Roundup of FFA news for May 18, 2017


BELOIT, Ohio — The West Branch FFA chapter held its annual banquet April 26.

Outstanding seniors recognized included Anthony Ginnetti Jr. and Kylie McLean; outstanding junior, Kelly Ginnetti; outstanding sophomores, Abigail Johnson and Curtis Irwin; and Star Greenhands: Samantha Plocher and Haley Krahling.

The 2017-2018 officers introduced are president, Kelly Ginnetti; vice president, Neil Ginnetti; secretary, Sam Plocher; treasurer, Mitchell Sharp; reporter, Molly St. John; sentinel, Mikhala Monday; and historian, Starr Leyman.

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Members Anthony Ginnetti, Kelly Ginnetti, Neil Ginnetti, Molly St. John, and Katie Downs participated in the Area 2 Envirothon Contest May 3, placing 15th out of 47 teams.

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COLLINS, Ohio — Western Reserve FFA held its annual banquet April 6.

Chapter Degree recipients recognized included: Aidan Fry-Silva, Ian Irish, Rebecca Krisha, Morgan White, Amanda Yaworsky, Blake Hiesser, Jacob Martz, Taylor Priddy and Preston Watson.

Honorary Chapter Degree: New Legacy Farms. Ag Credit 110% award: Micayla Fincham.

Chapter proficiency winners: ag sales, Lucas Blankenship; beef production, Rebecca Krisha; diversified livestock, Lucas Blankenship; equine science, Rachel Herbkersman; small animal production and care, Amanda Yaworsky; poultry production placement, Rebecca Krisha; outdoor recreation, Preston Watson; swine production, Lucas Blankenship; home and community development, Rebecca Krisha; animal systems research, Rebecca Krisha.

Top fall fruit and cheese sales: Rebecca Krisha, Kelsie Sayler, and Brooklyn Hiesser; top spring strawberry sales: Colton Bowers, Rebecca Krisha, and Micayla Fincham.

Scholarships: Mike Fritz Memorial Scholarship, Micayla Fincham; Kenny Rogers Memorial Scholarship, Lucas Blankenship.

Star awards: Star Greenhand, Haley West; star second year, Rebecca Krisha; star third/fourth year, Micayla Fincham.

New officers: president, Jenna King; co-vice presidents, Brooklyn Hiesser and Rebecca Krisha; treasurer, Rachel Herbkersman; secretary, Haley West; reporter, McKenna Woodruff; sentinel- Amanda Yaworsky; student advisor, David Fincham; parliamentarian, Wesley Breedlove; EHOVE representative, Caleb Bibb.

Western Reserve FFA members traveled to State FFA Convention in Columbus, May 4-5. The chapter was recognized for its benefit dinner which helped member Austin Yaworsky purchase an action track chair and Micayla Fincham received her State FFA degree.

FFA members also visited COSI and toured the Ohio State University.

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COLUMBUS — Covington-UVCC traveled to Columbus for the Ohio FFA Convention May 4-5. The chapter received the Gold Medal Chapter award, and members Hanna Shafer and Lindsey Kimmel earned gold ratings as officers.

State FFA degree recipients: Hanna Shafer, Lindsey Kimmel, Bryan Miller and Joey Schmelzer.

AgriScience Fair participants: Brock Barga, sixth place, animal systems; Shae Robinson, eighth place, animal systems.

Proficiency award winners: Trevor Miller, fourth place, forage production; Ben Kuether, third place, diversified agricultural production; Trevor Miller, second place, diversified crop production placement; Joey Schmelzer, third place, equine science entrepreneurship; Hanna Shafer, third place, equine science placement.

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COLUMBUS — The Utica FFA chapter attended the Ohio FFA convention May 4-5, in Columbus.

Members were recognized for donating to the children’s hospital and Chapter Trust Fund and for having gold rated secretary and reporter books.

State AgriScience Fair participants were: animal systems, Amanda Annett, third place; Carson Walker, fifth; Madison Farrell, 11th place; Environmental science, Aramaik Wright and Kim Hornyak, second place;

Plant systems, Brett Homman, seventh place, Hunter Myers, ninth; Selena Hernandez and Anecia Gomez, third; Kodi McCormack and Logan Stevens, fourth; Shaeley Warner and Emily Wesley, second place;

Power technical systems, Trina Orr, first; Adam and Caleb Crawford, second; Social systems, Demitri Lowry, ninth, and Morgan Homman, 11th.

State Degree recipients: Joshua Dickson, Adriana Harper, Courtney Smith, and Emily Wesley.

John Wright received an Honorary State Degree and Abby Kellett participated in the Ohio FFA Band.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — The Crestview FFA held its 54th annual banquet April 20. Following dinner, a silent auction was held where participants could bid on items donated by local merchants and families.

A student labor auction featured 18 groups of students who chose to either plant flats of flowers or provide six hours of labor. The labor auction tallied $3,225 for next year’s activities.

