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Silverton FFA team takes 4th at nationals

By James Day

Four Silverton High students teamed up to take fourth in ag sales team at the 96th National FFA Convention and Expo held in November in Indianapolis.

Silverton’s David Tribbett, Jenna Schurter and sisters Rebecca and Joanne Noordam, who earlier captured the Oregon title, came away with fourth at nationals. Rebecca Noordam finished 10th as an individual. 

The ag sales team event allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam and a team sales situation.

“The National Ag Sales team members were adaptable, coachable, and had a competitive attitude, which made a recipe for success,” said adviser Scott Towery.

Silverton also brought home honors in other divisions. In the National FFA Agriscience Fair, Audrey Gardner and Kate Kuenzi placed sixth in plant systems for their project on photosynthesis. Christina Terhaar placed 22nd for her project in food products and processing systems. 

In ag services/entrepreneurship, Jenna Schurter received silver for her supervised agricultural experience. Additionally, Johanna Otter, Kaleb Schurter, Lena Tribbett, and Leah Twede received their FFA American Degrees at the national event. The FFA American Degree is the highest award the National FFA Association bestows upon members. It shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association, said Lindsey Boatner, Silverton’s FFA secretary.

Towery and ag science teacher and FFA advisor Monica Baker took a total of 14 students to the Indianapolis event.

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