Twenty-three students from the Pettisville FFA chapter and 21 chaperones attended the 80th state FFA convention in Columbus, May 1-3.
Students were awarded for work in agriscience fairs, proficiencies, officer books, and career development events. State degrees also were awarded.
Eight students participated in the agriscience fair, Thursday, May 1: Ashley Eicher, Lynae Fry, Krista Spiess, Vicki Nofziger, Sarah Aeschliman, Rosy Coronado, Hailey Randolph, and Sarah McDermott.
In botany, A. Eicher placed first, L. Fry was third, and K. Spiess and V. Nofziger received gold ratings. Aeschliman placed second in engineering. A. Eicher has the chance to move on to the national agriscience fair.
Three students were recognized for receiving gold medals in proficiency areas: Tim Spiess in ag sales, Lucas Nofziger in diversified crops, and Rebekah Meller in equine science.
T. Spiess was second in accounting proficiency. Meller was first in food science and technology. V. Nofziger was second for specialty crop production. All gold medal, first-, and second-place winners received cash awards between $25 and $250.
A. Eicher received a gold pin for her reporter’s scrapbook, Kristen Michael received a gold pin for her secretary’s book.
Two CDE teams participated in events. The grain merchandizing team of L. Nofziger, T. Spiess, and Meller placed sixth in the state and third in the district. L. Nofziger placed third as an individual in the state.
The farm management team placed 20th in the state and third in the district. Heaven Randolph, Hannah Beck, and Aeschliman participated in the farm management CDE.
Six students received state FFA degrees: Luke Short, Jerid Stine, Josh Bruner, Libbey Eicher, Bryce Stilwill, and T. Spiess.
The District 1 Star in ag placement was John Bruner. Laura Burner was named the Ohio candidate for the American Degree Star in agriscience.
L. Fry received a $550 scholarship to attend the Washington Leadership Conference from the Ohio FFA Alumni Association.
The Pettisville FFA chapter was recognized for donating $200 to Children’s Hospital Network and $200 to CROP/Church World Services. The chapter held a hoop shoot to raise the money.
Rachel Fry and Ashley Eicher served as chapter delegates.- Mackenzie Nofziger, reporter