A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 3, 2011

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BESSEMER, Pa. — The Mohawk FFA traveled to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan. 11-13 with two Keystone degree recipients, two square dance teams and a demonstration team.

Tyler Claypool and Cassie Musser received Keystone degrees. Musser was the western region representative of the Star in Ag Production.

The square dance teams competed against about 50 different teams from three divisions. Square dance team members were Matt Rimbey, Samantha Clark, Brandon Aikman, Mckenzie Raney, Danny Cower, Mallorie Shiderly, Robert Craig, Michelle Shiderly, Brandon Ball, Cassie Musser, Brandon Raney, Hanna Rohrman, John Gallagher, Breanna Wagner, Sam Arisman, Allison Ball and alternates Ayla Chapman and Jessica Porschien. Another member, Alex Scott, was unable to attend. Both square dance teams received blue ribbons using the Danish system.

The demonstration team presented its project, Green Wind. Team members Kayla Beatty, Tyler Claypool, Mark Ordak and Cara Trotterm, with technical assistant Matt Rimbey, explained the process of establishing a wind turbine system for generating electric and described the construction of a large wind turbine on a nearby dairy farm.

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THORNVILLE, Ohio — Sheridan FFA and alumni held its second annual Farm and Toy Tractor Show Jan. 16.

There were more than 20 vendors and six exhibitors.

In addition, Sheridan FFA students are preparing and look forward to the sharing of the Spirit of FFA during National FFA Week, Feb. 19-2. This years’ theme is “Infinite Potential.”

The National FFA Week gives the local FFA members a chance to educate others about the events and activities through agriculture education they are invovled with that keep our communities healthy, wealthy and wise.

Sheridan FFA members choose to do this by encouraging all students and faculty to join the FFA Spirit Week by celebrating each day in an unique way.

One day will be “wear flannel day, ” another day will encourage all to “dress like an “Ag teacher day,” and even “wear Bib overalls day.” The most important day is always Friday when everyone is given the chance to purchase a “hat ticket” for a dollar, which gives the bearer of the ticket permission to wear a hat for the day, in school during classes, with the proceeds going to local charities.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Four members of the Hillsdale FFA chapter participated in the district nursery and landscaping career development event Jan. 11. This CDE encourages and prepares students to achieve certification offered by the nursery/landscaping industry. The members participating in this were Brittani Baldner-Hill, Bryce Payne, Melanie Graven, and Hannah Shock. Members are also competing at the state contest.

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