Pa. youth receive FFA, 4-H awards

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Livestock Association recognized the 2003 male and female FFA youth award winners and outstanding 4-H male and female winners.

The winners were selected from a field of candidates submitted by county extension personnel and vocational agriculture teachers. This is the 26th year the association has recognized 4-H and FFA youth.

Hannah Etzler. The female FFA youth award winner is Hannah Etzler, daughter of James and Deborah Etzler of Beavertown, Pa.

Etzler was a four-year member of the West Snyder FFA chapter and raised beef, hogs and sheep at her family farm. She also raised them for fair market projects.

Her personal achievements include being a member of the FFA chapter livestock judging team that won the SUN Area FFA career development events for the past four years. She also judged in the Keystone International Livestock Exposition Stockman’s Contest.

A freshman at Keystone College in Scranton, Pa., Etzler is an elementary education major and plays soccer on the school’s team.

Andrew Stein. The FFA male youth award winner is Andrew Stein, a son of Ronald and Vicki Stein of Red Lion, Pa.

A June graduate, Stein was a four-year member of the Red Lion Area FFA chapter. He is currently employed at Hope Acres, a beef and dairy farm in Brogue, Pa.

Stein raised market hogs for both FFA and 4-H, marketing them at the York Fair Junior Livestock Sale.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania 4-H meats judging team in 2002 and was second place individual at the national contest.

Having won the state 4-H state tractor driving championship, Stein will compete in the national contest in Indiana

Jill Gevin. The outstanding female 4-H award winner is Jill Gevin, daughter of Milo and Margaret Gevin of Cochranton, Pa.

A sophomore food science major at Penn State, Gevin’s future goal is to work in a career dealing with food safety while continuing to raise sheep.

She currently has 11 registered Oxford sheep and shows both breeding sheep and market lambs at local fairs and Keystone International Livestock Exposition

An 11-year member of 4-H, Gevin was active in Crawford County, holding offices in her club and participating in many countywide activities. She also attended National 4-H Congress in 2002.

Nathan Tice. Nathan Tice, son of Thomas and Debra Tice of Lebanon is recognized as the outstanding 4-H male.

Currently a freshman at Black Hawk College in Kewanee, Ill., Tice plans to complete a two-year degree program and work in the livestock industry.

Tice showed the grand champion market steer at the 2003 Pennsylvania Farm Show and won honors with his Shorthorn cattle. He owns six shorthorn cows and sold cattle at the Shorthorn sale at Keystone International Livestock Exposition this year.

A member of the 2001 Pennsylvania 4-H livestock judging team, Tice placed in the top 10 nationally.

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