Fayette FFA sends reps to convention 2012.11.14

Written by David Green.

school.F.FFA.convFayette FFA sent its officer team to the 85th annual National FFA Convention last month in Indianapolis. Chapters from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands attended the convention.

This year’s speaker was Scott Hamilton, an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He had encouraging words to the fellow FFA members, saying that no matter what life throws at you to not give up on your dream and goals.

Fayette’s team attended the career show, visited Traders Point Creamery, Team 6R Racing, and DeBrand Chocolates. Traders Point Creamery showed how the milk from their own herd of Brown Swiss was processed and the general operation of the family-run dairy farm

Team 6R Racing is a shop with several race cars and equipment. At DeBrand Chocolates, the officers saw how hand crafted chocolates are made and they got to sample many different kinds.

The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger involved more than 9,500 FFA members, advisors and guests. One million meals were packaged in just 20 hours. Half of the meals stayed in Indianapolis and the other half went to Haiti. Fayette’s officer team and Mrs. Shultz took part in the effort. 

Members attended the Band Perry with Brantley Gilbert concert, as well as the Buckeye Bash. The Fayette representatives were able to mingle with members from other parts of the United States.

COMPETITIONS—Fayette’s Dairy Foods team placed second in the district competition—its best showing ever—and Allison Cuff took fourth place as an individual.

In this contest, members tasted a variety of cheese and milk and learned to determine if a cow has mastitis. Participants were Cuff, Cady Stockburger, Noelle Goodson, Patty Hookstadt, Miranda Minzey, Alexis Fruchey, Emilie Keiser and Jessie Wheeler.

The Dairy Judging team consisted of Cole Burkholder, Spencer Keefer, Alec Hylander, Demi Powers, Seth Beaverson, Alejandra Gonzales, Jena Meyers, Ryan Gilmore, Wade Burkholder, Taylor West, Paige Keefer, Ciara Lichtenwald, Casen Burkholder and Riley Ruger.

Several Fayette members competed in trap shoot competitions. At the Fulton County Sportsman Club, Alec Hylander, Logan Franks, Zayne Colegrove, Cole Burkholder, Collin McCabe, Riley Martin, Wade Burkholder, Danial Michael and Casen Burkholder each took aim at 25 clay pigeons.

Hylander, Colegrove, Michael and the three Burkholders also competed in a shoot in Whitehouse, Ohio.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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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.rover
    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).
  • 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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