The summer of 2012 was a very busy one for the Pettisville FFA chapter.
In June, members assisted with Pettisville Friendship Days, where they hauled trash and operated the cornhole tournament.
In July, Katie Nofziger and Claire Fry, seniors, attended the 2012 Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. They heard messages from speakers and learned how to promote leadership.
Also in July, Pettisville FFA officers attended officer training. They learned how to become better officers and discussed things the chapter could do during the school year.
During the summer, members worked very hard on their individual Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) projects that included working with animals, working at various job locations or working in plant production. Some projects were shown at the fair and others will help when students apply for awards.
At the Fulton County Fair, 50 members showed 82 projects with 82 percent earning an “A.”
Hannah Meller won the Best Photography trophy for her agriscience fair project display. Trisha Cousino was a champion in breeding rabbits and Emily Herring won Grand Champion Steer and Reserve Champion Born and Raised Steer with their FFA SAE animals.
Over the summer, several members received good news. Since winning their individual proficiency areas at the 2012 FFA State FFA Convention, Justin Pursel and Taylor Kruse were selected to represent Ohio at the 2012 National FFA Convention in October; each was one of four finalists in their proficiency areas.
Kruse also was named a participant in the National Agriscience Fair, and Rebekah Meller will receive the American FFA Degree.
Donna Meller is a finalist to be named an Outstanding Member of the National FFA Alumni.
Kalley Martin is student teaching in the Pettisville ag department. A 2009 Fayette High School graduate, she participated in volleyball, cheerleading, Spanish Club, FFA, and National Honor Society. She is majoring in agriscience education at Ohio State University.
She chose the career so she can be involved in FFA and show students what FFA is all about. Animal science is her favorite part of agriculture, but enjoys all aspects of agriculture.
Her future plans include graduating from OSU and obtaining an agriculture education position in the Northwest Ohio area.–Annie Eicher, reporter