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National FFA Convention photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest     Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony Wayne, won Plant Systems Division 3.   Matt Reese talked to some of the State FFA officers. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. The Covington Chapter won the Model of Excellence award. Jackson Reppart Ridgemont sang in the National FFA Chorus. American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Luke Scott, Wynford Kolesen McCoy was the candidate for National Officers from Ohio. American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace Todd Peterson, Miami Trace, was an American Star in AgriBUsiness finalist. Brayden Sponcil, Felicity-Franklin, rocks the drums. The Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter rocked the talent show. Kolt Buchenroth talks to Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace. Kolt Buchenroth interviewed Luke Scott from Wynford. Matt Reese talked to Auston Dotterer after he won his proficiency award.American FFA Degrees – 438                                                         American Star in Agribusiness Finalist – Luke Scott, Wynford American Star in Agriscience Finalist – Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace American Star Farmer Finalist – Todd Peterson, Miami Trace Honorary American DegreeRoland Fisher, Covington National Officer Candidate – Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-FranklinAgriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, PettisvilleAgricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West HolmesAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty UnionAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CCAgricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTCBeef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCCDairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACCDairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New BremenDiversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, VersaillesDiversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, FairviewDiversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian ValleyDiversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTCEnvironmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, MariettaEquine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCCEquine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCCForage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper SanduskyFruit Production – Austin Dotterer, SmithvilleGrain Production-Placement – Reed Aller, St. MarysGoat Production – Alexandrea Stewart, Southeastern-RossNursery Operations – Eliza Mertz, Houston-UVCCPoultry Production – Cole Luthman, VersaillesSmall Animal Produciton and Care – Kelci Cooper, Houston-UVCCSpecialty Animal – Kayla Wilson, Western BrownSwine Production-Entrepreneurship – Jacob Fogt, AnnaSwine Production-Placement – Kyle Searson, Waynesfield-GoshenWildlife Production and Management – Jayme Pennell, West Holmes National Chapter Award-Premier Chapter FinalistsGrowing Leaders – Houston-UVCC, RidgemontBuilding Communities – Genoa-Penta, South CentralStrengthening Agriculture – Ridgemont National Chapter Award-Model of ExcellenceCovington-UVCC, Felicity-Franklin, Otsego, Ridgemont Three-Star Chapters – Amanda-Clearcreek, Black River, Bowling Green-Penta, Covington-UVCC,Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Genoa-Penta, Houston-UVCC, London, Lynchburg-Clay, Marysville, McClain,Miami East-MVCTC, Miami Trace, Missinssinawa Valley-MVCTC, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC,New Bremen, North Union, Northeastern-Clark, Otsego-Penta, Peebles, Ridgemont, South Central, Spencerville, St. Marys, Upper Sandusky, Valley View-MVCTC, Versailles, Wauseon, Zane Trace Two-Star Chapters – Cardington, Elgin, Pettisville National Agriscience Fair FinalistsAnimal Systems Division 1 – Abigail Paxton, UticaAnimal Systems Division 2 – Alyssa Myers and Lola Proffitt, Felicity-FranklinAnimal Systems Division 4 – Collin Wallace and Kolton Skaggs, RidgemontAnimal Systems Division 5 – Camille Stanton, Delaware Area CCEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 3 – Emily Stevens, New LondonEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Josiah Strahm and Jaden Hensel, RidgemontEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Kayla Wyse, PettisvilleEnviron Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-FranklinFood Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Austin Voshall, Global Impact STEM AcademyFood Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Abigail Lister, Bloom-CarrollPlant Systems Division 3 – Jacob Zajkowski, Anthony WaynePlant Systems Division 4 – Landen Tull and Audrey Pinger, Felicity-FranklinPlant Systems Division 6 – Rebekah Grayless and Jordan Grayless, Eastern BrownPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Chase Fyffe, Global Impact STEM AcademyPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Braden Skates, PettisvillePower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 – Owen Barnes and Olivia Barnes, WestfallPower, Structural and Technical Systems Division 5 – Trina Orr, UticaSocial Science Division 1 – Bailee Amstutz, North UnionSocial Science Division 3 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West UnitySocial Science Division 4 – Anna Wright and Lillian Fries, Anthony WayneSocial Science Division 5 – Trinnetee France, Eastern BrownSocial Science Division 6 – Justin Schobeloch and Darby Minor, Westfall Career Development EventsWinners TBD National Band ParticipantsThomas Rindfuss, Wynford National Chorus ParticipantsEmma Widmer, GibsonburgMason Snyder, WilmingtonJackson Reppart, Ridgemont National Talent ParticipantsMadison Baird, Felicity-FranklinCassidy Louderback, Felicity-FranklinBrayden Sponcil, Felicity-FranklinChole Quatkemeyer, Felicity-FranklinKatelyn Hanes, 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6 Trends Startups Must Cope With In 2013 – From Paul Kedrosky

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#predictions#startups tim devaney and tom stein Predicting the future is notoriously difficult, and the volatile world of high-tech startups don’t make things any easier. That’s why ReadWrite turned to famous and fearless tech prognosticator Paul Kedrosky, a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and the future of risk capital, to ask him his predictions for the startup world in 2013.Kedrosky shared six thoughtful insights about what the future is likely to bring. Most of them could be seen as warning signs, but there are some bright spots sprinkled in there as well.1. Accelerators Will Slow DownStartup accelerators were a big story in 2012. By the midpoint of the year there were more than 200 accelerators worldwide, attracting twice as many applicants as they did just two years ago. Recently, however, it’s become clear that most accelerators were not turning out viable companies. And now we’re seeing the first signs of an accelerator slowdown. Y Combinator, the world’s leading accelerator, cut its funding to $80,000 from $150,000 per company and reduced its next class to less than 50, down from 84 in the most recent group.“I think this will turn out to be the peak,” Kedrosky said, “But that does not mean things will tail off dramatically” because accelerators are relatively cheap to start. “This move by Y Combinator is significant… This was not a gut decision but one that was empirically driven by the quality of the incoming classes they were seeing. And what they saw happening with their outgoing classes and their propensity to raise funding.”2. The Enterprise Will Strike BackRevenue. What a concept. It took a few years – and a few thousand failed consumer internet startups – but investors have gone back to the basics and now demand that companies they fund have income, not just a lot of Web users or app downloads. That means more funding for startups targeting the enterprise in 2013, less funding for startups aimed at consumers.A related trend Kedrosky sees is the return of discipline. “You won’t see crazy valuations,” he says. “Discipline went out the window the last few years – and it comes back in 2013.”3. The Cash Gap Will Fix the Talent GapThe toughest job for startups in recent years was not pulling investment but attracting talented people. With funding freely available, companies launched right and left. Combine that with ever-present competition from high-paying tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter and you’ve created a severe talent shortage.Kedrosky predicts the talent gap will be closed in 2013. “I notice that good startups are now composed of a group of people who two or three years ago would have been out doing their own thing,” he said. “Now they’re happy to work as team that has a real chance of going somewhere. The reason for that is the cash trade. Cash now versus cash later. It’s generally accepted that cash later is going to be a lot harder to come by, whether it’s in the form of funding cash or exit cash.”4. Venture Capital Will ReboundEveryone’s talking about the coming Series A funding crunch. Kedrosky thinks it will be eased by the return to the venture market of big investors like pension funds. They’ve been staying away from venture funding after getting burned in the downturn – but they’re beginning to come back.