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Spotlight on Youth for May 24, 2006
Parkway FFA members compete in Ag Mechanics Skills contest
ROCKFORD, Ohio — The Parkway FFA sent Brett Sheets, Devon Bollenbacher and Joey Houser to the Ag Mechanics Skills contest at Sentinel High School earlier this year.

FFA members had to arc weld, mig weld, make an oxy acetylene cut, identify hardware and hand tools, do a metal tap, solder a pipe, wire a switch and light, and do micrometer and caliper readings. The Parkway FFA team placed third with Brett Sheets having the top individual score. He moved onto the state competition at Ohio State ATI.

Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter wins district communications contest
AMANDA, Ohio — Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter recently won the District 7 Agricultural Communications Career Development Event (CDE). Placing first in the district competition made the team eligible for the state contest, where they placed fifth.

The Amanda-Clearcreek team included Adam Baldwin, Cortney Collins, Brittany Pinkstock, Stacey Sams and Jodi Roush.

The Ohio FFA Association District 7 consists of more than 25 FFA chapters in six counties. The Ag Communications CDE tests students’ understanding of the various forms of communication within the industry of agriculture.

Since Ohio started participating in the Ag Communications CDE in the fall of 2000, teams from Amanda-Clearcreek FFA have not placed lower than eighth in the state contest.

Tri High FFA hosts students at children’s barnyard

The FFA students also had a variety of modern farm machinery on display, including planters, tillage tools, fertilizer spreaders and tractors. The students gave explanations of the machinery and also of modern crop production methods such as GPS units.

The Tri High Horticulture students also hosted an open house in their greenhouse. The students sold plants ranging from $1 flowers up to $35 large patio pots. The plant sales continue after each school day until the end of the year, May 26.

This farm news was published in the May 24, 2006 issue of Farm World.