Local students win FFA awards 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Three Morenci FFA members were part of the state champion agronomy skills “Crop-o-Rama” contest. The Lenawee TECH Center team competed March 10-12 at the state FFA convention at Michigan State University.

Emily Kutzley, David Stutzman and Cortney Lockwood were members of the team, along with Brittany Tirado of Onsted, Morgan Jenkins of Addison, John Wielfaert (home schooled), Ashley Frey of Deerfield and Allison Pope of Madison. 

The students were tested on agronomic skills where they had to identify several crop plants and seeds, weed plants and seeds, examine soil monoliths, determine soil textures and types of soil, read soil survey maps, and determine the use of soils in a given area.

A second Lenawee team was state runner-up.

Lockwood was also among eight students who earned the Outstanding Junior Award.

Morenci’s Riley Burk was a member of the Parliamentary Procedure team that earned a bronze award in the state semifinals.

He was also a member of the ninth and tenth grade Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team from the LISD TECH Center Natural Sciences evening class. The team won a silver rating.

Team members must demonstrate paliamentary procedure skills in front of a crowd in a lecture hall.

The TECH Center chapter was recognized as a top program in the state for the National FFA/Tractor Supply Company sponsored “Harvest for America” program. Members of the chapter collected more than 1,600 pounds of non-perishable food items with the help of Tractor Supply Company in Adrian. The items were weighed and then donated to Lenawee Daily Bread.

The LISD TECH Center FFA was also recognized as the state winner of the poultry improvement program. Member Ashley Fret was recognized for her individual project using ethanol byproducts as an alternative feed source for poultry.

Thirty Lenawee FFA members attended the state convention.

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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.

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