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PETTISVILLE, OH -- The Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends group are investing in the future by awarding four college scholarships this spring.

Receiving the college scholarships are Chrysta Beck, daughter of Beth Ann and Dave Beck, rural Wauseon.  Chrysta is a sophomore at Mississippi State University majoring in Poultry Science and minoring in Spanish. In high school she participated in Pettisville Ever-Ready 4-H Club, West Clinton MYF, National Honor Society, Pettisville Spanish Club, and the Super Stars Dance Company.

In FFA she was a finalist in the area of Small Animal Production & Agriscience Research Proficiencies. She participated in: Agriscience Fair, Soil Judging, Public Speaking, General Livestock Judging and Safety Day. She served as Chapter Vice President and Treasurer and earned her State FFA Degree.

At MSU she participates in the Mississippi State Collegiate FFA chapter, undergraduate research, and serves as a MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. She is serving as the Historian for the Poultry Science Club. She will be traveling to New Zealand in early May to learn about its poultry industry. She will be touring farms and visiting college campuses to discuss the state of America's poultry industry.

Mikayla Crouch, daughter of Jeremy and Kim Crouch, rural Wauseon.  Mikayla is attending The Ohio State University majoring in Agricultural Business.

She served as secretary of the Pettisville FFA, attending Washington Leadership Conference and state and national conventions.  She competed in proficiencies, district livestock events and earned her Ohio FFA Degree. She was involved with church youth council and 4-H.

Dustin Nofziger, son of Cathy and Jeff Nofziger, rural Wauseon.  Dustin is attending Northwest State Community College majoring in business with a minor in accounting. Dustin played baseball, soccer and was in 4-H. He served as Treasurer of the Pettisville FFA, assisted with Safety Day and Animal Day and did research work attending several science fairs. He attended state and national conventions and received his Ohio FFA Degree. He works at Nofziger Pork Farms.

Josiah Hoops, son of Jim and Brenda Hoops, Pettisville.  Josiah is attending Northwest State Community College majoring in Crop and Soil Science.  While in high school he participated in National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Track and the First Church of God Wauseon Youth Group. In FFA he participated in Safety Day, Animal Day, Urban and Rural Soil Judging, Agronomy and Ag Engineering Career Development Event’s.  Josiah placed 9th in the state in the Ag Engineering CDE. He also operates their family 250 acre farm. He will be receiving his American FFA Degree this fall.

FFA Alumni Affiliates were formed to operate in support of the over 7,757 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.   Their purpose is to help today's agricultural youth by joining together in a united volunteer effort to assist FFA, promote a greater knowledge of the agricultural industry, and support education in local agricultural education programs.

FFA is a national organization of over 629,327 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.  The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.  The National FFA Organization operates under a Federal Charter granted by the 81st Congress of the United States, and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.  The US Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.  Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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