A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 16, 2010:

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Zane Trace FFA members in Jennifer Johnston’s leadership class organized a fundraiser for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, also known as UNICEF.

The group set a goal of raising $500 to donate to the organization. This amount matched the amount of funds that would be needed to purchase a play pump to provide water for a developing village. The group became interested in purchasing a play pump after learning about them through a video on the UNICEF website, www.unicef.org.

Play pumps are built like carousels and when children play on them, the turning pump draws up clean water from the well for the community to use.

At the end of the fundraiser, the grand total for all donations was $687. The extra money raised will help purchase materials to help prevent malnutrition in children.

Four members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter participated in the Ohio FFA Food Science Career Development Event at The Ohio State University Dec. 4. The team of Sarah Cox, Chelsi Hempstead, Emily Wright and Nick Ganus placed eighth out of 20 teams in the competition.

Junior member Sarah Cox placed second individually and as a result, earned a $2,000 scholarship to the Ohio State University.

During the competition, students were required to identify food-safety violations, recognize common artificial food aromas, determine differences in food products, compose a written response to a customer complaint and work as a team to develop and market a new food product.

The students also answered questions about food chemistry, nutrients, labeling and safety as a part of the contest.

Prior to the state contest, the team took part in the District 7 Food Science Contest where they placed first as a team. This contest took place at Zane Trace High School Nov. 16 and included 86 students on teams from 10 FFA chapters in central Ohio.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA’s Parliamentary Procedure team competed at the district competition Dec. 6.

Each team was required to take a 35 question exam online and then take a written test before presenting their knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure to the judges.

During the presentation, each team is given four topics to discuss as well as six tasks or abilities that must be completed.

Two minutes are given to each team prior to the meeting to review their abilities and plan their strategy.

This year’s district Parliamentary Procedure team consisted of president Chris Thomas, Sabrina Johnson, Sarhra Flinn, Ashley Cromer, Travis Clark, Sara McWilliams, Katryna Ousley and John Eberly.

Northwestern surpassed Norwayne to place first. Both teams will be advancing to the state competition Dec. 18.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA Chapter had a variety of activities for the month of November.

The Second Annual Greenhand Lock-in was held Nov. 2 at the West Holmes Middle School.

This night is designed for the freshmen members to get to know their leaders and upperclassmen better, as well as gathering more information on the opportunities and activities in the FFA.

The chapter held its Nov. 8 meeting in the West Holmes High School commons and theater.

The evening consisted of the annual Greenhand Initiation and Awareness Fair for parents and family members. Special presentations were also held.

Following the presentations, new business motions were stated and passed. The members that received their Greenhand Degree were Clay Armstrong, Tessa Baker, Madelyn Brewer, Tawnya Eckerle, Tyler Evens, Tyler Gallupe, Doug Giauque, Emily Holtzmann, Trevor Kick, Beth Klein, Atlee Miller, Grayson Miller, Luke Miller, Megan Miller, Dustin Niehaus, Mandy Taylor, Nikki Wagner, Kaylee Wigton, Bryce Williamson, Jesse Wines, Matt Wines and Daniel “J.R.” Yoder.

The chapter also participated in the District 8 Parli Pro contest, Nov. 23. The chapter had two teams that participated in the contest. The senior team, which placed first in Districts, comprised of Tori Carpenter, Garrett O’Donnell, Casey Schlauch, Travis Campbell, Corey Phillips, Elizabeth Overholt, Madee Brewer, Mandy Taylor and alternate Tawnya Eckerle.

With the win, they now qualify for the state contest Dec. 18 at Ohio State.

The other team that competed in the district contest was the seventh period Beginning Parli team. The members of the team were, Grayson Miller, Emily Holtzmann, Atlee Miller, Tessa Baker, Nikki Wagner, J.R. Yoder, Matthew Wines, Doug Giauque, Dustin Niehaus and Bryce Williamson. They placed fourth at districts.

Indian Valley hosted the subdistrict contest Nov. 16, where there were three West Holmes teams who competed. The senior team placed first in the contest and advanced to districts. The seventh period beginning team placed second in the contest and advanced to districts. Also, the ninth period beginning Parli team competed in the sub districts and placed third.

The team members were Madee Brewer, Tawnya Eckerle, Mandy Taylor, Clay Armstrong, Tyler Evens, Beth Klein, Luke Miller, Megan Miller, Kaylee Wigton and Jesse Wines.

