A roundup of FFA news for the week of October 2, 2014

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NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio — Buckeye Central FFA members participated in the Crawford County Soil Judging Contest Sept. 23. The contest was organized on Hiler Farm’s property in Tiro Township, by the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Buckeye Central topped all county teams in both the urban and rural soils contests. In the urban contest, Buckeye Central placed first, with Wynford and Colonel Crawford following respectively. Top three individuals were Buckeye Central’s Paul Heydinger, Alex Fike and Seth Ollis.

The win made it five straight county championships for the Buckeye Central chapter.

The chapter also won the rural soil judging contest, while Wynford and Colonel Crawford placed second and third, respectively. Top three individuals were all from Buckeye Central, Makayla Aichholz, Victoria Miller, and Seth Ollis.

Chapter members attended the Hardin Northern Soil Judging Invitational Sept. 25. In the rural contest, 92 teams from 29 schools participated and Buckeye Central’s team consisting of Zoe Rutlege, Katie Keppler, Kendra Swartz, and Jasmenn Norville placed 15th overall.

In the urban contest, 42 teams from 20 schools participated. Buckeye Central’s team consisting of Paul Heydinger, Peter Keller, Austin Wurm, and Jordan Stockmaster placed first, edging the North Union team by one point.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Miami Trace students, 16 and older, were eligible to donate blood during the first blood drive of the school year Sept. 24, at the high school field house.

The FFA will host this event three times this school year. A special recognition program was implemented to recognize students who donate blood three times during the last 365 days at FFA, or community blood drives, or who will donate a double red blood cell unit twice in the present school year. Red Cross cords will be awarded to seniors to wear at graduation if they meet the three donation challenge.

The Red Cross is also offering a $250 scholarship to a senior because the Miami Trace High School chose to host three blood drives this year.

The September blood drive had 35 donors, and five students volunteered to donate double red blood cells.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On Sept. 23, members from the Northwestern FFA chapter picked grapes at Jim Borton’s farm.

Members picked grapes off the vine and put them into bins to be shipped off for processing. The Bortons prepared supper for the members after the work was done.

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