A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 19, 2015:

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RAVENNA, Ohio — Southeast FFA members Amber Zavara and Jonathan Fesemyer will be competing in the state public speaking contest.

 
The chapter is hosting its 63rd annual FFA banquet March 26 at 7 p.m. In addition to the dinner and awards recognition, the evening will include an auction, with approximately 30 students selling their labor. The sale will include cattle panels, fan cages, and patio fire pits.

 
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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Hillsdale FFA members William Yeater and Madi Heller competed at the state speaking contest March 7.

 
Yeater placed fifth in his heat in creed speaking and Heller placed sixth in her heat in advanced creed speaking.

 
On Feb. 27, the tractor trouble shooting team competed at the Lorain County JVS at the district contest. Team members Matt Way and Calvin Hord placed seventh.

 
On March 7, the ag sales team took first at the state ag sales contest held at Tolle’s Tech.

 
Team members consisted of Shelbi Long, William Yeater, Ben Raudebaugh and Adam Cutlip. Individual placings were Yeater, first; Long, sixth; Cutlip, seventh; and Raudebaugh, 15th.

 
The team will now compete in the national contest held in Louisville, Kentucky, in the fall.

 
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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Members of the Northwestern FFA competed in the state ag sales contest held at Tolles Tech. Career Center March 6.

 
Competing were Kaci Way, Zach Berry, Ben Vaughan, and Rachelle Howman. The team placed fifth. Individually, Berry placed fifth.

 
Four members competed in the state public speaking contest: Mykenzie Snyder, Mary Baker, Kaci Way and Kierstyn Wood. Snyder competed in the freshman creed speaking contest and placed fourth. Baker placed sixth in her division of the beginning prepared speaking contest. Wood competed in the advanced prepared speaking contest, andWay competed in the extemporaneous speaking contest, placing sixth.

 
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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Two judging teams from Zane Trace recently placed in the top 10 at the Wilmington Aggies Livestock Judging Invitational.

 
The general livestock team placed eighth among Ohio chapters. Freshman Olivia Congrove was the top individual, placing seventh out of more than 300 contestants.

 
The equine team also placed eighth. Freshman Brittany Lott led the team with a 20th place individual finish.

 
The next competition will be at state convention.

 
On Feb. 28 two students traveled to Franklin Equipment in Groveport to compete in the ag power and diagnostics (formerly tractor troubleshooting) CDE at the district level.

 
The team placed first in the contest and qualified to compete in the state contest in Lima.

 
For FFA week, the chapter organized competitions during lunch that promoted agriculture products and practices. Additionally, members promoted FFA history and achievements.

 
Five members were named as state finalists for FFA proficiency award areas: Mariah Cox, food science; Kevin Daubenmire, agriculture mechanics placement; Nathanael Freeman, integrated research; Maranda Havens, animal research; and Olivia Pflaumer, specialty animal production.

 
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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA sent Chris Sprang and Justin Lorentz to the district tractor troubleshooting contest at Kuester Implement, Feb. 25. The Team placed first and now qualifies for state.

 
On Feb. 23, the chapter held officer elections.

 
Jason Jenkins is president, Hannah Schlegel is vice president is, Paige Miller is secretary, Lyndsey Davis is treasurer, Racheal Yerian is reporter, Carter Smith is sentinel, Chris Vansickle is historian, and Dylan Harsh is student adviser.

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