VINCENT, Ohio — The Warren FFA chapter celebrated National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27 by choosing a theme for each day. Monday, blue and gold day; Tuesday, cowboy day; Wednesday, camo and chili cook-off; Thursday, tractor apparel day; and Friday, Carhartt and drive your tractor to school day.

Winners were chosen daily and awarded a T-shirt with the day they won on the back. Winners included: Monday, Rylee Holland; Tuesday, Madison McKenzie; Wednesday, Landon Wigal (camo day) and Bailey Welch (chili cook-off); Thursday, Savanna Bailey; Friday, Katlyn Coffman (nicest tractor) and Perry Judson (carhartt).

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On March 12, the West Holmes FFA chapter sent three judging teams to compete at the Miami Trace Judging Invitational in Washington Court House, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.

The dairy team placed eighth. Individually, Will Hughes placed seventh and Regina Miller placed 15th. The General Livestock Team placed 18th. Individual placers were Carter Smith, 10th, and Taylor Feikert, 53rd. On March 5, the chapter sent two judging teams to compete at the Marysville Judging Invitational in Marysville. The Dairy Judging Team placed eighth. Individually, William Hughes placed fifth, Logan Schlauch placed 20th.

The chapter had several members competed in state evaluation Feb. 27-28. William Hughes was named a State Star Farmer finalist. He had an interview and home visit March 18. William Hughes, Carter Smith, Jillian Gurley, Micheal Klein, Gabe Armstrong, Elise Neville, Jason Jenkins and Justin Lorentz were all named proficiency finalists. They will have an interview and will all be on stage at state convention in May. State degrees will be received by Micheal Klein, Erik Hanna, Chris VanSickle, Hannah Schlegal, Becca Vales and Regina Miller.

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CANFIELD, Ohio ­— The Mahoning County Junior Fair Board met March 16, to begin planning the 2016 Canfield Fair. Officers elected for 2016 included: Andy Prosser, president; Renee Reisner, vice president; Cathy McCracken, secretary/treasurer; Nathan Kalinay, assistant secretary/treasurer; and Kristyn Svetlak, news reporter. Guest speaker, Magistrate Anthony D’Apolito shared information and tips on job applications and interviews and prepared them for what to do before, during, and after an interview.
Upcoming community events include: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, March 26, at Canfield Fair Park; and the Animal Baby Shower, April 10, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mill Creek Metroparks.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On March 5, members of the Northwestern FFA chapter competed in the state ag sales contest held at Marysville High School. The team placed second out of 20 teams. Individually, Kaci Way placed second; Philip Eberly,third; Kierstyn Wood, 23rd; and Cody Tegtmeier, 46th. The same day, members also competed in the state public speaking contest. Contestants were Mykenzie Snyder, daughter of Doug and Stacie Markley, Emily Cromer, daughter of Tom and Grace Cromer, and Kierstyn Wood, daughter of Ken and Laura Wood competed.

Cromer competed in the freshman creed speaking contest and recited the FFA Creed, placing ninth. Snyder participated in the Beginning Prepared Speaking contest, placing seventh. Members also competed in the spring judging contests. The dairy food judging contest members were Arianna Borton, Alex Borton, Debbie Eberly, Zaine Garver, Brock Tegtmeier, and Rae Rempher. The team placed fifth. In the equine contest, Emily Flinn, Marshall Geiger, Shania Reed, and McKayla Linscott finished sixth.

The wildlife judging team consisted of Austen Wood, Robert Stinemetz, TJ Cromer, Spencer Deming, Hunter Kanzeg, Hayden Tiliske and Cody Starling. They placed second, with Austen Wood placing second individually.

The general livestock team included Cody Morrow, Skylar Dawson, Taylor Dawson, Kyle Piscione, Jessie Bair, and Kyle Wharton. The team placed 23rd. The dairy cattle team included Marie Clements and David Miley. They placed 23rd.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — On March 5, the Black River FFA was represented by Brandon Heath and Tony Strojin, at the State Agriculture Power Diagnostics Career Development Event, at the University of Northwestern Ohio, in Lima. Heath and Strojin earned fifth place out of 108 teams. In addition, Heath was first-place individual out of 609 participants. For their achievement, each member will be rewarded a $4,000 scholarship to attend the University of Northwestern. Polen Implement, Krystowski Tractor and Wellington Implement helped prepare the team.

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