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November 5, 2010

Winnacunnet student wins award at FFA convention

Winnacunnet High School students Alyana Perkins and Chelsea Ahearn of Seabrook were among the eight students who recently tested their skills in the area of animal and plant sciences as members of the Seacoast School of Technology FFA Chapter, which recently traveled to Indianapolis to represent New Hampshire in a variety of competitions and activities at the 83rd National FFA Convention. Animal and Plant Science teacher Anne DeMarco coached the team.

The Seacoast School of Technology FFA team competed in the National Horse Evaluation Career Development event and was recognized as a Silver Emblem Team. Exeter High School graduate Sarah Walstad received a Gold Emblem Award in the event, while Perkins and Brianna Brand of Hampton earned Silver Emblem Awards.

The National Horse Evaluation Event tests students' ability to select and evaluate horses. During the event, the students evaluated four halter classes and four performance classes, as well as taking written tests and participating in a team activity.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Dale Gould of Amesbury was the grand-prize winner of the snowboard autographed by Scotty Lago, her winning ticket drawn from the raffle held to raise money for the Seabrook Public Library. A staunch supporter of local youth, Lago, Seabrook's hometown hero and Olympic Bronze Medalist, donated the snowboard he owned and used to the library to promote its raffle.

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