A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 4, 2010

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA traveled to Shelby to compete in the Sub District B speaking contest Feb. 19.

Stephanie Schuck competed in beginning prepared category and received first place.

Brittani Baldner-Hill competed in the prepared public speaking portion of the contest where she also received first place.

Jeff Stimmell received first place in extemporaneous speaking.

Sarah Bookman competed in the Creed speaking contest.

All the participants will move on to district public speaking March 3.

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GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio — Members of Indian Valley FFA at Gnadenhutten competed in a public speaking contest at Ridgewood High School. Matt Demattio placed first at sub-district in his class, extemporaneous. He advanced to the district competition March 2. Coryden Enochs also advanced to districts. Breanna Bolon placed fifth in the creed speaking contest.

Three officers, Jorden Glass, Kristen Stiles and Laura Johnson, received gold ratings at the District 8 Officers’ Evaluation at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia. Glass and Stiles received a 100 percent and Johnson earned a 90 percent.

The trio will receive their gold star award at the Ohio FFA State Convention April 30 through May 1 at the Expo Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Mapleton FFA Chapter held had to wait a week to celebrate FFA Week due to weather conditions forcing the schools to close.

On that Wednesday the chapter held official dress day. Some 90 members donned the official dress of black pants or skirt, white button up shirt, FFA jacket and black shoes.

Other activities involved the Dewalt challenge, dress like a farmer day, hay bales toss (Andrew Hutman won), egg race and Mapleton spirit day.

Following all classes, the chapter put on a staff vs. FFA students game and for the ninth straight year, the students lost.

The Monday after, students wore their FFA shirts and had mini tractor races.

The chapter also participated at the district 2 evaluation Feb. 5 at Lorain County JVS. The highest scoring officer book was Brittany Telakowicz’s reporter book that received a gold rating. Telakowicz’s book placed second in the district.

The second highest rating the chapter received was a silver rating on the treasure’s book, which was completed by Katie Paramore.

Secretary Shelby Emmons received a bronze rating for her secretary’s book.

The chapter also had several members’ degrees move on to state evaluation to be graded. Those who participated were Jonnie Rohr, Christina Ritchie and Bill Keener. Garrett Boley also advanced with his state degree.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA competed in the District 3 Job Interview contest at Hillsdale High School Feb. 22.

John Eberly (freshman), Sabrina Johnson (sophomore), Olivia Stover (junior) and Jessica Wellert (senior) participated with each member winning their respective division.

They will be competing at state preliminaries March 6 at The Ohio State University.

On Feb. 20, the Northwestern FFA horse judging team attended the Mount Gilead Invitational. The team consisted of Ashley Cromer, Sarhra Flinn, Sabrina Johnson, Sara McWilliams, Crystal Takacs, Chris Thomas and Marla Walton.

The team placed second out of a total of 22 teams.

McWilliams and Thomas both placed in the top 10 individually. They will be attending the Miami Trace Invitational March 13.

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