Odessa wins its third straight regional title
MCCA KANSAS CITY REGIONAL CHAMPIONS | Odessa captured its third straight regional title July 22 and qualified for the state championships in November. Members of the team are, front, from left, Abra Raybourn, Madi Wulfekotter, Brea Ray, Erika Cowan, Abigail Stahlke; second row, Layne Schloman, Sarah Pierce, Mikala Smith, Hannah Beggs; back, Aimee Feagan, head coach, Mercedes Behrman, Jordan White, Mariah Brewe, Kaylin Hotmer, Sydney Shackles, Megan Bickel, assistant coach.
The Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association Kansas City Regional Championships were held at Lee's Summit North High School. Odessa competed July 22 in the Class 3 Small Division and earned a third straight regional championship and the program's seventh regional crown in the last eight years.
The top five teams in each division qualified for the state championships in November in Columbia. Only four teams competed in Class 3 Small. Savannah was the runner-up behind Odessa. Benton placed third. Cameron recorded a fourth-place finish.
"I am so proud of this team and all of their hard work over the past few weeks," said head coach Aimee Feagan. Read more in The Odessan.
ALL-STARS | Cooper Stiles, left, and Morgan Miller represented Odessa Post 286 at the American Legion Zone 2 All-Star Game July 17 at Hidden Valley Park. Both played for the American Division, who defeated the National Division 11-7. Post 286 went 3-17 in the tough Fifth District this summer while finishing 7-26 overall.
4-H/FFA Fair auction highlights
GRAND CHAMPION | Wesley Tolbert, Odessa FFA, was awarded Grand Champion July 14 for his cured ham at the Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair. Concordia Implement purchased the award-winning ham at the auction.
The 2016 Lafayette County 4-H/FFA auction was the highlight for the animal projects of 4-H/FFA members July 14 at Fairground Park, Higginsville.
With more than 60 auction animals and hams to be sold, auctioneer Mike Williams and ringmen Corbin Bell, Abigail Bertz, Allison Bertz, August Bertz, Jillian Bertz, Martha Cowherd, Eli Dyer, Abigail Oelrichs, Colton Williams and Drake Wood were ready to start the auction.
A ham silent auction was held prior to the regular auction. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa, Wellington-Napoleon FFA members
attend Washington Leadership Conference
Alex Osborn, Odessa FFA chapter, attended the Washington Leadership Conference June 28-July 2 with five FFA members from Wellington and Carrollton. Wellington-Napoleon FFA members attending were Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Valerie Barnett and Allison Russell. Students were accompanied by advisors Bill Angel, Devin Garland and Brooke Swindler. Kathy Angel and Swindler's mother and son also traveled with them.
Group traveled a day early for sight-seeing before the conference. They flew out of Kansas City and arrived in Washington, D.C., on June 27 and visited the National Archives, Pentagon Memorial and Old Town Alexandria. Group also took a tour on the Potomac Boat Taxi from Old Alexandria to Georgetown.
The next day, the group saw the Enid A. Haupt Garden, toured the Aerospace Museum, the Washington Monument, the Mint and the Holocaust Museum. Read more in The Odessan.
Brock Beckemeyer awarded $1000 AGCO scholarship
SCHOLARSHIP | Brock Beckemeyer, 2015-16 Vahrenberg Implement FFA scholarship winner, receives $1000 scholarship from Doug Vahrenberg, third-generation owner at Vahrenberg Implement, in front of the Massey Ferguson 5700SL awarded as Best Utility Tractor and 2016 Tractor of the Year.
The National FFA Organization has announced that Brock Beckemeyer, Napoleon, has been awarded the Vahrenberg Implement/AGCO Dealer $1000 scholarship for the 2015-16 FFA scholarship year.
Beckemeyer, a member of the Wellington-Napoleon FFA Chapter, will attend the University of Missouri, Columbia, to major in ag business management with the vision of returning to the family farm.
Scholarship selection considered FFA involvement, work experience, community service, leadership skills and academic records. Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs and future goals were considered in the selection process as well. Read more in The Odessan.
4-H/FFA Fair results
Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair results have been announced.
4-H/FFA king and queen were Eli Dyer and Abigail Oelrichs. Attendants were Remington Kesten and Martha Cowherd.
Area results were:
Rabbit Show was held July 11 at Fairground Park, Higginsville. Martha Schreiman and Justin Howard were in charge with assistance from other Fair Board members. Read more in The Odessan.