JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — The Hillsdale FFA chapter held its annual member and parent banquet March 12. Awards included: Star Greenhand, Blayne Bartter; outstanding member in agriculture, food and natural resources, Molly Moffett; Star Chapter award, Shelbi Long; and Star Agriculture Business, Ben Raudebaugh. Sophomore outstanding members were, Taylor Rebman, Maryellen Bliss, and Sydney Long; junior outstanding member, Sean Fitzsimmons; and senior outstanding member, Kate McGovern. Top three sellers in fruit sales: first place, Shelbi Long; second place, Blayne Bartter; and third place, Kody Tanner.
Scholarship awards: Mechanical Principles class, Eric Pickering; Livestock Selection and Nutrition class, Josh Davis; Freshman Ag class, Adda Bickel, Lexi Courtney, and Hannah Way; and Ag Business, Macy Payne and Shelbi Long. Outstanding Record Book awards: freshmen, Alena Arnold and Madison Eaton; sophomore, Sydney Long; junior, Adrianne McPhillips; senior, Shelbi Long; and Ag Business student, Bethany Heiby.
Students also had their Ag class notebooks judged: freshman winner, Madison Eaton; sophomore winners, Keirah Smetzer and Sydney Long; and senior winners, Shelbi Long and Katie Mager. Honorary Degrees were awarded to Jodi Long, Dan and Julie Raudebaugh, and superintendent Steve Dickerson; and distinguished service awards to Mick and Ellen Heiby, and Mark and Jody Payne. The FFA chapter also inducted the 2016-2017 Hillsdale FFA officer team.
SULLIVAN, Ohio — Senior Black River FFA member, Jessica Peak, participated in the state advanced creed public speaking career development event held at Marysville High School, March 5. She earned 7th place.
The chapter also attended the Marysville FFA Judging Invitational. Team members participated in the horse judging, general livestock and nature competitions. The nature team consisted of Allen Slaven (ninth) and Eric Cordonnier (35th). The horse team placed third out of 45 teams and 258 individuals. The team consisted of Madison Stuart (sixth), Hailey Park (13th), Rachael Holt (45th), and Meghan Gallagher (76th). The general livestock team earned 39th place.