A capacity crowd gathered at Eagle Point High School on April 30 to honor Eagle Point FFA students and community members for the 53rd time.
As is the custom for just about all large Eagle Point gatherings, Mel Morris, headed up the BBQ with able assistance from his wife, Diane, Bob Wille, John Dimick and Tracy Anderson.
The evening took on a meaning beyond the normal awards and recognition as
the Garden of Eagles was dedicated. The Garden is located in the atrium
and features stepping stones bearing the names of Eagle Point High
School students who died either while students or after graduation.
Garden of Eagles began with the Class of 2005 and their advisor,
Rebecca Mealy, as they began raising money for the project. Last
summer, groundskeeper Jimmy Long brought the project to the attention
of Keith Frost and soon it became a project of the landscaping class.
The class made the design, drew the plans, excavated, ordered plants,
soil, and created a water feature. As a financial need arose, the Eagle
Point Booster Club stepped in and donated matching funds to finish the
Dan Jansen, PhD was the guest speaker. Dr. Jansen
is the National Curriculum Director for the Council of Agricultural
Science Education. He was raised in Forest Grove and received his
degrees from Oregon State University. He focused his presentation on
Eagle Point FFA President Kayla Roberts
presided over the evening’s ceremony with members presenting the awards
and explaining what each student did to earn the award.
were selected by the advisory committee after making home visits to
view a student’s project and to talk to the student.
are two types of awards- "placement," wherein a student works for
another person or firm and "entrepreneurship" where the student is
involved in ownership of the product.
Awards are as follows:
Greenhand Activity: Wade McCready, Jordan Henderson, Kirsten Burroughs,
Tasha Risley, Emily Lopez, Stephanie Kerr, Ashleigh Young, Alex Bates,
Hannah Strong and Sherilyn McGahue.
Agricultural Communications- Brendan Kelley
Ag Education- Kayla Roberts
Ag Mechanics- Mike Eary
Ag Processing- Clinton North
Ag Sales- Cameron Deupree
Ag Services- Kevin Leonardo
Beef Production Entrepreneurship-Kayla Roberts
Beef Production Placement- Alex Bates
Diversified Ag Production- Kevin Leonardo
Diversified Crop Production- Kevin Leonardo
Diversified Livestock Entrepreneurship- Clinton North
Diversified Livestock Placement- Mason Wolf
Equine Science-Entrepreneurship- Rene Moser
Equine Science Placement- Dominique Martinez
Floriculture- Emily Lopez
Food Science & Technology- Cameron Deupree
Forage Production- Kevin Leonardo
Forest Management- Cameron Deupree
Fruit Production- Amanda Vargas
Home & Community Development- Brittney Carlton
Horticulture Proficiency- Sarah Heath
Landscape Management- Brendan Kelley
Outdoor Recreation- Sarah Heath
Public speaking- Two awards- Sophomore Public Speaking- Kristin Wyatt and Advanced Public Speaking Amanda Vargas
Poultry production- Clinton North
Sheep Production Entrepreneurship- Jordan Marlia
Sheep Production Placement- Michael Eary
Specialty Animal Production- Brendan Kelley
Specialty Crop Production- Thomas Thickett
Swine Production- Kristin Wyatt
Turfgrass Management- Thomas Thickett
Vegetable Production- Clinton North
Wildlife Management- Chapter, District & State Winner- Cameron Deupree
Phil Deupree Memorial Scholarship- Kevin Leonardo
Bill Morgan Memorial Scholarship- Amanda Vargas
Ed Kleker Memorial Scholarship- Cameron Deupree
Dave Poole Memorial Scholarship- Rene Moser
Tim Trautman Memorial- Three scholarships-JanaMae Boren, Jordan Marlia and Sarah Heath
Outstanding Member of the Year- Jordan Marlia
Star Greenhand- Alex Bates
Awards are given by the Advisory Committee to Cameron Deupree, Star in
Agribusiness and Michael Early, Star in Agricultural Placement.
And the 2008 Star Chapter Farmer, as decided by a panel of industry experts, Kayla Roberts.
Adult honors included:
Distinguished Service Awards were given to Don Bergrin, Diamond B Ranch and Bruce Childers, buyer for Lithia Motors.
FFA degrees were awarded Jeanna Meyer, wife of the Diamond B Ranch
Manager, Gary Meyer, and Mckael Ziegler, EPHS botany instructor.
Chapter officers: President- Kayla Roberts, Vice-President- Mike Eary,
Seretary- Kevin Leonardo, Treasurer- Jordan Marlia, Reporter- Brendan
Kelley and Sentinel- Cameron Deupree.
officers- President- Krisin Wyatt, Vice President-Jo-C Henderson,
Secretary- Brendan Kelley, Treasurer- Hannah Mason, Reporter- Ashley
Bidwell and Sentinel- Travys Olsen.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent