The Knappa High School forestry team brought home the state championship trophy last weekend to join the football and boys basketball championship trophies. All in one year, Knappa has dominated those competitions.
In only its second year, the forestry program is flourishing under the guidance of teacher Jeff Skirvin. Last year, the Knappa team placed second to Philomath in the Associated Oregon Forestry Club's State Forestry Skills Competition.
The forestry team is made up of about 50 of KHS' 180 students. The team has had several opportunities to compete this year and nearly 40 students have attended each meet, the school reported.
"Students are finding great success in the program and learning life skills with the job interview, speech, written expression and other such events," said Principal Debi Brazelton. "Mr. Skirvin and his students have worked hard to make the program a huge success."
On Thursday, 38 Knappa students traveled to Central Oregon Community College in Bend to participate in the competition. A total of six teams competed, including Knappa, La Pine, Sweet Home, Scio, Sabin-Schellenberg and Philomath.
Friday was filled with the technical portion of the competition, which included written expression, prepared speech, map reading, tree identification, tool identification, job interview and job skills demonstration. These events worked the contestants' brains and Knappa fared well.
First through third places went to Knappa competitors in written expression. Leslie Hebert took first prize, while Rebecca Quijano and Emily Johnson took second and third respectively.
Paige Tischer walked away with third place in the prepared speech competition while teammate McKenzie Cokley scored third in job interview.
Tool identification was won by Dillon Moreland, and Sean Pomeroy took second. Kalli Klein won in the area of tree identification and was followed by Aaron Posey.
Saturday was a day of activity and excitement as students competed in a long list of events such as first aid, fire hose lay, compass and pacing, timber cruising, log rolling, arbor climbing, tree climbing, powerbucking, chokersetting, cross cutting, cable splicing and a team relay.
Tischer, the recipient of the Overall Jill award, took first place in arbor climb, third in tree climb and first in the choker set.
Johnson competed well and came in first in tree climb and second in choker set.
Dallas Oja took third in three events, including tree climb, choker set and jack cross-cut with teammate Derek Foley.
Moreland took first in the jack choker set, while Josh Germond won the Jack tree climb with an impressive 5.62 minute time.
Knappa nearly swept the cross-cut competitions. The girls dominated with Leslie Hebert and Cokley taking first, Rachel Funk and Katy Weaver earning second and Tischer and Brooke Jones coming in third.
Rusty Hebert and Shawn Wing brought home first for the boys' cross-cut.
The boys and girls paired up in the Jack and Jill cross-cut competition. Brother-and-sister team Rusty and Leslie Hebert came together to win first prize, while Cokley and Steve Tadei took second place.
Other wins included Cokley and Jordan Lemire for second place in the cable splicing event, Jesse Hern took first in compass and pacing, and Klein earned second place in timber cruising.