Matt Hoadley earns honors at national FFA convention 11.18.09

Written by David Green.

A Morenci graduate earned high honors at the National FFA Convention Career Development Event. The convention took place Oct. 20-24 in Indianapolis.

Matt Hoadley, now a student at Ferris State University, earned a gold award by placing 13th in the nation individually in the Nursery and Landscape competition in a field of about 150 qualifiers.

Hoadley competed with the Ornamental Horticulture team from the LISD TECH Center FFA chapter. The group placed 17th in team standings, earning 1,482 out of a possible 2,000 points.

After finishing as runners-up in the Michigan state competition, Hoadley’s team was chosen to represent Michigan at the national convention.

“Although a lot of time was put into the preparation, it all paid off in the end,” Hoadley said. “I had an awesome time and it was a great learning experience.”

In addition to Hoadley, team members are Adrian graduate Tyler Sieler, home schooler Tedd Bergeron, Jr., and Joshua Thomas of Tecumseh. The team was coached by their FFA Advisor and class instructor, Don Fowler.

In addition to Hoadley’s gold finish, Sieler received a bronze rating. Bergeron and Thomas both received silver ratings.

The team competed in general identification, assessment and solution, landscape drawing, verbal and written assistance, nursery skills, as well as team activities and a written exam.

The LISD Agronomy team placed 24th at the convention. 

The students attended career shows, leadership training seminars, met with college representatives and visited historical monuments and buildings. 

Students got a first-hand look at the largest student organization in the United States with approximately 50,000 FFA members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico in attendance.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016