Fayette FFA 02.17.2010

Written by David Green.

Fayette FFA members have placed high in several competitions in the current school year.

The rural soil judging team of Raven Joughin, MacKenzie Fruchey, Reba Rash and Jerry Minzey placed first in district competition and advanced to the state contest. Others participating in soil judging were Darrell Randall, Nathan Seiler, Sarah Kovar and Taylor Curry.

Ten members of the parliamentary procedure team—Noelle Goodson, Amanda Gilmore, Jacy Lewellen, Cady Stockburger, Sydney Brown, Jessie Torres, Clay Burkholder, Jake West, Sarah Kovar, Darrell Randall and Reba Rash—placed first in the county contest and third in the district contest, just short of becoming state qualifiers.

Fayette placed fourth in the district dairy judging and dairy foods contest. Competitors scored a cow class, a heifer class and a linear class, and placed animals based on pedigree and sire characteristics. Quintin Keefer placed 10th individually.

Reba Rash placed first in Div. II of the district job interview competition and she will advance to the state level in March.

In the county competition, Rash was joined by Amanda Gilmore in Div. II. Alec Hylander and Patrick Mellott competed in Div. I; Taylor Curry and Chase Hookstadt competed in Div. III; Jacy Lewellen and Heather Cuff competed in Div. 4.

Nine first-year members attended Greenhand Camp: Cole Burkholder, Alec Hylander, Zayne Colegrove, Ruben Rodriguez, Allison Cuff, Cady Stockburger, Noelle Goodson, MiKayla Phillips and Patrick Mellott.

Fayette was the host site for the Fulton County Chapter Degree Ceremonies, recognizing second-year FFA members of Pettisville, Wauseon, Archbold, Evergreen and Fayette. Eighty-three county FFA members received their degree and heard remarks from State FFA President Jeremy Grove.

Fayette members are preparing for the annual FFA Week activities that begin Feb.  25, with hat day. That will be followed by twin day, class color day or official dress day, then duct tape day and final spirit day on Feb. 29, when the Ag. Olympics will take place.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    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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    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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