Twelve members and eight alumni of the Pettisville FFA chapter recently attended the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
While on their way to convention, Wednesday Oct. 24, they toured the Chicago (Ill.) Mercantile Exchange. Students also viewed the skyline from the Sears Tower.
A mega concert started the convention. Approximately 51,000 FFA members and guests heard a number of motivational speakers, including leadership trainer Rick Rigsby, quadriplegic Chad Hymas, actor/ producer Henry Winkler, and author Mark Sanborn.
Rebekah Meller, and Lynae Fry presented their agriscience fair projects, Friday, Oct. 26. Meller’s project was “A comparative study of the effectiveness of various forms of allium sativum and antibiotics on bacteria.” She received a gold rating and was third in her division.
Fry’s project was “Testing sugar content in beta carotene, and dry matter in cucurbits.” She received a silver rating.
Jordan Beck and Shane Poulson received the highest degree of FFA membership, the American FFA Degree, Saturday, Oct. 27. Beck served as chapter treasurer and president and attended state and national conventions. He participated in dairy judging, livestock judging, soils and parliamentary procedure.
He attended Washington Leadership Conference and leadership camp. His job placement consisted of Seaway Scaffolding, Archbold Elevator and the OSU Meat Lab.
Beck was a state first runnerup in food processing. He majors in animal science at Ohio State University and works at the OSU sheep and beef barns and the meat lab. His parents are Dave and Cathy Beck.
Poulson served as chapter student advisor and attended state and national conventions. He participated in dairy judging, livestock judging, and parliamentary procedure.
Poulson participated in state and national agriscience fairs with research projects in swine evaluation. His job placement consisted of working at Moyer Swine Genetics.
Poulson won the state FFA swine placement proficiency award and showed the 2005 grand champion market barrow at the Ohio State Fair.
He majors in ag business at OSU and works at the OSU Swine Barn. His parents are John and Lexie Poulson.
The convention theme was “Blue Jackets, Bright Futures, which means by wearing FFA jackets, FFAers are set apart from others, and have many more opportunities to achieve more in their lives.
The convention was inspirational, and helped motivate and strengthen the Pettisville leadership.- Libbey Eicher, reporter
Darin King and Logan Wyse, Archbold FFA members, received the highest degree of FFA membership, the American FFA degree, Saturday, Oct. 27, at the 80th annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
King, a Ridgeville Township resident, served as chapter secretary and president. His job placement consisted of working at Rupp Seeds, where he worked over 400 hours pollinating crops, maintaining seed plots, planting crops, measuring growth, and inventorying pollination.
His other supervised agricultural experiences were raising feeder calves, corn, and soybeans.
A sophomore at Tri-State University majoring in mechanical engineering, he plans to use his skills in the agricultural field. King’s parents are Pete and Luana. His sister, Gina, received her degree last year.
Logan Wyse served as the student advisor for the chapter his senior year and has been honored with awards at the state and national conventions. He has been on the poultry judging team, soils judging team and the parliamentary procedure team.
Wyse’s job placement consisted of working at Wyse Electric Motor Repair, Archbold. In 2005 he won the agriculture mechanics energy systems maintenance and repair profi- ciency award at state, and was a national finalist.
As a finalist he won a trip to Costa Rica for 10 days in summer 2006.
Wyse attends the University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, studying the field of high performance automobiles. His parents are Patrick and Carleen, Archbold.