A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 17, 2011:


MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA Ag Sales Team competed in the state contest March 5 at Ohio State University.

The team placed 11th out of 20 teams.

Team members included Casey Schlauch, who placed 19th; Madee Brewer; and Liz Overholt.

The team also competed in the district agriculture sales contest Feb. 23 at Harrison Central.

The members on the team were Schlauch, Overholt, Brewer and Derek Reutter.

The team placed first in districts which qualified them for the state contest.

Individually, Schlauch placed second and Overholt placed third.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Wayne County Schools Career Center floriculture team won first place at the FFA District 3 floriculture competition recently at Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield.

The team included Robin Bryant, of Triway, Trevor Atwood and Alannah Hudson, both of Wooster. Out of 74 students participating, Bryant finished second, Hudson third, and Atwood fourth.

The contest included judging annual plants, arrangements, greenhouse crops and tropical plants by quality from best to worst; plant, tool and supply identification; taking a written exam, and making a corsage and vase arrangement.

The Wayne County Schools Career Center Landscape and Plant Technologies students placed seventh out of 38 teams in the Ohio FFA Association Nursery and Landscaping Career Development event recently in Columbus.

The top four career center students were Alannah Hudson, Trevor Atwood, and Dillon Wipert, all of Wooster, and Robin Bryant of Triway.

Of the 258 students competing, Hudson placed 21st, Atwood placed 27th, Bryant placed 28th, and Wipert place 61st. The students also attended the CENTS trade Show and Job Fair, speaking to industry professionals and distributing their resumes.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA Chapter had members compete at the State Agricultural Sales and Job Interview contests March 6.

The purpose of the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event is to provide students with the opportunity to learn and apply the basic skills necessary for career opportunities in the sales field.

The Agricultural Sales team placed first at state. Members of the Agricultural team were Seth Ebert, Brittani Baldner-Hill, Morgan Austin, and McKenzie Stimmell. They will be competing at the national level this coming October at the National FFA Convention.

The Ohio Job Interview CDE is designed for FFA members to practice and demonstrate the skills needed in seeking employment in all areas of agriculture. Each part of this event simulates real world experiences that students will have when seeking employment in the future.

Members who participated in the jobiInterview contest were Kelsey Eberly, Madison Hays, Ashlee Cutlip, and Miranda Tanner. Kelsey Eberly placed sixth in Division IV. Madison Hays placed eighth in Division III. Ashlee Cutlip placed tenth in Division II. Miranda Tanner placed ninth in Division I.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Northwestern FFA’s public speaking members traveled to Norwayne High School, March 2, for the district competition.

In the beginning prepared division, John Eberly placed fourth individually. Ashley Cromer placed third in the extemporaneous speaking division.

The FFA creed is an important part of our organization, and Anya Martynova participated in the creed competition, finishing first.

Members of Northwestern High School’s FFA chapter and alumni members gathered, March 5, at Heffelfinger Meats, Inc. located in Jeromesville, Ohio.

Zane Dilyard, Dave Devore, Chloe Raff, Zach Berry, Molly Rhees, Dave Devore, John Johnson, Lynn Bridenstine, Bruce Berry, Kim McWilliams, the Chio family and the Bowers family participated in the making of sausage for the chapter’s annual whole-hog sausage fundraiser. They were able to make 3,600 pounds of whole hog sausage. The sausage is made from all the high-value cuts. Salt and pepper were added to the spiced variety, and the nonspiced was left alone. The meat was then bagged and brought back to the high school to fill the orders.

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BELLEVUE, OH — Four Firelands FFA members qualified at the sub-district contest for the district speaking contest March 2.

Emma Ranney, freshman, qualified in FFA Creed Speaking, Jessica Zurcher, sophomore, in beginning prepared, Courtney Klesta, sophomore, in advanced prepared, and Ashlynn Yost, senior, in extemporaneous speaking.

Ranney was gold rated and won her speaking category. She will compete at the state contest on March 19 in Columbus. Zurcher was silver rated. Klesta earned bronze. Yost earned gold rating and fourth in district. Ranney and Yost both received district plaques at the contest.

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DIAMOND, OHIO– Two of the members from the Southeast FFA went to the District 3, Public Speaking Contest, held at Norwayne High School March 2.

The president, Benjamin Nething, received first place out of 8 for extemporaneous speaking, and Nathan Boring, received third out of 11 for creed speaking. Both of the members will be going to the State Public Speaking contest in Columbus March19.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Norwayne FFA has had their hands full these past few weeks. The Agriculture Sales team of Alex Miller, Nicole Steiner, Lydia Hartzler, and Allison Mangun competed at Hillsdale high school in the District 3 contest Feb. 16. The team finished in second. Lydia Hartzler led the team with a second place followed by Nicole Steiner in fifth. The General Livestock and Dairy Judging participated in the ATI judging contest Feb. 26.

Clint Gasser placed seventhfor General Livestock followed by Lydia Hartzler in 68th place. Allison placed 34th in Dairy Judging.

Norwayne FFA hosted the District 3 public speaking contest March 2. Jeremiah Dibler represented Norwayne in the Creed contest with a silver rating. Allison Mangun placed first in the beginning prepared contest with a gold rating. Nicole Steiner placed second with a gold rating in the advanced prepared public speaking.

FFA week was originally scheduled for the week of Feb. 22 but was scattered over a two week time period due to some winter weather.

A delicious meal was provided that consisted of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs served along with taco salad made by the FFA members was held Feb. 24.

All FFA members, honor roll, scholar roll, faculty and staff of Norwayne, and FFA alumni members were invited to the meal. The special event for Feb. 28 was making homemade ice cream. FFA students took turns in whipping up the ingredients, cranking the ice cream machines, and putting the final product into cups for serving to Norwayne High School students and staff.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA chapter celebrated FFA week by having the school participate in plaid/flannel day Monday.

Tuesday was redneck day. The club chose the person who looked the most redneck and they received a $10 gift card. Tim Ardnt won.

Also on Tuesday, the club had the annual eighth-grade recruitment. There was a great turn out and a lot of the students are interested in the chapter.

Wednesday was the tractor drive-in. The students who participated were Korie Hartzler, Joel Stoller, Matt Horst, Zach Studer and Emily Wallick.

Thursday was the annual teacher appreciation lunch, and the students participated in high-five day.

Friday was blue and gold day. Those wearing blue or gold got a free popsicle at lunch.

At the end of the day Friday, there was an assembly for the whole school along with eighth-graders. It consisted of a “day in the life of a farmer” obstacle course, and awards were given out to the winners.

The club also crowned a FFA king, queen, prince and princess. The king was Nick Hobson, the queen was Carrie Howland, prince was Adam Rehm, and princess was Ellie Kauffman.


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