WEST SALEM, Ohio — On April 2, members of the Northwestern FFA competed in the state judging contests at the Ohio state fairgrounds. Contests that members participated in were dairy foods, wildlife management, equine management, poultry and general livestock.
Emily Flinn, Marshall Geiger, Jazon LeMaster, Kaitlyn Praisler, Reiley Murphy and Shania Reed competed in the equine management contest. They placed 12th out of more than 120 teams. The general livestock judging team consisted of Jessie Bair, Taylor Dawson, Sylar Dawson, Cody Morrow, Kyle Piscione, Katie Stull, Kaci Way and Kyle Wharton. The team placed 27th overall, out of more than 150 teams.
Maria Chellis, Emily Cromer, Debbie Eberly, Philip Eberly, Emily Finley, Rae Rempher, Cody Tegtmeier and Kierstyn Wood judged in the dairy foods contest. They placed second, with Eberly taking first and Tegtmeier taking second individually. The team qualified to compete at the Big E in Massachusetts in September.
Andrew McCoy competed in the poultry judging Career Development Event. TJ Cromer, Spencer Deming, Hunter Kanzeg, Cody Starling, Robert Stinemetz, Hayden Tiliske and Austen Wood participated in the wildlife management CDE. They placed fourth. Individually, Wood placed fifth.
On March 19, members traveled to Ashland for dairy foods, poultry, wildlife, general livestock, and equine. In the dairy foods judging contest, Philip Eberly, Brock Tegtmeier, Cody Tegtmeier, Rae Rempher and Alex Borton placed first. Individually, Tegtmeier placed first and Eberly placed second. The general livestock team consisted of Taylor Dawson, Skylar Dawson and Cody Morrow. The team placed 36th overall.
In the equine judging contest, Jazon LeMaster, Shania Reed, Emily Flinn and Kaitlyn Praisler placed seventh as a team. T.J. Cromer, Hunter Kanzeg, Austen Wood, Spencer Deming, Cody Starling, Jared Leasure, Hayden Tiliske and Robert Stinemetz competed in the wildlife CDE. The team placed second in the wildlife contest. Individually, Wood placed fifth, and Steinmetz placed 10th.
Northwestern FFA recognized students for a successful year at its awards banquet, April 1, at Northwestern High School. Over 120 members and guests were present. Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Kristin Taylor, Mike Burkholder, Greg Dague, Rick Heffelfinger, Jon Miley, and Amy Miley.
The Star Dekalb Award was presented to seniors, Phil Eberly, Kaci Way, and Kierstyn Wood; Star County Award, Katie Stull; Star Chapter Award, Cody Tegtmeier and Austen Wood; Star Greenhand Award, Emily Cromer. State Chapter Degrees recipients were Philip Eberly, Katie Stull, Rachelle Howman, and Reiley Murphy and American Degrees recipients were Victoria Devore, Sarah Maximovich, and Adam Miley.
Top Salesmen recognized were Kierstyn Wood, Kaci Way, Austin Wood and Cody Tegtmeir.
Leadership Awards were presented to Kaci Way, Shania Reed, Emily Flinn, Philip Eberly, and Kierstyn Wood. Top Four Proficiency Finalists are Emily Flinn, Kaci Way, and Kierstyn Wood.
Coaches Awards were presented to job interview coach John Eberly, wildlife management coach Janessa Hill, dairy judging coach Phil Keener, ag sales coach Rachelle Howman, equine management coach Cheryl Murphy, and general livestock coach Todd Bair.
Community service and CDE assistance recognition was given to: Brian Bowers, FJH Hershey Farms, Tegtmeier Cropland, Heffelfinger Meats Inc., Fin, Feather, Fur Outfitters, Flinn Farms, Jessica Wellert, Brent Hostetler, Martha King-Smith, Rick Wellert, Scott Dawson, Carl Way, and Dave Bowman.
Two $500 FFA Alumni Scholarships for current college students were presented to Sarah Maximovich and Adam Miley and two $500 FFA Alumni Scholarships for graduating seniors were presented to Emily Flinn and Kierstyn Wood. Philip Eberly received the $500 Chris Thomas Scholarship and Kaci Way received the $500 Commodity Blenders Scholarship.
Outstanding Proficiency Star Awards were presented to Katie Stull, Kierstyn Wood, Austen Wood, Philip Eberly, Emily Flinn, Shania Reed, Cody Tegtmeier, Kyle Piscione and Kaci Way.
Awards were also presented for career development events and top scholars.
New officers were introduced: Katie Stull, president; Cody Tegtmeier, vice president; Emily Findley, secretary; Austen Wood, treasurer; Ally Ruegg, reporter; Sydney Harmon, sentinel; and Reiley Murphy, student advisor.
