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FFA Barnwarmin' held Friday

FFA Barnwarmin' held Friday

December 6th, 2017 by David Wilson in Local News

<p>Democrat photo / David A. Wilson</p><p>Seated in the ATV at the California FFA Barnwarming Dec. 2 were Queen Grace Henley and King Yance Wolfrum, juniors. The 2017 Royal Court is, from left, seniors Sarah McCord (kneeling) and Dustin Bonecutter, sophomores Makayla Schanzmeyer (kneeling) and Clayton Winkler, and freshmen Tristan Porter (kneeling) and Jackson Rutledge.</p>

Juniors Grace Henley and Yance Wolfrum were crowned Queen and King at the California High School FFA Barnwarming held Dec. 2 in the shop facility.

The barnwarming royalty was selected after a series of games and tasks, after which the winning team was crowned. Several of the tasks involved identification of, and finishing, the next line of songs from different eras. One of the games required the queen candidate riding a modified pedal tractor, pulling a small trailer with each king candidate across the shop, picking up a bale of straw, taking them and throwing them over a gate, then roping a small "steer" attached to a straw bale, then stacking four screw-nuts with chop sticks.

The results of the competition were that the juniors scored at the top, with the seniors a close second.

Henley, daughter of Rodney and Janet Henley, plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia and major in strategic communication. Her current ag class is ag economics. For her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), Henley is a lifeguard at the city pool and shows hams. Outside of FFA, she is involved in volleyball, track, student council, Sounds of Joy, FBLA, NHS, DECA, Spanish Club, Art Club and Young Republicans.

Wolfrum, son of Gail and Janet Wolfrum, plans to attend college and become a mechanical engineer. His current ag class is ag construction. For his SAE, Wolfrum raises cattle. His favorite FFA memory is the FFA summer trip.

Senior candidate Sarah McCord, daughter of Brad and Jennifer McCord, plans on graduating from college, getting a job and getting married. Her current ag class is an independent study. For her SAE, McCord grows blackberries, lifeguards at the city pool and cures country hams. Outside of FFA, she is in the Sounds of Joy, Spanish Club, 4-H, NHS, DECA, swim team, golf and track.

Senior candidate Dustin Bonecutter, son of James and Crystal Bonecutter, plans on working for the Department of Conservation, or having his own hunting show. His current ag classes are ag construction and auto-CAD engineering. For his SAE, Bonecutter traps animals, skins them for their fur to stretch and sell to fur buyers. Outside of FFA, he is involved in football, Main Street Baptist Church, hunting and fishing and spending time with family, friends and girlfriend.

Sophomore candidate Makayla Schanzmeyer, daughter of Ryan and Johnna Schanzmeyer, has an interest in business and hopes to go into a business-related career. Her current ag class is principles of plant science. For her SAE, Schanzmeyer mows a cemetery in the summer. Outside of FFA, she is involved in basketball, volleyball, track, Sounds of Joy, student council, and serves as vice president of FBLA.

Sophomore candidate Clayton Winkler, son of Chris and Tasha Winkler and Holly Dugger, plans on going into engineering or becoming a personal trainer. His current ag class is ag mechanics. For his SAE, he lifeguards at the city pool and the country club. Outside of FFA, Winkler is involved in football, baseball and is a youth group member of the Methodist church.

Freshman candidate Tristan Porter, daughter of Melanie and Doug Porter, has, as her immediate plan, to go to college and play basketball. Her current ag class is introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources. For her SAE, she shows pigs. Outside of FFA, Porter is involved in basketball, Shamrock 4-H club, and youth group.

Freshman candidate Jackson Rutledge, son of James and Tiffany Rutledge, has, as his immediate plan, to go to college and play basketball. His current ag class is introduction to agriculture, food and natural resources. For his SAE, he is doing landscaping. Outside of FFA, Rutledge is involved in basketball.