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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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