A roundup of FFA news for the week of Sept. 30, 2010

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INDIANAPOLIS — Cameron Bookman of the Waterford FFA Chapter has been selected to play baritone in the National FFA Band.

Process. Bookman submitted an audition tape and was one of 85 FFA members selected. The band will perform several times Oct. 20-23 at the 83rd National FFA Convention in the Conseco Fieldhouse. National FFA Band members are chosen from a pool of more than 200 applications.

The young musicians arrive in Indianapolis to rehearse three days before convention.

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WATERFORD, Ohio — The Waterford FFA Chapter visited Columbus, Ohio Sept. 8 to attend the annual Chapter Officer Leadership Training conference, which was held at Veterans Memorial.

Activities. Members participated in leadership and teamwork-building sessions and met Senator Jimmy Stewart and Representative Debbie Phillips and discussed the importance of agricultural education and FFA programs in Ohio with them.

Members included Laura Whalin, Cameron Bookman, Breanna Schaad, Brady Campbell, James Giffin and Cassie Campbell and adviser Mr. Matt Hartline.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Peterson and Tanner Mick of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter have been selected to sing in the National FFA Chorus, Oct. 20 through Oct. 23, at the Conseco Fieldhouse.

The students submitted an audition tape and were two of 80 people selected nationwide to be members of the group. The choir will perform several times at the 83rd National FFA Convention.

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ALBANY, Ohio — The Alexander FFA officers attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training to develop leadership skills to serve their chapter Sept. 8.

They provided training to chapter officers in the areas of officer development, goal-setting, team building and program of activities planning.

The officers are now assessing the chapter’s flaws and looking for ways to improve the chapter and keep all members involved with the new ideas and skills they obtained at the Conference.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — The Black River FFA’s first activity was FFA field day, hosted by Sunrise Cooperative. Sunrise informed the chapter about agriculture through hands-on training in agronomy and grain marketing.

The next activity was a community service project where thirteen members volunteered their time to help out in our annual adopt a highway project. They gathered 14 bags of litter and several other interesting items on state Route 162 west of Spencer.

Upcoming events include our annual hog roast, farm games and bonfire.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA Chapter sent members to the 2010 Ashland county soils judging career development event. These members competed in one of two different categories, urban or rural.

This year at the county rural land and soil judging CDE the Hillsdale FFA team placed 3rd overall. Team members were Sarah Bookman, Megan Miller, Tara Moffett and Ashlee Cutlip. Other participants included Renae Raubenolt, Jacob Stitzlein, Zane Gross, Brandyn Mullins, Cole Bachmann, Emily VanGilder, Gavin Stoops, Dilon Strine, Summer Hensel and Rachel Martin.

This year the county urban land and soil judging team 4th overall. Team members were Matt Zimmerman, Kristina Stiner, Coral Nelson and Dex Rogers. Also participating was Richard Sheaffer.

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