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Tonasket FFA wins top national prizes

Okanogan, Omak send delegations to Kentucky meeting

— One FFA student took first place in parliamentary procedure during the group’s national convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky.

The Tonasket team also finished as the reserve national champions in novice parliamentary procedure.

“This is an amazing accomplishment,” Tonasket adviser Matt Deebach said.

Okanogan and Omak also sent delegations to the national convention.

Rade Pilkinton took top honors in the parliamentary procedure event.

Team members are Sammie Earley, Rachel Silverthorn, Jenna Valentine, Jenelle Catone, Madison Bayless and Pilkinton.

The event was for seventh- through ninth-grade FFA members and was designed to develop a basic knowledge of parliamentary law, demonstrate parliamentary procedure to conduct an orderly and efficient meeting, communicate and participate effectively as a team member and demonstrate critical thinking and teamwork for effective decision making.

The competition included a written examination, opening ceremonies, team demonstration, closing ceremony and oral questions from the judges.

Three Okanogan FFA members – Emily Rawson, Miriam Navarro and Kasey Tollefson — attended the national convention. Rawson is the group’s president, Navarro is the reporter and Tollefson is the secretary.

Chaperones were FFA adviser Lon Dixon and parent Monica Rawson.

Dixon said the group toured the Louisville area and made visits to the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory to learn how Major League and other baseball bats are made and Churchill Downs to learn the history of the track and its races, including the Kentucky Derby.

The group went to Newark, Ohio, to tour the Shipley Swine farm; the University of Kentucky, to tour a beef unit; a rodeo in Broadbent Arena; and Lexington and Frankfort, Ky., to visit the state capital, Daniel Boone’s grave and Shadwell Farms, where horses are bred.

During the convention, the Okanogan students attended a career show, heard coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals speak, heard an impromptu concert by Easton Corbin at the career show and attended a Dierks Bentley concert.

Omak also sent students to the conference. Adviser Gale Wilson did not provide information by deadline.

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