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Saturday, 20 April 2013 08:26
On Feb. 7, the Bowling Green FFA chapter hosted an eighth-grade recruitment day for eighth-grade students who will attend the high school next year.
During the day, students toured the Ag facilities and listened to information on each area that the program teaches presented by the high school FFA members. More than 240 eighth-graders, teachers, and administrators made their way through the Ag department and heard about the opportunities available to them through the FFA.
The following week, Nick Brennan and Amanda Barndt attended the Parent Open House in the evening to give further information about the Ag classes to the parents of eighth-graders as well as hosted an open house of the Agricultural Education facilities.
In February, Ohio State University visited the BG Ag Ed Department to administer a survey about why students take Agriculture classes. The survey was given to all members and is part of a national study that they are conducting in high schools in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
The FFA Alumni and Friends had its first meeting for the year in February. The group elected new officers: President, Abby Wensink; Vice President, Andrew Wilhelm; Treasurer, Kristin Bechstein; and Secretary, Dana Wilson. They also planned for the silent auction which was held at the BG FFA annual banquet. If anyone is interested in joining the Alumni, they may contact the Ag Office at (419) 352-0704.
Bowling Green FFA celebrated National FFA week, Feb. 18-22. Members participated in a spirit week where they dressed up on various days including duck dynasty day, FFA T-shirt day, and favorite tractor color day. On Thursday that week FFA members wore blue and gold and participated in Shop Olympics which included games in the shop. The BG FFA, along with the other county FFA chapters, advertised FFA week through two billboards in Wood County.
FFA members gathered in the Ag room on  Feb. 25 for the February FFA meeting. The main business of the meeting was election of officers. Those elected for the 2013-2014 year: Ben Wilhelm, president; Steven Speck, vice president; Madalyn Fletcher, secretary; Alex Wynn, treasurer; Amanda Barndt, reporter; Mason Apple, Sentinel; and Taylor DeSmith, student advisor.
All degree applications and officer books go through sub district, district, and state evaluation before being awarded. All three officer books received a gold rating and first place at the District FFA Evaluation. Congratulations to Secretary Natalie Carpenter, Treasurer Ben Wilhelm and Reporter Amanda Barndt for having perfect books. Also, congratulations to Ben Wilhelm and Alex Wynn who have passed all phases of evaluation and will be receiving their State FFA Degree in May.
On March 7, FFA members traveled to The Whistle Stop in North Baltimore to celebrate their accomplishments in fruit sales.
The following members qualified to attend: Devin Allen, Nick Brennan, Steve Gerdeman, Caleb Holstein, Dylan Hunt, Justus Smith, Mason Apple, Hailey Clifford, Shawn Feehan, Zach Foos, Matthew Galliger, Brock Goris, Russell Hamilton, Nathan Morlock, Allie Smith, Steve Speck, Courtney Wagner, Amanda Barndt, Taylor DeSmith, Abri Dubler, Madalyn Fletcher, Nathan Hoverson, TJ Jacobs, Logan Krieger, Eddie Tolles, Ben Wilhelm, Henry Apple, Tom Foos, Ashley Halleck, Maddie Huffine, Kinsey Kale, Marc Tackett, Haley Davis, Jenna Grames, Brooke Lay, and Sergio Mata. These students all sold $750 worth of fruit or more.
The chapter had four girls attend the Women in Ag Conference on March 22. Those attending were juniors, Amanda Barndt and Taylor DeSmith and freshmen, Haley Davis and Rosa Bowen.
The FFA thanks Blanchard Valley Co-op for sponsoring the four girls to attend. They were able to expand their knowledge on our growing Agriculture Society.
The FFA hosted 59 administrators, teachers, and staff in the Ag Department for a salad bar with the lettuce raised by the students in the hydroponic unit in the greenhouse.
For the luncheon, 25 heads of lettuce were consumed as teachers watched the lettuce harvested right in front of their eyes and put in their bowl.
FFA members enjoyed serving the lettuce and showing off one of their projects to those in the school.
 

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