Reporter’s notebook: Singer chosen to represent state

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

ZANESSA DODD SAID SHE watched the mail daily anticipating the letter from the National FFA Chorus.

The Melrose High School senior, who has been a member of the Melrose FFA chapter for six years, has been selected to sing in the 2006 National FFA Chorus Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis.

“I screamed when I found out I made it,” she said, “and then I called my agriculture and music teachers.”

SINGING AND AGRICULTURE share few similarities, but Dodd has a passion for both.

The 18-year-old singer is one of three students who will represent New Mexico in the 85-member chorus. She was nominated by her state association and selected from hundreds of applicants, according to a National FFA Chorus press release.

Dodd said she honed her vocal skills at church.

“I’VE BEEN SINGING since I was little,” she said, “and my mom taught me a lot.”

Dodd has also sung at numerous local talent shows, performing songs by such artists as Shania Twain and Martina McBride. Classic country tunes by Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton are also favorites, Dodd said.

“I like to sing country,” she said.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Fennell. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis, NM 88102. The e-mail address is: rwhite@cnjonline.com