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WHITEHOUSE, Ohio — The Anthony Wayne FFA held their annual banquet at Nazareth Hall April 4. There were over 250 members and guests in attendance. Awards presented included top scholars, students that received an A in their ag class for the first three quarters, and students that participated greatly in FFA functions. Students earning their state FFA degree, as well as students that applied for proficiency awards were also recognized.
The Star Greenhand was awarded to Lily Hassan and Maggie Burkett. The Star Chapter award was given to Nicole McMullen. Kalie Anderson received the Outstanding Junior award, and Megan Perry the Outstanding Senior award. Marleigh Kerr was awarded the 110 percent award.
Three substitute teachers, Linda Ulrich, Peggy Evens, and Jim Hutchinson were given Honorary Chapter Degrees. Seniors Tiffany Lowry and Jacob Gase both gave retiring addresses. A new leadership award, given in memory of Mr. Les Disher, was awarded to Jacob Gase. Finally, the 2016-2017 officer team was announced.
Marleigh Kerr will serve as president, Kalie Anderson as vice president, Nicole McMullen as secretary, Haley Schmersal as reporter, Camryn Buskey as treasurer, Louis Pawliski as sentinel, and Kelsey Arquette as student adviser.
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VINCENT, Ohio — The 56th annual Warren FFA parent/member banquet was held March 19, in the Warren High School Gymnasium. The FFA Creed was recited by Holly McCoy. Guest speaker was Scott McDermott, 2012 graduate of Warren and an FFA officer at both the chapter and district level. The top seller for the citrus sale was Faith Weyant. The top seller for the strawberry sale was Carly Haffner.
Chapter accomplishment activities include Barlow Fair taco stand, Washington County and Barlow Fair parade, and the fruit and vegetable stand. The chapter also participates in the local Relay for Life. Members have participated in the Warren FFA Land Lab, job interview CDE, public speaking, Ohio FFA Camp, Washington Leadership Conference and State FFA Convention.
The treasurer’s and secretary’s books done by Skyler Hayes and Trenton Hutchinson were awarded gold ratings, and the reporter’s, by Logan Renner, received an honorable mention.
Adviser Allen Clark presented scholarships and star awards. The 2016-2017 chapter officers are: president, Carly Haffner; vice president, Vanessa Muntz; secretary, Logan Renner; treasurer, Skyler Hayes; reporter, Faith Weyant; Sentinel, Ty Ellenwood; and student adviser, Sean Mulligan. Committee chairs are student development, Bailey Welch; chapter development, Brianna King; community development, Trenton Hutchinson.
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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On March 19, the West Holmes FFA had three students visit Ashland to compete in the horse judging contest. The team placed 21st. On March 21, the chapter held its annual March meeting. The meeting was brought to order by Chapter President Jason Jenkins. The business meeting motions included approving and sending members to state convention, and paying for hotel rooms and registration, holding the chapter FFA degree ceremony, setting gold, silver and bronze awards for the banquet, sending members to summer camp; and nominating and accepting all honorary chapter degrees, distinguish service award, and certificates of appreciation.
Chapter degree recipients are Hailee Carter, Kerrin Fair, Jordan Jenkins, Thane Kaufman, Michael Kick, Marissa Lamp, Tyler Lyons, Neil Mast, Dakota Wells-McCartney, Juanita Miller, Regina Miller, Whitney Miller, Douglas Moore, Alyxandria Morris, Jacob Napier, Cade Patterson, Jaeden Roloff, Moses Schlabauch, Jarrett Snow, Sarah Sprang and Ryan Tish.
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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — On April 2, members of the Zane Trace FFA competed in the state milk products and wildlife career development events at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The milk products team placed 8th in the state, led by senior Mariah Cox, who placed 18th individually. Members of the team included Mariah Cox, Nathanael Freeman, Cody Clark, Ann Shelby, Katie Shelby and Emma Bretz.
The Wildlife team placed 39th in the state, with sophomore Micah Kelley named the top ZT individual. Other members included Aaron Wilson and Logan Matney. On April 1, students from the chapter seeking advice on how to become leaders had the opportunity to hear from members of OSU’s Sigma Alpha and Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture organizations.
High school students from across Ohio met in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus to conduct their meeting. Zane Trace sent a total of eleven students. Students interacted with lawmakers and other state industry representatives.
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SULLIVAN, Ohio — Black River FFA competed in several State Career Development Events, April 2, at the Ohio State Exposition Center, Columbus. The horse judging team placed fourth overall with team members: Madison Edwards, Hailey Park, Madison Stuart, Meghan Gallagher, Rachael Holt, and Hailee Baker. Edwards placed eighth individually and Park placed 15th.
The General Livestock team placed 16th overall with team members: Suzanne Packard, Breanna Clifford, Callee Aviles, Hannah Moskal, and McKenzie Hendershot. Packard placed 12th individually. The Nature Interpretation Team placed 15th overall with members: Collin Burnett, Eric Cordonnier, John Bricker, and Allen Slaven.