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Clear Spring FFA teams do well

November 16, 2004

Members of the FFA chapter at Clear Spring High School returned home recently with several medals from the 77th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

In all, the school sent six teams. Here are the results:

· A team, coached by ag teacher Susan Lowery, composed of Derek Hanes, Derrick Mundey, Robert Boden and Larry Hose placed 11th of the 38 teams in the Environmental/Natural Resources Career Development Event, winning a gold medal. In the individual competition, Boden won a gold medal and a $500 scholarship. Hanes and Hose won silver, and Mundey bronze.

· A team, coached by Lowery, composed of Steven Divelbiss, Paul Golden, Joel Fitz and Lindsay Shirk placed 14th among 40 teams in the Forestry Career Development Event, winning a silver medal. Individually, Divelbiss and Fitz won gold, and Golden and Shirk won silver.

· A team, coached by ag teacher Terrie Shank, composed of Wade Downey, Courtney Robinson, Sondra Lavigne and Shannon Yeargan placed 21st among 29 teams in the Agricultural Communications Career Development Event, winning a silver medal. Individually, Robinson, Lavigne and Yeargan won silver, and Downey won bronze.

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· A team, coached by Shank, composed of Kenny Trumpower, Nick Ewanick, Stephanie Moore and Allison Keeney, won a bronze medal in meats evaluation and technology competition among 40 teams. Individually, Moore won silver, and the others won bronze.

· A team, coached by Lowery, composed of Katrina Hendershot, Jamie Beckley, Shawn Wiles, Hannah Smith, Rodney Snyder and Bobby Miller, won a bronze medal in the Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event competition among 33 teams. The team's topic was "The Rezoning of Rural Lands in Washington County."

· Sara Wiles, among 48 state winners competing in the Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event, won a bronze medal. She was coached by Shank.

In addition, Rebecca Funk, an FFA member from Clear Spring, attended as part of the National Talent Career Event. Singers from throughout the nation partiticipated at various functions during the convention. Funk performed on center stage of Freedom Hall in front of 50,000 people.

Three students from Washington County attended the convention as regional delegates. They were: Amy Rhoderick, representing the Boonsboro FFA; and Katherine McCormick and Ashley DiMaggio, representing the Smithsburg FFA.

A record crowd of more than 53,000 people attended the convention.

FFA is a national youth organization of 476,732 student members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,223 local chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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