A roundup of FFA news for the week of May 21, 2015:


VINCENT, Ohio — The Warren FFA attended the Ohio state convention April 30 and May 1.

Chapter Reporter Katlyn Coffman, Treasurer Cole Welch, and Secretary Becca Giffin, were recognized for receiving gold ratings on the books they kept throughout the year.

Eric Hackathorn received his state degree, which is the highest degree you can receive in the state.
Chapter members who attended the convention were Levi Congleton, Eric Hackathorn, Wade Lynch, Becca Giffin, Cole Welch, Sean Mulligan, Brianna King, Trenton Hutchinson, Bailey Welch, Gavin Westfall, Logan Renner and Skyler Hayes.

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NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio — The Buckeye Central FFA recently competed at the National Soil Judging Contest in Oklahoma City.

The team consisted of seniors Austin Wurm, Seth Ollis, Peter Keller, Paul Heydinger, and BC FFA adviser Tyler Pope.

After placing third in the state, the team qualified to compete in the Homesite Evaluation Contest at the National Soil Judging Contest.

The team toured various landmarks, including the Texas Motor Speedway and the Express Cattle Ranch in Oklahoma.

Each member judged four soil pits and evaluated the sites for septic systems, lawns, gardens, foundations for buildings, and sewage lagoons.

The characteristics of the soil judged were texture, permeability, depth, slope, erosion, surface runoff, shrink/swell, seasonal high water table, and flooding.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — The United FFA is preparing its 21 acres for the planting of corn. The main tractor has been malfunctioning this year and is in need of major repair.

The chapter thanks Tim Herron, of Herron Jersey Farms, for loaning his tractor so members could finish their fields .The plowing was done by Cole Courtney, Zak Tomlinson, and J.R. Himes.

The disking was done by Cody Cooper and Isaac Hake.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Members of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter traveled to the Ohio FFA Convention 30-May 1.

Members included Ryan Morr, Sarah Maximovich, Rachelle Howman, Bradley Aulger, Victoria Devore, Ben Vaughan, Kaci Way, Storm Nelson, Shania Reed, Marshall Geiger, Katie Stull, Ally Ruegg, Cory Leighty, Chase White, Jazon Lemaster, Jessie Bair, Kyle Piscione, Spencer Deming, Christie Franks, Kaitlyn Gifford, Emily Flinn, Hannah Hottel, Kyle Schaefer, Shannon Garrison, Robert Stinemetz, Philip Eberly, Adam Miley, David Miley, Cody Tegtmeier, Austen Wood, Kierstyn Wood, Tyler Billman, TJ Cromer, and Ashley Dunn.

Hannah Hottel participated in the State Agri-Science Fair, where she received a Gold Rating for her project, titled Comparing the Natural and Safe-guard® Treatment Effect on the Strongyle Parasites.


During the fourth session, Sarah Maximovich was awarded a Gold Rating on her secretary’s book.


Victoria Devore was awarded a Gold Rating on her treasurer’s book and Rachelle Howman was awarded a gold rating on her reporter’s book.

Five members also received their state degrees during the fifth and final session. They were Sarah Maximovich, Kaci Way, Kierstyn Wood, Shania Reed, and Emily Flinn.

On April 29, the chapter’s equine and general livestock judging team judged in the state finals in Columbus.

Marshall Geiger, Hannah Hockenberry, Sarah Maximovich, and Reiley Murphy competed in the Equine Judging Event. Victoria Devore, Kyle Piscione, Katie Stull, and Kaci Way competed in the general livestock judging event.

The equine team placed fifth overall, with Maximovich placing eighth individually. Devore, Piscione, Stull, and Way competed in the General Livestock contest, where they placed fifth overall in the state, with Way placing ninth individually.

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