Roundup of FFA news for Nov. 26, 2020

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MEDINA, Ohio — The Black River and Buckeye FFA chapters celebrated the annual National FFA Convention Oct. 27 with a virtual watch party at Buckeye High School.

Buckeye FFA was recognized for their American Degree candidates, and the Black River FFA was honored as a 3-Star Gold Rated chapter in the National Chapter Award program.

In addition, the chapters enjoyed getting to know each other and playing a variety of games. The following members attended the event: Cassidy Mrakuzic, Katlyn Kubitz, Chloee Howard, Madison Bias, Shelby Casteel, Genevieve Kneuss, Katie Seger, Kelsie DeLong, Jake Maat, Charlie Hollan, Ariann Banuet and Ridge Martin.

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LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The Loudonville FFA chapter had four members earn second place in the state in the Ohio FFA Nature Interpretation Career Development Event.

The Nature Interpretation CDE team included Grant Portz, Brett Carnegie, Bo Regan, Jenna Book, Corbin Davis, Peyton Regan, Linde Hahn and Sidney Portz.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On Nov. 5, five West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 job interview contest held virtually from Wynford High School. Ashley Tate placed first in the junior/senior division and will be moving onto the state contest Dec. 5. Maren Drzazga was fourth in the freshman division. Becca Schuch was fourth in the sophomore division. Ally Ogi was fourth in the junior Division, and Jayme Pennell was sixth in thesSenior division.

On Oct. 29, 10 West Holmes FFA members participated in the chapter job interview contest held virtually with Northwestern and Hillsdale FFA chapters. The freshman members who participated are Zoee Snow, Maren Drzazga, Emily Harrower, Laina Croskey, Wyatt Schlauch and Emily Sheely. Sophomores who participated were Becca Schuch and Alysa Pringle. Juniors who participated were Ally Ogi, Cora Crilow and Chloe Shumaker.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio — The Fayetteville FFA chapter hosted Cardboard City Nov. 6 to raise awareness for homelessness. There were 20 FFA members who participated. The members made shelters out of cardboard and spent the night at the school on the track area. Prizes were given to the top three best shelters based on their design, structural integrity and decoration.

Each student brought in canned goods and other nonperishable items that will be donated to HOPE Emergency.

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Zane Trace FFA members found a way to celebrate the accomplishments of members throughout the past year of chapter activities. Chapter officers worked with school administrators and teachers to plan a socially distanced chapter award luncheon in the high school gymnasium Nov. 13.

The awards program included Chapter Star winners, proficiency awards, recognition of CDE teams and top fundraisers from the past year.

Six members who received their state FFA degree were also recognized and 52 first year FFA members received their Greenhand Degree pins.

A total of 96 members and officers were present for the luncheon.

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CALEDONIA, Ohio — The River Valley FFA chapter and the chapter’s agriculture classes have been making adjustments to allow members to complete their required four activities and six hours of community service per semester, in addition to two CDEs per year.

Since the beginning of the school year, the chapter has offered a few activities, including a greenhand information night and chapter meetings. The information night is a tradition for greenhands and their parents. While parents meet with the chapter adviser, the officer team leads games and a line dance and gets to know the new members.

The chapter has also held some FFA meetings to plan competitions, sales, community service and field trips. Though the chapter has had virtual meetings this year, more members have attended than in past years.

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