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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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