A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 21, 2013:

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INDIANAPOLIS — Wes Davis, of West Virginia and the Mason County Vocational FFA chapter, was elected to serve as Eastern Region vice president at the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Originally from Point Pleasant, W.Va., in high school Davis served as state president of West Virginia FFA Association and as both vice president and reporter of his FFA chapter.

He is a sophomore at West Virginia University, where he is double majoring in agricultural education and agribusiness management.

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BELLEVUE, Ohio — The Bellevue FFA hosted its annual Greenhand initiation to formally induct first- year members into the FFA Nov. 6. There were 65 members who completed the applications to earn the Greenhand degree.

The Greenhand degree is the first degree that an FFA member can earn.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rachel McClish, Tanner Mick, and Sarah Peterson, members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Washington Court House, Ohio, received the American FFA Degree at the 2013 National FFA Convention.

The Miami Trace FFA Chapter’s Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team of Sam MacGregor, Brooke Mossbarger, Ginna Climer, and Barbara Sears. The team was recognized as a silver emblem team. Sam MacGregor was recognized as a gold emblem individual. Brooke Mossbarger, Ginna Climer, and Barbara Sears were recognized as silver emblem individuals.

The Milk Quality and Products Career Development team from the Miami Trace FFA Chapter was comprised of Evan Schaefer, Judith Straathof, Nicole Straathof, and Jesse Neff. They placed sixth in the nation behind the team from Texas, Idaho, California, Missouri, and Virginia.

Miami Trace FFA was also recognized as a gold emblem team.

Schaefer placed sixth in the nation individually. Judith Straathof, Nicole Straathof, and Schaefer all were recognized as gold emblem individuals in this event. Neff was recognized as a silver emblem individual.

Chas Grover and Hannah Peterson were selected to sing in the National FFA Chorus. The students submitted an audition tape and were two of 80 young people selected nationwide to be members of the prestigious group. The chorus performed several times at the 86th National FFA Convention.

The Miami Trace FFA Horse Evaluation Team placed sixth in the nation. The team consisted of Abbie Noble, Bethany Reiterman, and Tabitha Morris. The team was honored as a gold emblem team. Noble and Reiterman were recognized as gold emblem individuals. Morris was recognized as a silver emblem individual.

Natalie Miller, a junior, placed sixth in the national job interview career development event, and was recognized as a gold emblem individual.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA traveled to the National Convention, in Louisville, Ky. The Hillsdale ag sales team, consisting of Laura Yeater, Chloe Krebs, Logan Garber and Megan Poynter, competed at the national level, and received a gold rating and 10th place. Individually Yeater received a gold rating and 12th place and Poynter received a gold rating and fourth place in the nation and also a scholarship for $700.

Chapter member Stephanie Schuck received her American Degree.

Others who attended National Convention are Hannah Barr, Adrianna Rogers, Malery Sloan, Brice Payne, Colton Burkett, Taylor Slater, Sean Fitzsimmons, Bethany Heiby, Cheyenne Adams, Bobbi Bigley, Keayla Harr, Macy Payne, Chase Carpenter, Regan Badertscher, Shelbi Long, Kate McGovern, Ben Raudebaugh, Scott Wickham, Adam Cutlip, Adrianne McPhillips, Ethan Garber and Riley Carpenter.

Accompanying them were chaperones Jodi Long, Ellen Heiby, Clint Sloan, and Jody Payne.

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LATTASBURG, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA Chapter traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the National FFA Convention. Members included Blake Coffman, Katie Stull, Chase White, Brittany Brown, Victoria Devore, Makenzie Harmon, Sydney Harmon, Mary Baker, Alan Michael Ulrich, Ashley Dunn, Corey Leighty, Rachelle Howman, Adam Miley, Courtney Franks, Zach Berry, Sarah Maximovich, Shania Reed, Kierstyn Wood, Brad Aulger, Emily Flinn, Kaci Way, Cody Corbett, Tara Benton, Taylor Starling, Ryan Morr, Brittany Bunyak, Becca Harbaugh, Faith Hudson, Amanda Brewster, Ben Wasson, Josh Rood, Spencer Sloan, and Ally Jurenec attended.

Northwestern Superintendent Jeff Layton also attended.

Members visited Adena Springs Stud Farm, the Kentucky Horse Park, and a Dierks Bentley concert at the KFC Yum Center.

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BERLIN, Ohio — The Hiland FFA Chapter recently held its annual fall family meeting at Raber’s 40 Acres.

The meeting focused on the fruit sale, hockey game at OSU Nov. 8, and National Convention Oct. 30-Nov 2.

Upcoming events include parliamentary procedure, trap shoot, chapter T-Shirts and Share-A-Christmas.

The new freshman officer team was inducted and includes Kelsey Yoder, president; Natalie Lovell, vice president; Tallie Troyer, secretary; Aaron Nisley, treasurer; James Yoder, reporter; and Paige Cutshall, historian.

Hiland FFA also recently competed in the State Urban Soils judging contest. They were fifth in the district, which qualified them for the state contest. Members who participated were Grant Mast, Javan Scheufler, Lee Shetler and Dillion Zimmerly. The contest was held at the Ohio Farm Science Review property.

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