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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    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • 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

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