In early May, the Miami Trace FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center. This was the 86th Annual Ohio FFA Convention. The Chapter attended convention sessions, and listened to four guest speakers Harriet Turk, Cliff Cody, Eric Chester, and Jackson Harris, Southern Region National Vice President. These speakers entertained the crowd and gave inspiring messages that helped improve member’s leadership skills.
Chas Grover and Hannah Peterson, both Miami Trace Seniors, represented our chapter in the State FFA Chorus. Miami Trace excelled this year in State Career Development Events and Proficiency Awards. We had 4 state winning Career Development Event teams and 3 state top three Proficiency Award winners. The General Livestock Judging team received 1st out of 149 teams participating and 840 individuals. The team members include: Gus Mitchem(1st), Caleb Penwell(7th), Brock Wilt (22nd), and Caroline Hughes(31st). The Dairy Quality and Products team placed 1st out of 40 teams participating and 139 individuals. The team consisted of Abby Schwenk (2nd), Riley Evans (3rd), Todd Peterson (8th), Clare Sollars(11th), and Makayla Eggleton(12th). The Advanced Parliamentary Procedure team placed 1st out of 20 teams, the teams members were Caleb Penwell, Zachary Ault, Kameron Rinehart, Evan Schaefer, Natalie Miller, Cody Clyburn, Cassidy Elam, and Caroline Hughes.
The Novice Parliamentary Procedure team was also recognized for winning state. The team consists of Cole Karnes, Justin Jones, Chloe Price, Laura Capper, Makayla Eggleton, Gavin Harper, Marissa Sheets, and Todd Peterson. Natalie Miller was also elected Ohio FFA State Secretary. She will hold this office until next year’s State Convention. The Dairy Products, General Livestock Judging Team, Advance and Novice Parliamentary Procedure teams will compete in the National Contest in October. We also had six State Degree winners. Those winners include Nicole Straathof, Tyler Horney, Grant Ratliff, Natalie Miller, Abbie Noble, and Jacob Rose. Hannah Peterson was also recognized as the high individual in the Agriculture Communications CDE.
Other awards included officers who received Gold Star ratings on their officer books. Nicole Straathof and Allison Rife received the reporter’s book gold pin, and Katie Frost received her gold pin for her secretary officer book. We also had three members who received their proficiency awards. Charlie Miller was first in his Forest Management and Products division, Tori Wilt was first in Nursery Operations division, and Gus Mitchem was 2nd in Swine Production Entrepreneurship division. Hannah Peterson also exhibited her vocal talent by singing in the Ohio FFA Talent Show.
As a chapter we received a gold rating in the State. The Miami Trace FFA Chapter would like to congratulate all members for their hard work over the past year and wish all students participating in upcoming national contests good luck!