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Ansonia FFA has Busy Fall

           Fall is one of the busiest seasons for the Ansonia FFA. Fall started off with soil judging.  The chapter took a team to the county soil judging, and the team placed third at the county contest. The team also went to districts. Congratulations to all participants! The chapter held a Fall Open house in the Greenhouse on September 28. From 6:00 am to 8:00 am was the early bird sale. Sales ran all day. There was a straw maze, pumpkin decorating, and a bouncy house for kids. There was also a concession stand and a bake sale. The sale was a great success. The Ansonia FFA held its annual Homecoming dinner sale on October 11 from 4:30 to 6:30. 920 fried chicken, BBQ rib, and BBQ pork chop dinners were sold.  Top sellers were Catey and John Fischer with 51 tickets sold, Jerica and Jailyn Thwaits with 50 tickets sold, and Naomi Beaver sold 43 tickets. Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported the FFA, making the sale a huge success! On October 24, members from the Ansonia FFA chapter went to Brethern Retirement Community in Greenville. Members helped the residents decorate pumpkins. Not only did the residents enjoy the company, the members of the chapter enjoyed watching the residents have fun while decorating pumpkins!  As the fall season continued, the Ansonia FFA chapter held its first annual pumpkin carving contest on October 28th. The contestants had one hour to gut and carve a pumpkin. The participants were Catey Fischer, Emily Walters, Seth Philippi, Taylor Bergman, Molly Walters, Megan Bergman, and Andrea Barga. The contestants had a great time at the event and are looking forward to next year’s contest! Winners were third place Andrea Barga, second place Taylor Bergman, and first place Molly Walters.
         The Ansonia FFA sent nine members and both advisors to National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from October 30 to November first.  Members who attended convention were Catey Fischer, Taylor Bergman, Emily Walters, Andrea Barga, Megan Bergman, John Fischer, Stefani Garrett, Heath Barga, and Lydia Sink accompanied by advisors, Brad Lentz and Jennifer Knick.  On Wednesday the 30th, the group took off from the high school and made there way to New Breman where they toured Brookside Labs.  Members learned how soils, waters, and many other substances are tested.  Next on the agenda, the group toured Jungle Jim’s International Market.  At Jungle Jim’s, members saw foods from all over the world.  Advisors and members then traveled to Louisville to attend the opening session of the 85th National FFA Convention. Rick Pitino, the Louisville Cardinal’s Basketball Coach, was the keynote speaker. After the session the group got a chance to enjoy the Career show and the FFA shopping mall. Latter that evening, members and advisors attended the Jana Kramer and Dierks Bentley concert. To start the next day of their trip, October 31, members went to Rebecca-Ruth’s Candy Inc. The groups learned that Rebecca-Ruth’s was the birth place of the Bourbon Ball. They next toured Woodford Reserve where they learned how alcohol is fermented and how Bourbon is made. After lunch, members and advisors went to Darby Dan Horse Farm and learned how race horses are bred. They also got to see retired race horses. The group then toured Keeneland Association where they saw where horses race and where they are sold. The group then attended Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar. On Friday, November 1st, the members and advisors started off the day by attending the forth session of the convention. They heard keynote speaker, Joe Torrillo. Joe was the only person to survive the collapse of both towers on 9-11.The group then went to a workshop where they learned how to accept and give encouragement to others. After this, the group went on a river walk on the Ohio River. To finish off the trip, the group attended the Seventh Session with keynote speaker, Josh Sundquist. Josh talked about getting back up when you fall. The group then headed for home.
         The annual FFA Fruit Sale has recently came to an end.   This year’s total sales were $27,340. Thank you to all participated in making this a great fruit sale.
         The Ansonia Parliamentary Procedure Varsity team placed first in the county contest on November 18th and fourth in the district contest on November 21st.  The varsity team consisted of President Catey Fischer, Vice President Taylor Bergman, Secretary Makensy Stump, Treasurer John Fischer, Reporter Megan Bergman, Student Advisor Sam Gasper, Sentinel Emily Walters, and member Andrea Barga.  Ansonia’s Greenhand team placed first at the county contest and second at the district contest.  The greenhand team consisted of President Lydia Sink, Vice President Stefani Garrett, Secretary Molly Walls, Treasurer Naomi Beaver, Reporter Heath Barga, Student Advisor Jailyn Thwaits, Sentinel Kasidy Davis, and member Bryan Blackburn.  The green hand team will be participating in the state contest on December 21. Congratulations to all who participated in this event!