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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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 11.26.08

Written by David Green.

Six Fayette FFA members attended the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Parker Stockburger, Kalley Martin, Dakota Shay, Jake West, Amanda Gilmore and Reba Rash were chaperoned by Geoff Gilmore and Ms. Wise.

During the first night of the trip to convention students were entertained by country music singer Taylor Swift.  The concert was in the Colts new Lucas Oil Stadium.

During the first day of the convention listened to a talk by Dana Hee. Students recalled portions of her speech the rest of the week and really took away a lot of inspiring words to live and learn by.

At the Indianapolis Convention Center, members attended a Career and Trade Show filled with more than 300 exhibitors. These ranged from displays by universities, business and industries to many fun activities for the students to engage in.

Students were able to weld, take apart and put back together a chain saw, talk to college representatives and above all, look at all the opportunities that agriculture has to offer them today.

“The career show is a great place for students to look at just about any agricultural field and determine if this is something they may want to do for the rest of their lives,” Ms. Wise said.

After a great day of meeting new people, hearing a great speaker and learning from business leaders, the group headed for evening of dancing and dinner at the FFA’s Buckeye Bash. Members where able to meet with other FFA representatives from around the state.

The convention trip included a day of agricultural industry tours.

First on the list of stops was the Tyson Meat Packing Plant. Students were able to look at the processes meat goes through from the animal to the store wrapping. They saw nearly all of the process in the plant and were able to learn all of the techniques used and the uses for the various parts of the animal.

“It was amazing because we were able to see up close and personal the processes that swine go through,” said Jake West. “We were able to learn where many of the different by-products of the industry were sent and what they are process for.”

After Tyson, the group visited Carley Elk Farm and later Not Just Popcorn, a company that specializes in more than 280 flavors of popcorn. Flavors include caramel, dill and even an FFA blend of blue raspberry and vanilla.

“After all of our travels, meeting new people, hearing great speakers, and lending a helping hand, all the members believe that this trip to the National FFA Convention was a great opportunity for the members to really see what all FFA has to offer,” West said.

– Jake West, reporter

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