“That’s been the story for the last six years, actually – Limited Partners (LPs) shying away from the asset class,” he said. “But I think this is the end of the venture market contraction. I think these LPs will stop cutting their commitment to venture funds because they see it as a lottery ticket in their portfolios. The rate of new venture partnerships getting funded will be the highest in a decade or more next year. As a result, that will change the dynamics in the market fairly materially.”5. Startup Ecosystems Will Go ExtinctCountries from Chile to Turkey have tried to cook up their own startup ecosystems in the past couple of years. Most have discovered just how difficult it is to make a Silicon Valley from scratch. You can’t simply choose a local geographic feature, attach the word “Silicon” and wait for the high-tech boom.“My feeling is that these efforts will prove to have been mis-timed to the market peak,” Kedrosky said. “I’m not optimistic about the success of these startup ecosystems and that will begin to show next year. Too often these first attempts are sheer mimicry of what’s happening in Silicon Valley. ‘Let’s do what the U.S. is doing but let’s do it years later.’ That’s not sustainable. It’s not the basis for building a fertile ecosystem.”The upside is that a lot of young people got their first taste of entrepreneuring and may very well be more successful the next time around. “This first wave will end badly,” Kedrosky says, “but they could go on in the future to do bigger and better things.”6. Big Data Will CrashBig data startups were a big deal in 2012. But the big data sector is in for a large letdown in 2013, Kedrosky predicted. “We’ve hit the end of that cycle. We’ll soon start to ask, ‘Why there were so many startups in big data and how come so many got funded?’ People will have post-funding regret in the space.”As clean-tech startups were revealed to be unsuccessful in 2012, Kedrosky forecasted 2013 will be the year that exposes big data startups. “It will be revealed that data alone is not enough for these companies to make money. In the past, the thinking was, ‘If I have enough eyeballs I can make money.’ That proved to be wrong. In the same way, just having the data will also prove to be wrong in terms of being able to make money… What really matters is having a paying customer.” China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …center_img Related Posts How to Get Started in China and Have Success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

Ancajas leaves for Texas fight vs Gonzales

first_imgFILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoJerwin Ancajas will still train Thursday before taking the night flight bound for Los Angeles.“Time is of the essence,” Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer told the Inquirer Wednesday. “Jerwin is ready to rumble.”ADVERTISEMENT Bayron, three foreigners share Pradera lead “Hopefully, he’ll hit 118 before our departure,” added Jimenez. “We’ll only do light training in the United States, just to let the sweat out.”Though Ancajas (28-1-1 with 19 knockouts) is tagged the favorite against Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs), Jimenez said they’re not lowering their guards and have covered all bases to ensure victory.Finally able to secure tapes of Gonzalez’s fights, Jimenez said they know what to do on fight night.Ancajas hopes to impress in his American debut, also his first fight under Bob Arum’s Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ancajas will dangle his International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown for the fourth time against Mexican Israel Gonzales on Feb. 3 at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.Jimenez said they will have light training, but no more sparring, in LA before leaving for Texas on Jan. 28.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Jerwin has sparred over 90 rounds and that’s enough,” added Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ training camp at their Survival Gym in Magallanes, Cavite.Even Ancajas’ weight is well under control, according to Jimenez, who bared that the 26-year-old pride of Panabo City checked in at 121 pounds after Wednesday’s training session. MOST READcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Indian men win, women lose tamely

first_imgSomdev Devvarman and Karan Rastogi steered India to a 3-0 whitewash against a lowly Qatar in the Asian Games men’s tennis competition, but got crashed out of the women’s team event after being drubbed 0-3 by Indonesia in the first round, in Guangzhou on today.Rastogi gave India a blistering start with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Al Mutawa Jabor Mohammed in 46 minutes, before Somdev showed equally ruthless approach in brushing aside Zayed Mousa Shanon in 38 minutes in the centre court of the Aoti Tennis centre.Somdev later combined forces with Sanam Singh and outclassed Zayid Mubarak Shannan and Al Haretth Abdulrahman Ali 6-0 6-1 to complete the rout.Rastogi, who served two second-set aces and hit 15 service winners in all, broke his Qatar rival Al Mutawa in the second game of the first set but was broken back immediately.However, he picked up his pace soon after to go 3-1 up with his second service break and then did not drop a single game to win the opening set 6-1 in 22 minutes.The Indian player grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second set before he dropped his serve, but then surged to take the next three games for the set and match.Thereafter, 25-year-old Indian No 1 singles player Somdev, ranked 106 in the world, fired an ace each in the two sets and hit 16 service winners.After clinching the opening set in only 16 minutes, Somdev allowed his rival to hold his serve once before closing out the second in 22 minutes.advertisement”I played very well. It is a good start and it is also a good experience for me. I think I can do a good job in the next matches,” Somdev said after his easy victory.