Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are proud to announce another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 88th Ohio FFA State Convention, May 5th and 6th at the Ohio Expo Center. The three new reporters and one returning member will be working alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from an FFA’er’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to www.ocj.com for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.
Kolt Buchenroth is a junior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and the Hardin County Junior Fair Board. He raises cattle on his farm in Kenton and stays busy as the ag news director and reporter for WKTN radio. Kolt has also participated in various CDE’s during his time at FFA. After high school, he plans to attend The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in agriculture communication.
Mallary Caudill is a sophomore at West Liberty-Salem and a second year member of the FFA. Mallary has served as chapter reporter and is currently serving as chapter vice president. She is active in three CDE’s – Food Science, General Livestock Judging, and Public Speaking. She was a state qualifier in Creed Speaking last year. With at least four different SAE’s, she stays busy while working with her fair projects. She has shown sheep since she was nine and is showing a scramble pig this year as well. Mallary lives on her family farm with her parents, David and Jana Caudill, and two siblings, Adalyn and Jace. Her goal is to attend The Ohio State University majoring in the agricultural field, hoping to become a state FFA officer in a few years.
Jarrett Crowthers is a sophomore member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA, and is glad to be returning to the student reporting team for a second year. He is currently serving as the 2016-2017 vice president for his chapter, as well as chair for various committees. He is very active in his SAE’s and CDE’s, having the pleasure of placing in the top ten creed speakers in the nation last year. He will be showing cattle and sheep at his county’s fair this upcoming year. Jarrett aspires to someday serve the FFA as a state and national officer, as well as the local government being an agricultural lobbyist.
Sydney Malone is a fourth year FFA member and junior at the Bloom Carroll FFA Chapter. Over the past four years, she has held the offices of assistant secretary and sentinel for her chapter, participated in many CDE events, and been growing her Supervised Agricultural Experience of market rabbits and hogs. Outside of FFA, she is an active member in 4-H, the Ohio Duroc Association, and Ohio Pork Council. She’s busy traveling and spreading the word of the pork industry as the Fairfield County Swine Ambassador and as the Ohio Duroc Queen. She plans to go to college and major in Ag Communications and Animal Science.