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May 16, 2018 Page 7C iR Orter Mary Persons FFA com- peted in National Homesite Evaluation and National Landjudg'mg Competitions on May 3 in Oklahoma City, Okla. This was the 66th year the Oklahoma Soil and Water Conserva- tion Service sponsored the competition. 4-H, FFA, and adults from 33 states com- peted in the event. Each state can send up to five teams to compete in each division. Mary Persons FFA teams arrived in Stillwater, Okla. and practiced Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning our teams trav- eled to Oklahoma City for two days of practice leading up to the National competition on Thurs- day. Our Landjudging team qualified for the Nati.'onal Contest by winning the FFA State Championship in November. Our Homesite Team was the 2017 first place Landjudging team in Georgia. At the National Contest Mary Persons placed 29th out of 100 FFA Landjudg- ing teams from all over the country. In the National Homesite Division the Mat'y Persons team placed 20th out of 54 teams. Mary Persons FFA Advisors Bill Waldrep and Ryan Smith competed in the Adult Division. Wal- drep placed 4th out of 33 in Homesite Evaluation competitors and 6th out of 58 in Landjudging. Smith placed 20th out of 58 in Landjudging in Adult Divi- sion. Pictured at National Competition in Oklahoma, left to right, on the front row is the Mary Persons FFA Homesite Evaluation Team: Austin Wiggins, Kristen Snyder, Sarah Kimsey, on the middle row is the FFA Landjudging Team: Matthew Fields, Tyler Faulk, Ashton Hooks, Cody Sickman, on the back row are FFA Advisors Bill Waldrep and Ryan Smith. ti Pictured, left to right, are the Mary Persons Class of 1959 at their 59th re- union: back row, Richard Davis, Marvin Bowdoin, Billy Harrison, Betty Joyce Hol- land, Charlie Haygood, middle row, Dot Duckworth, Pat Broman, Paula Freeman, Jeaneen Willingham, front row, Virginia Remick, Lillian Bowden, Carey Mundy By Jeaneen Willingham Mary Persons class of 1959 held their 59th Class reunion on Saturday, April 28 at the fellowship hall at Ebene- zer United Methodist Church. There were 12 classmates and 10 spouses attending. Paula Freeman decorated the tables with Mason jars covered with gold burlap and the MP logo. They were filled with sun- flowers. Classmates signed get- well cards for Suzanne Reeves and Derrick Childs. Carey Mundy said our bless- ing, before we enjoyed the beef tenderloin Billy Harrison had grilled for our lunch. The tenderloin was so tender it would melt in your mouth. Giant baked potatoes with all the trimmings, tossed salad, and several delicious desserts, prepared by the classmates, were enjoyed by all. We surprised Carey Mundy with a birthday cookie and sing- ing Happy Birthday to her since her birthday would be Sunday. Betty loyce and Elger Holland had traveled the longest way, coming from Columbus. We all had a great time remi- niscing and talking with each other. Next year we will have our big 60th reunion, and we are all looking forward to that. By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef Monroe County Family Connection brought the Seven Project, a program for teens and parents, to Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Friday, May 4. The Seven Project is a professional presenta- tion focused on guiding students to make the best choices during their teens, the seven most influential years of their lives. The program was focused on bullying, social media, substance abuse, depres- sion/suicide and choices. The topics were chosen by Family Connection as rel- evant to youth in Monroe County, with depression/ suicide added after a local 13-year-old recently ended his own life. As a prelude to the main program, there were two hours of food, games, a hip hop rap artist and giveaways at the newly Caldwell Veterinary Hospital, LLC FULL SERVICE COLLISION REPAIR CENTER Locally Owned and Operated finished parking area next to the Fine Arts Center. Several local churches and civic groups contributed to the giveaways and activi- ties. Perfect spring weather blessed the outdoor events. From 7-9 p.m. there was an assembly and outreach with four speakers from the 7 Team. In addition to Monroe County Family Connection, the event was hosted by Youth Alive and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brandi Pye chaired bringing the Seven Project to Monroe County. She said that at least 200 youth registered as attending the event and that she received only positive feedback about it. She wished it could have reached more students. The program is usually held as an assembly during the school day with an event like the one on May 4 held as a follow-up that Full Service Collision Center 40 Years Combined Experience * Certified Technicians We Work With All Insurance Companies . FREE Estimates! evening. Because of testing and other concerns, time out of the school day for an assembly could not be arranged. She said that after conversations with Mary Persons Principal Dr. Jim Finch, she feels that they can probably plan a school assembly if they decide to bring the program back next year. Monroe County Family Connection had initially hoped to create a Teen Maze in Monroe County. When the resources and volunteers needed to cre- ate, organize and promote a Teen Maze successfully were not available, the Sev- en Project was found as an alternative way to address teens about the choices they make and their long- term impact. A survey of students at the Seven Project asked about sexting, alcohol and driving, e-cigarettes, choices, risky behavior, Youth join in games at the newly Center in the warm-up activities (Photo/Diane Glidewell) whether having a child would make graduating harder, sharing prescrip- tion drugs, bullying, being bullied, the connection The 478-994-3173 .Con, Toe & Thu lO:OO a, m. - 4:30 p.m, 951 Butler Caldwell, DVM Hwy 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-8228 Preventative Medicine including vaccines, flea,tick and heartworm medications. 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