Roundup of FFA news for Oct. 13, 2016:

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BELLVILLE, Ohio — This year’s 2016 Bellville Street Fair was a success for our Clear Fork FFA members. Various FFA members won awards for showing their animals at the livestock shows.

The officer team was in charge of setting up and decorating the cometitive vegetable table. Members brought in vegetables to help supply the table with enough vegetables to decorate it.

The vegetable table competed with Lucas FFA and an individual table. The individual table won first, our chapter’s table won second, and Lucas won third. Our chapter wanted to make sure every member in the FFA participated in the fair by working two hours. These jobs consisted of announcing and recording data from the livestock show, handing out ribbon to the winners and helping hold animals for participants.

One of our officers, Hayley Brown, won the 2016 fair queen competition. She was awarded the crown and had the opportunity of meeting other fair queens from around the area.

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WEST HOLMES, Ohio — Twenty members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the County Home for community service Sept 11.

Becca Vales, Erik Hanna, Chris VanSickle, Regina Miller, Alyx Morris, Abby Rohr, Taylor Feikert, Mariah Miller, Gabby Sherman, Hailee Crites, Megan McKenna, Leon Williams, Kholsten, Grosjean, Anna Irwin, Laura Irwin, Chassidy Schmucker, Macin Hager and Zach Myers attended.

Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks to help get ready for the Annual Fall Auction.

The members worked from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.

The chapter hosted its Sept. 26 meeting at Acres of Fun.

Fifteen chapter members went to district soils at Mapleton High School Sept. 28. The chapter had two teams competing in the contest. The Urban team consisted of Logan Schlauch, Travett Boughman, Abby Rohr, Ella Sprang, Shayle Jones, Chasidy Schmucker, Laura Irwin and Gabby Sherman.

The Rural team consisted of Jessica Gurley, John Hughes, Kohlsten Grosjean, Mariah Miller, JoAnna Miller, Anna Irwin and Taylor Feikert.

West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 27 members to Watchels Farms for the annual 5th grade farm tour Sept. 28. Members participating were Kerrin Fair, Whitney Miller, Juanita Miller, Marris Hoffee, Taylor Feikert, Becca Vales, Thane Kaufman, Erik Hanna, Michael Klein, Mikey Kick, Sarah Sprang, Marissa Lamp, Chris VanSickle, Abby Rohr, Drew Mast, Jarrett Snow, Regina Miller, Aylx Morris, Tyler Lyons, Jaeden Roloff, Mosey Schlabach, John Hughes Hailee Carter, Cade Patterson, Jake Mullet, Jake Napier and Austin Reining.

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WASHINGTON COURTHOUSE, Ohio — The Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA has taken action to support students at Miami Trace High School facing the obstacle of hunger, as many students are too hungry to learn.

This year the Miami Trace FFA has opened a free “store” in the high school called the Panther Pantry. This pantry is a place where students in need have access to free food items, hygiene supplies, school supplies and clothing.

A founding principle of the Panther Pantry is to have a discreet system for students to feel comfortable asking for assistance.

Items such as toothbrushes, deodorant and granola bars are just a few of the items the pantry has to offer. Ready-made meals, snack bars and foods containing carbohydrates are the primary focus of this pantry.

This pantry was partially funded by the Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program sponsored by the Ohio FFA Foundation. This grant for more than $2,500 allowed the chapter to purchase cabinets for storage and 500 cinch bags for students to utilize in transporting items, and to utilize the remaining funds to stock the pantry.

To receive access to the pantry, students need to see their guidance counselor or any member of the staff at Miami Trace High School.

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA competed in the county soil judging contest at Triway Sept. 21.

Participants in the urban soils event were Reiley Murphy, Joey Shaw, David Agnes, Cody Morrow, Luke Chaffee, Bethanie Schaefer, Lindsay Ciolek, Briana Faltisco, Emily Cromer, Beth Kanzeg, Jacey Fulton, McKayla Linscott, Lexi Switzer, Carter Melicant, Cole Marley, Tate Hixson, Andrew LeMaster, Austen Wood, Michael Nutter, Katie Stull and Jazon LeMaster.

The team placed first, with Kanzeg, Morrow, Wood, Murphy, and Nutter placing in the top five individual scores for the chapter.

The rural career development event participants were Kyle Piscione, Chase White, David Miley, Jessie Bair, Jordan Melegari, Rae Rempher, Austin Beegle, Kyle Badger, Marie Clements, Christie Franks, Sierra Kamps, Cody Tegtmeier, Brock Tegtmeier, Robert Stinemetz, and McKayla Linscott.

Individually, Kyle Piscione earned first, David Miley earned second, McKayla Linscott was fourth and Brock Tegtmeier was fifth for the chapter.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — Fifteen Black River students and one teacher drove their tractors to school to display during the Sept. 22 antique tractor event. Each tractor had to be a 1975 model or older.

In addition to displaying their tractors in front of the high school, the FFA members drove over to the BREC, where pre-K-8 students had the opportunity to view and sit on the tractors.

The winner of the favorite tractor was Scott Jeffery’s 1943 Minneapolis Moline U. Students who participated were Jesse Canfield, John Bricker, Allen Slaven, Tony Strojin, Scott Jeffery, Eric Cordonnier, Cooper Sprinkle, Daniel Gorey, Coleton McCourt, Jonathan Herb, Mitchell Young, Grace Channel, Joseph Mennell, and Shacoy Steele.

One of the FFAs biggest supporters and high school teacher, Mrs. Berry, also drove her tractor to school and participated in the drive. Daniel Gorey was recognized for driving the oldest tractor, a 1937 AR John Deere.

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BELOIT, Ohio — The West Branch FFA sent 50 students to the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio, to learn about new equipment, seed inoculants, animal science, and the new driverless tractor.

A week later, eight FFA members traveled to Shreve, to compete in the district soil judging contest. Members of the team were Anthony Ginnetti, Sami Stryffeler, Tommy Barnet, Kelly Ginnetti, Justiss Smith, Neil Ginnetti, and Hayley Krahling.

High Scorers for the team were Neil Ginnetti and Tommy Barnet. The team placed 6th overall, out of 17 teams. Ten members of the chapter will travel to National Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 19-22.

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