Roundup of FFA news for Dec. 3, 2020

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CRESTON, Ohio — The Norwayne FFA raised more than $24,000 for the Hilson and Ritzman families at its 11th annual fall benefit Nov. 13.

Both families are outstanding members of the community and have been in the Norwayne School District for several years. Mr. Hilson was the groundskeeper and junior varsity baseball coach at Norwayne High School for several years. Mrs. Ritzman is the librarian at Norwayne Middle School. Her husband has stage three esophageal cancer.

Because of pandemic restrictions, this year’s benefit featured a drive-thru meal in the parking lot of Norwayne High School and an online silent auction.

Some of the items featured in the silent auction were themed baskets, tools, collectors items, giftcards and toys. Students asked for donations from local businesses and arranged pick-up or drop-off processes.

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The West Muskingum FFA chapter competed in the District 8 Wildlife Management and Nature Interpretations Career Development Event virtually this year.

Wildlife teams identified wildlife species native to Ohio, as well as types of equipment and plants. Teams also answered pond management and game law questions. Nature interpretation teams identified native fish species, herptiles and bird species.

West Muskingum placed first out of the nine teams in Nature Interpretation, with Madalynn Kennedy placing second overall, and second out of the 12 teams in Wildlife Management, with Cody Harris placing second overall.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — The West Holmes FFA participated in the District 8 trap shoot contest at the Jefferson County Sportsmans Club Nov. 7.

Team one scored 168 out of 250, with Jayme Pennell scoring 37, Tyler Eichelberger scoring 36, Wyatt Myers scoring 34, Addison Yates scoring 32 and Dyllan Bender scoring 29.

Team two scored 129, with Becca Schuch scoring 42, Emma Stitzlein scoring 40, Amy Hughes scoring 28, Laina Croskey scoring 18 and Ashley Tate scoring 1.

Team three scored 101, with Kalan Bowling scoring 29, Maison Carter scoring 25, Olivia Sampsel scoring 24 and Logan Vansickle scoring 23.

Team one placed third overall, team two placed sixth overall and team three placed seventh overall. There were a total of eight teams in the contest.

Four of the chapter’s members placed in the top five overall female shooters. Schuch was first, Stitzlein was second, Hughes was fourth and Sampsel was tied for fifth.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio —  On Nov. 9, three members of the Fayetteville FFA competed in the Sub-District FFA Job Interview Contest held at the Brown County Fairgrounds. Cheyenne Adkins placed fourth in the senior division, Kennedy Short placed first in the junior division, and Sarah Wolfer placed first in the sophomore division. Short and Wolfer advanced to the District 9 contest.

On Nov. 17, Short and Wolfer then competed in the FFA District 9 Job Interview Contest virtually.

Short placed sixth in the district in the junior division and Wolfer placed second in the sophomore division.

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