A roundup of FFA news for the week of Jan. 12, 2012:


LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The Loudonville FFA chapter announced the results of their fall citrus sale of produce, peanuts and beef jerky. Winners will receive a scholarship towards a 2012 Leadership Conference, FFA camp or National Convention.

The top four salesmen were: sophomore, Shana Esselburn, grossed $2852,50 for the top in sales. In second place was junior, Raelyn Fliger with $1971.75. Rounding out the top four were sophomores Elena Hoover and Samantha Spreng with just over $1900 and near $1500.

The FFA earns money for the rest of the year through this annual fundraiser. Rewards for the chapter members include financial help with conventions, free attendance at judging contests and a free banquet for members selling fruit and guests.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio –On Jan. 4, nine members of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter participated in a Christmas Tree pick-up for the community.

Members Ashley Cromer, Tessa Topp, Damon Johnson, Kandis Starkey, Tara Benton, Becca Harbaugh, Zach Berry, Sara McWilliams, and Sarhra Flinn all helped out with this project, with a couple members even volunteering their personal vehicles.

Northwestern alumni member Chris Thomas also returned to the chapter to drive and participate in the event. Members went to Lea Crest Estates, West Ridge, and High Point, the villages of New Pittsburg, Lattasburg, Pleasant Home, Congress, and West Salem to pick up the trees and then gave them to the West Salem Beagle Club for recycling.

The trees will be used for wildlife protection. This is an annual event and this year was the 25th successful year of this community service project.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Mapleton FFA’s annual fruit sale was successful, even though sales were 10 percent down from last year.

The students learned about watercore in apples during the fruit sale.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Marlington FFA members spread holiday cheer to local seniors by singing carols at three Alliance nursing facilities Dec. 20. A group of 12 students and adviser Jessica Helsinger sang carols throughout the halls and dining areas of the facilities.

Helsinger said, “A single evening like this teaches young adults the value of a smile, and a cheerful message, that only takes a second can truly light up someone’s life.”

The group visited Sterling House, McCrea Manor and Canterbury in Alliance.

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