Thirty-three members and chaperones from the Pettisville FFA chapter recently attended the 84th annual State FFA Convention, May 3-6, in Columbus.
Many members were recognized for their outstanding work over the past year.
Eleven members and eighth graders participated in either the agriscience fair or state proficiency judging, Thursday morning, May 3.
At the same time, the rest of the FFA members and chaperones took a tour of a chocolate factory.
“The making of the chocolate caramel snowmen was a unique and fun experience,” said Kelsey Weirauch, a junior.
From the Nourishing the Planet group, the chapter was named as one of two first-place winners in the Nutrients for Life contest. Pettisville FFA received a $5,000 check to use on expanding the project.
The ag classes explored soil health and shared information on food availability and safety as part of their work for this project.
During the first session of convention, the chapter was recognized for its donations to Children’s Hospital and CROP World Services.
Claire Fry also received a $400 scholarship to attend the Washington Leadership Conference this summer.
During the second session, Donna Meller, a science teacher at Pettisville, was awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree. She has been active in supporting the local, state and national agriscience fairs as a coordinator, teacher and judge.
Chrysta Beck was recognized for winning her category for agriscience fair last fall at the National FFA Convention.
Four members were awarded for their proficiency projects. Taylor Kruse placed first in the Agriscience Research Plant Systems profi- ciency. Justin Pursel placed first in his proficiency of Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management. They advance to national competition.
Nathan Betz placed fourth in the Ag Mechanics Maintenance and Repair proficiency. Aaron King placed fourth in the Beef Production Placement proficiency.
At the third convention session on Friday morning, Taylor Kruse was recognized for her proficiency area in Specialty Animal Production. She placed second overall in the category.
At the fourth session, Nathan Spotts, treasurer, and Annie Eicher, reporter, were recognized for receiving gold ratings on their officer books.
Taylor Kruse (first place), Trisha Cousino (third), Chrysta Beck (third), Hannah Meller (first), Dustin Nofziger (second) and Evan King (second) received gold ratings on their agriscience fair projects and were recognized.
Kruse and Meller have the chance to present their projects at the 2012 National FFA Convention this fall in Indianapolis, Ind.
During the final session, five seniors– Travis Beck, Nate Betz, Aaron Bruner, Taylor Kruse, and Arrin Short– received State FFA Degrees.– Annie Eicher, reporter