Hibbits, Hayley Holt, Josie Jacobs, Nick Johnson, Peter McBride, Kailey McGourty, Preston Meisinger, Madison Mulvany, Erik Osornio, Silas Phillips, Skylar Radloff, Aliza Saunders, Jackson Schaffeld, Tanner Steele, John Wolfe, Helen Zanabriga-Silva and Taleah Zueger.

Chapter Degree: Devlynn Allen, Delainee Clark, Alysa Dotson, Katie Friend, Harley Fugate, Brayden Gregory Scott Hall, Bailey Harrison, Rylee Hill, Emersyn Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Hannah Lamb, Shelsea Marshall, Erika McBride, Kaden Norton, Erik Osornio, Sarah Parks, Brock Payne, Harold Saunders, Matyson Siddoway, Sadie Thomas, Hayden Williams, Rachel Wolfe, Caysen Young and Jenifer Zanabriga.

Reporter Kristine de Leon: [email protected] or 541-473-3377.

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