A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 23, 2008

COLLINS, Ohio — Twenty Western Reserve FFA members visited DreamChasers Farm in North Fairfield to assist in manual labor and helping to spruce up the grounds Sept. 17.

DreamChasers is a therapeutic farm for special needs children. The farm is set up as an old western town and has buildings that represent everything from a barber shop to a general store. The farm is named after the owners’ grandson Chase, a young boy with Down syndrome.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA will compete in the Agricultural Sales Career Development event during the 81st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Members of the team are Erin Ebert, Hannah Fulk, Kelsey Haas and Jeff Stimmell.

The chapter will also compete in the Dairy Foods Career Development event. Members of the team are Jennifer Blough, Kristin Flickinger, Kelsey King and Tori Miller.

The chapter will also compete in the Parliamentary Procedure Career Development event. Members of the team are Cody Raudebaugh, Tiffany Cook, Michelle Funk, Alison Dyer, Amanda Skafec and Tiffany Heiby.

All teams are coached by Mark Hoffman.

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA chapter held its first meeting of the school year Sept. 30 in the Minerva High School agriculture room.

The chapter is in the process of selling fruit. For orders call Samantha Zwick at 330-771-0056, Holly Evans at 330-771-3170 or Amanda Beidka at 330-205-7891.

The chapter started a tractor pull committee to start organizing the annual tractor pull and a hydroponics committee, as the chapter will soon be setting up the equipment to start growing plants and members voted to raise shrimp in the shop aquarium.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Crestview FFA held its annual chicken barbecue dinner Oct. 10. More than 500 halves of chicken were sold.

The meal was cooked by the members of the chapter and members prepared for the meal by either cleaning or cooking items.

The chapter rural and urban soil teams traveled to Fairfield County for the State Soils Competition Oct. 10.

The urban soils team consisting of Sam Ellis, Alicia Metzger and Loren Hulit placed 14th out of 55 teams. Ellis placed 21st individually and Metzger placed 32nd.

The rural soils team made up of Sam Grauer, Jeb May, Andy Sloan and Heath Gray placed sixth out of 55 teams.

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BESSEMER, Pa. — Mohawk FFA students participated in the Ag Encounter Program at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds Oct. 2-3.

Ag Encounter is a program operated by Lawrence County Extension which organizes 12 stations for fourth graders to visit.

Mohawk taught more than 1,000 fourth-graders from Lawrence County about the importance of sheep and pigs.

The sheep station was taught by Lindsey Beatty, Kelli Fox, Abbey Benninghoff, Joe Beatty, Cara Trotter and Mike Engle.

The pig station was taught by Jamie Byers, Andrew Liggett, Mandy McKee, Kristina Wilkins, Kasey Diffenbacher, Sarah Kaltenbaugh and Brandy Pauline.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Mapleton FFA Urban and Rural Soil Judging teams competed at the District II contest in Lorain County Oct. 1.

The urban team placed 17th out of 23 teams.

Leading for Mapleton was Emily McKinley with a score of 501.7. Next was Olivia Whitaker scoring 472.4. Taylor Donley followed with 357.3 and Kassidy Imber with 281.

The rural team placed sixth with 25 teams competing. Jared Wynn led the pack with a score of 423.8, finishing third overall, which qualified him to compete at the State Soils Contest.

Shelby Rohr had the second highest score for Mapleton, 379.8. Jarrod Brant and Kelsey Diedrich also competed with scores of 368.7 and 355.7, respectfully.

Jared Wynn participated in the State Soils contest Oct. 11 and placed third at the District II contest in Lorain County, which qualified him for the state contest.

Wynn placed 22nd out of 200 participants.

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CRESTON, Ohio — The Norwayne FFA participated in the State Soils Contest Oct. 11. The rural team placed 10th overall.

The members who participated were Jacob Tender, Jay Stewart, Jacob Riggenbach, and Brandon King.

The urban team placed first overall. The members who participated were Ryan Billman, fourth; Eric Billman, eighth; Tricia Bauman and Mark Geiser.

Members have been selling pumpkins and gourds and will continue through Oct. 31.

The pumpkins were planted by the Ag II class last spring. The pumpkins were then cultivated and cared for by the class.

Pumpkins and gourds are available for purchase at the Norwayne High School, 350 S. Main St., on weekdays after school until 5:30 p.m. or on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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