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Spotlight on Youth for June 28, 2006
Guthrie Center FFA chapter wins state food science event
AMES, Iowa — The Guthrie Center FFA Chapter was named the champion team in the annual Iowa FFA Food Science Career Development Event (CDE) held at Iowa State University in Ames on June 8.

Members of the first place Guthrie Center FFA team included: Jodi Calvert, Ashley Boeck, Lindsay Calvert and Becky Sheeder. Their ag education instructor is Jim Calvert.

The Wall Lake View Auburn FFA Chapter from Lake View was named the reserve champion team. Members of the second place team included: Stephanie Hoppe, Mandy Riedell, Megan Adams and Samantha Hoffman. Their ag education instructor is Scott Johnson.

Tiffany Desotel, from the West Delaware FFA Chapter at Manchester, was named the high individual overall in the competition. FFA teams including 49 individuals from 14 chapters participated in this year’s CDE designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of food science.

The champion team received a cash award towards travel to the National Food Science Career Development Event at Indianapolis, Ind., by the generosity of the Field to Food Run, through the Iowa FFA Foundation. The top individual received a $500 scholarship from the Iowa State University Food Science Department if the student chooses to major in Food Science.

The Food Science Career Development Event was coordinated and conducted by Dr. Sam Beattie, and numerous other faculty and staff with the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at ISU in Ames.

Jenny Biehl selected for Barrett Family agriculture scholarship
MARIETTA, Ohio — Jenny Biehl of Stanleyville, Ohio has been selected to receive the James M. Barrett Family Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year. All applicants had to be a member of 4-H or FFA and be enrolled at Ohio State University in an agriculture program.

Biehl is the daughter of Dave and Debbie Biehl of Stanleyville where their family operates a dairy farm. She is currently majoring in floral design and marketing at the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster. On campus, Jenny is a member of the Dairy Club, Artist de Flore Club and works in the Floral Prep Lab.

In her application, Jenny stated, “I feel it is the responsibility of those of us in agriculture to help educate those who are far removed from any of the experiences on the farm.”

Biehl completed a year of course study at Washington State Community College where she was on the Dean’s list before moving on to ATI in the autumn of 2005.

East Central FFA places fourth in state wildlife habitat contest
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The East Central FFA Chapter of St. Leon, Ind. participated in the 2006 Indiana 4-H/FFA Wildlife Habitat Career Development Event.

The contest was held on April 8 at the Ross Camp in West Lafayette, Ind.

The team of four FFA members evaluated and ranked four aerial photos for their wildlife habitat value for eight different wildlife species and presented their decisions to a wildlife official. They identified wildlife food sources and the species that consumes them and they also worked together as a team to develop a habitat management plan for a parcel of property on the campsite.

The team placed fourth and consisted of Brandy Allen, Justin Bischoff, Doug Frye and Jacob Luhring. The team will receive a plaque at the Indiana FFA State Convention in June.

This farm news was published in the June 28, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.