A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 8, 2012:


ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA chapter sent members to compete in the District 3 FFA Public Speaking Contest at Norwayne High School Feb. 28.

Sophomore Rachel Martin competed in the beginning prepared speech division with a speech about sperm sexing technology and its importance in the dairy industry’s future. Staci Faverty, a freshman, competed in the FFA Creed contest. She placed in the top six in the entire district and received a gold rating.

Whitley Murphy and Christian Oyster, both freshmen, were alternates in the creed contest.

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — The Plymouth FFA will meet at 6 p.m. March 12 in the band room to discuss honorary members, the annual banquet, and state convention.

Chapter alumni have been invited to assist the chapter with the election of the 2012-2013 officer team.

At this meeting, members will also discuss the chapter soybean test plot. If alumni cannot attend, but would like to assist or donate seed/spray, contact adviser Laura Ringler prior to the meeting. FFA Blood Drive- Will take place April 4. A single blood donation can save up to 3 lives, donate often! You can donate blood every 56 days.

The chapter will be hosting a blood drive in the high school gym April 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the recent officer records judging in District 2, the reporter’s book, compiled by Florenzie Ratliff, received a gold rating, and the book kept by chapter secretary, Mikayla Reer, received a silver rating.

Chapter treasurer, Taylor Foster, received a bronze rating.

Since all of the books received a medal rating, the chapter will be submitting a national chapter application in the upcoming weeks. Last year, Plymouth FFA ranked 39th out of nearly 300 chapters in Ohio.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — The Fort Frye FFA held a hat day the high school, and all who participated had to pay $1 in order to wear their hat in school for the day. The money raised went to a local family who lost their house in a fire.

The FFA is also sitting cans around town for donations. These proceeds will also go to the family.

The chapter is sponsoring a square dance from 8-11 p.m. March 17 at the Lowell Volunteer Fire Station. Admission is $5 for singles, $8 for couples and $12 for families. The band playing at the square dance will be the Buckeye Travelers.

The money raised at the square dance will go to the rural soil judging team so they can travel to Oklahoma for the national soil judging competition.

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UTICA, Ohio — Members from the Utica FFA chapter, staff from the North Fork Local School District and community volunteers were able to recently participate in training for the National Archery in the Schools Program at Broken Arrow Archery in Newark, Ohio.

The training, conducted by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, is part of a national program to implement the international style of archery into physical education classes and after school programs.

The Utica FFA received a Rural Youth Development Grant through the national FFA and USDA in order to help pay for the equipment necessary for the programming. Through the programming FFA members will assist and mentor younger students in after school activities and the National Archery in The Schools Program.

Those who attended the training included: Levi Boggs, Samantha Wilson, Lareese Marston, Taylor Cunningham, Sierra Garno, Pam Mercer, Elizabeth Edinger, Brett Ballinger, Steve Priest, Eric Mitchell, Jennifer Somerville, Brian Walters, and John Wright.

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SMITHVILLE, Ohio — The Smithville FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week by having the school students and staff participate in various themed dress-up days during the week.

The week included hat day, plaid day, blue and gold day, camouflage day and a teacher appreciation lunch and an assembly.

They also had an FFA king, queen, prince, and princess. King was Adam Rhem, queen was Katelyn Thut, prince was Wyatt Baer and princess was Katie Hostetler.

During the week the club raised money to donate to world hunger. The teacher who earned the most money in his/her jar had to kiss a critter during the assembly. Joni Reichenbach was the winner and smooched a baby goat.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — On Feb. 21 the Miami Trace ag sales team, creed speaker and prepared competed at the FFA district contest at Hillsboro high school.

The ag sales team, consisting of Jordan Bonham, Brooke Mossbarger, Carly Stayer and Chas Grover, received first at the contest with Jordan Bonham receiving overall first place individual.

The creed speaker this year was Jacob Rose, who also received a first for Miami Trace. Daniella Straathof was the prepared speaker for Miami Trace; she received third place.

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WOOSTER, OHIO — The Triway FFA chapter participated in the district public speaking contest Feb. 28.

Julie Gress won her division in the creed contest, Diane Gress won the advanced prepared contest and Bailey Hardin placed second in the extemporaneous speaking contest.

All three participants will be traveling to the state contest March 17.

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