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. 

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
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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.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    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.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    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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