A roundup of FFA news for the week of Dec. 2, 2010

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — The Black River FFA chapter recently conducted a community service project, volunteering at Elms Retirement Home in Wellington. Sixteen members played bingo with the residents.

The FFA has also just completed its annual canned food drive. The food was donated to the Spencer First Baptist Church in Spencer and is being made into food baskets.

Chapter members attended a leadership night at Maumee Bay State Park Nov. 19, sponsored by the Anthony Wayne FFA.

The main speaker was Rick Metzger, and members were also able to make good connections with other FFA chapters.

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CRESTON, Ohio — The Norwayne FFA chapter hosted a benefit dinner and silent auction for community member Sharon Gasser.

More than 1,270 meals were served and more than $34,000 was raised.

Chapter members all worked hard preparing for the event, doing tasks like gathering donations for the silent auction, bringing in food, and setting up tables, chairs, signs, and decorations. FFA members, along with student council members, helped all evening in shifts, filling drinks, wiping tables, taking out trash, working the silent auction, and mingling with the community members.

Afterward, they took down tables and chairs, cleaned the floor, took down the silent auction, and counted the donation money. Also, they wrote thank-you notes to all the auction donors.

The tremendous help also came from many volunteers, including Norwayne staff, FFA parents, numerous food donors and all those who came to enjoy the evening.

Chapter members met Nov. 16 for Agriculture Career Awareness Night.

Titus Steiner told about his job on a harvesting crew. Steiner worked for a whole summer on this crew where they harvested different crops in the west. Buck Owens told about his day-to-day job as a dairy breeder, and Dr. Grace Kemp told about her life as a large and small animal veterinarian.

After the career session, members had a business meeting.

Members decided to have a wild game chili cook-off with a white elephant gift exchange for the chapter’s December meeting. The FFA also decided to spend $500 on a family in our community for Christmas.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — The Indian Valley food science team placed second in the district contest Nov. 9 and is now qualified for the state contest Dec. 4 at the Ohio State University.

Top place for the team was Alex Costmire and second place was Coryden Enochs. Other members of the team were Melanie West and Breanna Bolon. Brooke Bolon was the alternate.

The contest consists of an online test, taste test, aroma, sensory evaluation, food safety evaluation, customer complaint letter, and team product development project.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — On the evening of Nov.17 the Miami Trace FFA Chapter participated in Leadership Night, led by 3 members of the Ohio FFA State Officer team.

The state officers in attendance were Mike Hannewald (District 1 President), Ellen Gilliland (District 4 President), and Amy Jo Frost (State President and Miami Trace FFA alumni).

The officer team leads many leadership nights throughout the state between November and March. This year’s theme is “Lead Me, Lead You, Lead Us – Lead FFA.” Juniors and seniors also had the opportunity to attend a session with a representative from Hocking College.

Parents of FFA members in attendance met with advisers Tracy Dendinger and Bruce Bennett.

They discussed items of business pertaining to the chapter’s annual fruit sale, the Program of Activities, point sheets, scholarships, and State and American Degree requirements.

The advisors also explained the chapter budget and its recent adoption as a satellite program by the Great Oaks Career Campuses.

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ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA Chapter Parliamentary Procedure Team recently competed in the Sub districts Parliamentary Competition Nov. 18. They placed second overall and qualified to move onto the districts competition which will take place on Nov. 30.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio –The Wayne County Schools Career Center Landscape and Plant Technologies landscape and nursery team placed fifth in the FFA District 3 competition.

Top scorers included Trevor Atwood of Wooster, Robin Bryant of Triway, Laura Gearhart of Orrville and Alannah Hudson of Wooster.

The entire class traveled to the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio for the contest. The students took a written exam, identified tools and plants, and did a landscape practicum. The team placed fifth out of eight teams, with 137 students participating. In individual scoring, Bryant took eighth place; Hudson, eleventh; Atwood, twelfth; and Gearhart, twenty-second.

These four students will advance to the state landscape and nursery competition.

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA Chapter met Nov. 17. The officers discussed the ending of the fruit sales. The fruit will be coming in and ready for delivery the second week of December.

The group will meeting again December when the fruit arrives.

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