The 85th Oregon FFA State Convention was held March 22-25, 2013 at the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. During the weekend, over 2,500 members from all over Oregon competed in various contests, were inspired by motivational speakers and conducted the business of the Oregon FFA Association.
The Baker FFA Chapter sent 13 students to the convention. Kellie Freels, Wyatt Lee, Mickayla Hall, Carley Johnson, Kylie Skidgel and Jake Morris competed in the Agricultural Issues Forum contest where they scored very well, while Josie Skidgel and Luke Coomer joined the 3.5% of Oregon members who earned their State FFA Degree, the second highest degree of membership in the entire organization. Luke Coomer competed for an Agricultural Communications Proficiency Award and tested his knowledge in the State Co-Op Quiz where he placed first, winning a cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to the National Cooperative Council Convention at Virginia Tech University for himself and his Advisor, Randy Newman. In addition, Luke also won two scholarships from the H.H. Gibson Memorial and Thornton Family scholarship funds, and was selected as the Eastern Oregon FFA District recipient of the J.B. Thomas Memorial Scholarship.
Kellie Freels and Luke Coomer both applied for the chance to lead the Oregon FFA Association for a year as State Officers. Joining 28 other candidates, these two underwent grueling interviews to compete for a spot in the top ten candidates and go before the chapter delegates to be elected. While they were not selected for the final flight, Kellie and Luke formed strong friendships with the other candidates which will last a lifetime, and the experiences they had will influence them far in to their future careers. Baker FFA is proud to have been represented by these two young leaders!