Tucker Commission donates to youth trip

A delegation from the Tucker County High School Future Farmers of America asked the Tucker County Commission for support for an upcoming trip to a national conference Wednesday.

The group is gathering donations to attend the National FFA Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Senior Tyler Hebb, the president of the Tucker County FFA group, said the trip represents a huge opportunity for the group.

“This will be the 80th National FFA Conference,” Hebb said. “I think it is an essential step that we attend and bring back the excitement of the event to our other members. It has been more than 30 years since anyone from Tucker County traveled to the national convention.”

Sophomore Lindsay Knotts serves as the group’s treasurer.

“This year, I competed at the state level contest,” Knotts said. “I want to got to the national event to learn more about public speaking. I am excited to get to watch the contests.”

Madison Lambert is a senior at TCHS and the assistant FFA treasurer.

“Right now, I am undecided on a career path,” Lambert said. “This would be a great opportunity for me to visit the career and trade show. There will be more than 450 vendors at the National Convention.”

Thomas Evans, a junior who is the club’s parliamentarian and chaplain, shared his hopes for the convention.

“There will be more than 50,000 students from all over at the national convention,” Evans said. “It will be cool to meet them and share with them stories about their agriculture experience. We can bring those stories back to the members of our chapter.”

Andrew Kisamore Jr. told commissioners about the money already raised for the event.

“We hope to take eight members and two adults to the convention,” Kisamore said. “So far, we have donations and fundraising income of $4,400. The total cost for the trip is $6,000.”

Commissioner Mike Rosenau complimented the group on their presentations.

“You represent your school and club well,” Rosenau said.

The commission voted unanimously to help donate $1,500 to help the group meet its goal.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners took the following actions:

– Received a report from Cindy Phillips of the Historic Landmark Commission. Phillips said the group secured a survey planning grant for the Cottrill Opera House for $15,000.

No match was required for the grant that was used to survey the truss system in the Opera House.

Phillips said the Historic Landmark Commission completed a walking tour of Thomas, a brochure, a website and signs. She said their goal is to protect and showcase historic buildings and to attract tourists.

“We are always looking for new members, ” Phillips said. “Our meetings are at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Our webpage is listed on the Tucker County Commission website.”

The next regular commission meeting is slated for 9 am. Nov. 13 in the courthouse.