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Buchanan FFA teams, individuals going to national competition

June 20, 2006

The James Buchanan FFA won big at the Pennsylvania State FFA Contest held June 13 to 15 at Penn State University at University Park.

Three of the school's teams and some of the students in the individual competition won first place, earning them the right to compete at the National Convention later this year.

"I am very proud of all the students - they did their very best," said their coach, FFA Adviser Lisa Shaw.

She said the students are the "most winning team I have had in the past 11 years."

There were more than 1,200 students competing from approximately the 180 FFA chapters statewide, Shaw said.

James Buchanan's Agricultural Sales Team placed first in the state and consisted of Garrett Rice, placing first individually; Garrison Plessinger, third; Miranda Clark, seventh; Stephanie Jones, 14th; Ryan Brown, 16th; and Julie St. Clair, 19th. Heather Miller and Logan Horst also were on the team.

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That team will be traveling to the National Convention in Indianapolis this fall.

The contest consisted of a 50-question, multiple- choice test on agricultural sales, a sales presentation in which they sold a John Deere 317 skid steer, a practicum of customer relations in which they were required to handle a difficult client, and a group marketing project.

Savannah Lichty won the Agriscience Fair competition with her project titled "Mischievous Molds." Her project studied foods that mold and how poor storage of them affects it. She also will be traveling to the national convention.

The Dairy Judging Team placed first overall. The team consisted of Logan Horst, placing first; Jacob Brake, eighth; Tobin Stuff, 15th; and Zachary Meyers, 24th. Chevy Martin and Craig Meyers also were on the team.

That team also will be traveling to the national convention.

The contest consisted of judging six classes of dairy cows and heifers, two oral reasons, which justifies their placing, a 25-question, multiple-choice dairy management test, and placing a pedigree class and linear evaluation of four dairy cattle.

The Livestock Judging Team placed first overall. The team consisted of Matt Stahl placing third; Nicholas Wingert, fifth; Heather Hartung, seventh; and Tyler Funk, 11th.

The team will also be traveling to the national convention.

The contest consisted of judging beef, sheep and swine, both breeding and marketing classes, two sets of oral reasons, a 50-question livestock management test and three keep cull classes of breeding stock.

Ashley Brown was first in the Interview Career Development Event. She will be traveling to the national convention.

Her contest consisted of writing a rsum and letter of application, completing a job application, writing a follow-up thank-you letter, and having phone and personal interviews.

The Agriculture Issues team was third, consisting of Rachel Stanton, Sarah Holland, Tia Timmons, Malcolm Plessinger, Dennis Shindle and Andrew Mellott. The topic of presentation was "Daddy, Don't Sell the Farm, but Others Will - Land Preservation,"

The James Buchanan/Conococheague FFA was ranked the first chapter in the state for the fourth year in a row and the application will also advance to national competition. The James Buchanan FFA scrapbook received a gold medal.

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