A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 19, 2009


WELLINGTON, Ohio — Wellington FFA president Lauren Fehlan placed first in the district extemporaneous public speaking contest and will be advancing to the state competition March 21.

She will be competing against 19 other participants at the state contest.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA traveled to the Agricultural Technical Institute, a branch of the Ohio State University, for a judging contest in February.

The dairy team placed 20th overall, and Tessa Topp was fourth in individual competition. The general livestock team placed 14th.

On March 7, chapter members went to Marysville, Ohio, for a judging contest. Both the equine team and poultry team placed 13th. The general livestock team finished 49th.

Mitch Dillon, Katie Kidd, Karly Berry, and Zach Hottel competed at the District 3 public speaking contest at Norwayne High School.

Dillon presented the FFA creed and placed second. Kidd took second in the beginning prepared speaking contest. Berry was second in the advanced prepared speaking event, while Hottel placed fifth in extemporaneous speaking.

Dillon, Kidd and Berry all are advancing to the state competition March 21 at Ohio State.

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ZANE TRACE, Ohio — The Zane Trace FFA agriculture sales team placed 10th in the a contest held at Tolles Technical Center in Plain City March 7.

The team was made up of freshman Sarah Cox and sophomores DJ Jordan, Emily Wright and Chelsi Hempstead. Wright was the team’s top individual, placing 14th out of 80 competitors.

The team will compete at the state contest by placing first out of 12 teams in the District contest, which was held previously in January.

The Zane Trace FFA chapter is a satellite program of Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center.

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FIRELANDS, Ohio — The Firelands FFA celebrated FFAWeek with a tractor day, which included 21 tractors driven by high school students and a few JVS studentss. Tractor brands included John Deere, Ferguson, Case IH, Steiger, and a Ford, tractors with cabs and without.

Other events included Carhartt Day, flannel day, barnyard Olympics in the gym, a teacher breakfast and a petting zoo, consisting of horses, sheep, a mini donkey, puppies, chicks, rabbits, pigs, a heifer, a calf and some goats.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Members from the Smithville FFA chapter received results from the District 3 evaluations.

The results are as follows: Marie Arnold, secretary’s book, gold rating; Tim McCarty, treasurer’s book, gold rating; Casey Wade/Ashton Dutter, reporter’s scrapbook, silver rating; Richard Reynolds, dairy placement proficiency, second place district, bronze state rating; Marie Arnold, agri-entrepreneurship, first place district, gold state rating; Isaac Kauffman, diversified livestock production placement, first place district, silver state rating; Matthew Kelbly, agricultural sales entrepreneurship, first place district, bronze state rating and Wayne Stoller, vegetable production placement, first place district, bronze state rating.

Members competed in two Career Development Events at Northwestern High School and placed as follows: in the District Job Interview Contest Division I, Katelyn Thut, first place and Division IV, Isaac Kauffman, second place.

These students have advanced to the state level.

In the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event, Kauffman, Matthew Kelbly, Keith Lenthe and Katherine Rennecker represented the Agribusiness class and the Smithville FFA at the district contest at Northwestern High School. The team, selling The Farming Game, placed second and will advance to the state competition.

The chapter celebrated National FFA Week February 16-20. Several activities were planned throughout the week to promote the FFA and agriculture in the community.

This year marked the first Cornhole For Children’s Tournament held throughout the week. Teams paid a $5 entry fee and the winning team received a free lunch gift card.

The proceeds from the tournament are being donated to Children’s Hospital Network, the official FFA charity.

Members competed in two Career Development Events at Tolles Technical Center March 7 and placed as follows: in the State Job Interview Contest Division I, Thut, seventh place.

In the Agricultural Sales Career Development Event, Kauffman, Kelbly, Lenthe and Rennecker represented the Agribusiness class. The team, selling The Farming Game, placed eighth in the state for the third year in a row.

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COLLINS, Ohio — Dustin Homan, former Ohio FFA state president and vice president, spoke to Western Reserve FFA Feb. 20, the last day of FFA Week.

Homan spoke about being pro-active, and later explained that being pro-active is finding something that makes you happy.

It was the week to celebrate your agricultural side, and that’s what Western Reserve did.

Each day of the week had a specific dress up day. During the lunches, and through out the week, the chapter provided pedal tractors and corn hole boards in the middle school gym.

The chapter also handed out popcorn during lunch, had recruitment day for eighth graders and made the teachers breakfast.

Western Reserve sent Brad Beck and Ethan Sayler to Wellington Implement to compete in Tractor Troubleshooting Feb. 19.

There were 17 schools attending and they placed seventh.

The chapter sent Hope Spishak, Kayla Hembree and Hayley Beck to Northwestern High School Feb. 24 for Ag. Sales.

The team placed eighth in districts.

Three speakers represented the chapter at the District 2 Public Speaking contest at Plymouth High School March 3.

The speakers were Aloysius Miller III, Hope Spishak and Katelyn Miller.

K. Miller participated in Creed Speaking, where she placed second; Spishak participated in Prepared Speaking and placed second and A. Miller participated in Extemporaneous Speaking and placed eighth.

Spishak and K. Miller move onto the State Public Speaking contest March 21 in Columbus.

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