A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 22, 2012:

INDIANAPOLIS — James M. Hozalski, an FFA member representing the Firelands FFA chapter in Oberlin, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

Hozalski served as an assistant officer and as 2010-2011 vice president of the Firelands FFA. He participated in all of the FFA chapter fundraisers, often as one of the top sellers. Hozalski helped with community service projects and earned many proficiency awards for his Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects in grain and oil crop production.

He was on numerous Career Development Event teams including: parliamentary procedure, forestry, soil judging, agricultural industrial diagnostics systems and dairy cattle judging. He tied for the most active member of the chapter for three years and won the honor one year.

He earned his State FFA Degree, the highest honor in the state, as a junior. He also won the Ohio Grain Proficiency Award and went on to the national competition this past spring. He culminated his FFA membership by earning the American Degree; the highest degree an FFA member can earn.

Aside from FFA, Hozalski is a member of National Honor Society and regularly works on his family’s farm. While in high school he was a PSEO student and attended college part-time. Now he attends college full-time in pursuit of a medical degree.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — A group of Zane Trace FFA members attended the 85th National FFA Convention. The members visited many places during the trip, and attended the Buckeye Bash dance.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Ohio were one of 34 teams participating in the National FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE).

The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The team, led by advisor Bruce Bennett, was awarded a gold emblem and placed second in the nation.

Members also competed for individual awards with 131 other participants. Landon Gibbs received a gold emblem, Rachel McClish received a silver emblem, Evan Schaefer received a gold emblem, and Judith Straathof received a gold emblem.

The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agronomy event are sponsored by Bayer CropScience as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The members of the team placed in the top 15 individually with Straathof placing sixth, Schaefer placing seventh, Gibbs placing ninth and McClish placing thirtieth.

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