A roundup of FFA news for the week of Oct. 16, 2014:

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA helped with the fifth grade farm tour Sept. 25. Members helped as group leaders, with unloading and loading items of the buses, and presenting the farm safety, and Soil Snacks stations.

The chapter is sponsoring a poster contest for the students based on the information they were given at the tour.

On Sept. 18, the urban soils judging team placed 10th out of 13 teams at the district contest. Team members were: Jake Mullet, Jarrett Brooks, Kyle Kick, Takoda Weaver, Chris Vansickle, and Ashton Haines.

The rural judging team placed 13th out of 16 teams. Members were: Michael Klein, Luke Eastep, Isaac Wine, Wyatt Fortune, Erik Hanna, Marris Hoffee, Austin Reining, Payten Boring, and Jarrod Cain.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On Oct. 4, Greenhands from surrounding schools gathered together at Northwestern High School. The conference was designed for first-year members to learn about different aspects of the FFA.

Members from Norwayne, Smithville, Triway, and Northwestern attended the conference.

The Northwestern FFA officers set up the lessons for the day and organized the conference. The conference started with an opening session run by previous Ohio FFA officers, Blake Campbell and Joe Schmitz. After this, the Greenhands split into groups for small group sessions.

Northwestern FFA members competed in the district soil judging contest Oct. 3 hosted by Northwestern FFA at Roger Baker’s farm.

Kierstyn Wood, Emily Flinn, Shania Reed, Kaci Way, Cory Leighty, and Adam Miley competed on the rural soils judging team, placing first. Way finished first individually; Flinn took second; Wood, fourth, and Reed, fifth, overall.

On the urban side of the contest, Ashley Besancon, Cody Tegtmeier, Sydney Harmon, Zach Berry, and Phil Eberly also placed first.

Individually, the team took the first four spots, led by Eberly, Berry, Besancon and Harmon.

Both teams advanced to the state contest.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Audrey E. Hoey of the Zane Trace FFA was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Agriscience Research Integrated Systems.

Hoey is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals held Oct. 29- Nov. 1, during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Hoey, a member of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Ohio state FFA competition earlier this year.

Each of the four finalists received a plaque and $500. The national winner of the Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Award will receive an additional $500.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — On Oct. 6, the United FFA chapter held its monthly member meeting.

Members voted on many items, including ordering FFA T-shirts, choosing a program of activities cover drawn by Lona Burkey, advertising for the annual fruit sale, to send the officers to officer training at the Trumbull County Career Center, to help at the PTO Fall Kids Day by providing a hay ride and petting zoo, and to have the FFA buy the materials for the FFA scrapbook.

Members also discussed ways to lower the cost of attending the national convention. Twelve members will be attending with Southern Local FFA and Minerva FFA, to see the three United graduates (Levi Cooper, Sam Hake, and Haley Drake) receive their American Degree.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 3.

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NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio — Members of the Buckeye Central FFA excelled at the District 2 soils contest Sept. 30 in Lorain County.

The rural land judging team placed first out of 21 schools, and urban land judging team placed first as a team out of 20 schools.

Peter Keller placed first individually in the urban contest and Ray Stahl placed first individually in rural contest.

Also from the rural team, Makayla Aichholz placed second individually, Tori Miller placed 11th Jaret Shook placed 19th and Derek Kalb placed 50th.

Urban team member Austin Wurm placed second individually; Seth Ollis, fourth; Paul Heydinger, seventh; and Alex Fike placed 25th.

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MINERVA, Ohio — The Minerva FFA had a petting zoo for the Oktoberfest at Brock Park Sept. 27.

The students who participated included: Abbie Greer, Lurena Kimble, Beth Eglie, Bryce Fankhauser, Noe Gonzales, Harrison Kiko, Parker Snode, Hunter Miller, Madi Snode, Taylor Zwick, Lizzi Berstler, Logan Fritz, and Brii Moyer.

The Minerva FFA went to state forestry competition in Nelsonville, Ohio, at Hocking College, Oct. 4. The students who participated were: Mike Burton, Bryce Fankhauser, Andrew Mayle, Josh Brady, Britney Wayts, Madi Snode, Renee Hartong, and Lurena Kimble.

The chapter also sponsored a box city on Sept. 19, during the football home game, and students stayed outside all night. They collected money and cans for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church food drive and raised homelessness awareness. The students raised $346.97 and 444 cans.

The students who participated were Lurena Kimble, Bailey Campbell, Bryce Fankhauser, Noe Gonzales, Parker Snode, Kiarra Brim, Adam Dietrich, Britney Wayts, Michala Yacklin, Martin Merrick, Madi Snode, Taylor Zwick, Lizzi Berstler, Mike Burton, Logan Fritz, Clay McKnight, Brii Moyer.

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COVINGTON, Ohio — In September 2014 the Covington FFA members competed in the annual soil evaluation contest through the Ohio FFA. Students competed in the county contest in Miami County and in the district level competition in Montgomery County.

The urban team placed third at the county contest. Trevor Miller and Matthew Kuether tied for the Covington high rural score at the county contest.

At the district event ,which involves FFA chapters from Miami, Montgomery, Mercer, Preble, Darke, Auglaize and Shelby counties, the urban team placed 13th, with team members Ethan Herron, Coleman Ryan, Caleb Brooks, Brittany Daniel and Tristin Sowers, and the high team score was Bryan Miller. The rural team placed eighth. Team members were Brandon Magee, Matthew Kuether, Jese Shell, Trevor Miller and Ben Kuether. Kuether placed second individually and qualified for the state competition.

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PLEASANT HILL, Ohio — In September, Newton FFA members competed in the annual soil evaluation county and district contests.

The urban team placed second at the county contest with Emily McGlynn having the high team score. Cody Hildebrand had the Newton high rural score at the county contest.

At the district event, the urban team placed 12th. Team members were Kaleb Ziesemer, Emily McGlynn, Kristen Rappold, Nash Lavy, Windsor Rapp and the high team score was Kylee Fisher who placed 20th overall.

The rural team placed 23rd; team members were Atley King, Cody Hildebrand and the high team score was Abby Webb who placed 14th overall.

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BEVERLY, Ohio — Fort Frye FFA participated in the county soils contest Sept. 18 at Witten’s Farm outside of Beverly, Ohio.

The rural team placed second, and the urban team placed first in their competition.

Page Weckbacher placed first place overall in urban, and Jeffery Heiss and Skylar Kell placed third.

On Sept. 22, rural team members Caleigh Fryman, Josie White, Jd Gazzale, and Rylee Zimmer, and urban team members, Page Weckbacher, Jeffery Heiss, Abbigale Johnson, and Skylar Kell travelled to Perry County for the District 10 soils competition.

Both teams placed sixth place overall.

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