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.

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