A roundup of FFA news for the week of April 28, 2011:


WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter raffled off a model John Deere 730 tractor at this year’s chapter banquet. Only 1500 of these tractors were produced. Brian Bowers was the recipient of the tractor.

On the entry form participants were required to write their favorite FFA memory. Bowers said, “My favorite memory of FFA was the judging trips. All of us stuffed into the school van. We just couldn’t do now what we did back then. The best part was the year one of the guys won a calf for high individual and we hauled it in the back of the van.”

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA chapter elected new chapter officers to lead them through the coming school year.

The officers will serve the membership starting June 2, when they are installed at the annual FFA banquet until next year’s banquet. Next year, the chapter will be led by President, junior, Rebecca Faverty; vice president is junior, Jenny Warner; secretary is sophomore, Megan Conrad; treasurer is freshman, Britney Costa; reporter is freshman, Lindsay Sinkovich; student adviser is, freshman, Katie Farnham; and sentinel is sophomore, Brittany Johnson.

Advising the team will be Mrs. Jessica Helsinger, the agricultural education teacher at the high school.

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LAKEVILLE, Ohio — Dylan Esselburn of Loudonville High School was recently presented the school’s highest agriculture honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

Esselburn is the son of Robert and Beverly Esselburn.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — The Indian Valley FFA Skills Classics team placed fourth in the Northeastern Ohio State Skills Classics Contests April 14 at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna.

Team members participating were: Luke Clarke, Corey Chrisman, Brian Mazzoleni and Bryer Schupp.

Individual award winners were: Clarke, who placed second in natural resources; Chrisman, who placed second in tractor operation; Mazzoleni, who placed second in aquarium management; and Schupp, who placed first in natural resources with a perfect score.

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LORAIN, Ohio — Members of the Landscape and Greenhouse Management and Industrial Equipment Mechanics at the Lorain County JVS attended the FFA State Skills Classic contest April 14.

The team won a first place banner for their efforts.

The individual results are listed below: Josh Simon LGM; second place; commercial walk behind mowing.

Cody Rhine LGM; first place; personal finance.

Danielle Murphy LGM; first place; Trevor Abend LGM; second place; flower and vegetable identification.

Cameron Hrinda LGM second place; Trevor Watring IEM; first place; hand lawn mowing:

Tyler Orsik IEM; first place; tractor operation. second place; small engine.

Clint Offenberg IEM; first place; assembly; second place paint and ladder safety.

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SALINEVILLE, Ohio — Southern Local FFA chapter held a petting zoo for grades k-3 April 15. Animals included a horse, ducklings, rabbit, piglet, goat and a lamb.

In addition, the chapter is taking orders now through April 26 for the Columbiana County American Red Cross Geranium Sale.

Flowers are a 4” seedling for the cost of a $1.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio –Three Smithville High School students attended the “Promising Young Women Conference” presented by Sigma Alpha professional agriculture sorority April 15.

The Smithville FFA chapter members who attended this conference were Marie Arnold, Rachel Howland, and Alex Massaro.

The Promising Young Women Conference is for young women interested in the fields of agriculture and natural resources.

Ohio State University annually coordinates this one day conference that presented the art of social media and dinner etiquette.

Cargill business leaders also presented young women from across the state with an opportunity to explore the agriculture and natural resources industries, while networking with professionals who hold positions in these various fields.


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