11-11 Elida School News

FFA competes in creed contest
Elida FFA members competed in the District IV Creed Contest in Clovis on Monday. The contest required students to recite the FFA Creed and then answer three questions.
Thirty-five contestants from the eleven schools in District IV competed in the ninth-grade division. Amanda Cross-Smith won the contest and Autumn Thomas placed fourth. Also competing were Reavis Best and Jordyn Tivis. Amanda and Autumn will compete in the state contest at the state convention in June.
In the eighth-grade division Brendon Smith and Trenton Smith advanced from the preliminary round into the finals. Randy Jasso also competed in the contest.

FCCLA attends regional
The Elida FCCLA Chapter recently attended the 2007 regional meeting held at the Albuquerque Hyatt. Members attended leadership workshops and business sessions. Also, state officers were elected for the 2008-2009 membership year. The students attending from Elida were Shanna Anthony, Quentin Griffin, Nikki Jasso, Aaron Roberts, Gus Rodriguez, Lindsey Smith and Jessica Valdovinos. Quentin and Nikki were the voting delegates for Elida.

Oldknow addresses class
The senior English class heard a presentation by Antony Oldknow, Professor of English at Eastern New Mexico University, about the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf recently.
Oldknow, a native of Peterborough, England, grew up around the area known as the Fens where the classic takes place. He read aloud a portion in Old English demonstrating the Germanic origins of the English language, and shared some of his own translation that he says is more precise than some of the other versions.
Oldknow is the author of many books, including The Passion Play and Other Ghost Stories (2006) from Ash Tree Press.