Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments and competed in several contests. While in Columbus, the members the convention’s Career Show, met FFA members from across the state, and enjoyed eating out!
Motivation speakers at the convention included Professional Motivational Speakers, Rhett Laubuch, Josh Shipp and Jeff Civillico, National FFA Regional Vice President Wiley Bailey from Alabama, and State FFA President Shelby Faulkner.
During the National Chapter Award results the chapter was named a Top 10 Chapter, out of over 315 chapters in the state. Additionally, the chapter placed in the Top 10 in the areas of Student, Chapter and Community Development. These results are from the chapter’s National Chapter Application. The application will now be sent to the National FFA for review and placing. Additionally, the chapter was recognized for being a Gold Medal Chapter. Members sharing informational presentations were Sarah Pyers, Kelly Rindler, Rebekah Eidemiller, Corrine Melvin, Kendra Beckman and Emily Johnson.
Students were recognized for having outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs through the State Proficiency Award program. All students earned a cash prize and were recognized on stage with a plaque. Lauren Williams was named the State Winner in the area of Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship. Chris Teaford was named the named the State Winner in the area of Vegetable Production. They will now have their applications forwarded to National FFA for further competition.
Additionally in proficiency awards, Emily Johnson was named second in the area of Sheep Production. Amanda Bartel was named fourth in the area of Poultry Production. Meagan McKinney placed fourth in the area of Small Animal Care and Production. Macaleh Thompson placed second in the area of Agricultural Research Animal Systems. Brady Anderson was named second in the state in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship. Lauren Williams placed second in the area of Agricultural Communications. In the area of Agricultural Research Integrated Systems Olivia Edgell placed third. Sarah Pyers placed second in the Specialty Crop Production Proficiency award.
A highlight of the weekend was the conferring of the State FFA Degree. This year, Miami East had four members receive such an honor. Senior Sarah Pyers and Juniors Kolin Bendickson, Daniel Bodenmiller, and Lindsay Roeth earned the degree. The degree requirements are based on their earned income from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, leadership experience, and FFA and community activities.
Past chapter officers submitted their year’s officer books. Lauren Williams, Kendra Beckman, Rebekah Eidemiller were received state recognition for completing a Gold rated Chapter Secretary’s, Treasurer’s Book and Reporter’s Book, respectfully.
Emily Johnson was named the District 5 Star in Agribusiness Award Winner for her business. Also, Emily was recognized for being the first placed individual in the state Agricultural Sales Career Development Event.
Amy Hahn and Brittany Taylor gave a presentation on their activities with the Food For Thought Grant with the Small Grain Marketing Group.
Haley Etherington, Daniel Everett, Miranda Maggart, and Haleigh Maggert were selected to participate in the State FFA Chorus. Hannah Daivs was a member of the State FFA Band. They practiced and presented a concert during the convention.
Mrs. Dolores Kramer was awarded the Honorary State FFA Degree for her work with the Miami East FFA Chapter as a substitute teacher and beloved friend of the FFA.
Other recognition for the Miami East FFA included special recognition for the donation of monies to Children’s Hospital of Dayton and Ohio Foundation Gold rated sponsor and chapter trust chapter.
Members attending were Haleigh Maggart, Lauren Williams, Casey Copeland, Emily Johnson, Sarah Pyers, Kelsey Kirchner, Miranda Maggart, Brittany Taylor, Danielle Danielson, Haley Etherington, Katie Bendickson, Kelly Rindler, Macaleh Thompson, Sydney Oakes, Jennifer Brown, Hannah Davis, Rebekah Eidemiller, Andrew Kowalak, Daniel Everett, Kolin Bendickson, Colin Hawes, Daniel Bodenmiller, Chris Teaford, Nathan Teeters, Cody Reid, Jarrett Willoughby, Levi Reid, and Trent Church. A special thank you to chaperones LaDonna Mays and Pam Willliams, Principal Tim Williams, and Jackie Winner for their dedication and time. Several parents and special guests joined the chapter during the Convention to celebrate the accomplishments.
The Miami East Agricultural Education Department of a Satellite Program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.