Miami East Chapter Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.
This is the 12th straight year that the Miami East FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 25th in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).  These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development.  Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application. The award is sponsored by the John Deere Company and the National FFA Foundation.
Olivia Edgell and Rian Kingrey have been selected for the National Agriscience Fair with their research project entitled, “How Clean Are Your Hands?” The members tested common hand soaps to see how clean they got their hands using a black light and special light-sensitive lotion. They qualified for this opportunity because they placed first in the State Agriscience Fair in May, submitted a written proposal to the National Agriscience Fair and were selected as one of the top 15 proposals in the country in their category. They will be interviewed on Thursday, October 25. The National Agriscience Fair is sponsored by Syngenta, Cargill, and the National FFA Foundation.
Kyle Roeth will receive his American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 27. This is an honor that only 3,500 FFA members across the country will accomplish. Kyle’s application was forwarded to the National FFA because he has been a successful leader, been involved in various community service activities, earned at least $7,500 from his Supervised Agricultural Experience program, and been an active member of the FFA.  The American FFA Degree is sponsored by Case IH, DTN-The Progressive Farmer, Farm Credit, Pioneer, and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2012-13 officer team. The team met over the summer in a Summer Officer Retreat to plan for the upcoming school year and FFA activities. The officers are: Emily Johnson, President; Sarah Pyers, Vice President; Lauren Williams, Secretary; Kendra Beckman, Treasurer; RebekahEidemiller, Reporter; Kolin Bendickson, Sentinel; Colin Hawes, Student Advisor; and Corrine Melvin, Chaplain. Their advisor is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.
Left to Right Front Row: Sarah Pyers, Emily Johnson, Corrine Melvin Left to Right Back Row: Lauren Williams, Kendra Beckman, Kolin Bendickson, Colin Hawes, Rebekah Eidemiller
The National FFA Organization, formally known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFAchapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 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.

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