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Enigma Weekend Edition: Dueling Doodles 2 by Maddie Stabinger and Jazmin Grove


Enigma Weekend Edition: Painting by Makenna Glessner


Column: Hopes for the new administration

On November 8, 2016, businessman Donald J. Trump defeated all odds, winning thirty states out of fifty in the presidential election. His candidacy was one of much controversy, but after the failure of the Obama administration, not even Donald Trump, one of the most unlikable candidates in American history, was capable of losing.

Once the president-elect is inaugurated on January 20, 2017, Republicans will have majorities in all branches of government. Hopefully, they will use this opportunity to restore and maintain our prosperity, security, and freedom.
As I stated many times during the campaign, Donald Trump’s policies were never my concern; his lack of principle was, however. Trump once told a reporter that he was running for the Republican nomination, not the conservative nomination.

He rarely, if ever, spoke about the importance of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. Granted, his policies reflected these ideals far more than Hillary Clinton’s did…

Garden Spot FFA at the Farm Show

Pennsylvania FFA members from across the state were honored on January 9 during the 88th Mid-Winter Convention at the Farm show in Harrisburg PA. The Keynote speakers included: Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and a Representative from the New Holland Agriculture.

Keystone Degree
FFA members received the Keystone degree which is the highest state degree a member can earn. The 357 Keystone degree recipients included one of our own; Garden Spot FFA chapter President Connor Ranck.  The requirements to receive this degree include at least 25 hours of community service, earned and productively invested $1,000 or by putting 300 hours into your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), as well as various other things. Ranck has had two SAE’s. He has been showing dairy beef for three years and goats for six. He currently serves as the Garden Spot FFA chapter president and was last years treasurer.
First Year Members
First year memb…

Enigma Weekend Edition: Clay sculpture by Autumn Peters


Etown ekes out victory over both L-S swimming teams

Last night both the boys and girls swim teams fell to Elizabethtown in two very close meets. The girl's score was 94-76 and the boy's score was 90-80. --by Lexi Wagner, LS News sports reporter

Art students paint portraits for Syrian orphans

Lampeter-Strasburg art students Jordanne Brodersen, Isabel Gleason and Ericka Neff painted portraits as a meaningful piece of personal history for Syrian orphans and was an opportunity to creatively practice kindness utilizing their artistic gifts.  The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty.
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Kyle Spotts shows off tractor restoration project at Farm Show

Kyle Spotts had a busy fall. The Lampeter-Strasburg Garden Spot FFA Vice President has been spending all his spare time painting and welding as he restored his 1952 Farmall Cub tractor.

On Friday, that hard work paid off when Spotts showed off his tractor at the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.
We're super proud of Kyle, our Vice President, for working hard to restore his 1952 Farmall Cub. He's entering it in a restoration contest at the 2017 PA Farm Show! Visit the tractor in Harrisburg! Best of luck to Kyle and other @pennsylvaniaffa chapters competing! #PAFS17 #LSFFA #LSAgMech A photo posted by Garden Spot FFA (@gardenspotffa) on Jan 6, 2017 at 12:03pm PST
Spotts wasn't alone. In all, ten FFA chapters from around the state submitted tractors and restoration videos.

The project was a natural fit for Spotts saying in the video, “I’ve grown up around antique tractors, pulling them around and driving them around and fixing them up with my dad,”

Watch Spott's tractor restor…

Enigma Weekend Edition: Tree Swing by Sarah Johnson


Enigma Weekend Edition: Teapot by Ericka Neff


Girls defeat CV in swimming contest

Last night the girl's swim team defeated Conestoga Valley, 94-72. With Catherine Horner winning the 500 free by .08, Emily Lichty winning the 100 back with Molly Nagel coming in second, and Lexi Wagner winning the 100 breaststroke.
The 200 free and 200 medley relay both won with swimmers consistiing of Catherine Horner, Lexi Wagner, Karin Hostetter, and Hailey Welchans. 
Unfornately, the boys team fell to CV, 105-64. Colin Anderson, however, set a new team record for the 50 free clocking in at 22.33.

--by Lexi Wagner, LS News sports reporter

Wake-up call for Garden Spot

The Pioneers, coming off of a loss in December, welcomed the visiting 3-4 Spartans with a wakeup call. The famous “I Believe” chant echoed from the far side of the gymnasium 20 seconds into the first quarter, and it didn’t stop there.
Most of the players appeared dazed after two weeks off for winter break, and fouls seemed to storm the scoreboard. By the end of the first quarter, the Pioneers were up 23-9. Lampeter-Strasburg’s last three points were scored by none other than Sophomore Ryan Smith when he hurled the ball past mid-court and landed a three pointer just time ran out.
Mid-way through the second quarter, Jared Houck stole the ball from his opponent passing it straight to Jordan Sweger who went seamlessly up the middle for two points. Not long after, Houck took advantage of a wide open court and scored two points of his own which brought the first half to 33-23 in favor of our very own.
Where Garden Spot really struggled was with fouls during the second half. Even without Ben…

Enigma Weekend Edition: Palm Tree by Camryn Heister