|Elmwood FFA has four contesting teams rank in top five of Ohio|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:45|
The Elmwood FFA recently completed four different career development events.
Of the teams, the best success was achieved by the Ag Engineering team. They are temporarily in first place out of 48 teams.
Team members completed a 100-question written test on areas such as hydraulics, chemical storage, electrical wiring, and safety in the preliminary round. In the finals portion of the event, they will perform various skills related to the previous categories including arc welding, electrical wiring, sprayer calibration, and environmental management. Competing for Elmwood will be Mitch Beaverson, Jon Shinew, Jay Graham, and Lorne Strausbaugh. In the preliminary portion of the contest, Beaverson stood in third in the state out of 352 individuals. He is followed by Shinew in fourth, with Graham in fifth, Stausbaugh in ninth. Dimitri Davidson was 12th, and Cody Keaton in 47th.
The Farm Business Management team ranked second of 57 teams. This event required contestants to answer 90 questions on various aspects of Ag. Economics. Contestants also solved problems related to finance, and marketing. Leading the way for Elmwood was Courtney Thomson who ranked second of a possible 563 individuals. She was followed by Strausbaugh in fourth; Robbie Sigler, 14th, Tyler Morlock,16th, Garrett Benschoter,17th, Chelsie Schmitz, 18th, Amanda Jones, 27th, and Cassie Shaffer, 63rd.
On a different day, the cooperatives team finished second in the state; while the grain merchandising team was third.
During this contest members completed a 75-question test on their knowledge of cooperatives as a business form. Thomson was one of the top individuals in the state, ranking second out of 442 contestants. She was followed by fellow team member Megan Hathaway in 23rd. Additional contestants for Elmwood were Ashley Veryser (50th), Marisa Ayala, Amanda Jones, Cassandra Shaffer, Taylor Murphy, and Angelique Franks.
The chapter's Grain Merchandising team was third among the 33 teams competing to see who possessed the greatest knowledge of grain marketing. Contestants completed a test that consisted of 100 questions. These questions addressed topics such as marketing news, grain marketing strategies, marketing alternatives, and mathematical computations related to grain merchandising. Team members for Elmwood included Robbie Sigler, Clayton Mears, Chelsie Schmitz, Jon Shinew, Morgan Huff, Cassandra Shaffer, Kara Buchman, and Garrett Benschoter. Sigler led the way for Elmwood with a second place individual ranking out of 207 contestants. Close behind was Mears in 10th. He was followed by Schmitz in 16th.
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