A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 7, 2010

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WELLINGTON, Ohio — The Firelands FFA had a successful year at the Lorain Co. Fair this year. Jr. Fair board representatives included Shelby Balint, Hanna McAvoy, Robbie Pete, Gaby Sroka and Emily Teaman.

Among the winners, Alex Halbert won the champion FFA poster award, Dannin Butchko had the best FFA vegetable display, and Tom Krumwiede had the best FFA crop display. Sami Grills won the champion FFA engineering award, and earned the champion medium restoration Lagrange Engine Club Award. Robbie Pete had reserve champion medium restoration Lagrange Engine Club Award

The following FFA graduates won scholarships at fair. Jessica Arndt, who will be attending LCCC, earned the Mike & Marie Yarosh Family $250 scholarship.

Andrew Northeim, attending The Ohio State University, earned The Lorain County Endowment $250, Ed & Glenn Starbuck $500, Junior Leaders $150, Lorain County Agricultural Society $500 and the Chris Denes Memorial $375 scholarships.

Lindsey Hand, attending LCCC, earned the Agricultural Society $500 and the Fair Directors Culinary Arts $500 scholarships.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio –The Black River FFA went to The Ohio State Farm Science Review Sept. 21. The Farm Science Review took place in London Ohio at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center. The day provided many educational experiences to share in the classroom.

Upcoming events include the annual hog roast, antique tractor drive in, farm games and the trip to Indianapolis for the FFA National Convention.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA competed at the county soil judging competition Sept. 23 at Tegtmeier Farms. Urban and rural divisions both had members competing.

The following individuals judged in the urban division: Ben Miller, Dan Redick, Kandis Starkey, Sarah Burgett, Taylor Mowrer, Drake Yates, Cassie Shenberger-Rothwell, Brett Ferrell, Corey Johnson, Austin Graham, Tyler Smith, Hannah Hules, Nicole Hoff, Mara Cline, Nicole Mink, Mathes Meyers, Logan Bebout, Emily Marley, John Eberly, Brandon Lockyear, Megan Markley, Sarah Burgett, Scott Young, Hannah Hules, Sara McWilliams, Marla Walton and Justin Rood.

Marla Walton placed third individually, Nicole Hoff placed fifth, and Chris Thomas placed sixth.

The members competing in the rural division were Ashley Cromer, Sarhra Flinn, Justin Rood, Sabrina Johnson, Tessa Hershey and Zane Dilyard. Ashley Cromer placed first overall individual.

At the district competition, Ashley Cromer, Sarhra Flinn, Sabrina Johnson, Zane Dilyard, and Tessa Hershey represented Northwestern FFA in the rural division and Chris Thomas, Sara McWilliams, Taylor Mowrer, Nicole Hoff, Megan Markley,and Marla Walton participated in the urban division.

At the district competition, both teams succeeded in advancing to the state competition. Megan Markley placed second overall individually in urban.

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WOOSTER, Ohio — Many member of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter projects entered into the Wayne County Fair this year.

Many members in agriculture and shop classes at the high school created electric and wood projects that were then entered.

Those who had shop projects this year were: Karly Berry; Tyler Bodager; Sarah Burgett; Zach Burgett; Travis Clark; Mara Cline; Ashley Cromer; Dave Devore; Zane Dilyard; John Eberly; Amber Franks; Kelsey Geitgey; Kayla Glancy; Austin Graham; Tessa Hershey; Todd Hinton; Nicole Hoff; Travis Holcomb; Alex Hudson; Hannah Hules; Corey Johnson; Sabrina Johnson; Zach Kimpton; Will Ladrach; Emily Marley; Misty Meuer; Anna Miley; Ben Miller; Taylor Mowrer; Jake Napier; Tori Neer; Josh Parsittie; Daniel Redick; Zac Rogers; Justin Rood; Courtney Sheely; Tyler Smith; Kandis Stakey; Josh Switzer; Julie Tenoschok;Tessa Topp; Kent Way; Chad Weberand Jessica Wellert.

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PLYMOUTH, Ohio — The Plymouth FFA adopted a mile stretch of highway located at state Route 603. This stretch of highway must be cleaned at least four times a year by the FFA members. The first Adopt-A-Highway cleaning took place Sept. 13.

The Plymouth FFA was also involved in additional activities recently, including taking third place in the district forestry career development event.

Each year students enrolled in the Plymouth Agricultural Education Agricultural Business classes learn about critical components in the forestry industry.

In order to support classroom instruction, students compete in a forestry career development event held at various locations around the state. Also agriculture Business I and II students competed in a forestry contest, Sept. 14 at Camp Michael in Bucyrus, Ohio. The team earned third place.

Participating team members were: Megan Burrer, Zach Kanney, Brandon Kanney, Craig Miller, Ashley Mowry, Kadie Shepherd, Haley Rinehart, Kyle Reinhart, Steven Fletcher, Kodi Brown and Levi Myers.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA chapter held its August meeting Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. on the middle school basketball court and the parent meeting was held in the wrestling room.

New business included the motions to: send members to Greenhand Camp; purchase the jacket for the first member to memorize the creed in each class; pay $20 for all freshmen jackets; design and purchase T-shirts and sweatshirts; have the chapter pay $3 for each member to attend Put-n Stuff for the September meeting; pay to participate in all contest this year; donate $100 to help Martin Overholt attend Big E; hold a community service project Sept. 26 at the fairgrounds; and have the October meeting at the Overholt’s.

All motions were passed. The next meeting is Sept. 27 at Acres of Fun.

West Holmes FFA graduate member Martin Overholt competed against students from seven different states Sept. 16 at the Eastern States Exposition. Martin received a plaque and monetary award.

Overholt won star state farmer in the state of Ohio in production- entrepreneurship/placement with his herd of goats. Martin has about 52 goats raised for meat production and show stock.

Martin is the son of Marty and Sue Overholt and has three siblings. Martin was reporter of the West Holmes FFA chapter in high school and competed for the West Holmes FFA chapter’s ag. sales, parliamentary procedure, ag. communications, co-ops and general livestock teams.

Martin’s current goals are to graduate from the Ohio State University with his bachelor’s degree in food science and continue to grow his goat herd.

The West Holmes FFA chapter held a community service workday Sept. 26 at the Holmes County Fairgrounds, picking up trash, emptying trash cans and removing sawdust that was used during the past fair.

The chapter has set a goal to complete five community service projects this year. Members will work with TSC to run a Harvest for America campaign this year. Kickoff for the program will be in early October.

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WELLINGTON, Ohio — The Wellington, Firelands, and JVS FFA chapters will be coming together at the Lorain County Fairgrounds Oct. 12 to hold a County Food for America.

Third and Fourth graders from various schools in the area are invited to this event every year to learn about agriculture.

This educational event will be held at 10 a.m. Oct.12 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

FFA members from these three chapters bring in various animals and agricultural products in order to teach younger students the importance of agriculture.

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