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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Fayette FFA presents awards 5.7

Written by David Green.

Chapter awards were presented April 5 at the Fayette FFA banquet.

Jacob West was given the Star Greenhand award as the top first-year member. Kalley Martin won the Star Chapter award for the top second-year member.

The Dekalb Award went to senior Lucas Garrow and the Farm Credit 110% Award—to the member who gave the most effort toward making the chapter—went to Parker Stockburger.

Officers for the 2008-09 school year are Parker Stockburger, president; Kalley Martin, vice president; Amber Scott, secretary; Dakota Shay, treasurer; Darrell Randall, reporter; Ben Kovar; sentinel; and Jacob West, student advisor.

Scholarship awards went to Randall (3.5 and above GPA) and Garrow, Tyler Keefer, Kovar, Martin, Lauren Smith and Shay (3.0 to 3.5 GPA). Sheldon Maginn received a full camp scholarship to attend FFA Camp Muskingum. Scott and Nicole Shaffer each received half camp scholarships.

Points Awards for participation in activities went to first-year members Heather Cuff, West, Dakota Lantz, Scott, Austin-Michael Buerher, Randall, Keefer, Taylor Curry, Justin Batdorf, Jonathen Brown, Daren March, Andrew Stannard, Maginn and Tyler Keifer, and to second-year members Jason Rodriguez, Travis Kline, Luke Merillat, Sean Nowak, Shaffer, Dustin Ware, Smith, Stockburger, Martin, Cody Brown, Kovar, Shay and Garrow.

The top three salespersons in the fruit sale were Kovar ($386); Luke Merillat ($432); and Stockburger ($894).

Community member Jeff Martin was given the Honorary Chapter Member award for his support of the chapter. He played a vital role in harvesting the FFA’s four-acre corn plot and he also served as a chaperone for the National FFA Convention trip to Indianapolis.

The outstanding service award was given to the Fayette Feed Mill. The award goes to a local business that made contributions to the chapter.

Team awards: The parliamentary procedure team (Stockburger, Martin, Kovar, Garrow, Shay, Curry, Keefer, West and Randall) placed third at the county level.

The rural soil judging team (Rodriguez, Kline, Merillat, Stockburger, Shaffer, Ware, Keifer, Nowak, Cuff and Smith) placed fourth in the county and eighth at the district contest.

The dairy foods team (West, Buerher, Cuff, Martin and Lantz) placed ninth at districts. Team members were

In creed speaking, Randall placed seventh at the county contest. Stockburger second in the county public speaking contest and competed in the district competition with his speech about BSE.

In job interviewing, Curry placed first at county and third in districts in Div. I; Cuff placed first at county and competed in Div. II; Martin placed first in Div. III and Kovar placed second, and Kovar was third in districts; Garrow placed first at the county level and fourth at districts in the senior division.

The ag mechanics team (Shay, Garrow and Maginn) placed 10th at the district contest.

The general livestock judging team  (Martin, Garrow, Kovar, Stockburger, Curry, Scott, West, Buerher, Randall, Brown, Maginn, Lantz and Batdorf) placed 21st out of 41 teams.

Lucas Garrow was the only member to the poultry judging contest.

Maginn and West placed 10th at the district level of the small engine trouble-shooting contest

The banquet speaker was Jeremy Baldwin who works for the Hubbard Feed Company. He spoke about the importance of agriculture to his life and career.

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