Rebekah Meller, daughter of Gene and Donna, was the national runner-up in the food science and technology proficiency area at the National FFA Convention, Oct. 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.
A Pettisville FFA member, the senior won an expensespaid agricultural trip to Costa Rica in June 2009 with 50-60 other FFA members, advisors, and National FFA staff.
The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company, or other- wise gaining hands-on career experience.
To complete her eighth grade science project, Meller researched the effects of garlic on e coli. Motivated by her findings, she continued this research as her supervised agricultural experience throughout high school.
Through her research, Meller worked with leading researchers at Ohio State University in the Parker Food Science Lab.
She plans to become a large animal veterinarian.
Also at the convention, Ashley Eicher, a PHS junior, was a third-place botany division winner in the National Agriscience Fair for her science research project dealing with sunflowers.
Pettisville had 11 members and 23 adults at the convention. Donna Meller, Lexie Poulson, and Hilary Bailey served as judges at the convention. Jeff and Cathy Nofziger and John and Lexie Poulson served as delegates for the National FFA Alumni convention.