Soroco FFA thrives at state convention

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Soroco FFA chapter members and state degree recipients, from left, Taylor Hammer, Abbey Horn, Jaelyn Whaley, Shelby Meyer, Joey Anderson, Tristan Palyo and Madison George pose with Soroco agriculture education adviser Jay Whaley last week at the Colorado FFA convention in Pueblo.

— As a first-grader in South Routt County, Abbey Horn was frustrated when she couldn’t find soap on a rope tailored for girls. So she and her younger sister started their own soap company and made it themselves.

“It has been pretty successful ever since,” Horn, now a rising senior at Soroco High School, said Wednesday about her home-grown business that recently launched a website and Facebook page.

Horn and her sister Belle made Bubble Creek Soap Co.’s first bars of soap by melting glycerin, molding it in a heart-shaped ice tray and mixing it with a scent.

Abbey Horn’s bookkeeping and management of the business earned her a prestigious FFA Organization state proficiency award last week at the Colorado FFA convention in Pueblo.

“I’m really honored to represent Soroco and show off what my sister and I have done,” Horn said.

Horn and fellow Soroco student Shelby Meyer, who maintains wetlands at the Finger Rock Preserve south of Yampa, took home the proficiency awards that have been won by only four other students in the Soroco FFA chapter’s history.

“I was very shocked. I’ve never had anything that big happen to me,” Meyer said Wednesday about the award.

She and Horn will advance to this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Soroco agriculture education adviser Jay Whaley said the two awards, plus the seven state FFA degrees his students earned this year, made for an exciting trip to the state convention last week.

“I’ve been to a lot of conventions over the years, but this is my favorite one by far mostly because so many kids got recognized,” Whaley said. “It was a lot of fun.”

Whaley took 16 Soroco students to the convention that was attended by more than 1,500 FFA members from across the state. His students attended workshops and competed in events that included a prepared public speaking competition.

“The level of energy at these conventions is hard to describe,” Horn said. “This was my third time to go, and it’s gotten better and better each year.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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