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James Buchanan comes home a winner

November 09, 2004

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - James Buchanan High School's FFA came home from the National FFA Conference in Louisville, Ky., recently with a national championship and other awards.

The school's Dairy Cattle Judging team won the national title, earning more than $6,000 in scholarships and the right to compete next year in the International Dairy Judging Competition in Scotland.

The team's members include: Aaron Horst, who placed first in individual competition; Meagan Meyers, who placed second; Shaina Martin, who placed ninth; and John Fisher, who placed 22nd.

Team Coach Lisa Shaw said the competition tested the students' abilities to select and manage quality dairy cattle. The components included six classes of dairy cattle, linear classification of five Holstein cows, two sire selections, a dairy management exercise, and placed four dairy animal pedigrees, Shaw said.

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Shaw said anyone wanting to donate money to help pay expenses for the team to travel to Scotland, should make checks payable to James Buchanan FFA, c/o Lisa Shaw, James Buchanan High School, 4773 Ft. Loudon Road, Mercersburg, PA 17236

In addition, the school sent several other teams to compete in Louisville in late October.

The school's Agricultural Issues team consisted of Desiree Robinson, Allison Holland, Joni Stanton and Brandi Williams. The team placed silver and made it into the semifinal round of the competition.

Their agricultural issue was "What is the Dairy Case" - Milk vs. Soy Beverages.

Buchanan's Agricultural Sales team consisted of Sarah Holland, Rachel Stanton, Malcolm Plessinger and Tia Timmons. The team won a bronze medal.

The team did an agricultural sales presentation to sell a 250 John Deere Skid Steer. They also had to answer 50 multiple choice questions on agriculture sales and marketing.

Each student had to do an individual practicum on customer relations - solving a customer problem; promotion and advertising - designing a one-page magazine advertisement; telephone order taking; and prospecting for a new customer. The members also had a group project of a market analysis and sales situation, in which they were judged on their ability to work together in presenting the situation and solving it.

The school's Agricultural Science Fair Team of Julie St. Clair and Ellen Pierce presented its project, "Curing Time and Strength of Concrete." They were interviewed by a panel of judges on how they set up their project and its results.

Buchanan students Micah Meyers, Greta Moyer and Kevin Stahl received American Farmer Degrees.

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