Big day for New Lex FFA | | – Perry County Tribune

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All the students who took part in the Barnyard Olympics.
All the students who took part in the Barnyard Olympics.
NEW LEXINGTON – On Wednesday, Sept. 14, New Lexington High School’s FFA students hosted two events that began with the morning dew and concluded with early evening darkness. In between the dew and the dark, a pair of competitions took place at the FFA barn located across from the Perry County Fairgrounds.
The first event was a district forestry competition that saw five schools send teams to the event. An open–sided tent was erected in a field located east of the FFA barn up a trail that ran past the food pantry building. Students were presented with a set of displays that challenged their identification of tools, leaves, and lumber as well as their topographical map–reading skills
Away from the display tables and the written test that followed, the students were required to take to the field and nearby woods to demonstrate compass and tree identification skills. Part of the tree identification process was determining the dimensions of the specified trees and their market value.
High schools participating in the forestry competition included Meigs, Alexander, Logan, Jackson, and New Lexington. When the scores were tallied, New Lexington claimed second place behind Logan High School. New Lexington High School Ag teacher Heather Foster conducted the forestry competition that was open the entire day for schools to enter.
“Today is as much a learning experience as it is competition,” explained Foster. “Because the state forestry contest is 10 days from today.” The New Lex Ag teacher said the day was made possible through the outstanding effort put forth by Penny Cox and David Snider from the office of the Perry County Soil and Water District.
While the district forestry contest was the serious side of the day’s competition, the Barnyard Olympics that followed later that afternoon was totally dedicated to fun. Ten events ranging from a hay bale relay race to a corn–eating contest had FFA students from 12 high schools competing for the huge trophy that would go to the highest scoring school.
The sack relay race took place on a zigzag course that culminated in the racers faced with clearing a 12-inch hurdle. This moment of truth leap definitely made the difference for the competitors to register a winning time. All the events in the friendly competition were sanctioned for safety except one – the Egg Toss.
As eggs broke the competitors were commanded to take one step back after each toss. The opening egg toss had at least 100 competitors, but that number decreased as rapidly as the toss distance increased. The tossers were nearly 40 yards apart by the time River Valley’s Maddox George and Logan Deel survived the ordeal of the egg.
In addition to the hale bale relay, sack race, and egg toss, the remaining Barnyard Olympics events included the water bucket relay, hay bale toss, tug of war, horseshoe toss, and the blind shoe hunt. High schools participating in the event included Alexander, Marietta, Racine Southern, Symmes Valley, Wellston, Federal Hocking, River Valley, Morgan, Meigs, Jackson, Oak Hill, and New Lexington.
Feeding the barnyard olympians took 67 pizzas from The Pizza Place on Broadway in New Lexington. While the competitors were making pizza disappear at a record pace, points for the 10 events were tallied to determine the school that would take home the championship trophy until next year’s event. For the very first time in the history of the event, New Lexington emerged as champions of the FFA Barnyard Olympics.
New Lexington’s FFA program is a prime example of meaningful education for all the students involved. While the Barnyard Olympics was strictly dedicated to friendly competition and plenty of fun for all involved, New Lexington’s FFA provides a curriculum that benefits students throughout their lifetime. The outstanding ag teachers at New Lexington include Heather Foster, John Lindsey, Adam Finck, Rob Brokaw, and Haley Davis.
Submitted by New Lexington Schools.

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