Flowing Wells FFA harvests award

Flowing Wells High School's FFA club took first place at the Agriscience Fair at the state convention at the University of Arizona June 6-8.

The Flowing Wells group, which consisted of Allisun Pierce and Desiree Curran, won first place in its category for a food science project titled "Colored Eggs?" The students studied the effects of organic food coloring in poultry feed.

The school's FFA chapter was also recognized as a Bronze National Chapter for its community service, as well as service to its members during the school year.

Also at the state conference, Marcus Railsback, Flowing Wells FFA chapter president, was elected as the state's South Central District FFA president for the 2013-14 school year.

Marana students place ninth in auto skills competition

Marana's Evan Cloutier and Kevin Reich demonstrated in a national competition that they're among the most skilled automotive students in the country.

Reich, who graduated from Marana High School, and Cloutier, who completed his sophomore year this year, placed ninth in a June 10-11 national competition in Dearborn, Mich. They were accompanied by teacher Don Zell, who oversees the 150-student program at the school.

The Marana team was one of 50 that contended for $12 million in scholarships at the 64th annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills National Finals at Ford World Headquarters.

Cloutier and Reich both won $7,000 scholarships to the Automotive Training Center (Exton and Westminster, Pa.), $1,000 scholarships to Lincoln Educational Services, which has several campuses around the country, and $6,500 scholarships to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

A duo from Vale High School in Vale, Ore., won the competition, a timed event that required students to work with tools as well as computers. The students received work orders that asked them to diagnose and repair problems in test vehicles. They were judged on accuracy and time. The students also took a written exam.

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