A roundup of FFA news for the week of June 4, 2015

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA co-ops team placed sixth in the state out of 39 teams and 361 individuals.

Individually, Jason Jenkins was seventh, Jake Mullet was 25th, Marris Hoffee was 49th, Victoria Eggers was 61st, Matt Gardner was 90th and Ashton Haines was 99th. Members took a test about cooperatives.

The chapter held its annual meeting May 18.

The business meeting included motions to send members to FFA camp and OLC at Camp Muskingum, to participate in the Nashville Memorial Day Parade and pay for candy, to approve the summer schedule and to hold the annual banquet April 15. Members also voted to hold and pay for the officer retreat. In addition, members made a motion to create a fair booth at the Holmes County Fair which was referred to a committee.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA hosted its annual softball meeting May 27. After the meeting, members played a friendly game of softball, and enjoyed pizza and pop.

Keayle Harr, senior and former chapter president, received a $1,000 National FFA Tractor Supply Company award. Harr also received The Hillsdale Chapter FFA Scholarship and The Hillsdale FFA Alumni Scholarship, along with senior and former chapter vice president, Logan Garber, who also received both scholarships.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On May 15 Northwestern FFA members of the Ag in the Classroom Committee and other FFA officers held a petting zoo for the first graders as a year-end wrap up. At the petting zoo students learned about tractor safety using a tractor brought in by Mike Guidetti that was provided by Lowe and Young and a safety lesson was taught by Early Field Experience teacher, Chrissy Balint.

While there students were also able to learn about a Boer goat brought by Katie Stull, a lamb brought by Kierstyn Wood, ducks and dairy calf provided by Ben Vaughan, and a rabbit by provided by Ashley Besancon. The students were able to pet the animals and were given the opportunity to ask questions. Throughout the year students had lessons on soil, trees, “Freddy the Fish” by Kelly Riley, animals and their products and flowers.

This year members of the committee were TJ Cromer, Vickie Devore, TJ Cromer, Victoria Devore, Emily Flinn, Kaitlyn Gifford, Rachel Guidetti, Hannah Hockenberry, Faith Hudson, Ally Jurenec, Sierra Kamps, Sera Martin, Reiley Murphy, Cody Tegtmeier and chairmen are Zach Berry, Katie Stull, and Kaci Way.

Members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter prepared and served breakfast to faculty as part of the annual Northwestern FFA teacher breakfast May 20. The chapter does this annually as a thank you to all the faculty for their flexibility and help throughout the school year with students missing school because of FFA activities. Throughout the morning’s preparation of food, students worked on team work so that they could have the food prepared in time as well as food preparation safety.

Students that helped were Andrew McCoy, Kyle Piscione, Ally Ruegg, Ashley Dunn, Debbie Eberly, Phil Eberly, Sarah Maximovich, Rachelle Howman, David Miley, Adam Miley, Emily Flinn, Katie Stull, Rae Rempher, Kaci Way, Vickie Devore, Cody Tegtmeier, Shania Reed, Shannon Garrison, Kierstyn Wood, and Austen Wood. A breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage were served to all staff members and district employees.

Then, as part of the year end wrap up activities May 21,  the Northwestern FFA Chapter held their annual drive your truck/tractor to school day. The chapter had a total of 22 members participate. Some of the tractors driven were a Cockshutt 40, a Ford 8600, a John Deere MP, Farmall H, a White 160, and many trucks. This is one of the chapter’s favorite traditions.

The Northwestern FFA Chapter helped park cars for the Great Lakes Fiber Show May 23. The show was held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Adam Miley, David Miley, Debbie Eberly, Philip Eberly, Cody Tegtmeier, Sarah Maximovich, Marshall Geiger, and Reiley Murphy all helped park cars. The Great Lakes Fiber Show is held every year at the Wayne County Fairgrounds and involves sheep shows, the marketing of fiber, and many other different activities. This is an event that is attended by people all across the United States. This is the third year that the Chapter has helped at this event.

As part of the year end activities, Northwestern FFA members were presented with scholarships. Seniors Zach Berry, Ashley Besancon, Hannah Hottel, Rachelle Howman, and Shannon Garrison received a combined total of $7,250 in scholarship money. Berry earned the Built Ford Tough Scholarship for $1,000. Besancon earned the $2,000 MetLife Foundation Scholarship.

Hottel received $1250 from the Ohio Farm Bureau. Howman received the $2,000 Farm Credit Services of Mid-America Scholarship. Garrison received the $1,000 Build Ford Tough Scholarship. In order to apply for the scholarships the student must be going into an agricultural field.

During the Northwestern FFA Banquet, four scholarships were given to senior members. These four were Ashley Besancon, Adam Miley, Ryan Morr, and Rachelle Howman. Besancon is the daughter of Mike and Maureen Besancon and earned the Commodity Blenders Scholarship. Howman is the daughter of Linda Howman and the late Ed Howman. She received the Northwestern FFA Scholarship. Miley is the son of Jon and Amy Miley and he received the FFA Alumni Scholarship. Morr is the son of Shannon and Layah Morr and he received the Northwestern FFA Scholarship.

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