Fayette FFA awards presented 05.04.2011

Written by David Green.

The five-year anniversary of the return of Fayette’s FFA program was marked by six students earning State FFA Degree awards.

The State Degree is the final step before reaching FFA’s highest award, the America Degree.

Fayette’s State Degree winners were Clay Burkholder, Mackenzie Fruchey, Sarah Kovar, Kalley Martin, Darrell Randall and Reba Rash. The six were honored at the April 9 FFA Banquet.

Demi Powers earned the Star Greenhand award, given to the first-year member who demonstrates outstanding achievement and hard work. The award was presented by Fayette chapter advisor and teacher Pam Wise.

Star Chapter awards were presented to Noelle Goodson—one of 80 members of the National FFA Choir—and Alec Hylander who served as a club officer. The award is given to second-year club members.

Reba Rash was selected as the outstanding junior. She is described as always ready to help. She served as vice president.

Clay Burkholder was chosen the outstanding senior member.

Farm Credit Service 110% Award went to Raven Joughin.

For demonstrating the most emphasis on leadership, scholarship and agricultural experiences, Darrell Randall earned the DeKalb award.

The Kellen Keiser Memorial Award was presented for the first time this year. Kellen was known for his love of FFA, his ability to “light up the room” with his smile and knack for creating laughter.

Kellen’s parents, Tina and Kirk Keiser, presented the award to Patty Hookstadt for best demonstrating Kellen’s traits and following Kellen’s view of life.

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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • 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).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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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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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. 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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