A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 21, 2010

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA chapter held its first meeting of the year Oct. 13.

They discussed plans for the year and fruit sales. The fruit sales started Oct. 15 and run through Nov. 18. Anyone who is interested in buying some, should contact Kristen Cappelli at 330-868-2323 or J.D. Little at 330-605-8606.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Sept. 30, the West Holmes FFA sophomore class attended District 8 soils contest, sponsored by Edison High School and held at a nearby farm.

Members were divided into the category of rural soils or urban soils for the purpose of the competition. The rural soils team of Gretchen Straits, Logan Brannon, Bob Taylor, Brittany Crawford, Elizabeth Overholt, Brittney Sigler, Audrey Ivers, and Cody Mackey, finished 11th.

The urban soils team of Jeremiah Kinsey, Courtney Kozak, Corbin Wright, Matt Schlegel, Crystal Yeater, RaeAnn Keck, Kristi Atherton, and Haylee Mackey, placed sixth.

FFA members rode through Millersburg’s Antique Festival Parade Oct. 10 on a float and truck donated by Roger Patterson.

The float had a harvest theme this year, with signs featuring West Holmes FFA made out of corn and cornstalks and pumpkins all over the float. The members threw candy and passed out informational papers about the annual fruit and nut sale.

The sale continues through Nov. 29. A wide variety of products are available and will be delivered the week of Dec. 13. Contact any FFA member with questions, or contact adviser Jaime Chenevey at 330-674-6085.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio –The Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter traveled Oct. 9 to Ashley, Ohio, to compete at the Ohio FFA state soil judging career development event.

The chapter competed in both urban and rural divisions. Urban soil judging team members competing were Chris Thomas,Taylor Mowrer, Megan Markley and Nicole Hoff.

The team placed 17th out of the top 50 teams in Ohio. There were 185 people in the division this year.

The rural soils judging team, Sabrina Johnson, Tessa Hershey, Sarhra Flinn and Zane Dilyard, placed ninth. Out of 202competitors, Johnson placed fourth.

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CRESTON, Ohio — Thirty members of the Norwayne FFA Chapter met at the Apostolic World Relief Center to pack boxes of soup and canned turkey for Third World countries suffering from starvation.

They participated in an assembly line adding different ingredients to package the soup.

Members also participated in canning turkey for the needy as well.

There were 12 students from Norwayne who participated in the county soil judging contest Sept. 23.

Clint Gasser led the rural team with a third-place finish with Cody Scruggs, Trevor Given, Jeff Menk and Trevor Fetzer as teammates.

In the urban team, Mara Holcomb had a first-place finish followed by Erin Smith with a second place finish, Levi May placing fourth and Allison Mangun sixth.

Aliza Winkler, Cora Campbell and Olivia Brown also participated in the county soil judging contest.

The rural and urban teams competed at districts Sept. 30 at West Branch High School in Mahoning County. The rural team was fifth with Gasser placing third. Scruggs, Menk, and Fetzer were also on the team.

The urban team placed first with Brown leading the way with a third-place finish, Mara Holcomb was fourth and Erin Smith fifth. May and Mangun tied for sixth.

The rural and urban teams competed at the state contest in Delaware County Oct. 9.

The urban team, Smith, Mangun, Holcomb and May, was fifth in the state.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Members from the Miami Trace FFA Chapter spent Oct. 8 at the Miami Trace Elementary school educating approximately 500 elementary school students in third, fourth and fifth grade about agriculture and where their food comes from.

The high school students demonstrated in a step-by-step process how we get a finished food product from corn and other crops. This process was broken down into six different stations that were led by the FFA members.

The stations included demonstrations on planting corn seed, harvesting the corn, using corn products (including biodegradable plastic), dairy processing, pasteurization, and enjoying ice cream while reviewing the whole process. The stations showed the elementary students how corn can be turned into ice cream.

The Miami Trace FFA achieved 100% chapter participation by asking each agricultural education class to contribute to the demonstration. Some students donated supplies such as zip-lock bags and ears of corn, and others produced lesson plans and did research.

Farm machinery was borrowed from Mayer’s Farm Equipment and J. D. Equipment.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Jeffrey Stimmell will be representing the Hillsdale FFA Chapter in the National FFA Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event during the 83rd National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 20-23. The event is one of 23 career development events held annually at the National FFA convention.

Also, the Hillsdale FFA Chapter will be participating in the National FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event. Members of the team are Hannah Shock, Kristen Deter, Kelsey King and Ashley Pickering.

Also this year the Hillsdale FFA Chapter sent three members to West Springfield, Mass., to compete in the Regional Equine Management Career Development Event.

Hillsdale earned the right to compete at the Big E by placing second at the state equine management contest in April. This year, at the Big E, the team placed second in the contest.

Individually, Brittani Baldner-Hill placed first; Sarah Bookman placed sixth; and Kristen Deter placed eighth. Lindsay Bowen traveled with the team and coached.

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DIAMOND, Ohio — The Southeast FFA soil judging team competed in the district soil judging contest Sept. 30.

The team for rural soils, which won the competition, included Benjamin Nething, Nick Sampson, Craig Lemasters, Ben Metzgar, and Sean Stone. Stone placed second out of over 100 members in the individual scoring.

On Oct. 9, the soil judging team traveled to Delaware County to compete in the State FFA Rural Land Judging Career Development Event. The team included Benjamin Nething, Nicole Cutlip, Sean Stone and Ben Metzgar. On the individual scoring, Nething finished 40th out of more than 200 members, and the team placed 36th out of 50 teams.

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