Three Portland residents recently joined national organizations.
Nicholas Stout became a member of the American Angus Association, and Skye Wimmer joined as a junior member.
Jamie Valentine joined the American Junior Shorthorn Association.
The American Angus Association, based in Saint Joseph, Mo., is the largest beef breed association in the world with more than 24,000 members. It gathers information to help its members produce quality genetics in the beef cattle industry.
The American Junior Shorthorn Association, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., has more than 6,000 members. It promotes “personal development through youth activities and educational events.”

Members honored
FORT RECOVERY — Fort Recovery FFA honored its members at a banquet in April.
Nathan Fortkamp earned the American FFA Degree, which is achieved by just 0.5 percent of all FFA members. Sam Huelskamp, Neil Link, George Roessner, Ray Siefring, Jamieson Hess, Debra Link, Nick Link and Bryan Schoenlein earned their State FFA Degrees.
Other honors included: Mitch Lennartz  – Star in Agribusiness Award;  Alex Stammen – Star Farmer Award; Logan Ranly – Star Greenhand Award; Mitch Lennartz – Dekalb Award; and Ivan Knapp – Honorary Member.

Scholarships awarded
Two area students  earned scholarships from Moser Motor Sales, Inc. and Ford Motor Company through the National FFA Scholarship program.
Lauren Evans of Jay County High School and Clayton Rhoades of South Adams High School were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Ford has awarded more than $8 million in scholarhips to FFA members since the program was instituated in 1997.