Every year the building trades class, under the leadership of
teacher Brett Hitchings, takes on the task of building a new house
somewhere in Lincoln. This year's house is in the 1200 block of
North Sherman Street.
This year, students in the ag management and
horticulture classes have joined the project. The classes are taught
by Mr. Jacob Hunter, who is new to his position at LCHS this year.
The following students aided in this endeavor:
From the ag management class -- Chelsea Coers, Nick Davis, Jesse
Plummer, Nathan Runyon, Same Buse, Austin Goodman, Josh Cale, Seth
Unger, Kyle Klockenga and Todd Irwin.
From the horticulture class -- Nate Baker, Molly Buttel, Jacob
Day, Abby Ellegood, Matt Gleason, Nick Goff, Dalton Guy, Dustin
Jones, Ayla Michael, Melissa Montanez, Megan Opperman, Kurt Potratz,
Destinee Shreve, Rachel Skelton and Thomas Taft.
Last Tuesday the class was working on spreading fertilizer and
grass seed for the front and side lawns at the home.
The class also worked on placing edging around the foundation of
the house, creating a space for shrubs and other plants.
Hunter praised the students for their hard work, especially when
the end of the semester was upon them.
"We've had a few seniors come back to help this week, even though
they are done with class," said Hunter.
The seniors were excused from class last week in order to prepare
for graduation on Saturday. Despite the timing, Hunter believes this
is still a great project for the students to undertake at the end of
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"This gets the students out of the classroom for a bit," Hunter
said. "These kids will have their own homes someday, and this will
teach them good, relevant skills for that."
When asked if the agricultural classes have worked with the
building trades classes in this manner in the past, Hunter said that
such collaboration has happened before. The difference has been that
this year's efforts have resulted in a more positive outcome.
"We've had a great group of hardworking students this year," said
On the topic of the students, Hunter pointed out that he would
like to congratulate the FFA members for all of their hard work this
year, not just for their work ethic in helping with landscaping. The
dairy team came in second at the section level. The team also placed
10th out of 84 teams in the state FFA dairy judging competition,
with one student receiving sixth place overall. Finally, one of the
students, Leah Anderson, received the Star Section Greenhand Award
as one of the top 25 freshmen in Illinois FFA this year.
[By DEREK HURLEY]