A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 20, 2014:

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA members competed in the district 3 ag sales and job interview contests at Northwestern High School.

The ag sales team of Zach Berry, Kaci Way, Ben Vaughan, and Rachelle Howman won the contest, and will compete in the state contest March 1 in Columbus.

Berry placing second overall and Howman, third.

Becca Harbaugh, Katie Weber, Phil Eberly, and Katie Stull competed in the job interview contest. All four placed second in this event.

The chapter also recently completed its annual sausage sale, selling more than 2 tons of sausage.

On Feb. 8, members gathered at Heffelfinger Meats Inc. to make the sausage.

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CHILLICOTHE, OHIO — Zane Trace’s FFA sausage breakfast was held Feb. 7, right after a severe snowstorm, but the cold and even snow days did not stop the FFA members from preparing and cooking the sausage for the breakfast.

On the Tuesday and Wednesday before the sausage breakfast, FFA members made the sausage that would be served. They started out by cutting the meat into small pieces, seasoning it, and grinding up the meat on Tuesday after school.

On Wednesday, Zane Trace had a snow day, but students came in and spent the afternoon stuffing 2,000 sausage links, using two stuffers.

The next morning, Feb. 6, six students appeared on the WBEX morning show with Dan Ramey, a local radio personality. They answered questions about the breakfast and explained how the tradition of preparing sausage for the Zane Trace community began in 1978.

Senior students were at the school Feb. 7 by 3 a.m., and used the two hours before the breakfast to set up the cafeteria.

The chapter had many donors who provided eight hogs for sausage. FCCLA also helped by serving breakfast to the people on Friday. More than 730 people were served, with profit of $3,787.

The chapter uses profits from the sausage breakfast to go toward Columbus Children’s Hospital, FCCLA scholarships, and junior fair board awards at the Ross County Fair.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Feb. 4, the West Holmes FFA team won the district ag sales competition at FFA Camp Muskingum, which qualifies the team for the state contest March 1.

Individually, Jillian Gurley placed second; Chris VanSickle, fourth; Clay Armstrong, fifth; and Tory Eggers, 11th.

The district job interview contest was also held at the FFA champ Feb. 4.

Mandy Taylor qualified for state in division IV (seniors) and Shyann Kick qualified for state in division III (juniors). Marris Hoffee was second in division I (freshman) and Jillian Gurley was third in division II (sophomores).

The state contest will be March 1.

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio —The Loudonville FFA and FFA Alumni have kicked off the annual strawberry sale.

The chapter is selling whole and half flats of Florida strawberries, which will be delivered the week of March 17. The cost of a flat is $20 and includes 12 pints and half flats are $10.

The group is also selling D. B. Yummers barbecue sauce in three varieties, and packaged in glass bottles, gallon jugs, or 12 bottle cases. The prices are $4.25, $21, and $45 respectively.

If you would be interested in any of the products contact any Loudonville FFA member or call the LHS Ag Department by Feb. 28 at 419-994-4101.

The profits from the first pallet of berries will be used to add to the Loudonville FFA Alumni’s scholarship fund. The remaining money raised will assist in sending students at a reduced cost to district and state FFA contests, state ffa convention, summer FFA camp, and Washington Leadership Conference.

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BELLEVUE, Ohio —During the Feb. 10 meeting, Bellevue FFA members voted on the officer team for the 2014-2015 school year.

The new officer team includes: president, Sarah Hunker; vice president, Brittany Weller; treasurer, Tate Schoen; reporter, Allison Heuring; sentinel, Taylor Andrews; student adviser, Hannah Weasner; and assistant reporter Elizabeth Harper.

The new officers will take office during the chapter banquet April 26.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA chapter traveled to West Salem Feb. 11, with three members competing in the job interview contest.

Tricia Hoover placed third in Division IV; Staci Faverty, fifth in Division II; and Marta Bixler won Division II, and will travel to Columbus to compete in the state contest March 1.

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MINERVA, Ohio — Minerva FFA officers had their officer books graded Feb. 7.

Secretary, Erin Sponseller, received a silver rating on her book. The treasurer, Martin Merrick, received a gold on his book, as did chapter reporter, Kadie Burger.

They will receive their awards at the State Convention in May.

The chapter also recently learned member Evan Kiko will receive his American Degree at the National Convention in October 2014.

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