34 members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter attended the Ohio FFA Convention held in Columbus May 2nd & 3rd.

Zane Trace FFA Travels to State Convention

Every year in early May, FFA chapters from all over the state travel to Columbus to attend the Ohio FFA State Convention.   During the convention students have many great opportunities such as listening to awesome speakers, making new friends from all over the state, and going on agricultural related tours around Columbus.  This year the Zane Trace Chapter took 34 members to participate in the State Convention, one of the largest groups in the chapter’s history!

Many business sessions go on throughout the day during the State Convention.  At these sessions the Ohio FFA officers announce the winners of various state awards, the Ohio FFA band and chorus make some awesome music, and keynote speakers came to talk to the crowd. A number of Zane Trace FFA members received awards over the two-day convention.   Jacob Boggioni and Kevin Daubenmire were selected to play in the FFA band.  Audrey Hoey and David Glass were named state winners in their proficiency award areas of Food Science and Integrated Agriculture Research while Stephanie Glass received a third place proficiency award in Agriculture Communications.  Additionally, Amber Ginter, Treasurer, Hunter Hardman, Secretary and Stephanie Glass, Reporter all received recognition for being Gold-Rated officers.  Five members were recognized as being members of the state-winning Animal Behavior and Welfare Career Development Event team and were presented their first place banner on stage.  This group is the first team in ZT FFA history to win a state contest!  Several members were honored for their achievements in the Agriscience Fair and Junior member Kasandra Dalton received her State Degree, which is the highest level of achievement a member can receive in Ohio.

In addition to ZT FFA members receiving recognition, two WKKJ radio hosts, Dan Ramey and Mike Smith, received honorary state degrees for supporting the Zane Trace FFA chapter throughout the year by allowing us to inform the community about important events going on in their chapter.  Dan Ramey enjoyed his recognition so much that he even stayed to have his picture taken with the entire chapter delegation that attended the convention!

34 members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter attended the Ohio FFA Convention held in Columbus May 2nd & 3rd.
34 members of the Zane Trace FFA chapter attended the Ohio FFA Convention held in Columbus May 2nd & 3rd.

During the time between sessions the ZT students did not just sit around and wait for the next presentation to begin.  They also went on tours to the Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital,  Giant Eagle Market District and Whole Foods.  During the tours, students were taught about the many steps in the food production industry while getting to sample some tasty treats like star fruit, gelato, and many different types of bread.  These grocery stores also educated the students about organic versus conventional foods, explaining to them how both affect the environment.

Another favorite activity of many students was Skyzone.  Skyzone is a building full of trampolines where you can jump off walls, play dodgeball while bouncing, or do a cannonball into a giant foam pit.   Mariah Cox said, “The dodgeball was definitely my favorite part.”

After a busy two days, the Zane Trace FFA Chapter came home feeling motivated to grow.  “Grow” was the theme of the entire convention.  Students were encouraged not just to play a part in growing their chapter, but also growing as an individual. Even though the school year is almost over, these students are already planning on how they are going to grow their chapter this upcoming school year.

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