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PENNS MANOR: Future Farmers of America members attend events

by ALEX BERKAVICH, Gazette Student News Reporter on February 21, 2014 10:40 AM

KENWOOD — For Penns Manor High School students, there are many clubs and activities to become involved with. One of the most popular clubs is the Future Farmers of America.

Along with students from Purchase Line, the FFA competes in many knowledge competitions and FFA-related events. Two of the most popular and biggest events in the agenda are the trip to Louisville, Ky., and the Midwinter Convention in Harrisburg.

During the week of Oct. 28, the FFA members took a long journey south down to Louisville, Ky. The National FFA Convention and Expo was held in the center of the city.

Students who joined teacher Gerald Hughes and chaperones Keith Long and Richard and Susanna Pennington, during the week were Tiffanie Davis, Megan Yeckley, April Pennington, Garrett Gardner, Emily Vojtek, Allison Dixon, John Stribik, Nathan Price, Vinny Mutz and Elizabeth Weinzerl.

Not only did the students compete in the FFA Knowledge Competition and place 19th out of 33 groups, they also enjoyed some entertainment.

The group was able to enjoy sightseeing along with taking a Papa John’s Tour; cruising on the Belle of the Mississippi; visiting the Glass Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and Churchill Downs; and watching Dierks Bentley and Jana Kramer perform.

On Jan. 6, the FFA members from Penns Manor and Purchase Line took a long journey to the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Along with the State Farm Show, the Midwinter Convention is held where many people go to show animals like cattle and pigs. Some of the events held include an awards ceremony and horse pulls.

Hughes, along with chaperones Keith Long, Steven Repik, Timothy Keith, Zolten Sabo, Francis Long, and Richard and Susanna Pennington, supervised the trip with the following students: Tyler Patterson, Nick Patterson, April Pennington, Tiffanie Davis, Elizabeth Weinzierl, Megan Yeckley, John Stabrik, Jake Barr, Garrett Karlinsey, Miguel Gracian, Nathan Rainey, Kevin Lute, Allison Dixon, Katie Swauger, Charlie Weaver, Robert McGhee, Tommy Vasbinder, Charity Westover, Zach Ashbaugh, Chris Burtt, Laken Engel, Gretchen Meagher, Kaytlin Dixon, Kara Weiland, Zack Lieb, Philip Crook, Adel Plavi, Jennifer Long, Haley Brooks, Kyle Long, Brandin Robinson, Robert Stahl, Mitchel Meagher, Adam Miller, Brittany Stapleton, Garrett Gardener, Nick Foreback, Nathan Price and Vinny Mutz.

There were 351 Keystone Degree recipients and 356 FFA Jacket recipients. More than 6,000 Pennsylvania FFA members were in attendance. The convention took place in 11 buildings that covered 24 acres. Many of the students enjoyed seeing the butter sculpture of cows enjoying milkshakes while rollerblading; tasting food samples; and, of course, milkshakes.

Congratulations to the eight students who received their Keystone Degrees: April Pennington, Megan Yeckley, Elizabeth Weinzierl and Adam Miller from Penns Manor, and John Stibrik, Garrett Karlinsey, MiguelGracian and Jake Barr from Purchase Line. Three other students were awarded FFA Jackets: Penns Manor’s Engel and Robinson, and Purchase Line’s Katie Swauger.

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NOTE: The Feb. 7 article was written by Amanda Lucas, not Claire Kirsh.

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