A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 15, 2011:

OBERLIN, Ohio — The FFA parliamentary procedure teams of the Firelands FFA would like to dedicate their best performances to date to Mr. Muth. Muth is an FFA alumni and one of their biggest supporters. Muth spent some time working with one of our junior teams. He was recently in a terrible accident and remains in a coma at Metro Health.

On Nov. 30 the senior team and two junior teams competed at the subdistrict contest at Hillsdale High School. For the first time in our chapter’s history, the group qualified two teams for the district competition Dec. 7.

The senior team placed second and team members are Alex Tuggle, Emily Teaman, Abby Miller, Jess Zurcher, Emma Ranney, Chrissy Balint, Erica Hanko, and Josh Hanna.

The two junior teams placed first and second in the subdistrict. Unfortutely, only one team could represent us at disticts.

Team members of the first place team that moved on to districts are: Cole Lewis, Jessie Beran, Dean Ortner, Cullen Grude, Jamie Penkava, Ali Butler, Emily Herchler, and Kyle Kudela. The second place team was: Emily Pohorence, Taylor Odom, Demi Dovin, Heather Smyth, Becca Bari, Steph Dostall, Jody Hanko, and Katie Fath.

All teams were also rated gold at subdistrict.

The district contest was held Dec. 7 at New London High School. Both the junior and senior teams competed and both teams qualified for state. This is the first time a Firelands team has moved on to the state contest. Both teams earned gold ratings and both placed second.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Nov. 21, the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at district parliamentary procedure contest at Indian Valley High School.

In the contest, the senior team placed second as a team out of six teams and qualified for the state contest Dec. 17. The team consisted of Casey Schlauch, Travis Campbell, Liz Overholt, Mandy Taylor, Tawnya Eckerle, Sam Krejci, Madee Brewer, and Jesse Wines.

The chapter also had a beginning team compete and place fifith at districts. The team consisted of Madee Brewer, Mandy Taylor, Dustin Niehaus, Doug Giauque, Alex Snow, Shyann Kick, Nikki Wagner, and Jesse Wines.

On Nov. 8, the West Holmes FFA participated in the District Eight food science contest held at West Holmes. The chapter had two teams compete in the contest.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — United Local FFA’s parliamentary procedure team traveled to Northwestern,Wayne for the district three contest. The team took third place.

Team members consisted of Abram Zehentbaur- president, Sam Hake- reporter, Haley Drake- vice president, Alex Hull- treasurer, Dawn Berry- secretary, Austin Berrestford- student advisor, Levi Cooper-sentinel and Darrin Dustman as a member.

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA chapter hosted the Dukes Lead retreat Nov. 30 at the Chapel of Marlboro. The keynote speaker was Jessica Shanahan 2011-2012 Ohio FFA president. Lunch was provided for all of the students, compliments of the high school administrators.

Student organizations which attended the event included National Honor Society, Inter-act Club, Student Council, each grade’s class officers, Choir Council, Character Counts and the FFA chapter.

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — The Plymouth FFA chapter hosted a leadership night Nov. 15. Four of Ohio’s state FFA officers — Morgan Wade, Caroline Weihl, Ryan Roberts and Brent Stammens — came to the school and presented their speech about the Value of Me and the Value of We. More than 80 FFA members were in attendance from Plymouth and three other schools: Shelby, Wellington and Clearfork.

Plymouth FFA hosted the fall blood drive Nov. 22. Forty-seven viable pints were collected. Plymouth FFA honored 28 new FFA members this year at the November FFA meeting.

Bucyrus-Mid-Wood Incorporated and Syngenta participated in a program through the National FFA Foundation that awarded an FFA jacket to Trevor Arnold, a member of Plymouth HS FFA.

Syngenta will match retail partners’ contributions of $2,500 to the National FFA Foundation. In recognition of each retailer’s contribution, a local FFA chapter will receive an official FFA blue jacket and a $500 check for the chapter.

Plymouth FFA will be using their $500 check to offer half-price jackets for members. Any extra money will go towards purchasing a set of jackets for the FFA chapter to assist with sizing members for their new jackets. The extra jackets will also be used for members that do not own jackets of their own.

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