Miami East FFA attendees

Miami County FFA members succeed at National Convention

“Transform: Purpose To Action” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 27 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Liza Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Kylie Blair, Keagan Carsey, Jessica Copeland, Luke Gilliland, Jessica Gillum, Jessica Hicks, Rachael Hodge, Weston Hodge, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, and Abbey Koontz. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Daniel Albaugh, Destanie Brown, Joel Cress, Dylan Cross, Abby Hissong, Emily Hornberger, Jacob Hornberger, Webb Kress, Jessica Leffew, Eryn Oldham, Kamron Paulus, Liz Renner, and Rachel Thompson. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.

More than 64,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2015-2016 National FFA Officers and motivational speakers author, and long-distance swimmer Diane Nyad, and retired NFL player and now farmer Jason Brown.

Attendees enjoyed attending the Cole Swindell and Chris Young concert, World’s Toughest Rodeo, Buckeye Bash Dance, Dr. Jim Wand Hypnotist Show, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum, and NCAA Hall of Fame. Members also attended the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show. Indiana Governor Mike Pence addressed the convention during the American FFA Degree session.

Milton Union FFA at National FFA Convention
Milton Union FFA at National FFA Convention

Two Miami East-MVCTC FFA members competed in the National Agriscience Fair with their research project. Kylie Blair and Jessica Gillum competed in Division 3, Environmental Sciences with their project, “Does Clean Water Mean Clean Soil?” They placed 6th in the nation.

Miami East-MVCTC FFA received a Three-Star National Chapter Award, the highest award bestowed to an FFA Chapter. The chapter was selected for this honor based on its activities during the previous school year, in the areas of student, chapter and community development.

Past Miami East High School graduates Madeline Davis, Colin Gump, Grant Hodge, and Cody Reid received their American FFA Degrees.  The American FFA Degree is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes members’ ability to demonstrate leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs. Recipients received gold American FFA Degree key, wallet ID card, and a certificate to commemorate the achievement.

Thank you to Mrs. Betsy Martin, Mr. Brian Pohlman, and Mrs. Marie Carity for chaperoning the trip. Additional appreciation goes to the administration at Miami East Local Schools, Milton-Union Schools, Arcanum Schools, and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Attending from the Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA Chapter were (L to R) Dylan Cross, Daniel Albaugh, Webb Kress, Rachel Thompson, Emily Hornberger, Eryn Oldham, Liz Renner, Abby Hissong, Jessica Leffew, Destanie Brown, Joel Cress, Jacob Hornberger, and Kamron Paulus.

Attending form the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were (front row, L to R) Rachael Hodge, Jessica Hicks, Kearsten Kirby, Savannah Holzen, Elizabeth Bair, Jessica Gillum, Kylie Blair, (back row, L to R) Weston Hodge, Luke Gilliland, Liza Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Jessica Copeland, Keagan Carsey, and Abbey Koontz.

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