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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    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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