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ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA Beginning Parliamentary Procedure Team competed at Federal Hocking Nov. 30 and placed third.

Members who competed were president Jed Anderson, vice president Austin Crabtree, secretary Emily Bolin, treasurer Delaney Zimmerman, reporter Caitlyn Mullins, student adviser Lyman Kennedy, sentinel Adam Turner and member Jessica Jakabiec.

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WELLINGTON, Ohio — The Wellington FFA Chapter will be holding an alumni/member mixer from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. Dec. 16.

The mixer will be held in the Wellington High School Ag room. All previous members of the Wellington FFA are invited for cornhole and light refreshments. Scrapbooks from previous years dating back to 1970 will be available for viewing.

If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Thome at 440-647-3734.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Congratulations to the Indian Valley FFA Food Science and Technology team which finished 5th in the State Food Science Contest held Dec. 4 at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

Team members were Alex Cotsmire (12th Individual), Breanna Bolon (17th), Coryden Enochs (28th), and Melanie West (59th). The purpose of the career development event is to stimulate learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing a good working knowledge of sound principles used in a team decision-making process.

The food science and technology career development event consists of four activities, 1) an objective test online prior to the event, 2) a team product development project. 3) a practicum in food safety and quality, and 4) a practicum in sensory evaluation.

The team will receive a banner during the State FFA Convention in May for their achievement.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Mapleton FFA held a winter dance for the high school students on Dec. 3. To enter the dance, students had to bring in a gently used coat or sweater, or a hat and gloves. The outcome of this dance was very successful and the donations from the students were given to the Polk Lions Club for their Free Christmas donation that the hold.

In addition, the Mapleton FFA’s Parliamentary Procedure Team placed second at sub-districts on Dec. 1. The team competed Dec. 8 at the district level. The competition was held at the Lorain County JVS. The team placed second and will be going to the state CDE contest Dec. 18.

Members of the Parliamentary Procedure Team are: Kate Briggs, Emily McKinley, Deandra Lowman, Olivia Whitaker, Brittany Telakowicz, Kelsey Diedrich, Kyle Zimmerman, and Paige Reisinger.

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THORNVILLE, Ohio — The Sheridan FFA went to several parliamentary procedure contests this fall. The advanced group competed Nov. 7 at sub-district and placed third and also competed in districts Nov. 5, where they placed fifth. Team members were; Cole Cardi, president; Katie Gaskins, vice president; Frankie Grum, secretary; Dirk Lewis, treasurer; Robert Householder, reporter; Rachel Taylor, sentinel; Jessie Noll, student adviser; and Janette Wisemen.

The beginning team traveled to Federal Hocking High School for the Dec. 7 competition at the sub-district contest The team placed fourth. The eight members on the team were Chase Eddington, president; Emmalee Ours, vice president; Courtney Plaisted, secretary; Randi Shaw, treasurer; Chase Altier, reporter; Cari Koehler, sentinel; Dalton Crandel, student adviser; and Shelby Young.

Sheridan FFA’s Agriculture Communication team competed at the Ohio State University campus Dec. 4. The team members were Chase Eddington, broadcasting; Lydie Forgrave, graphic design; Liz Hamann, press release / public relations, Cari Koehler, Web design; and Emily Stevens, news writing.

Benjamin Logan from Logan County received first in the state and Amanda-Clearcreek from Fairfield County received second.

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INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time in history, the Waterford FFA chapter represented Ohio at the national level in more than one area. During the 83rd National FFA Convention, the Waterford FFA represented Ohio participating in the national parliamentary procedure contest, the national proficiency award area and the national FFA band.

Laura Whalin, Brady Campbell, James Giffin, Megan Giffin, Breanna Schaad, Patrik Schaad and alternate Katrina Ford participated in the national parliamentary procedure contest. The Waterford FFA team earned a silver rating.

Brady Campbell participated in the national FFA proficiency award area at the convention. Campbell’s proficiency consists of Texel breeding sheep and Berkshire breeding swine. Campbell placed in the top 14 out of 50 participants in the diversified livestock proficiency award area and earned a gold rating.

He is the first member of the Waterford FFA chapter to win a state proficiency and to advance to the national level. Cameron Bookman, also of the Waterford FFA chapter, was a member of this year’s national FFA band. Bookman submitted an audition tape and was one of 85 members selected.

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