A roundup of FFA news for the week of June 2, 2011:

HANOVERTON, Ohio — United Local FFA traveled to Columbus, Ohio for the 83rd annual state FFA convention.

On the two-day trip the group toured The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Enviromental Science campus.

At the last session of the conference, 6,500 FFA members and guests from all over Ohio watched as 600 FFA’ers received their State FFA degree.

United had four FFA state recipients: Brittany Bell, daughter of Mitch Lacey and Tiffany Poole; Luke Mattevi, son of Randy and Carolyn Mattevi; Rebecca Swope, daughter of Sarah and Kevin Swope; and Kalene Worth, daughter of Chrystale Hilderbrand and Dave Worth.

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DIAMOND, Ohio — Nicole Cutlip and Benjamin Nething of the Southeast FFA received top awards at the 83rd Ohio FFA Convention May 5 and May 6 in Columbus.

Cutlip received the FFA State Degree, the highest degree which can be earned by a high school student.

She is the immediate past secretary of the chapter and a member of the soil judging team which competed at the 2010 state contest. She is the daughter of Evelyn and Steve Cutlip of Deerfield.

Nicole is a senior and will continue her agriculture education at the ATI Campus of Ohio State University, where she will major in construction management. She has won the McConnell FFA Scholarship and the Klaiben FFA Scholarship.

She will also receive scholarships from the Ohio Homebuilders Association and the Ohio Homebuilders Endowment Fund.

Nething was elected secretary of the Ohio FFA. During the 2011-12 school year, he will travel around the state to do leadership training, presentations and chapter visitations. As part of the state officer team, he will have responsibilities at state FFA camp, be a delegate at the National FFA Convention and will help plan and run the 2012 Ohio FFA Convention.

He is the son of Mary Ann and Don Nething of Maplecrest Farm in Charlestown.

His election to the state officer team makes him the second Southeast FFA student to be elected a state officer.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — The Miami Trace FFA chapter attended the state convention at the Ohio State Fairgrounds May 5-6..

Miami Trace was represented in the state chorus by Sarah Boston, Nathan Bowers, Josh Monroe, Tanner Mick, and Sarah Peterson.

The judging teams excelled this year in state judging. The General Livestock Team received first in state this year, with Colt Penwell receiving first in the state. Also participating in the contest were Jamie Payton, Austin Chester, and Trevor Kirkpatric.

The Meats team placed fifth overall in state with Tanner Mick placing seventh overall. Also contributing to the team were Kayla Clyburn, Blayne Toth, Lane Henry, Jessica Little, Cheyenne Wright, Kayla Payton, Jennifer, Saranna Worley, Terry Perkins, Mary Jane Messer, Natasha Holloway, Daniel Stanton, and Austin Bennett.

The dairy cattle judging team placed seventh overall; team members included Barbara Sears, Terry Perkins, Sam Macgregor, and Josh McKay.

Evan Schaffer received fourth out of 1,001 students participating in the Greenhand Quiz.

Other awards included officers who received Gold Star ratings on their officer books. Aaron Sollars received the Gold star on the treasurer’s book, Emily Ratliff received the reporter’s book, and Sarah Peterson received the secretary’s book.

Chapter members who received their State Degrees were: Jordan Bonham, Landon Gibbs, Ryan Hiser, Paige Glispe, Trevor Kirkpatrick, Tanner Mick, Rachel McClish, and Edward Kunka, and Sarah Peterson.

As a chapter, Miami Trace rated in the top ten in community service projects, and placed 18th in the state out of 350 other chapters.

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