A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 20, 2014:


ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA took one individual, Marta Bixler to compete in state semi finals for the job interview CDE on March 1.

Job interview takes students through a rigors process in which they fill out a job application, conduct an interview, and write a thank you letter to the interviewers. Marta had earned first in her division at district competition and placed seventh in her division at the semi finals.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On March 8, members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter traveled to Marysville for the spring judging contests. Members participated in contests including dairy cattle, dairy foods, poultry, general livestock, equine, and wildlife judging.

The dairy cattle judging team consisted of Lexie Perdue, Kierstyn Wood, Kaleb Kliner, and Adam Miley. They placed sixth overall with Kliner taking second individually.

Phil Eberly, Cody Tegtmeier, Kile Schaefer, and Garrett Mack competed in the dairy foods judging contest. The team placed fifth overall and Eberly placed ninth individually.

Austin Howman participated in the poultry judging CDE. He placed seventh individually. Emily Flinn competed in the equine management contest where she placed in 36th place individually.

Joey Workman, Cory Leighty, Mat Hunter, and Josh Rood made up the wildlife judging team. They placed 14th overall.

The general livestock team was made up of Shania Reed, Shelby Aulger, Kyle Wharton, Kolton Keener, Jessie Bair, and Katie Stull. The team placed eighth overall with Stull placing second individually.

The judging teams will be heading to Miami-Trace to compete on March 15 to prepare for state on March 29.

On March 8, three members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the state public speaking contest in Columbus. Mary Baker daughter of Roger and Diane Baker, Kaci Way daughter of Carl and Tammy Way, and Ashley Besancon daughter of Mike and Maureen Besancon competed.

Baker competed in the freshman creed speaking contest and recited the FFA Creed. She also answered questions about different parts of the FFA Creed and the Creed’s history. She placed seventh.

Kaci Way participated in the Beginning Prepared Speaking contest. She gave a five to seven minute speech about Supervised Agriculture Experiences. After this, she answered questions pertaining to her topic to place third.

Ashley Besancon competed in the Advanced Prepared Speaking contest. She gave a six to eight minute speech, with her topic being Animal Testing. She then answered questions on her speech topic and placed tenth.

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WATERFORD, Ohio— Recently five members of the Waterford FFA competed in the District 10 Public Speaking contest that was held at Waterford High School. Derek Huck placed third in the beginning prepared speaking contest and received a gold rating, Jenna Stephan placed second in the advanced creed speaking contest and received a gold rating, Jared Miller participated in the freshman creed speaking contest and received a silver rating, Megan Whalin placed first in the prepared speaking contest and received a gold rating and Blake Campbell placed first in the extemporaneous speaking contest and received a gold rating.

At the state public speaking contest, which was held March 8 at Tolles Technical Center in Plain City, Ohio, Megan Whalin placed fourth overall in this year’s prepared publics peaking contest.

Blake Campbell placed second overall in this year’s extemporaneous public speaking contest both of which (Prepared & Extemporaneous) were out of approximately 250 students that participated across the state of Ohio in each public speaking area. Campbell has now advanced to the “Big E” or Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Mass. to compete in a regional Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest this fall.


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