Jeff Skirvin, left, Waldport High teacher, instructs Josh Morris, Levi Fruechte and Gabe Catalfamo as they assemble picnic benches for the Waldport Booster Club auction.

Waldport Middle and High School Principal Amy Skirvin received notice on April 29 that the Waldport High School’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program in natural resources will be one of two programs in the state that will receive the honor of being named the Program of the Year by the Future Natural Resource Leaders.

Recently named the 2021 Oregon Middle Principal of the Year by the Coalition of School Administrators, Skirvin said, “The forestry program provides many different learning avenues for students: academic, soft and physical skills. I was pleased to see students who have been in the program for three years have success and students who just joined the program this school year. It’s always exciting to be a state champion. Earning the team title two years in a row shows a lot of grit and character with our students and instructor.” 

Waldport High School students participated in the Oregon Future Natural Resource Leaders (FNRL) State Convention, held virtually on April 26. Out of the 32 students taking part, 22 placed. There were 15 schools in the competition, and Waldport High School came in first place overall. 

The Oregon FNRL is a career technical student organization dedicated to the support of high school students interested in pursuing educational and career opportunities within the natural resources/forestry sectors.

Jeff Skirvin, natural resources and CTE teacher at Waldport High, said, “I am very proud of the students; their hard work paid off.”

Students will take many of these transferable skills and apply them throughout their professional and personal life.

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