There were plenty of Ohio highlights on Thursday of the National FFA Convention. Multiple students were recognized with proficiency success and several more were recognized for the CDEs. Caleb Durheim, Lily Asbridge, Sophie Marvin and Justin Hall from Big Walnut-DACC topped the nation in the Food Science & Technology Career Development Event. Durheim was the top individual and the whole team finished in the top 10 individually. National proficiency awards were won by Justin Preece, Urbana, in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement; Amanda Annett, Utica, Beef Production-Placement; and Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles, in Dairy Production-Placement.
On Friday Jacob Zajkowski, Ohio FFA President, won Plant Systems Div. 5 in the Agriscience Fair. Kevin Eckstein, from the Ridgemont Chapter, won his division of Power, Structural and Technical Systems in the Agriscience Fair. Zoe Parrott of the Northmor FFA Chapter won the Sheep Production Placement Proficiency and Robert Gray of the Western Brown FFA Chapter won the Turfgrass Management Proficiency.