Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 16, 2014
Miscellaneous News
FFA National Convention /
Middle School Academic Team /
Helmer Johnson Needs Heart Help /
Wagon Accident 100 Years Ago /
SWAT Fundraiser
Louisville or Bust

Michaela Branen received her American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention
Collinsville FFA attended this year’s National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky where last year's graduate Michaela Branen received her American FFA Degree which is the highest award for a member to receive. FFA Officers Leigh Brown, Dakota Fugate, and Morgan West attended the convention as well. The trip started on Tuesday, October 28th at 5:30 a.m. with a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina where they boarded their connecting flight to Louisville, Kentucky.

After arriving in Kentucky we went to the popular Louisville Slugger Museum where Dakota, Leigh, and Morgan were shown, first hand, the process of creating a Louisville Slugger Bat. Most people fail to see the connection between Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats and Agriculture but at the Museum they do a great job of explaining what type of trees are used and why those trees are chosen, how the forests are managed, and the process a tree goes through to become a bat.

The next few days were filled with tours of farms in both Louisville and Indiana as well as attending leadership workshops and sessions at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Tours consisted of a visit to Deere Farms in Lanesville, IN where students were able to see an excellent example of Agri-tourism, Harvest Moon Dairy in Crestwood, IN, and the infamous Churchill Downs in Louisville. Deere Farms is a family owned farm that uses their corn crop to make a 13 acre corn maze which attracts people from miles around, it took over an hour to find our way through the maze which had checkpoints to help keep us on track and so the owner knew we weren't "cheating" and cutting through the field. At Harvest Moon Dairy we were able to get up close to over 100 dairy cows and dozens of bottle calves. One of the dairy cows had actually just given birth when we arrived so we were able to witness the process that a cow goes through immediately after birth. The dairy is a family ran business that is trying to keep up with "modern" farming, they recently had to rebuild their entire barn in an effort to keep the cows healthier and make their business more efficient. We were allowed to walk around the barns and pet the calves, walk through the milking parlor, see samples of the feed, and watch the feed being mixed. We were also given a short presentation of how the dairy is operated, how much milk the cows produce each day (some produced 20+ pounds per day!), and how the profits have increased by adding agri-tourism and giving tours to bring in extra money.

Last, but not least we visited Churchill Downs where we toured the facilities, watched a LIVE horse race, and got to see the horses up close as they were preparing to race.

In addition to the leadership workshops, award ceremonies, and convention sessions hosted by the National FFA there was also a Rodeo on Friday night. As we left the Rodeo it began to SNOW! Luckily, it did not snow much and we were able to catch our flight back home on Saturday, November 1st.

Cheyenne Mosier
Collinsville FFA Reporter
-- Submitted by Jennifer Hamlin -- 11/14/2014
Help Helmer Get A New Heart

Fundraiser for Helmer's Heart
"I am a 55 year old Pastor who is facing heart transplant surgery. I need help in funding for my medication following either Left Ventricular Assist Device as a bridge to transplant, or a heart transplant. My medicine will cost between $1200.00 to $1500 per month. I have given my life in helping others as a minister and have always trusted in God's provision and now I am asking for His people for help! Will you help me?"
Helmer has been pastor of Cornerstone Church Since 2010.
Middle School Academic Team -- District Champs
Collinsville academic team 1 wins first place at district competition at Oologah.

-- From Mrs Blevins via Parker Holmes (11/13/2014)

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100 Years Ago -- Nov. 14, 1914 -- From The Collinsville News: A serious accident occurred just west of town as the people were returning from the Granda funeral. There were thirty-five to forty rigs in the procession when one of the teams became frightened and ran away. The frightened animals jumped into one of the buggies, injuring the occupants of the smashed buggy. This has "the rest of the story" for the 100 year ago (horse & buggy) item that was edited for space in the Times Star newspaper for this week. Purchase your copy of the Times Star to see the 10, 25, and 50 year news samples from Collinsville's past. -- Ted Wright 11/13/2014
Otis Spunkmeyer SWAT Fundraiser For SWAT

The Collinsville High School SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Team is selling Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and some other delicious items. If anyone is interested in buying something feel free to let me know. Here is a catalog of items we are selling.

Kim Myers (11/12/2014)
Collinsville Public Schools
Technology Integration Specialist
XC, Track, Video Production, SWAT

Contact Kim or a SWAT member for prices and orders --