Roundup of FFA news for the week of Nov. 3


BERLIN, Ohio — The Hiland FFA chapter went to the fifth-grade farm tour at Spring Walk Farms in Big Prairie, Ohio.

The Hiland FFA members assisted with the soil station and helped the fifth-graders make their own soil snacks.

While the students ate the snack, the Hiland FFA members talked to them about soil.

There were nine FFA members that took part in this activity which were: Ethan Drzazga, Bailey Engstrom, Natalie Lovell, Hayleigh Scheufler, Parker Stutzman, Heidi Troyer, Sheila Troyer, Tallie Troyer, Cheryl Yoder and Diane Yoder.

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PALMYRA, Ohio — The Southeast FFA chapter took six members to attend the 89th National Convention, where they attended general sessions and the FFA Career show and Expo. Members toured Wenning Poultry and North Star Implement.

The chapter is having its annual Citrus Fruit and Beef Jerky fundraiser. All orders are due Nov. 18 and the goods will arrive Dec. 12.

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — The Marlington FFA hosted a fall festival with games, a costume contest and apple cider. The FFA raised a total of $120 to donate to Akron Children’s Hospital.

The Marlington FFA Alumni and Friends is selling Biery Cheese products this fall to support the Marlington FFA.

For information, contact Brittany Sheckler, 330-823-1300. Orders will be taken until Nov. 16 and will be delivered the second week of December.

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HANOVERTON, Ohio — The United FFA sent 12 members to Indianapolis for National FFA Convention. They toured the Dayton Airport Museum, the Indianapolis 500, went to the Cole Swindell and Chris Young concert and attended the Buckeye Bash.

They attended the FFA American Degree Ceremony to watch Joseph Kataro get his American FFA Degree.

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JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — Hillsdale FFA members traveled to National FFA Convention, Oct. 18-22, in Indianapolis. Alumni members, Kayla Harr and Sarah Bookman, received American FFA degrees.

The advanced parliamentary procedure team placed first in the state and received a silver overall rating at national convention. Team members were Maryellen Bliss, Sydney Long, Sarah Lifer, Libby Hoher, Sean Fitzsimmons, and Ben Raudebaugh.

Hillsdale FFA sent three members to the World Dairy Expo Oct. 3-5, in Madison, Wisconsin, to compete in the dairy products competition. The team placed 16th overall and team members included: Adrianne McPhillips, placing 22nd; Brandon Kithcart, placing 31st; and Maryellen Bliss, placing 49th.

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OBERLIN, Ohio — Lorain County JVS FFA members attended National FFA Convention and participated in a National Days of Service event, where they redesigned a greenhouse, completed landscape projects and planted flower beds at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

FFA members also toured Indianapolis Motor Speedway and took a “Civil War Journey” through town.

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SULLIVAN, Ohio — Black River FFA is holding a community firewood delivery day Nov. 13. FFA members and parents will remove unwanted trees from the school grounds and deliver firewood to the elderly and community members in need within the Black River School District.

Call the Black River FFA Agricultural Education Department at 419-736-3303, ext. 522, or email adviser Christina Howard, at for more information.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — The Miami Trace/Great Oaks FFA had six graduate FFA members receive the American FFA Degree at the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

The members were Jacob Rose, Natalie Miller, Cassidy Elam, Caleb Penwell, Evan Schaefer, and Heather Johnston.

Evan Schaefer was further recognized as a 2016 American Star Farmer Finalist. He is the son of Tim and Mary Jo Schaefer.

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UTICA, Ohio — Twelve Utica FFA members, one chaperone and chapter adviser, Mrs. Neff, attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Trina and Taylor Orr presented their agriscience fair project, Ewe are Expecting: Does feeding times affect birthing times in crossbred ewes? They were one of 15 pairs of students who had been selected over the summer to compete at the National Level. Their overall placing was seventh with a gold rating in Division IV of the Animal Systems competition.

On Oct. 22, Utica FFA graduate Meghan McNamara received her American FFA Degree.

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ASHLAND, Ohio— Thirteen Crestview FFA members traveled along with students from three other area chapters to the 89th annual National FFA Convention. One of their stops featured an in-depth tour of the Lebanon, Indiana-based Reproductive Specialty Group facility.

The chapter received the 2016 National Chapter award. Crestview FFA Alumni Samantha Oswalt and Abby Motter were awarded the American degree.

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BELOIT, Ohio— West Branch FFA members Anthony Ginnetti, Tyler Chismar, Evan Edgel, Sami Stryffeler, Kelly Ginnetti, Taylor Snyder, Justiss Smith, and Hayley Krahling attended National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Makayla Hahn received her American FFA Degree.

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WATERFORD, Ohio— Waterford FFA members competed in county, district and state soils competitions.

The urban team placed second in the county competition, fourth in the district and 33rd at the state level. Team members included: Lydia Cary, Quentin Doak, Breanna Encinias and Aliah Encinias.

The rural team placed first in the county, second in the district and 17th at the state level. Team members included: Gavinn Tornes, Clay Hansell, Leeann Trippett and Stefani Saunders.

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DELAWARE, Ohio — The Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention, winning a National Proficiency Award, and finishing as a third-place Career Development Event team.

Curtis Harsh, of Radnor, won the Beef Production Entrepreneurship proficiency.

Also, the chapter’s dairy cattle evaluation and management team placed third nationally, competing against teams from 40 other states.

The team consisted of Macee Burke, Hannah Edelblute, Sarah Lehner, and Donnie Smith. In addition to placing third overall, Buckeye Valley won the team management event, and had the third high-scoring individual with Sarah Lehner. The team has been invited to compete internationally this coming summer, with events held in Scotland, Belgium and Luxembourg.

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COVINGTON, Ohio — The Covington-UVCC FFA recently attended National FFA Convention. Students on the trip were Matthew Kuether, Kelsey McReynolds, Bryan Miller, Hanna Shafer, Jack Shell, Tom Kuether, Brenna Miller, Brock Barga, Hunter Evans, Colton Francis, Kleyton Maschino, and Zoey Hitchcock. In addition to the convention, their visit included tours to Top Cut Swine Genetics in Farmland, Indiana.


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