Students from Zane Trace traveled to Ohio State FFA Convention on Thursday, May 3. Students spent Thursday and Friday in Columbus at the Ohio State Fairgrounds for the Convention’s activities. Throughout the weekend, FFA Members took part in activities such as Agriscience Fair, the FFA Career Show, touring grocery stores, rock climbing, hearing from many speakers, and meeting other FFA members from all around Ohio.
Thursday morning, the group took a tour of Giant Eagle Market Place in Upper Arlington. Throughout this tour, students had the opportunity to try many foods such as buffalo, crepes, sandwiches, and salted caramel. Students also learned a bit about healthy living and where their food comes from.
The students traveled from Giant Eagle back to the fairgrounds, where they celebrated the achievements of their gold rated officers Stephanie Glass, Audrey Hoey, and Amber Ginter, as well as agriscience fair winners. They also heard from speaker Brooks Gibbs, who shared the importance of showing others love in order to overcome hate. After the session, members headed over to Vertical Adventures to rock climb and unwind for the evening.
Friday was another action packed day for members, which started off with a tasting tour of North Market. During this tour, members learned about the history and the vendors of North Market. After the market tour, the group headed back over to the fairgrounds for the last two sessions of State Convention. During sessions on Friday, members watched Morgan Perhach and McKayla Carper sign and sing in the FFA talent show, as well as Whitney Bellomy playing her clarinet in the FFA band. David Glass and Sarah Cox both received Proficiency Awards in the Food Science category. Members also heard from the National FFA President as well as State President Jessica Shanahan. Jon Petts spoke to members about the large impact that their small actions can have.
Convention was concluded with the recognition of David Glass, Audrey Hoey, and Heather Yeater, who received their state degrees for all of their hard work throughout the years. Convention this year was a huge success, as Zane Trace FFA chapter was widely recognized for all of their hard work and contributions to the community throughout the year.