Fayette FFA 11.25.09

Written by David Green.

INDIANAPOLIS—Fayette’s FFA officers pose for a photograph will attending the national convention last month in Indianapolis. Back row (left to right): Clay Burkholder, Amanda Gilmore, Reba Rash, Darrell Randall and Jon Boesger. Front row: Sarah Kovar and Jake West.

 

The officers of Fayette’s FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last month.

The keynote speaker was Mike Rowe, who is known for his television show “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.” Rowe discussed the different meanings of safety and the understanding of what it really means to work hard.

The officers went to a career show that included numerous booths with information about colleges, stores and businesses.

The group also took two tours in the  Indianapolis area. The first trip was to a buffalo farm where students learned about raising the animals and were invited to try some buffalo meat.

The second tour was of Indiana Downs where guests saw how the computers are worked, where bets are placed and where rooms can be rented for parties.

Fayette’s dairy judging team recently placed fourth in district competition. Team members are Sarah Kovar, Kenzie Fruchey, Jessie Torres, Clay Burkholder, Cole Burkholder, Jerry Minzey, Quintin Keefer, Zayne Colegrove and Alec Hylander. The team was coached by Katie Knisley who also participated in the judging contest.

The dairy foods team—Sydney Brown, Noelle Goodson, Emily Longston, Patrick Mellott, Allison Cuff and Reba Rash—also competed.

The FFA will also participate in a Christmas Cheer Corn Drive through Dec. 1. Farmers are able to donate some of their corn crop to the cause and the money that is raised will be used to purchase toys for local families as part of a county-wide collection effort. Donations can be made at Ridgeville Elevator in Fayette.

To go along with Christmas Cheer, the Fayette FFA will collect new, unwrapped toys. Donations of toys or money to buy toys should be taken to the Fayette High School office. Proceeds will benefit Fulton County families during the holiday season. The campaign runs through Dec. 11.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    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

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