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. 

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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