Union High School’s agricultural science and technology program, like the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show it assists, is on the rise.

And the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association is taking note. The organization has named Union High School’s agriculture program for grades 8-12 the best in the state for 2018.

“I’m so proud of our school and community,” said Chelcee Mansfield, UHS’s agricultural science and technology program teacher.

Union School District Superintendent Carter Wells said the award is a direct reflection on the work of Mansfield, who has led the program for the past five years.

“This award is long overdue for Ms. Mansfield,” Wells said.

The superintendent credits Mansfield with building an agriculture program of which many school districts in the region are undoubtedly envious.

Mansfield accepted the award for Union High School at the Oregon Agriculture Teacher’s Association annual meeting in Pendleton in late June.

See complete story in Friday's Observer