A roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 18, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS — The West Holmes FFA chapter attended the 83rd National FFA Convention Oct. 20-23 in Indianapolis.

Members attended the American degree session, where four members received their American degrees, including Martin Overholt, son of Marty and Sue Overholt, Linsey Howell, daughter of Dave and Lora Howell, Paul Skolmutch, son of Dan and Kathy Skolmutch, and Nikole Hanna, daughter of Chris and Kathy Hanna. All four of the members are graduates of West Holmes High School.

Howell, was also named a national finalist in the sheep production – entrepreneurship/placement proficiency award. Howell received $500 and a plaque.

The chapter held its annual October meeting at the Overholt Farm Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. In new business motions were as follows: Have four tins of nuts equal one case and one mixed bag equal one case; host district Parli and pay for supplies; host a fun night for the January meeting and invite other chapters; participate in and pay for two teams to go to the district 8 trap shoot; hold awareness fair before Greenhand Initiation; adjourn. All were passed by majority vote. Refreshments were served followed by a haunted hayride.

The next meeting was set for Nov. 8 in the Excalibur Theater at 7 p.m. for Greenhand initiation.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — As the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter learned to create a mini floral arrangement using baker’s ferns, carnations, and baby’s breath in a fish bowl in horticulture class.

The members will be visiting Westfield Golf Course to study the turf industry.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Twenty-one Crestview FFA members attended the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this year. The chapter received the Two Star National Chapter award.

Crestview FFA’s chicken barbecue dinner was held Oct. 15. The dinner included chicken with a potato, green beans and dessert.

The chapter will hold a fruit sale in November to raise money for the chapter and help finance a trip to Denver in January. The fruit sale began Oct. 29 and will continue for three weeks.

The Crestview FFA urban soils judging team traveled to Delaware, Ohio Oct. 9 to compete in the state contest and finished 25th out of 49 teams.

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BESSEMER, Pa. — FFA state Vice President Matthew Reutlinger and state chaplain Benjamin Shughart visited the Mohawk FFA Nov. 4.

Throughout the month of October the Mohawk FFA and landscaping classes designed a plan for the front area of the school by the auditorium.

FFA members planted trees, such as seedless red maples and ornamental pears, and shrubs, including boxwood topiaries and blue star junipers, sky rocket junipers, PJM rhododendrons, azaleas and weeping pea, and ornamental grasses.

They also place a 6400-pound limestone boulder by the flagpole. The shrubs and trees were purchased from businesses in the school district, including Ratvasky Landscape Supply of Edinburg and McConnell Nursery of Cleland Mill Road.

Also in October, Mohawk FFA and building and masonry class poured a concrete storage pad for the building and masonry class supplies.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — Twelve members of the Black River FFA recently traveled to Indianapolis for the 2010 National FFA Convention. The members attended the FFA career show and student workshops and toured Young’s Dairy Farm.

The Black River FFA also held its annual farm games with more than 100 students attending from Buckeye, New London and Black River. The games included hay bale toss, watermelon eating contest, tire flip, apple bobbing, wheelbarrow races and musical tailgates.

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WOOSTER, Ohio — Triway FFA members Brandy Napier, Zachary Noble, Brandon Meier, Rachael Neal, Michael Parks, Christie Aylsworth, Bailey Hardin, Kayla Hayhurst, Courtney Mackey and Geoffrey Norris attended the 2010 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Oct. 20-23.

Two Triway FFA graduates, Lacey Uhler and Denin Miletto, received their American FFA degrees, which brings Triway’s American Degree total to 23.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Thirty-three members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis from Oct. 20-22.

Five Zane Trace FFA members were honored for their achievements in agriscience research during the convention. Nick Ganus and DJ Jordan received gold ratings for their research project, Pop Goes the Sorghum. Ganus and Jordan each received gold pins for their efforts.

David Glass and Audrey Hoey placed second in the nation and received a gold rating in the food science, microbiology and biotechnology division with their research project on the effect of interfering agents on gelatin. Glass and Hoey received gold pins and a cash prize.

Sarah Cox earned the honor of first place in the nation and a gold rating for her research project involving the use of grape skin extracts to control hoof rot fungus in goats. This marks the first time a Zane Trace FFA member has earned this honor. Sarah was awarded a plaque and a cash prize.

All five students plan to continue their research this school year and compete in the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair this May.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — The Miami Trace FFA chapter held its annual steak fry Nov. 6. from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Miami Trace High School cafeteria. Tickets were $10 each, which included steak, baked potato, green beans, roll and homemade desserts.

FFA alumni members volunteered to cook meals, while FFA members served and cleaned tables. Approximately 500 steaks were sold. A single elimination tug-of-war tournament was also held that night. Each four-member team donated $40 to enter and all proceeds went to FFA member Garrett Harper. The first and second place teams received Walmart gift cards.

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