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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    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.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    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.
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    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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