A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 1, 2010


JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter placed second at the district agricultural mechanics skills contest March 18 at Lorain County JVS. The team will now compete in the state contest April 9 at OSU-ATI in Wooster.

Individually, Andrew Baldner placed first.

The chapter has also participated in four invitational career development event contests: at Mount Gilead, Marysville, Miami Trace, and Ashland.

The dairy cattle team competed only in the Miami Trace contest, where they placed eighth. Individuals competing were, Kalyn Moffett, Dex Rogers and Kristina Stoner.

At the Marysville contest, the dairy products team of Joe Grimwood, Dylan Mullins, Jordan Haas and Rachel LaRue. Individually, Grimwood placed fifth. At Miami Trace, the team was eighth. Individuals competing were: Morgan Austin, Dylan Mullins, Michael Schuck and Tiffany Heiby.

At the Ashland contest, the team placed seventh. Individuals competing were: Grimwood, Heiby, Haas, and Austin.

At the Marysville contest, Hillsdale had two individuals compete in the equine management contest: Kayla Graber, ninth; and Hunter Cline.

At Miami Trace, the team placed 10th. Individuals competing were: Kayla Graber, Ashley Simmons, Brittani Baldner-Hill and Sarah Bookman. At Ashland, the team placed second. Individuals competing were: Kristen Deter, Simmons, Ashley Pickering, and Hunter Cline.

At the Marysville contest, the general livestock team finished 37th. Team members were Jared Whitcomb, Luke Ebert and Jacob Stitzlein. At Miami Trace, the team placed first. The competing individuals were, Zach Fulk, first; Seth Ebert, fifth; Jared Whitcomb and Andrew Keets.

At Ashland, finishing seventh was the team of Seth Ebert, Zach Fulk, Luke Ebert and Jacob Stitzlein.

The Meats team competing at Marysville placed 10th. Members included Kristen Deter, Andrew Keets and Matt Zimmerman.

At the Marysville contest, the poultry team placed third. Individuals competing were: Stephanie Schuck, fourth; Kelsey Dropsey, eighth; Jordan Burgett, and Renae Raubenolt.

At Miami Trace, the team of Schuck, Burgett, Jon Baker, and Matt Zimmerman placed seventh. At Ashland, the team placed fifth. Members included: Kelsey Dropsey, Burgett, Schuck and Baker.

The chapter sent two members to the state public speaking contest March 20. Sarah Bookman represented Hillsdale in the Creed Speaking contest, placing third in the preliminary round. Jeff Stimmell competed in the extemporaneous speaking, finishing in the top two in the state. He will find out if he is first or second April 30 at the state FFA convention.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Marlington FFA secretary Emily Conrad completed the annual FFA officer books this year and received a silver rating at the state level.

Also, chapter reporter Lydia Battershell’s scrapbook received a bronze rating.

Junior Amber Shoemaker placed first in the district in the area of beef production. She raises and shows registered Simmental cattle and market steers.

Shoemaker also placed in the top four of her division at the state level, and will find out her placing in the state at the state convention, where she will also receive her state FFA degree.

Sophomore Rebecca Faverty placed first in the district in agricultural processing, and also received a gold rating and placed in the top four of her division in the state. She will find out her placing in the state on May 1 at the state FFA convention.

Sophomore Zack Hoover placed third overall in the district in the small animal care proficiency award.

Junior Ashley Jenkins placed first in the district in the area of equine science. Ashley’s application was sent on to state evaluation where she received a gold rating.

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OBERLIN, Ohio — The Firelands FFA chapter recently held officer elections. The new officers are president Charlie Miller, vice president Jimmy Hozalski, secretary Jake Butchko, treasurer Andy Carrico, reporter Rachel Krumwiede, sentinel Mike Larson, student advisor Shelby Balint and assistants Alex Halbert, Jessica Zurcher and Ashlynn Yost.

A week after the elections, the new officers held a meeting to elect the Parliamentarian. It was decided based on test scores, overall participation, and experience that Yost would be the elected and Josh Ward, being the runner-up assistant, was promoted to assistant.


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