A roundup of FFA news for the week of May 26, 2011:

COLUMBUS — Rachel Krumwiede of Firelands FFA won the state talent show May 6 at the Ohio FFA Convention. Krumwiedeof auditioned for the show several months ago. The top 12 acts performed on the main stage to a crowd of several thousand. Rachel earned first place for her performance of Wild Flower.

Krumwiede also earned her State FFA degree and a gold pin for being a state gold rated officer.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter hosted a coloring contest for elementary school students in conjunction with the National FFA Week that is held in February.

The children were asked to color pictures of farm animals such as sheep, cows, ducks and horses. Winners were chosen out of each grade based on three categories: best colored, most colorful and most unique.

The winners for kindergarten were Josh Spencer, Kate Maffett and Makayla Hicks. Winners of the first grade were Shawn Favara and Raelyn Raff. Allison Spencer, Wayne Gerrick and Lizzy Howman were all chosen for the second grade, and Kaya Johns, Kenny Strait and Lindsey Sykes were the third-grade winners. Fourth-grade winners were Jake Hjerpe, Emily Cromer and Carrie Boak.

Finally, Christie Franks and Mykenzie Snyder were the winners for fifth grade.

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COLLINS, Ohio — Twenty-seven Western Reserve FFA members traveled to the state convention in Columbus May 5-6.

The chapter was selected to enter a corn hole design to enter the contest and worked hard to build and decorate these boards, taking them to the convention for the contest. Unfortunately, the state officers did not select them to be placed in the top spots.

During the first session, highlights included the Pelotonia Recognition, in which chapter president, Amanda Combs, walked across the stage to receive the chapter’s recognition for donating time and money.

After the convention, members went to dinner, watched a Columbus Clippers baseball game, and returned to the hotel for milkshakes, swimming in the pool, and a karaoke dance party.

The next morning, members took a trip to the North Market and toured the Central Ohio Fire Museum.

The chapter returned to the fourth session to watch chapter member Laina Roberts perform in the talent show, and secretary, Hayley Beck, and treasurer, Clay Robson, receive officer awards.

Members Hayley Beck, Chelsea Jackson, Matthew Scheerer, and Jordan Timbs were all presented with their state degrees during the last session.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — Fort Frye FFA members Hannah Lang and Alicyn Tullius receiving their state degrees earlier this month at the state convention.

Also at the convention, members Stephanie Perry and Kylie Seese received gold ratings in their officer record books.

On June 20-24, members are going to attend FFA Camp Muskingum.

The FFA wrapped up the end of the year with a picnic for all members.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mechanicsburg FFA of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, has been named grand champion in the Weeding out Hunger FFA Video Challenge.

Mechanicsburg competed against four national FFA chapters representing Tennessee, Colorado, Ohio and North Carolina for the title and the $3,000 grand prize.

Mechanicsburg entered the final round of judging with an advantage, earning bonus points for being chosen the public’s favorite video during the April online voting.

In January, Weeding out Hunger invited chapters nationwide to submit a short video describing the importance of FFA and agriculture in the community and in providing for the food, fiber, fuel and feed needs of the nation.

Four other chapters were also recognized as winners in the competition. Station Camp FFA of Gallatin, Tenn., was named reserve champion and rewarded with a $1,500 prize. In addition, three best-of-category winners were chosen by judges to receive $500 each.

The Most Original entry, chosen for the originality of its content, was from South Central FFA of Greenwich, Ohio. The Most Creative entry was awarded to Limon FFA of Limon, Colo.

The Best Community Development entry was from Overhills FFA of Spring Lake, N.C.

A panel of nine judges representing Syngenta, agricultural media and National FFA selected the winners after viewing all five finalists’ videos and scoring them based on how well they addressed the competition theme.

See for yourself. To view all video entries, visit www.facebook.com/weedingouthunger also “like” the Facebook page because for every 250 “likes” the Facebook page receives up to 1,000, Weeding out Hunger will donate $250 to a community food bank.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Thirty-one members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently attended the Ohio FFA Convention May 5 and 6. Several members received recognition for their work throughout the year.

David Glass received first place in the Food Science Proficiency award area. He earned this award based on his research on protein formation and fruit enzymes.

Chelsi Hempstead and Danielle George were honored as gold-rated officers, and Nick Ganus and Sarah Cox were also recognized for their excellence in the Agriscience Student of the Year competition. Nick received second runner-up and Sarah first runner-up honors in the award area.

In the state Agriscience Fair, 11 members received Gold ratings and seven members placed first in their award categories to advance to the National Agriscience Fair: Beau Bilek, Stephanie Glass, Jessie Proehl, David Glass, Audrey Hoey, Alyssa Barajas and Nikki Gay.

This year, Sarah Cox and Mary Meadows received the state FFA degree.

The chapter also held its annual parent-member recognition banquet May 12. More than 325 guests enjoyed the dinner and celebrated the success of the chapter throughout the year.

The Star Greenhand award went to Eva Bugg, the Star in Placement to Chelsi Hempstead, the Star in Agriscience to Sarah Cox and the Star Farmer award went to Heather Yeater.

To celebrate the end of the chapter’s year, the members held their annual Ag Olympics competition during lunch May 18. Chapter members competed in events such as the egg toss, tug-of-war, milk chug and cow milking and earned points for their class. During the event, the members also enjoyed pizza and had fun watching the goofy competitions take place.

After the events were complete, the sophomore class took home the overall Ag Olympics Trophy for 2011.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA chapter met at Wayne Lanes bowling alley May 16, the first official meeting with the 2011-2012 officer team in their new roles.

The members enjoyed bowling, food, and bonding with fellow FFA members.

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