FFA middle grades rally 3/10
several CMS FFA members competed at the North Carolina FFA Middle Grades Rally, held on the campus of NC A&T in Greensboro, NC.
Prior to the competition, these members studied and practiced hard to compete in various competitions called Career Development Events.
One of those competitions was Prepared Public Speaking in which the student must write and present a 4-6 minute speech on an agricultural topic. Eighth grader Craig Hamer represented CMS FFA well, presenting his speech on "The Doggie Dilemma: The Issue with Puppy Mills". Overall, Craig did an excellent job presenting and placed 7th in the state!
The other event was a team event: Biotechnology Quizbowl. In this event, a team of four must answer multiple rounds of questions about topics related to Biotechnology and FFA. The CMS team consisted of eighth graders Kaylie Baker, Kayla Connolly, Sydney Eure and Meredith Roberson. These ladies studied extremely hard months before the event and their efforts paid off. After making it through the first two rounds, they placed third in the state and received a team plaque and individual pins! Ms. Allison Dunn, one of the CMS FFA advisors, stated that she was very proud of the FFA members that competed and did such a great job in their very first state-level competition. Ms. Dunn hopes that next year, she can take even more FFA members to compete in the Career Development Events at Middle Grades Rally.
Spring play 4/27
On April 27th, the Drama Club will hold a play at Clayton Middle at 7PM.The play will be held at the Drama Room. This play is for a service project. The play wants to invigorate younger children to read books and get involved in drama. It also wants to bring drama to our own special needs students. The play is called Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, a children’s interactive play. It is based on the book by William Steig. The script will include younger children and some of our special ed students who will be participating in the play. There were 20 people who tried out. The main actors are Kaleb Heffernan. John Bird, Abby Oxenford, Kayla Barrett, Zoe Howcroft, Jacob Mubarak, Cristen Cunningham, Emma Roy, Zakariah Lackey, and Andi Cassell. We hope to enjoy the play and that it will turn out great!
By: Jason Juarez and Ky'zaiah Stone
Math Council 1/19
On Thursday January 19th the Mathcounts competed in the county competition. The competitions were held at First Baptist church in Smithfield, NC. The students competing were Brandon Rice (captain), James Culpepper, Ben Chiesa, and Nihaanth Kaggere (which were on Team Blue). Bryan Shirley (captain), Casper Smith, Courtland Strong, and Troy Bova (which were on Team White). The alternates were Jacob Stimac and Micah Nowling. The competitions included students answering challenging word problems, somer were calculator active and some were not, some were individual and some are team rounds. There is a countdown round where the top 20 students faced off in pairs to see who could answer the best out of 3 correctly. Team Blue won second place in the county, and team white was 4th in the county. Nihaanth Kaggere placed as the #3 individual, Casper Smith placed as the #4 individual, Brandon Rice was #5, Jacob Stimac was #8. On February 11 the Blue team also competed in regionals which were held at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, NC. There were close to 200 teams competing that day. Mrs. Creech was really proud of her team.
FFA Trip to AEE Day at NCSU 2/25
On Saturday, March 25th, nineteen CMS FFA members boarded a bus and went to NC State University. The event was AEE Day, which stands for Agricultural and Extension Education Day. The purpose was to allow FFA members from across the state to come together and learn about leadership, teamwork and more about NCSU. The first event was all about diversity and labels and how it affects all of us; the group did an activity where they faced a wall and if the instructor said something that applied to you, you would turn around and see who has what in common. After that activity, we discussed how each of our labels makes us different, which is great because we can use them to our advantage. After that workshop, several NC State students took us on a tour of campus and we learned some fun facts, like how the college’s original colors were pink and blue and how the mascot Tuffy the wolf has been replaced 3 times. We saw several of NC State’s well known landmarks like the brickyard, the bell tower, the free expression tunnel and the Court of Carolina’s. After the tour of NCSU, we went to a grassy area on campus where we did a leadership activity in which we were told to match an animal with our names then say our name as well as memorizing others (ex. Jellyfish Joey, Jaguar Jacob, Monkey Mackenzie). Next, we ate lunch at the Talley Student Center and checked out the student bookstore before heading to Doak Field, NCSU’s baseball stadium. There, we watched NC State play in their season opener against Austin Peay and we cheered for the Wolfpack. All in all, it was a great field trip and all of the FFA members who went said they had a fun day.
FFA Meeting 2/7
The FFA members introduced new members on Tuesday afternoon. The FFA planned who would do what at the Student vs. Staff basketball game. If you signed up to help at the game you get to get in for free, so sign up quick! The FFA Members also discussed the field trip to NCSU and that they would have to turn in their forms ASAP, they will be charged a fee of $25 and they will get to see NCSU’s first baseball game of the season. This will be on February 25th and they will need to get to school before 8:30 to make it to the bus. They will be coming back at 4:30 the same day. We hope that if you missed the meeting this helped you!
By: Joey Danford
FFA week 2/20-2/24
On the 20th it is FFA Awareness Day, Members will spread the word about what FFA is, what we stand for and why agriculture is important. The 21st is the ag olympics for FFA members after school 3:30-5:30. The 22nd is FFA Service Project- clean up school grounds from 3:30-4:30. The 23rd is Blue and Gold Day, FFA members will wear their FFA tee’s and everyone can wear blue or gold. The 24th is FFA Appreciation Day, FFA will show their appreciation for teachers with breakfast for staff members and doughnuts for FFA members.
By: William Sherrell
Student vs. Staff
A Staff/Student Basketball game was held Thursday, February 9. In the the first half of the game the staff were in lead because they were going by double points instead of 2. The staff were in the lead still in the second quarter by 10 to 13 points. The staff won the rest of the game. In the 3 on 3 game Owen Woznichack, C.J Naylor, Dylan Fannin left the other competitors in the dust and won the 3 on 3 tournament. The game, which raised approximately $400, went towards the CMS FFA club.