A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 20, 2011:

COLLINS, Ohio — The Western Reserve FFA chapter took 16 members to the county soil judging CDE Sept. 22. Members representing the chapter for rural soils were: Lindsey Bement, Riley Cullen, Ryan Beck, Clay Robson, Greg Davis, Owen Bursley, Nathan King and Katelyn Miller.

On urban soils were Kyle Kidd, Tim Vekas, Kyle Tinney, Colton Braker, Mitch Robson, Zach Keith, Brittany Mills and JJ Brumby.

The top four members from each soils team qualified for the district soil judging CDE that was held Sept. 28. The top judgers from rural were: Lindsey Bement, Greg Davis, Clay Robson, and Riley Cullen. The top urban soil judgers were: Kyle Tinney, Tim Vekas, Kyle Kidd, and Colton Braker.

The chapter held its annual Third Grade Ag Day at the high school Oct. 12. The students rotated through stations taught by FFA members and visited a petting zoo in the parking lot.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — The Fort Frye FFA rural soil judging team placed second in the state soil judging competition. The members of the team are Kylie Seese, Dennis Palmer, Tristan Palmer and Hannah Lang.

Tristan Palmer received fourth and Kylie Seese received fifth in the state competition.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Beginning Oct.19 and continuing through Oct. 21, the Miami Trace Livestock team, part of the Miami Trace FFA, will start their journey at nationals for general livestock judging.

The team from Miami Trace consisting of Colt Penwell, Austin Chester, Trevor Kirkpatrick, and Jamie Payton, won first place at the state contest in the spring.

At the 84th national convention, the team will judge various livestock animals including breeding sheep, cattle, and swine, and market hogs, lambs, and beef. They then give oral reasons for their placings to the judges. Also the team has to take a written exam.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Sept. 28 the West Holmes FFA sent 29 juniors and seniors to help the Soil and Water Conservation District with the fifth grade farm tour.

Fifth graders from across Holmes County were in attendance. The members worked closely in assisting the fifth graders with making edible Soil Samples, guiding them throughout the farm, preparing lunches, and assisting with preparation and clean-up of the tour.

Members who attended were Derek Reutter, Kayla Chandler, Casey Schlauch, Rebecca Chamberlin, Liz Overholt, Brandon Bowles, Marshall Overholt, Maggie Raber, Alexis Bird, Brittany Barnes, Chris Patterson, Courtney Kozak, Gretchen Straits, Danuel Miller, Audrey Ivers, Corbin Wright, Kristi Atherton, Samantha Krejci, Logan Brannon, Mitchell Ling, Wyatt Gardener, Karissa Coblentz, Brittany Crawford, Matt Schlegel, Corey Phillips, Brittney Sigler, Travis Campbell, Tawnya Eckerle, and Haylee Mackey.

The West Holmes FFA sent sophomore members to district soils in Guernsey County Sept. 28. The Urban team consisted Jesse Wines, Dustin Niehaus, Doug Giauque, Luke Miller, Madelyn Brewer, Mandy Taylor, and Tyler Evans. The team placed seventh out of eight teams. Also, our Rural team consisted of Grayson Miller, Atlee Miller, Beth Klein, Clay Armstrong, Megan Miller, Bryce Williamson, Trevor Kick, and Tyler Gallupe. The team placed 12th out of 13 teams.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA soil judging team competed in the county contest Sept. 22. Members of the county agricultural soils team were Alex Massaro, who placed second overall, Donnie Mercer, Kenny Carver, Tate Bucher, Andy Benchoff, Lee Myers, Zach Douglass, Max Cabahug, Zach Derflinger, and Garret Harding. Members of the urban team were Zach Studer, Dylan Unkefer, Bobby Joyner, and Cortney Breece.

The teams competed at the district three contest on Sept. 30. Members are the urban team that competed were Studer, Joyner, Unkefer, Breece, and Lee Myers. This team placed fourth overall and advanced on to the state competition. Members of the rural team that competed were Mercer, Massaro, Carver, Benchoff, and Bucher. This team placed third overall and advanced on to the state competition.

The teams competed Oct. 8 at the state contest near Circleville, Ohio. The members of the rural team were Massaro, Mercer, and Benchoff. The urban team members were Studer, Joyner and Unkefer.

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