Malheur County students find life lessons in FFA – and win awards at state

Monica Gomez and Alexis Wilson of the Ontario FAA researched the so-called "five-second rule" for their award-winning project at the Oregon FFA convention. (Ontario FFA)

Monica Gomez remembered being dispatched at an area farm to harvest potatoes.

“I had no idea potatoes had to be dug up. I just couldn’t find them,” said Gomez, now a senior at Ontario High School.

Since that experience, she’s learned a great deal about agriculture and proved it at the recent Oregon FFA convention in Redmond.

She won one state competition, took a second title with a partner, and picked up a prestigious FFA scholarship.

Gomez was among several state winners from Malheur County.

She has been involved in FFA since her freshman year in high school. Her first FFA . . .