Fayette FFA 2012.02.01

Written by David Green.

Fayette FFA members are preparing to observe National FFA Week Feb. 18-25. Spirit Week, a teacher luncheon, and the Ag Olympics are scheduled.

In the current school year, Fayette’s Rural Soil Judging team placed first among 22 teams in the district contest. Joshua Smith placed first in the individual standings. The other team members were Mikayla Smith, Demi Powers, Cole Burkholder, Collin McCabe, Patty Hookstadt, Thomas Ehman and Noelle Goodson.

The urban soils team placed third out of 22 entries. Members are Jessie Torres (third place individual), MacKenzie Fruchey, Reba Rash, Sarah Kovar and Travis Pennington.

Both teams advanced to the state soil judging contests.

In the district Dairy Foods and Dairy Judging contest, the foods team placed third of 15 teams. Team members are Allison Cuff (fourth place individual), Reba Rash, Noelle Goodson, Joshua Smith, Patty Hookstadt, Travis Pennington and Presley Pennington.

The dairy team placed second among 17 teams. Members are Sarah Kovar (who tied first place), Zayne Colegrove, MacKenzie Fruchey, Demi Powers, Taylor West, Cole Burkholder, Spencer Keefer and Alec Hylander. 

Fayette’s officers attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. They went to a career show, toured a honey bee farm, got a behind-the-scenes tour of a haunted house attraction, and toured an aquaculture facility to see how fish are grown in a controlled environment.

Kalley Martin received her American FFA Degree and Noelle Goodson was selected again this year to perform with the National FFA Chorus. Any FFA student is invited to try out for the elite 80-member group.

Fayette’s Parliamentary Procedure team—Reba Rash, Sarah Kovar, Jon Boesger, Demi Powers, Patty Hookstadt, Amanda Gilmore, Jessie Torres, Cady Stockburger, Noelle Goodson, Riley Martin and Alec Hylander—met its goal of qualifying for a trip to the state contest by winning the county competition and placing second in the district contest. 

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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