By Kendra Beckman, chapter reporter
The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for four years. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further education.
Amanda Bartel is the daughter of Mark and Pam Bartel. During her four years of involvement she has participated in Food Science, Horse Judging, and attended the State and National FFA Conventions. During her years of agricultural education Amanda overcame one of her fears by learning how to speak in front of a large group through learning the FFA Creed and serving as a chapter officer.
Jacob Eidemiller is the son of LaDonna Mays and Eric Eidemiller. He earned his State FFA Degree and participated in the Agricultural Sales Contest and Food Science. He shared that he learned how to use hard work and leadership skills in his life beyond the classroom. He also enjoyed competing against other schools and demonstrating the knowledge he gained through agricultural education.
Angelina Henger is the daughter of Don and Lori Henger. She served as a chapter officer, competed in public speaking, and helped give chapter presentations at the State FFA Convention. Angelina gained confidence in her speaking ability and is now able to speak before large crowds. She also enjoyed attending the conventions and meeting FFA members from across the country.
Meagan McKinney is the daughter of Ryan McKinney and Angela Dilts. She has served as a chapter officer, participated in public speaking and earned her State FFA Degree. She learned skills that she will use in her future career as a nurse. She learned how to manage her time and work as a team through serving as a chapter officer and being involved in many chapter committees.
Ryan Miller is the son of Blane Miller and Amy Miller. He attended the National FFA Covention, sold fruit as part of the chapter’s fundraiser, and helped with the chapter’s annual Ag Day. Ryan enjoyed learning about the different soils types that exist in the state and how to classify soil. He also liked learning about how agricultural cooperatives function for the benefit of its members.
Brooke North is the daughter of Chris and Kris North. Brooke participated in selling fruit, general livestock judging, and attending chapter leadership events. She learned that agriculture is more than just farming. She shared that because farmers produce a safe and wholesome food supply our society has the nutrition it needs.
Danielle Sands is the daughter of John and LaDonna Sands. She competed in the General Livestock Judging and helped design the chapter’s scrapbook. She shared that during her years of agricultural education she learned valuable skills necessary to obtain and secure a job. She also shared that she really enjoyed serving as a chapter officer because she learned how to get along with others.
Heather Skaggs is the daughter of Cindy Skaggs. Heather attended the State and National FFA Conventions, she was a four year member of the State FFA Choir and attended FFA camp for four years. She benefited from agricultural education by learning skills necessary in the real world. She learned about the diversity of agriculture from meat consumption to species of plants.
Samantha Wimmer is the daughter of David Wimmer Jr. and Jennifer Lee-Brown. She attended the Farm Safety Day event, Ag Day for elementary students, and Ag Tutoring program with a first-grade teacher. Samantha benefitted from agricultural education by the lessons taught, including soils and animal science. She shared that she is now more aware the activities taking place in the farm fields around her.
Aliyah Wright is the daughter of Jerrod and Nikki Wright. She has participated in FFA Camp, general livestock judging, and Project WILD. She says that she has become more aware of the food grown around her. She says she feels more confident in the terms used in livestock production and appreciates how to construct a financial budget.
The Miami East FFA Alumni was able to provide these scholarship recipients with monies because of the generous donations and support of community members through such projects as the Longaberger Basket Bingo in January and the Silent Auction at the Chapter Banquet in April. They look forward to supporting all Agricultural Education students in their participation in learning about the diversity of the agriculture industry.