A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 29, 2011:

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter’s Food Science and Technology team, Sarah Bookman, Jordan Haas, Megan Poynter, and Logan Garber, competed Nov. 21 at Loudonville High School, where they placed first and moved on to state.

At the state level, Dec. 3, the team placed third overall.

The chapter’s junior and senior parliamentary procedure teams competed at the district contest Dec. 7 at New London High School.

The junior team consisted of president, Megan Poynter; vice president, Keayla Harr; secretary, Amanda Garn; treasurer, Hayley Sherman; reporter, Logan Garber; sentinel, Dylan Chio; student adviser, Regan Badertscher; member, Hannah Barr. The senior team included: Morgan Austin, vice president; Keayla Harr, member; Matthew Zimmerman, treasurer; Stephanie Shuck, reporter; Sarah Bookman, president; McKenzie Stimmell, secretary; Ashlee Cutlip, reporter; Dylan Mullins, sentinel.

Both placed first and moved onto the state contest.

The senior team competed Dec. 17 in Columbus, placing second in the state contest. With a second place award, the senior team has the opportunity to attend the Big E to compete in the fall.

The junior team does not compete in state contest until the spring.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at the state parliamentary procedure contest Dec. 17 in Columbus. The team placed fourth in state.

The team members are Casey Schlauch, Travis Campbell, Liz Overholt, Tawnya Eckerle, Sam Krejci, Madee Brewer, Mandy Taylor and Jesse Wines.

The West Holmes FFA sent the agriculture communications team to compete at state Dec. 3. Members of the team were Kayla Chandler, Elizabeth Overholt and Mandy Taylor. The team placed 14th overall.

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WASHINGTON COURTHOUSE, Ohio — Miami Trace FFA members Evan Schaefer, Tanner Mick, Sarah Peterson, Landon Gibbs, Daneilla Straathof, Jamie Payton, Molly Garringer, and Emily Ratliff traveled to OSU to compete in the state FFA parliamentary procedure finals Dec. 17.

The team competed at the sub-district and district Nov. 22 and Dec. 1 where they won both competitions.

After taking an online exam Dec. 15 and receiving the third highest score, they traveled to the Agriculture Administration Building on the OSU Agriculture campus.

A win in the first round moved the team on to the finals where they competed against the other four winners from the original five brackets.

The results showed that Miami Trace won the contest by 12 points in a 1,048-point contest. This is the first Miami Trace state-winning parliamentary procedure team since 1996.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA will collect cleaned Christmas trees Jan. 4, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Individuals living in Lea Crest Estates, High Point, or in the villages of New Pittsburg, Lattasburg, Pleasant Home, Congress, and West Salem may leave their cleaned trees at the curb in front of their homes for free pickup.

Anyone interested in recycling their Christmas trees who does not live in one of the villages may drop off their trees at the New Pittsburg Park pavilion or at the West Salem School basketball court.

The Northwestern FFA does not collect on rural routes.

The FFA will deliver the trees to the West Salem Beagle Club for the protection of rabbits and other wildlife. This will be the 25th year for the Northwestern FFA community service project.

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