A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 27, 2016

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COVINGTON, Ohio — Covington FFA members competed in both rural and urban soil judging contests.

The rural soil judging team placed 22nd in the district competition, held in Miami County, with team member Matthew Kuether placing 22nd individually. Other team members were Brenna Miller, Brock Barga, Kleyton Maschino and Parker Lucas.

The urban team placed fifth in the district competition qualifying them for state. Team members included: Bryan Miller — who placed first individually — Lindsey Kimmel, Katelyn Staudt, Tom Kuether and Hanna Shafer.

At the state level, the urban team placed 18th with team member Tom Kuether placing 22nd individually. Bryan Miller and Kimmel also competed.

Covington FFA held its first Happy Harvest Day at Covington Local Schools, Oct. 18, where FFA members taught elementary students about agriculture through learning stations and farm games.

Prior to Harvest Day, junior and senior FFA members showed sixth graders how to estimate yield for a field on school property. The winning team estimated a yield of 72.9 bushels per acre, with the actual yield being 79 bushels per acre.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Oct. 13, members of the West Holmes FFA participated in their first Adopt a Highway clean up. The chapter decided to adopt a portion of the highway in front of the school to help keep it clean. Members walked the sides of the road picking up trash. The portion of the road adopted by the chapter is state Route 39, between roads 256 and 258.

Participants were Jeffery Giaugue, Logan Schlauch, Braiden Bower, Chase Stizlein, Chris VanSickle, Alyx Morris, Zach Myers, Leon Williams, and Kohlsten Grosjean.

Also, the chapter sent its dairy judging team to compete in the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) in Springfield, Massachusetts, Sept. 15-18.

The team placed fourth in the state last year and qualified to compete this year. The team consists of William Hughes, Logan Schlauch, Regina Miller, Alyx Morris, John Hughes, and Mikey Kick.

Individual placings were: William Hughes, 14th; Regina Miller, 15th; Alyx Morris, 18th; and Logan Schlauch, 21st. The team placed third overall.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — On Sept. 25-27, six members of the Black River FFA attended Greenhand Camp at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County.

Members participated in numerous leadership activities such as a FFA quiz challenge, Adventure Valley, and Leadership Field Games. They also participated in a number of goal-oriented workshops presented by the Ohio State FFA Officer Team.

Students were encouraged to set goals that will help guide them as they begin their FFA careers. They were paired up with the Hopewell Loudon and New Reigel FFA Chapters.

Members who attended were Hannah Abfall, Brianna Englehart, Mya Kunsman, Cheyenne Gray, Cole Herte and Joe Mennell, as well as adviser, Mrs. Howard.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — Fort Frye FFA competed in the county soil judging contest, receiving first place with its rural judging team and second place with its urban team.

In the district competition, the rural team took first overall with team members Josh Zwick placing first individually, Rylee Zimmer placing second, Leanna Schott placing fifth, and Collin Bauerbach placing 11th.

The urban team placed second with Cameron Hupp placing first individually.

At the state level, the urban team missed going to nationals by 31 points and the rural team placed 10th. Bauerbach placed 36th in individually.

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