October 5, 2016
Bianca Heidemann and Nicholas Brunshaw have some fun with a game of Paint Twister. Photo: Sally Smid
ADHS builds school spirit
By Sally Smid
The first day of autumn in Athens still looked very much like summer as the Athens District High School Link Crew led grade 9 students in a Frosh fun day at the local soccer field. “It is a great way for students to get to know each other,” explained Link Team Co-ordinator Noel Rogers. The activities are a way to help students develop leadership skills and are a great way to build school spirit.
“We are off to a great start this year at ADHS!” commented Principal Marsha McNair who was out on the field, ready to get personally involved in student activities as usual. The events included games like Twister and relays that involved greasy paint as well as “pies in faces”. The game of Drip, drip, and drop involved a bucket of water being released on a chosen frosh member which turned out to be a great way to cool off on that very hot afternoon. There was also a food booth and an obstacle course. As usual the “tunes were cranked up” which added to the festive atmosphere. While some of the frosh had reservations about attending the annual event, from the smiles and laughter on the faces of many participants, it seemed evident that the afternoon was quite a success!
ADHS also hosted their Annual Terry Fox Run on Thursday Sept 29 at the soccer field with Mr. Rogers and Mr. Pier coordinating.
Orange Shirt Day was planned for Friday, Sept. 30. “This event is intended to recognize the harm done to residential school students and to show a commitment to the principle that every child matters!” explains Principal Marsha McNair which is being organized by Mr. Jim Palmer and one of his classes.
Friday October 7 is Country Fair Day which will begin on the soccer field at 12:15 with staff organizing this annual event for students and Mr. St. Onge taking the lead.
Madison McKenna, (11) Grand Champion Showperson in the Beef Show with her heifer, Clover. Photo: Catherine Orth
Leeds County 4H showcases livestock, builds confidence
By Catherine Orth
The Leeds County 4H Showcase was held on Saturday, September 24th at The Lansdowne Fairgrounds. The showcase gives young members of the 4H an opportunity to demonstrate not only their rapport, and their ability to communicate, and control their prized goat, beef or milking cow, or rabbit but also their showmanship. Each member showing goat and/or beef was smartly dressed in black pants and white shirt. Dairy showcasing participants were dressed in white shirt and white pants. The judges were very knowledgeable, giving detailed impression of each animal. They also were very encouraging praising all the young participants for their hard work and discipline.
Grand Champion Goat Showperson was awarded to Matthew Welch; Reserve Champion Showperson was Sheldon Shane; and Honorable Mention Showperson went to Leah Allen.
Grand Champion Beef Showperson was awarded to Madison Mckenna; Reserve Champion Showperson went to Emmitt Irvine; Honourable Mention went to Erica Heuthorst.
Grand Champion Beef Heifer was awarded to Will Warren; Reserve Champion Beef Heifer went to Erica Heuthoust .
Dairy Show Grand Champion Showperson was awarded to Cody Jackson; Reserve Champion Showperson went to Lyndsey Dickson; Honourable Mention Showperson went to Sheldon Shane.
Grand Champion Dairy Heifer was awarded to Lyndsey Dickson; Reserve Champion Dairy Heifer went to Sheldon Shane; Honourable Mention Dairy Heifer went to Cody Jackson.
The County Tie-up was won by the Leeds County 4H Beef Club.
Grand Champion Livestock Competition was won by Matthew Welch with a total of 235 points out of a possible 250.
The Champion Livestock Competition involves dairy, beef, goat sheep and rabbit. Therefore it is considered a very prestigious award. In the category each participant demonstrates their showmanship with a beef cow, dairy cow, goat and rabbit. They have five minutes with each animal and the livestock cannot be their own.
It is important to know that 4H is open to any interested young person. Those without livestock, have access to farm animals donated by participating farms. The livestock is kept at the farm and kids go to the farm to work with their designated animal.
The 4H Club will hold its annual County Awards Night in Lansdowne at the Community Building on November 18.
For further Leeds County 4H Club information call Brenda Dunster at 613-342-0014.
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