A roundup of FFA news for the week of March 22, 2012:


JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — At the sub-district speaking contest, Hillsdale FFA’er Keayla Harr placed first in the creed speaking, Brooke Ogle placed second in the beginning prepared speaking, McKenzie Stimmell placed first in the advanced prepared speaking and Stephanie Shuck placed first in the extemporaneous public speaking.

At the district contest, Stephanie Shuck won the extemporaneous contest, earning a trip to the state contest.

Four members of the Hillsdale FFA chapter competed in the district’s job interview contest. Megan Poynter placed third in Division I, Coben Lipscomb placed seventh in Division II, Ashlee Cutlip placed first in Division III, and Madison Hayes placed third in Div IV. Moving on, Cutlip placed ninth in her division at the state contest.

The Hillsdale FFA chapter had eight teams compete in the Marysville Invitational March 10. The dairy cattle team placed 19th overall. Team members included Ryan Bee, Nick Kelly, Brody Butdorff and Isaac Hernandez.

The general livestock team of Colton Burkett, Luke Ebert, Keayla Harr, Jacob Stitzlein, Zane Gross and Hannah Barr placed ninth overall. The agronomy team placed fifth. Individually, Bryce Payne placed seventh. Other team members included Ashlee Cutlip, Megan Poynter, Amamnda Garn and Logan Garber.

The poultry team of Stephanie Shuck, Phillip Pearson, Megan Miller, Julie Pickering, Cheyenne Spidel, Dakota Cole-Banks, and Deforest Kelley placed fourth. The equine team placed 34th. Members included Morgan Phillips, Chase Carpenter and Regan Badertscher.

The meats team placed 17th. Team members were Aaron Whitcomb and Taylor Slater. The dairy products team placed second. Individually, Sarah Bookman placed fifth, Morgan Austin placed ninth, Jordan Haas placed tenth, Dylan Mullins placed 13th. Rounding out the team were Cole Figley, Kate Stoner and Chloe Krebs.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio — On March 6 the West Holmes FFA sent members to Buckeye Trail to compete in district speaking.

In the Creed contest, Huck Hay placed ninth.

Madee Brewer placed fourth with her speech “Veal Calves” in the beginning prepared speaking contest. Prior to the contest, Brewer traveled to Buckeye Veal Farm for a tour and interview.

Elizabeth Overholt placed fourth with her speech, “Innovations in Agriculture Technologies,” in the prepared speaking contest.

Derek Reutter competed in extemporaneous speaking, given 30 minutes to prepare comments on the topic of “Futures in the Ag Market.” He placed second and competed in the state contest March 17 in Columbus.

The chapter also sent members to compete at state job interview. Two members qualified to compete at state: Mandy Taylor, who placed in Division II, and Shyann Kick, who placed eighth in Division I..

On Feb. 27, the Tractor Trouble Shooting team of Chris Patterson and Chris Sprangplaced fifth at the district contest at Kuester Implement in Midvale.

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