Thirty-five members received their Greenhand degree, and this year’s Star Greenhand went to Sierra Schaffer and Elly Motter.

Sixteen members received their chapter degrees and this year’s Star Chapter Award went to Savanah Stuart.

Ten Crestview members received their state degree: Emma Ardis, Erin Bernhard, Kathy Lehman, Jay Oswalt, Justin Bond, Shane Casper, Kadie Myers, Sarah Stuart, Katlyn Yoho and Walker Ramsay.

The chapter’s American Degree recipients for 2017 are Kelcie Chance and Jenna Purvis.

Other awards presented included: Outstanding Committee Chair, LaCrisha Sauder; outstanding sales award, Savanah Stuart; Outstanding Junior award: Kathy Lehman, Emma Ardis, Erin Bernhard and Brynn Witmer; Outstanding Senior: Justin Bond, Shane Casper, Dawson LaFever, Kadie Myers, Sarah Stuart and Katlyn Yoho.

Marcia Puster, assistant treasurer in the board office, and Rusty Radcliff, teacher and a coach, received this year’s Honorary Chapter Degree.

Crestview FFA Alumni presented the following scholarships: Le Mac Scholarship, Justin Bond; Alumni Scholarships: Sarah Stuart, Kadie Myers, Shane Casper, Dawson LaFever and Katlyn Yoho.

The banquet ended with the installation of the 2017-2018 Crestview FFA officer team: Kathy Lehman: president; Emma Ardis: vice president; Erin Berhard: secretary; Sierra Schaffer: treasurer; Elly Motter and Sierra May: reporter; Molly Ardis: sentinel; Savanah Stuart: student adviser; and Brynn Witmer: officer at large.

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COLUMBUS — The Miami Trace FFA attended State FFA convention May 4-5, in Columbus. Nine students received their State FFA Degrees.

Four career development teams were recognized: agronomy team, placing third; nature interpretation team, third; advanced parliamentary procedure, third; and middle school agronomy team, first.

Proficiency Award winners: Todd Peterson, first in Grain Production Entrepreneurship and second in Fiber Crop and Oil Production; Kameron Rinehart, second in Home and Community Development, and second in Accounting; Garrett Hagler, third in Beef Production; and Quinton Waits, fourth in Veterinary Science.

The reporter’s, secretary’s and treasurer’s books all received gold ratings. Miami Trace FFA was also recognized as a gold rated chapter and as a Top 10 Chapter in the state.

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MINERVA, Ohio — Minerva FFA held its annual banquet April, 26, at Minerva High School. Forty-seven members received Greenhand Degrees and 18 received Chapter Degrees.

Star Greenhand was Mckayla Williams-Geer; Star Chapter was Ida Eglie; Outstanding junior was Enrique Gonzales; and DeKalb Award winner was Bryce Fankhouser. Honorary members were Heidi Soles, and Reggie Stoltzfus.

2017-2018 officers: president, Ida Eglie; vice president, Alona Matthews; secretary, Ryan Lehigh; treasurer, Autumn Whiteleather; reporter, Olivia Kamph; sentinel, Kirsten Zwick; student adviser, Enrique Gonzales; and chaplin, Hunter Baker.

Minerva FFA Alumni presented $500 scholarships to Alexa Bates, Elizabeth Berstler, and Taylor Zwick.

The alumni will have a float and booth for the Minerva homecoming and are planning a sweet corn sale for the summer. Minerva FFA alumni meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Minerva Community Church.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — Earlier this spring, members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the grain merchandising career development event, placing fourth in the state. Team members were Cody Tegtmeier, Cody Morrow, Katie Stull, Austen Wood, David Miley and Kyle Piscione. Tegtmeier placed sixth individually.

Northwestern members competing on the milk quality and products contest placed third in the state and qualified to compete at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin in October.

Team members were Cody Tegtmeier, Emily Finley, Brock Tegtmeier and Alex Borton. Cody Tegtmeier finished first individually, and Finley, 9th.

The middle school team of Ari Borton, Jadeyn Berry, Ellie Bond, Halie O’Loughlin and Avery Garver won their division.

Jazon LeMaster, Kaitlyn Praisler and Reiley Murphy competed in the state equine management contest, and  Jessie Bair, Taylor Dawson, Sylar Dawson, Cody Morrow, Kyle Piscione, and Kyle Wharton competed in the state general livestock judging contest.

Hunter Kanzeg, Robert Stinemetz, Michael Nutter, Treyton Jester, Tucker Ott and Austen Wood placed fourth in the wildlife management CDE. Individually, Wood placed eighth.

On April 28, the dairy judging team of David Miley, Kyle Piscione, Marie Clements, Austen Wood, Avery Garver and Jayla Berry placed sixth overall. Reiley Murphy competed in the dairy handler’s contest and placed eighth individually.

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