A roundup of FFA news for Aug. 21, 2008

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA chapter held its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

All officers and several advisers attended. Members discussed the Grange fair booth, new students, and fruit sale prizes.

The next meeting is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Marlington Horticulture Building. Guests are welcome.

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CRESTON, Ohio — Norwayne FFA members have earned several awards at the recently concluded Ohio State Fair.

Forty-two members displayed 101 projects constructed in the ag shop during the 2007-08 school year. Projects included arc welding samples, gas welding samples, chipping hammers, shop stools, bird houses, bird feeders, sawhorses, lawn chairs, tool gauges, thread gauges, sharpened drill bits and many others.

Eighty-nine of Norwayne FFA’s projects received a first place and the other 12 received second place.

Points are earned for each placing, and the school with the most points when the judging is completed is named FFA Shop Sweepstakes Champion. Norwayne received a plaque and rosette for winning that title.

This was the eighth consecutive Sweepstakes Champion earned by the Norwayne FFA and ninth overall.

Individually, Kirk Gasser received a best of show for his welding panel and Josh Steiner received a best of show for his lawn chair.

All projects displayed also are awarded premium money based on the placing they receive. Norwayne FFA members earned $531 in premium money.

Norwayne FFA officers spent three days at FFA camp for the purpose of planning activities for the upcoming school year, building teamwork skills and completing a service project at camp. The Norwayne FFA theme for this year is What If. . .

Kirk Gasser, Tricia Bauman, Eric Billman, Mark Geiser, Andrea Gasser, Derryck Hartong, Ben Mangun, Abby Winkler, Ryan Billman, Nick Miller, Jay Stewart and advisor Aaron Arnold traveled to Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum for an officer retreat in cooperation with Project Reach.

The officers discussed the upcoming year’s events and scheduled all the activities that go on throughout the year. Officers were assigned as chairs of the various events.

Twenty-three members attended the fifth session of Ohio FFA Camp in July near Carrollton. Members also had the opportunity to develop teamwork and cooperation skills through activities and recreation throughout the week.

The chapter donated $400 to the annual auction to raise money for Children’s Hospital.

Older members also had the opportunity to serve others by working with mentally handicapped adults from Carroll Hills Residence.

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