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Spotlight on Youth for May 17, 2006
Ft. Recovery FFA Ag Mechanics team places third at Greenville,br> FT. RECOVERY, Ohio ó Members from the Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter competed in the Ag Mechanics competition at Greenville High School on March 29. This contest assesses a studentís agricultural mechanic skills such as welding, torching, flaring tubing, soldering, using micrometers, identifying oils and tools, and small engine troubleshooting. The team of Kyle Brockman, Nick Grey, Andy Lochtefeld and Kyle Nietfeld placed third.

The chapter also recently received word that Keith Bruns, Kyle Fortkamp, Nick Hemmelgarn, Bruce Schoen, Lee Stammen and Adam Sutter are all State FFA Proficiency Finalists. In order to apply for a Proficiency Award, the members were required to keep accurate records in job placement and fill out an extensive application.

Keith Bruns, son of Mark and Cindy Bruns, applied for the Specialty Animals Proficiency Award for his employment at Meiring Poultry and Fish Farm and placed third in the state.

Kyle Fortkamp, son of Paul and Ginny Fortkamp applied for the Poultry Placement Proficiency Award for his employment at Paul Fortkamp Poultry Farm and placed first in the state.

Nick Hemmelgarn, son of Larry and Linda Hemmelgarn, applied for the Grain Production Proficiency Award and placed second in the state.

Bruce Schoen, son of Jerry and Barb Schoen, applied for the Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency Award for his employment at M & L and L & M Farms and placed third in the state. Lee Stammen, son of Jim and Ann Stammen, applied for the Swine Production Proficiency for his farrow to finish operation and took first in the state.

Adam Sutter, son of Frank and Lisa Sutter, applied for the Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication Proficiency Award for his employment at B & F Rental and placed third in the state.

Brookville FFA members hold 75th annual banquet
BROOKVILLE, Ohio ó The Brookville FFA Chapter recently held its 75th annual recognition banquet and awards program. The annual event is held each year to provide the chapter with the opportunity to recognize studentís accomplishments and to honor parents, school administrators and community members who have helped to make the chapter successful throughout the year.

Chapter President Jared Ledford welcomed more than 240 parents, members and special guests to the banquet. Following the banquet meal, the 2005-2006 Brookville FFA Officer Team began the awards program. One of the many highlights of the evening was the induction of candidates into the Brookville FFA Chapter Honorary FFA Degree membership. This yearís inductees were Ruth Haney and Craig Wakefield.

Close to 50 first year FFA members were present to accept their Greenhand FFA Degrees. The yearís Star Greenhand Awards were awarded to Clint Landes and Nick Wright.

The Star Chapter FFA Degree was awarded to Amanda Domsitz. Outstand-ing scholastic achievement awards were presented to the chapter members with a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or higher and those members were Lindsey Baker, Curtis Baker, Brittany Beckett, Justin Bennett, Amanda Domsitz, Brannon Dunn, Clint Landes, Brady Mason, Brad Peters, Chelsey Pionke, Jared Ledford and Molly Seagraves.

Other award recipients included Kristin Dixon and Toni Phillips for the Equine Judging Award, Brannon Dunn for the Top Citrus Salesperson Award, Nick Wright for the Placement in Beef Production Award, Clint Landes for the Placement in Dairy Production Award, Toni Phillips for the Specialty Animal Production Award, William Buttery for the FFA Creed Speaking Award and Austin Brown, Jordan Combs, Brannon Dunn, Clint Landes, Justin Marlow, Adam Maxel and Patrick McCauley for the Rural Soil Judging Award. The 2006-2007 Brookville FFA Officer Team was also introduced.

This farm news was published in the May 17, 2006 issue of Farm World.