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FFA Performs Well in State Competition photo

FFA Performs Well in State Competition

The Monroe FFA Chapter attended the North Carolina FFA's 87th State Convention in Raleigh on June 16-18th.

Five MHS FFA students attended the convention; four MHS students, Kendra Covington, Jaslyn Santos, Dalia Soriano and Audrey Yoder competed in the Food Science CDE Contest.  This year there were 40 teams that competed and the Monroe FFA Chapter placed 7th in the state.

The Food Science and Technology Career Development Event is designed to stimulate learning activities in science and technology related to the food industry. Through participation in this event members develop technical competence and understanding in areas of safety and sanitation, food and nutrition labeling and food processing.  In addition, participants distinguish products and aromas used in the food science industry.

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Family financial crisis drives Monroe graduate toward success photo

Family financial crisis drives Monroe graduate toward success

Monroe High senior Maria Garcia has 12 siblings, a disabled father and an unemployed mother.

Finances are understandably tight for the Garcia family, but that didn’t stop the 18-year-old from enrolling in Wingate University for the fall semester to pursue her dream of being a dentist.

She is was one of eight area high school seniors who were awarded scholarships last week by the Latin American Women’s Association, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that supports high-achieving Latino teens who lack the money to attend college.

Garcia got the association’s attention in part because she told the women not to feel sorry for her or her family.

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