By: Aspen Hassell, Bend FFA Asst. Reporter

55,000 coats of corduroy blue flooded the streets of Indianapolis, Indiana this past month for the 84th Annual National FFA Convention. From October 19-22, FFA Members from all over the nation came together to participate in workshops, serve, compete in CDE events and spread the word about agriculture. Among these blue jackets was Morgan Barron, a member of the Bend FFA Chapter.
Barron was chosen to compete for Oregon in the Creed Speaking competition. The purpose of the FFA Creed Speaking Contest is to develop the ability of beginning FFA members and to demonstrate their interpretation and self-expression of the FFA Creed. “I believe in the future of agriculture with a faith born not of words, but of deeds,” are the opening words spoken by thousands of Greenhand, or first year, FFA members as they compete. As the competition progresses throughout the nation, the event is narrowed down to one representative from each state. These representatives then go on to compete on the national stage at the convention.
As Morgan progressed through each round, she continually stood out from the rest of her competition. Finally, she had advanced all the way to the finals, or the top 4. In the finals, she presented the Creed to over 500 people, hoping to do her best and give it her all.
Then, after a day of waiting, the results were announced on the National FFA stage in front of thousands. The fourth place prize was presented to the ecstatic Morgan. She proudly represented the Bend FFA Chapter as she received her prize: an engraved plaque and a scholarship of $1000 to Washington Leadership Conference.
Overall, the Bend FFA Chapter is extremely proud of Morgan. We wish her, and all other competitors, the best of luck in their competitions this year.

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