Elmwood FFA CDE teams perform well PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:28
The month of October has resulted in four Elmwood FFA Career Development teams achieving success. The first of these was the chapter’s urban soils team which participated in the state contest in Madison County on Oct. 12. The team ranked 10th out of 49 teams and was led by Garrett Benschoter who placed 10th overall. Other team members contributing were Chelsie Schmitz, Amanda Jones, and Samantha Laborie.
Urban soils contestants evaluate soils for slope, land form, flooding and slippage hazard, texture, and water table. They also recommend practices to maintain or improve an existing soil site.
Joining the urban team was the chapter’s rural team which ranked 22nd out of 53 teams. The team was led by Ashley Veryser (65th). She was joined by Andrew Housholder, Emily Schmitz, and Tiffany Gonyer. In the rural contest, members evaluate soils for slope, depth or erosion of topsoil, texture, depth, and natural drainage. They also assign limitations, determine land use, and recommend conservation practices.
On Oct. 17 two other chapter career development teams traveled to Henry County to compete in the district dairy foods and dairy cattle events. In the dairy foods contest, Elmwood ranked first out of nine teams. They were led by Kara Buchman, who ranked first individually. Following close behind was Emily Schmitz in ninth, Parker Scannell in 19th, and Morgan Huff in 21st.
Dairy foods contestants identified cheeses, assessed milk samples, determined fat and moisture content of dairy products, completed a written test, and conducted California Mastitis tests.
In the dairy cattle contest, contestants evaluated classes of cows and heifers, ranked pedigrees, placed a class of sires, and completed a written test. In this event Elmwood placed second and was led by Bryn Parker who ranked sixth individually. Other team members included Alexis Miller (seventh), Makayla Mohre, Angelique Franks, Taylor Barndt, Marisa Ayala, Katie Peters, Jay Graham, Luke Hagemeyer, Garrett Benschoter, Jack Hagemeyer, Jessica Cline, Liz Walter, and Cheyenne Kaufman.
On Oct. 18, the Elmwood FFA, in cooperation with several other school and community organizations put on the fifth annual Fall Festival. Nearly 500 elementary students and their teachers took part in the event. The activities were centered in the community center gymnasium with 13 different stations. The stations included face painting conducted by high school Art Club members, an obstacle course for pedal tractors set up by FFA members, a haunted maze, games with the Wood Soil and Water, skill activities with the Wayne Public Library, donuts and cider served by the Portage Gleaners, a station all about the uses of corn, a cider making demonstration, a magic show by Jim Slagle, a cookie decorating station, a station that allowed students to pet baby calves conducted by Carlyle Dairy , a visit to a sow with baby pigs, and a wagon ride to the home of Phil and Melanie Davis to pick their own pumpkins.
Assisting at various station were members of the Elmwood National Honor Society. Informal evaluations of the students indicated an overwhelming satisfaction of the event.

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