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Germany

first_imgMario Goetze and Marco Reus will play a key role for Germany in the World CupGermany departs for the World Cup as one of the teams to beat despite having a relatively young squad.But because they made their international debuts early, many Germany players have dozens of national team games behind them.Here are five players to watch:PHILIPP LAHMCaptain since 2010, Philipp Lahm will be playing at his third World Cup and already has made 105 national team appearances.The 29-year-old Lahm helped Bayern Munich sweep the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup last season and was a major figure as the club recaptured the championship this year.As a defender, Lahm has been versatile, playing with equal success on the left or right flank, although he personally prefers the right side. He played both positions as necessary for both Bayern and the national team, until Bayern coach Pep Guardiola put him in the defensive midfield to fill a gap left by injuries.Lahm excelled again.Germany coach Joachim Loew says he might consider Lahm for that position as well, if needed.MANUEL NEUERBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is Germany’s uncontested No. 1.Neuer became the starting goalkeeper before the 2010 World Cup when Rene Adler hurt his shoulder, and has stayed there ever since.Neuer has conceded by far the fewest goals in the league, although that is also due to Bayern’s overall dominance. His main problem may be lack of action – he usually faces few shots in Bundesliga matches.That could explain why he is sometimes caught off-guard by long-distance shots. Neuer’s other weakness is a hesitancy in coming off the line.THOMAS MUELLERBayern Munich midfielder Thomas Mueller is another versatile player whose style of play makes him hard to figure out.Mueller can play on the flanks but he can also roam as a “false nine.” That’s where he is probably at his most dangerous.Relatively unknown internationally before the 2010 World Cup, Mueller made his name in South Africa, where he was the top scorer with five goals and three assists. He was also named the tournament’s best young player.Still only 24, Mueller is already a mature player, having won everything there was to win with Bayern in the past two seasons.Although his playing time has been somewhat reduced by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola’s rotations, Mueller is still the club’s best scorer after striker Mario Mandzukic.MARIO GOETZEMario Goetze is the product of Germany’s exemplary youth programs and has gone through all junior selections.A 22-year-old attacking midfielder, Goetze is considered the country’s most promising and exciting talent. He helped Borussia Dortmund win two consecutive Bundesliga championships, then stunned his childhood club by taking advantage of an opt-out clause in his contract to move to Bayern Munich.Goetze had an inconspicuous start in Bayern, missing the early part of the season because of an ankle injury. He was eased into the team by coach Pep Guardiola, and still often comes off the bench in a star-studded squad.Goetze’s pace, vision and dribbling skills, in addition to his scoring, have drawn comparisons to some of the game’s greats, such as Diego Maradona or Lionel Messi.The World Cup could be an occasion for Goetze to prove he is worthy of the praise.Germany coach Joachim Loew has indicated his might use Goetze as a “hanging nine” if his injured strikers don’t recover in time.MARCO REUSOnce dubbed “Rolls Reus” for his pace, Marco Reus was voted Germany’s player of the year at the end of the 2011-12 season, when he also left Borussia Moenchengladbach to return to childhood club Borussia Dortmund.Reus is a fast and goal-scoring midfielder who has tremendous pace with the ball. He is also a big threat from set pieces, with excellent shooting technique. He is able to shoot and score with both feet.Reus already has seven goals in 19 games for Germany. One of the leaders of his generation, Reus has a good understanding on the field with Mario Goetze from a common season in Dortmund and the pair of them could be Germany’s powerful weapon at the World Cup.last_img read more