A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 27, 2008

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Seventy members of the Hillsdale FFA received their Greenhand and Chapter degrees Nov. 5. The guest speaker was Krystin Bachman, Ohio’s State FFA vice president.

The ceremony consisted of the recognition of all members who attained the requirements necessary to receive the Greenhand and Chapter degrees.

During the ceremony, the members received pins and a certificate stating they had met all the requirements needed to acquire their degree.

The Chapter Degree is earned after the Greenhand Degree.

It is a requirement the Greenhand recipients memorize the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed in order to receive their degree. The chapter offers a free FFA jacket to the member who memorizes it first and says it in front of their class. This year the winner was Jake Ricer from the seventh period freshman Ag class.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — The United FFA Parliamentary Procedure team received second place at its sub-district meet Nov. 17.

The sub-district consists of Stark, Columbiana, Mahoning, Trumble, Ashtabula and Portage counties.

The team consists of president, Lynette Sell; vice president, Carmen Andric; treasurer, Aaron Hayter; reporter, Kaleigh Hilton; secretary, Brittany Moore; student advisor, Kalene Worth; sentinel, Kyler Smith and members Tony Sluss, Luke Hilton and Justin Crowl.

Members compete with other teams by running a mock meeting and answering a series of questions at the end of the meeting.

They will compete at the district meet in December at Northwestern Wayne.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Abby Snyder, 2008 National Agriscience Student of the Year Runner-up, received an all-expenses-paid trip to Monsanto’s headquarters in Creve Couer, Mo., where she toured one of the world’s largest facilities devoted to plant biotechnology.

Snyder is a member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter and her FFA advisors are Jennifer Moore and Gary Peters.

Snyder will receive a $1,500 scholarship as national runner-up, in addition to a $1,000 scholarship as national finalist.

She is the daughter of Pam and Tom Snyder.

Two members of the chapter, Caleb Wright and Snyder, were awarded the American Degree at the 2008 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The American Degree is the highest level of achievement a member can receive in the National FFA Organization.

Snyder and Wright earned this honor by participating in numerous FFA activities, maintaining high academic standards and conducting successful supervised agriculture experience programs.

They became the third and fourth members in the history of the chapter to earn this degree.

Snyder is a sophomore at The Ohio State University and Wright is a sophomore at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.

Members of the chapter placed first in the District Seven Food Science Career Development Event held at Zane Trace High School Nov. 13.

The top two teams from each district advance to the state competition Dec. 6 at Ohio State University.

The four team members who will represent the chapter in the state competition are Emily Wright, Chelsi Hempstead, Sarah Cox and Trey Vollmar.

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OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA Chapter held its fall hayride Nov. 8. at Amy Sayler’s house. The fall get-together was a big success and the turnout was good.

The evening included a bonfire and a hayride through the field to a graveyard.

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