Roundup of FFA news for Nov. 16, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS — Western Reserve FFA member, Rebecca Krisha, traveled with three local FFA chapters, South Central, Bellevue, and Monroeville, to the 90th National FFA Convention Oct. 24-28.

Along with attending convention sessions, FFA members stopped at Jungle Jim’s international supermarket, near Cincinnati; watched a performance of Dracula at the Louisville Actor’s Theater; took a cave tour at Blue Springs Tavern; attended the World’s Toughest Rodeo; toured Don Schumacher Racing, and Fleece Performance Engineering and Freedom Racing Engines; and visited Fair Oaks Dairy.

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VINCENT, Ohio — The Warren FFA chapter placed fifth in the district rural soil evaluation CDE at Bob Evan’s Farm in Gallipolis, Ohio. The team, who will advance to the state contest, was made up of sophomores; Nicole Floyd, Bethany Roar, Sierra Sinclair, and freshman, Allison Florence and Josh Welch.

Warren FFA members Garett Coffman, Faith Weyant, Justin Bennett, Sierra Sinclair, Rachal Merrow, Mazie Coe, teacher Allen Clark, and chaperone Tristen Keller attended the National FFA Convention and Expo.

Nov. 9 the Warren FFA chapter hosted a Greenhand ceremony. There were 61 people in attendance. The ceremony was to honor the Greenhands, help them get a positive start in the chapter and to help parents know what is going on.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Northwestern FFA chapter traveled to Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28, for the National FFA Convention & Expo with West Holmes and Smithville FFA chapters.

Jessie Bair, Taylor Dawson, David Miley, Kyle Piscione, Emily Finley, Cole Wharton, Riley Stull, Kaitlyn Praisler, Emily Flinn, Abby Ramseyer, Leanna Ruegg, Ariana Borton, Jayden Berry, Shania Reed, Kaci Way, Kierstyn Wood and Kenzie Nowell attended.

Members toured the Anthony-Thomas Chocolate Factory in Columbus.

Before arriving to the convention hall, they stopped at the Exotic Feline Rescue in Center Point, Indiana.

Members heard from National FFA Advisor Steve Brown, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Perdue and Laila Ali, the keynote speaker.

Members toured the Purdue agriculture campus and Fair Oaks Farm in northern Indiana. Fair Oaks Farm is a 25,000-acre farm that currently has 32,000 dairy cattle.

Members also visited Fort Harrison State Park where they took a tour on horseback.

Philip Eberly, Emily Flinn, Rachelle Howman, Shania Reed, Ben Vaughan, Kaci Way, and Kierstyn Wood received the American FFA Degree.

In a separate event, members traveled to Norwayne schools Nov. 8, to participate in the District Food Science Career Development Event.

Members competing were Taylor Dawson, Claire Vaughan, Jessie Bair, Malibu Hess, Mackenzie Nowell, Desiree Smith, Abby Ramseyer and Valaire Imhoff. The team placed third.

Additionally, Northwestern FFA’s urban soils team placed second out of 46 teams at the state contest, Oct. 14. This placing qualifies them to compete at the national contest in Oklahoma City this spring. The team members include Cody Tegtmeier, Cody, Morrow, Austen Wood and Michael Nutter.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — The Black River FFA chapter hosted their annual Farm Games event, Oct. 12. In addition to Black River FFA members, there were also FFA members from Mapleton, Wellington and Buckeye FFA chapters.

At the event, embers were challenged in leadership activities and a variety of games.

The following Black River FFA members attended the event; Chloee Howard, Hope Diaz, Hannah Abfall, Lexi Shearer, Anna Shearer, Katlyn Kubitz, Molly Cordonnier, Becca Stroud, Allison Herbert, Cori Aviles, Callee Aviles, Eric Cordonnier, Katlyn Long, Brandon Weidrick, Cassidy Markuzic, Madison Bias, Nathan Clifford, Christyne Hall, Mya Kunsman, Shay Ladina, Joe Mennell, Clifford Kovic, Joey Duche, Tessa Sprinkle, Kylie Long and Mitchell Young.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — West Holmes FFA members Juanita Miller, Michael Klein, and Jason Jenkins were recognized at National FFA Convention as National Proficiency Finalists.

Jason competed in Turfgrass Management, Michael competed in Diversified Crop Placement, and Juanita competed in Equine Placement. The members received a plaque and $500.

On Oct. 28, six graduates of the West Holmes FFA Chapter received their American Degrees. Graduates include: Gabe Armstrong, Will Hughes, Carter Smith, Hannah Schlegel, Justin Lorentz, and Jason Jenkins.

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