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Leising and Perfect honor FFA

first_imgStatehouse— State Sens. Jean Leising and Chip Perfect presented House Concurrent Resolution 32, which honors The National FFA Organization for its work to advance the quality of agricultural education, at the Statehouse Monday. FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization was established in 1928 and Indiana FFA was started in 1929. Currently, there are 211 chapters in Indiana with 12,500 members.“Farmers are often underappreciated for their talents, working in hazardous and stressful conditions to provide for us,” Leising said. “HCR 32 pays respect to an organization that goes above and beyond to educate and encourage our future agricultural workforce. Farmers in Indiana contribute more than $31.2 billion to our economy, making our state one of the largest agricultural exporters in the nation. Our state is better because of the young men and women in the National FFA Organization, and I commend them for their accomplishments.”“I applaud Hoosier youth who join their local FFA chapter,” Perfect said. “As a former member of the FFA many of the ideals I learned through the program I actively practice today. I was awarded several opportunities I would not have otherwise had, if I had not joined FFA and I encourage those passionate about agriculture to consider joining this program.”last_img read more

Eugene, Melius shine but Leewards snatch tense win

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Half-centuries from captain Johnnel Eugene and opener Kimani Melius underlined a gallant Windward Islands run chase but the knocks went in vain as Leeward Islands pulled off a narrow 15-run victory in their third round game in the Regional Under-19 Championship here yesterday.Resuming the final day on 49 for one in pursuit of 260 for victory at St Paul’s, the Windwards put up a good fight before they were bowled out for 244 in their second innings.Eugene top-scored with 70, Melius got 68 while Johann Jeremiah chimed in with 40.The Windwards appeared strong favourites for the win when they cruised to 125 for one but lost wickets steadily to watch their challenge fizzle out.Zawandi White led the Leewards with three for 32 while Jerome Thomas (2-31) and Kadeem Henry (2-46) collected two wickets apiece.Melius, starting the day on 26, controlled the earlier part of the innings in a 97-run stand with Jeremiah. He faced 147 balls in 201 minutes and counted five fours and a six while Jeremiah faced 116 deliveries without hitting a single four.Both perished within nine runs of each other but it paved the way for Eugene who then rallied the innings in a knock containing eight fours and two sixes, spanning 144 balls and just under three hours.He anchored three small partnerships – 25 for the fourth wicket with Dillon Douglas (10), 26 for the seventh with Jeremy Layne (14) and 32 for with Lee Louisy (4) which put the Windwards within sight of victory at 239 for eight.But both batsmen fell in the space of four deliveries in successive overs with no addition to the total, as the tail collapsed dramatically.last_img read more

At Commencement in May, two Trojan families will make history

first_imgChristie Bertch is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and sociology with a minor in business law. She will graduate in May.So will her father, Dr. Steven Bertch, who will graduate with an executive master of business administration from the Marshall School of Business on the same day. He also graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1984.All in the family · (from left) Steven, Michael, Kathleen and Christie Bertch are all affiliated with USC, either as students, entering students or university employees. – Photo courtesy of the Bertch family But the family connection doesn’t end there.Steven’s wife, Kathleen, also graduated from the dental program in 1983. She completed her undergraduate studies at USC, and she’s now a dental hygienist at the USC Oral Health Center.And to top it off, their son, Michael, is headed to USC in the fall.With two graduating, one soon to be enrolled and another working at USC, the Bertch family’s tight Trojan bond is unique.“Even the trustees and admissions people haven’t heard of anything like this,” Steven said.Steven and Kathleen met at USC in a parking lot during the 1984 Olympics. Within six months, they were engaged, and within another year, they were married. Three years later, their first child, Christie, was born.“I’ve been a Trojan since I can remember,” Christie said. “Everyone jokes I was here before I was born.”Christie and her brother have been surrounded by the Trojan lifestyle their entire lives.Michael said his USC experience really started when he was six and came to his first USC football game against Oregon State in 1997.“Ever since then, I’ve been to nearly every home game — win or lose, rain or shine,” Michael said. “It is now 2010, and I’m looking forward to continuing the tradition as a student.”Christie said having her whole family at USC has turned what would be an individual experience into a more meaningful family affair.“It’s been a dream for me to be able to share my passion for USC with my family,” Christie said.“We’re all so passionate about USC,” Kathleen said. “There is something to be said about the Trojan Family and Trojan Family traditions. There’s nothing like the USC experience.”Christie said it was exactly this sentiment that made her want to follow in her parents’ footsteps and attend USC.“You just feel passionate about what USC means around the world and what it means in Los Angeles,” she said. “I felt an immediate connection, and that’s really what made me want to come here.”Both Christie and Michael said they never really considered going anywhere else for college — neither did their father when he decided to pursue a business education to fulfill his dream of being an entrepreneur“I want to have an effect in the industry and make a difference,” he said. “Our country needs innovation.”Steven noted that he never expected his return to USC to include his entire family.“Never in my wildest imagination would I ever have thought we’d all be here like this,” Steven said.Steven said he was amazed by the odds of his and his daughter’s graduating from the same school in the same year. Christie, however, said that with her family’s tight bond, it almost made sense.“We’ve always been a close family,” Christie said.Her father agreed.“Their whole lives, we’ve been away from them 10 days total,” Steven said. “It’s natural that we’re sharing the school like this.”Still, the Bertches said that although they’re close, being busy keeps them from being together constantly.“I work eight hours a day,” Kathleen said. “Christie comes to me when she needs something. We’re all so busy in our own little worlds of what we do day to day. When time allows, we meet up, but we all have our own lives.”Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Steven Bertch graduated from USC’s dental hygiene program. Bertch actually graduated USC with a Doctor of Dental Surgery.last_img read more