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Nine members of the Pettisville FFA chapter attended the District 1 FFA Banquet and officer training in April.

The newly elected officers attended sessions to learn the leadership skills they will need as officers.

Jacob Dennis, Hannah Meller, and Justin Nofziger were recognized at the banquet for placing first in the district with their proficiency projects.

Lynnsey Crouch was recognized for earning second place on the treasurer’s book.

Four Career Development Event teams (CDE) and eight individuals were awarded plaques for placing in the top four in the district in various competitions, including CDE tests taken in the past few weeks.

The team of Crouch, Dennis and James Eicher placed eighth in the state and second in the district on the Ag Technical and Mechanical Systems test.

The Farm Business Management team of Mathew Krill, Dennis, and Crouch placed eighth in the state and second in the district.

The Greenhand Quiz team of Kayla Wyse, Caleb Keim, and Drake McKeever placed 28th in the state and fifth in the district.

The annual Tractor Day was April 20. Five members participated and drove a tractor or a semi-truck to school.

Tractor Day is held each year to encourage students who drive to watch out for farm equipment and give them room. Members also identified places on the equipment where injuries could occur.

Pettisville ag classes bagged Colorado blue spruce trees for the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District on April 21. The trees were distributed to all county first graders on Earth Day.

The first graders were encouraged to take the tree home and plant it to teach them to be good stewards of the land.

Pettisville FFA reached the goal of raising $15,000 for the Hope for Hunger Project. The chapter engaged the entire school in packing 67,958 macaroni and cheese meals in over 11,000 bags on May 9.

The meals are being distributed to local food banks, churches and public dinners.

Before packing started, members shared facts about hunger to educate students about the causes of hunger and what is and can be done about it. Meals of Hope, a nonprofit organization, provided the equipment and ingredients to package the meals.

The meals included macaroni elbows, fortified cheese powder and soy protein.

The idea for the project came from a similar event at Washington Leadership Conference (WLC). Three Pettisville members attended WLC last summer, and were so impressed with the process they thought that it would be a good thing for the chapter to do.

It was decided that the chapter would try to raise $15,000 to bag 60,000 meals. The chapter ended up raising $16,800 for the hunger project.

Since all Pettisville students were included in the event, older students helped younger students weigh, bag, seal, label and box the meals. This allowed the elementary and high schools to interact.– Jacob Dennis, reporter

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