Area students proved to know quite a bit about bugs.
Jay County FFA recently took first place in the area entomology judging competition.
The team of Jacob Schwieterman, Alyssa Hartley, Bryan Schwieterman and Jayla Barker finished in first place and will advance to the state competition.
“They all worked very hard for this accomplishment, said coach and FFA advisor Melissa Wolters.
In addition to the team honor, Jacob Schwieterman placed fourth in the individual competition. Barker was fifth, Bryan Schwieterman took sixth and Hartley finished eighth.

Six earn degree
Six members of the Fort Recovery FFA chapter received the American FFA Degree in November at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Kurt Fotkamp, Andrea Lennartz, Doug Lennartz, John Link, Jacob Whitacre and Karissa Will received the honor, which is the highest degree a member can earn. To earn the degree, a student must work 2,250 hours or more and earn or productively invest $7,500 in a “supervised agricultural experience program.”
Also in November, Fort Recovery’s agricultural technology and mechanical systems team earned a gold emblem during competition at the national convention. Members of the team were Mitch Lennartz, Bryan Schoenlein, Alex Stammen and Kaleb Timmerman.

Students attend
A pair of Portland residents took part in career preparation training at the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in November in Kansas City, Mo.
Lindsey Marchal and Julie Knapke, who both study agribusiness at Purdue University, participated in training with agriculture, education and facilitation professionals from companies including Archer Daniels Midland and Monsanto.

Enrollment open
Enrollment for Jay County 4-H is now open.
The deadline to be eligible for the Jay County 4-H Fair is Feb. 7. There is also a $15 4 -H program fee.
Those interested can register at or by visiting the Purdue Extension Office, 126 N. Meridian St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There will also be a 4-H kick-off event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Jay County Fairgrounds.