2019 National FFA Convention

Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy elected National FFA President

At the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, it was announced that Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy was selected as a National FFA Officer and will serve at National FFA’s President. McCoy retired from office as State FFA President in May of this year, and has since undergone a competitive process to represent FFA’s 700,000 plus members on the six-person team. McCoy is a member of the Global Impact STEM Academy FFA Chapter and is student at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics.

OCJ’s Matt Reese caught up with McCoy earlier in the week about the interview process.

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National FFA Convention photo highlights




American FFA Degrees – 438


American Star in Agribusiness Finalist Luke Scott, Wynford


American Star in Agriscience Finalist Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace


American Star Farmer Finalist Todd Peterson, Miami Trace


Honorary American Degree

Roland Fisher, Covington


National Officer Candidate Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy


National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)

Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-Franklin

Agriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Agricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West Holmes

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTC

Beef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCC

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC

Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen

Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, Fairview

Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley

Diversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, Marietta

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCC

Equine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCC

Forage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky

Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville

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Ohio shines in National FFA Proficiency competition


Ohio FFA had an extremely impressive showing in the 2019 National Proficiency competition at the National FFA Convention with state-record setting 27 finalists. Six Ohio FFA members came out on top.



Interviews with Ohio’s National Proficiency Award winners


Rachel Sherman | Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship

Jacob Wuebker | Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Justin Scott | Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Austin Dotterer | Fruit Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Joanna Frankenberg | Dairy Production – Placement

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Zajkowski National Agriscience Fair winner

There were a many National Agriscience Fair finalists from Ohio, but only one national winner. Jacob Zajkowski, from the Anthony Wayne Chapter, won Plant Systems Division 3.

In addition, in Plant Systems Division 4 Landen Tull and Audrey Pinger from Felicity-Franklin, finished in second place nationally; in Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 Owen Barnes and Olivia Barnes from Westfall finished in second place; and in Social Science Division 1 Bailee Amstutz from North Union finished second place. Justin Schobeloch and Darby Minor from Westfall finished in third place in Social Science Division 6.

Other Ohio National Agriscience Fair finalists included: Animal Systems Division 1 – Abigail Paxton, Utica

Animal Systems Division 2 – Alyssa Myers and Lola Proffitt, Felicity-Franklin

Animal Systems Division 4 – Collin Wallace and Kolton Skaggs, Ridgemont

Animal Systems Division 5 – Camille Stanton, Delaware Area CC

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 3 – Emily Stevens, New London

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Josiah Strahm and Jaden Hensel, Ridgemont

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-Franklin

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Austin Voshall, Global Impact STEM Academy

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Abigail Lister, Bloom-Carroll

Plant Systems Division 6 – Rebekah Grayless and Jordan Grayless, Eastern Brown

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Chase Fyffe, Global Impact STEM Academy

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Braden Skates, Pettisville

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 5 – Trina Orr, Utica

Social Science Division 3 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West Unity

Social Science Division 4 – Anna Wright and Lillian Fries, Anthony Wayne

Social Science Division 5 – Trinnetee France, Eastern Brown

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Sharp siblings take national stage with their speaking skills

By Jessica Walker Boehm, National FFA Convention & Expo

Not only are siblings Sara and Aaron Sharp competing at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, but they’re also both taking part in public speaking Leadership Development Events — a highly unusual accomplishment the duo will likely remember for years to come.

For Sara and Aaron, both members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA in Ohio, FFA has long been a family affair. Their father, Kyle Sharp, served as the 1991-92 Ohio FFA State Reporter, while their paternal grandfather, Don Sharp Jr., was the 1965-66 Ohio FFA State Vice President. Paul Ewing, the siblings’ maternal grandfather, was an FFA advisor at Westfall High School in Williamsport, Ohio, from 1964 to 1974, and their uncle, Scott Sharp, is one of their FFA advisors.

“Joining FFA wasn’t mandatory for us, but it was definitely encouraged,” said Sara, who is currently a sophomore at Amanda-Clearcreek High School.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA State Officers busy this week at National Convention

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year at the Ohio FFA State Convention 11 students are elected to serve the Ohio FFA Association for the next year. These students travel throughout Ohio to meet FFA members, alumni, and industry professionals to advocate for agriculture and agricultural education.

Since being elected in May, the team has been preparing for their year through training and spending the summer at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. The team has also been to Washington, D.C. for the State Officer Summit and the Ag Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Ohio State Fair. They also have a a very busy schedule the week of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Keep reading to learn more about the State Officers for the 2019-2020 year.

What are you most looking forward during your year as a state officer?

I am looking forward to the unexpected, yet impactful moments that I encounter.… Continue reading

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Tips for navigating National Convention

By Jessica Mozo, National FFA Convention and Expo

Heading to the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in October? Make sure you’re aware of the following changes to this year’s events and make the most of your time in Indy.

Arena sessions will move to Lucas Oil Stadium.
One of the major changes for 2019 is that all sessions, including opening sessions, general sessions and the American FFA Degree Ceremony will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium. This move creates even more seating for convention attendees. Two opening sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoon (session 1A) and Thursday morning (session 1B). Find a complete session schedule at convention.ffa.org and on the mobile app.

Concerts will move to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
In 2019, the National FFA Convention & Expo will include two concerts, which will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. You must have your Ticketmaster ticket and your convention name badge to enter the concerts.… Continue reading

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The road to the National FFA Convention

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year, six individuals are chosen to serve the National FFA Organization for the coming year. The process of becoming a national officer is rigorous and the preparation begins months before. Koleson McCoy, of the Global Impact STEM Academy and past State President will represent Ohio as the national officer candidate at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 30- Nov. 2.

Reflecting on the memories of his FFA experiences, McCoy is thankful for his decision to attend the STEM academy when it opened in Clark County, which gave him the opportunity to be involved in an agricultural education program.

“Initially, being in the Clark Shawnee District, I was going to attend a high school that did not have an agriculture program,” McCoy said. “However, my freshman year there was a brand-new school that had opened and was focused on bioscience curriculum and applying agriculture to STEM based curriculum.”… Continue reading

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