SALEM — Seven students from Sandy High School in northwestern Oregon looked all the way across the state to Malheur County for the subject of the skit they will perform at the upcoming state FFA convention.
It is based on the issues surrounding a proposal to designate more than 2 million acres of Malheur County as wilderness. Calling their play the “Great Divide Hair Salon,” they developed seven characters representing the many different viewpoints on the issue.
Included were a moderator, a rancher, a Bureau of Land Management representative, a member of the Oregon Natural Desert Association and U.S. Rep. “Gracie” Walden, a character based on Rep. Greg Walden, whose congressional district includes Malheur County.
The characters laid out the issues, provided facts about past designations and the law, and discussed the proposal.
The students — Jennifer Kitchen, Beulah Russell, Fallon Marshall, Kadi Atiyeh, Kayley Anderson, Cailey Ellzey and Delanie Watkins — have presented their skit to representatives of the Multnomah County Farm Bureau, the Oregon Farm Bureau, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, the Oregon State University Extension and the state Grange. Their coach is Becky Sintek.
The students presented their production March 10 at the Capital Press office.
They also plan to present the skit to 4-H’ers and the Sandy Chamber of Commerce before heading to the state FFA convention, where they hope to advance to the national competition.