A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 23, 2012:

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA will sponsor various activities during National FFA Week, the week of Feb. 18. Events will include a teacher appreciation breakfast, drive your truck/tractor to school day, an assembly and a community service activity. The chapter will collect items to donate to the Wooster Hope Center. The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter

The chapter hosted a benefit soup supper for the Bruce and Susan Berry family Jan. 20. More than 20 gallons of soup were served and more than $5,000 was collected for the family.

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COLLINS, Ohio — The Western Reserve FFA club evaluated officer books Feb. 3. Three members of the club also competed in the public speaking CDE. Rebekah Pausch spoke on Animal Experimentation and placed fifth at the county contest Jan. 18 and placed second at the sub-district contest Feb. 8.

Katelyn Miller competed in the advanced prepared category on Grass Fed vs. Grain Fed Beef and placed second at the county and sub-district contests. Lindsey Bement placed second at county and third at sub-district, speaking on Soil Conservation” An Old Time Religion.

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The Loudonville FFA chapter took a trip Feb. 6 to Snow Trails for a tubing trip and met with a few other FFA chapters. In spite of the icy weather there were no injuries and everyone had a good time.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — On Jan. 19, members of Zane Trace FFA met at Shawnee Lanes Bowling Alley to enjoy a few games of bowling, pizza, and competition. Prizes were given out to the night’s top scorers.

Through this activity, members worked to reach this year’s goals of getting members more involved and enthusiastic about the FFA.

On Jan. 23, state FFA officers visited Zane Trace High School to lead FFA members from Zane Trace, West Elm High Schools and guests in Zane Trace’s second annual Leadership Night.

The chapter hosted its 34th annual sausage breakfast Feb. 3. The hard work began Jan. 31 with the processing of nine hogs.

FFA students worked after school to cut the pork, season and grind it to be stuffed the next day. On Feb. 1, the group worked to stuff the ground sausage into casings and stored them in coolers.

The day of the breakfast, chapter members arrived at the school at 2:45 a.m., and the breakfast began at 5 a.m. and customers were served a meal of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a minimum donation of $3.

The meal was prepared by the members of the Zane Trace FFA and served by members of the FCCLA chapter.

More than 700 community members were served and the breakfast brought in over $3,500 in donations for the Columbus Children’s Hospital; the Zane Trace FCCLA Scholarship Fund; and Ross County Junior Fair Awards.

On Feb. 16, four members participated in the District 7 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Event at Amanda Clearcreek High School.

Freshman Nick Gucwa competed in the Creed Recital and received a bronze rating.

Sophomore Beau Bilek presented a speech over hydraulic fracking and received a silver rating in the being prepared contest.

Another sophomore, David Powell also received a silver rating in the extemporaneous speaking contest with his presentation on the connection between a safe food supply and national security.

Junior Camden Everidge rounded out the group with his presentation on the importance of leadership in the prepared speaking competition. He received a bronze rating on his speech.

Three Zane Trace officers — secretary Audrey Hoey, reporter Stephanie Glass, and treasurer Amber Ginter — received gold ratings on their officer books.

The three members will be recognized during the upcoming Ohio FFA Convention.

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