The Pettisville FFA chapter attended the State FFA convention in Columbus, Thursday and Friday, May 2-3.
Two members were state finalists in the proficiency award area.
Chrysta Beck, daughter of David and Beth Ann, placed first in Agriculture Science Research-Animal Systems Proficiency.
Taylor Kruse, daughter of Jack and Peggy, placed third in Small Animal Proficiency.
Both received cash prizes and a plaque.
Four students competed in the Agriscience Fair. Hannah Meller, Dustin Nofziger, and Chrysta Beck placed first in Division II.
Jacob Dennis placed first in Division I.
Meller’s project involved growing lettuce in various systems and the effects the systems have on production.
Nofziger grew spinach in various environments and tested the sugar levels of the spinach.
Beck raised broiler chickens and compared the quality of meat from different broiler strains.
Dennis compared soybean yields in 15-inch verses 30- inch row spacing.
Three officers received gold pins for their officer books: Annie Eicher, reporter’s book; Kelsey Weirauch, secretary’s book, and Nathan Spotts, treasurer’s book.
Meller received a $440 scholarship from the Ohio FFA Alumni to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in the summer.
The Pettisville FFA was recognized for donating to the Ohio FFA Foundation Chapter Trust Fund, Children’s Hospital, and CROP/ Church World Services.
Five seniors received their State FFA Degree pins and certificates: Claire Fry, daughter of Darin and Sheri; Aaron King, son of Larry and Cathy; Katelyn Nofziger, daughter of Curt and Judy; Justin Pursel, son of Jason and Karla; and Kelsey Weirauch, daughter of Doug and Jackie. Mikayla Crouch, reporter
Archbold FFA held its annual third grade Ag Awareness Day, Friday, April 26.
Each third grade class at the Archbold elementary school joined a large group of FFA officers and members to learn about key safety precautions when in a rural setting.
Members set up eight stations in and around the ag science barn. Each station dealt with a different example of how to stay safe on the farm around the home.
Some examples were first aid, ATV and lawn mower safety, and safety around animals.
The students participated in all the stations by answering and asking questions, and were given visible examples of what not to do and what you must do when confronted with a situation that may jeopardize one’s personal safety.–Lauren Stuckey, reporter