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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Seabrook Public Library will host a Skype visit with Chris Van Dusen, author of the children's book "Circus Ship" at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, at Seabrook Library.
This is a chance for children to hear Van Dusen read from his book, which some consider the best picture book of the year. Van Dusen won a number of awards for the book, including the Lupine Award, the Monarch Award, Children's Choice Book Award and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.
This is a chance for children to spend an interactive hour meeting the author and asking him questions about his book.
Children can also enjoy ladybug cookies and juice while they vote for their favorite Ladybug book.
For more information on this or other children's programs, contact Lisa Michaud at 603-474-2044. Visit the library's website at www.sealib.org to learn of the many opportunities the library offers to town residents, most for free with a library card.
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Break-in and thefts of vehicles along the seacoast has law enforcement authorities urging residents to remove valuables from vehicles, keep such items out of sight and lock vehicles wherever and whenever vehicles are parked and left unattended.
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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.