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Talent show raises funds for Sandy Hook

The West Liberty-Salem FFA chapter has completed a number of projects this school year and participated in several contests.

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The chapter hosted a talent show that raised more than $500 for Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Performances included comedy acts, singing and dancing. Hayden Erwin, who sang a song that she wrote, received first place. Cassie Daughtry received second place, followed by Logan Boggs, third place, and Felix Oehring, honorable mention.

Members also participated in National FFA Week, and raised $1,424.32 for the Ohio FFA Foundation through a Jar Wars fundraiser.

In addition, the FFA officers put together an “Ag Olympics” and hosted an appreciation breakfast for the staff members of the school district.

Members took part in the Highland County Invitational, where the poultry team placed second. Sarah Williams, Catherine Williams, and Victoria Benefiel all participated in poultry judging, receiving fifth, sixth and seventh places, respectively.

For the dairy cattle competition, individuals evaluate dairy cows, take a test on general knowledge of dairy cows, and a sire selection class. The dairy cattle team placed 12th, with Kayla King receiving 35th individually and Lauralee Lenhart, 48th.

In the general livestock contest, individuals evaluate market and breeding beef, goats, sheep, and swine along with taking a test. The general livestock team placed 17th overall with participants Kyle Wilkins, Reese Shafer and Austin Hild.

Several weeks later, 20 FFA members competed at the Marysville Invitational, with the poultry team receiving first place. Catherine Williams, Keri White, Bethany Maytas, Victoria Benefiel, Sarah Williams, Jordon Wolfe, and Abbie Loffing all participated in poultry judging.

The dairy cattle team placed 13th overall with members Becky Wilkins, Emily Hyland, Kailey Gehl, Rachael Hostetler and Lauralee Lenhart, and the general livestock team members Austin Hild, Madison Oelker and Reese Shafer placed 45th.

In dairy products, individuals identify different types of cheese, detect milk defects, milk products by fat content, California mastitis test, and take a test over general knowledge of dairy products. The team of Garret Rudasill, Taylor Loverde, and Bradley Burt received 10th place.

In wildlife management, individuals identify species of birds, mammals, fish, plants, and equipment used in the field. The team of Kaden Cox and Charlie Williams placed 28th overall.

Finally, members traveled to the Mt. Gilead Invitational during March. The West Liberty-Salem poultry team placed second, and the dairy cattle team and dairy products team each received 14th place in their respective divisions.

General livestock contest members received 27th place and wildlife management students received 17th place.

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