2021 National FFA Convention

National FFA Convention Highlights

There were plenty of Ohio highlights on Thursday of the National FFA Convention. Multiple students were recognized with proficiency success and several more were recognized for the CDEs. Caleb Durheim, Lily Asbridge, Sophie Marvin and Justin Hall from Big Walnut-DACC topped the nation in the Food Science & Technology Career Development Event. Durheim was the top individual and the whole team finished in the top 10 individually. National proficiency awards were won by Justin Preece, Urbana, in Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement; Amanda Annett, Utica, Beef Production-Placement; and Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles, in Dairy Production-Placement.

On Friday Jacob Zajkowski, Ohio FFA President, won Plant Systems Div. 5 in the Agriscience Fair. Kevin Eckstein, from the Ridgemont Chapter, won his division of Power, Structural and Technical Systems in the Agriscience Fair. Zoe Parrott of the Northmor FFA Chapter won the Sheep Production Placement Proficiency and Robert Gray of the Western Brown FFA Chapter won the Turfgrass Management Proficiency.… Continue reading

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Representing Ohio FFA in Indianapolis

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter (and Ohio’s 2021 National Officer candidate)

Each October, thousands of FFA members flock to Indianapolis, Ind. to attend the National FFA Convention and Expo. Whether it’s competing in a Career Development Event, interviewing for a proficiency award or simply celebrating the successes of our organization over the past year, there is something in Indianapolis for all to enjoy. 

Bethany Starlin

As someone who has attended the National FFA Convention and Expo in a number of capacities — first as a supporter of my older siblings, then as a member and finally as a state officer — I understand the excitement that builds as you travel west on Interstate 70 towards the Circle City. 

This year, however, will feel a bit different.

It has been roughly two years since the sea of blue jackets have taken Indianapolis by storm. Two years worth of excitement, anticipation and celebration of the organization we all love will fill our hearts as we travel to convention late October.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA members to watch for at National FFA Convention

The Ohio FFA is always well-represented at the National FFA Convention and 2021 is certainly no exception. With an impressive 19 proficiency finalists, 17 National Agriscience Fair project finalists and 449 American FFA Degree recipients, there will be plenty of Ohio FFA members being highlighted in the coming days on the national stage in Indianapolis. Stay tuned this week to ocj.com for results, highlights and interviews with Ohio FFA members. Here is a list of Ohio FFA participants in the 2021 National FFA Convention courtesy of the Ohio FFA Association. 

American FFA Degrees – 449

National Officer Candidate – Bethany Starlin, Chief Logan

National Proficiency Award Finalists (19)

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Meredith Ann Yerian, Fairfield Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Justin Preece, Urbana 

Agricultural Services – Brayden Shumaker, West Holmes

Beef Production-Entrepreneurship – Luke Jennings, Felicity-Franklin

Beef Production-Placement – Amanda Annett, Utica

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Maggie Mathews, East Clinton Great Oaks

Dairy Production-Placement – Renea Schmitmeyer, Versailles

Diversified Agricultural Production – Wyatt Kunk, Houston-UVCC

Diversified Horticulture – Wesley Gehret, Versailles

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Mitchell Bean, East Clinton Great Oaks

Equine Science-Placement – Brooke Blansette, Liberty Union

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Chris Dible, Big Walnut-DACC

Forage Production – Max Homan, New Bremen

Fruit Production – Lillian Beebe, Fayetteville

Goat Production – Noah Barga, Versailles

Grain Production – Matthew Ruff, Westfall

Service-Learning – Madisen Jolliff, Ridgemont

Sheep Production – Zoe Parrott, Northmor

Small Animal Production and Care – Morgan Kimmel, Covington-UVCC

Swine Production-Placement – Mykenzie Lance, Ridgemont

Turf Grass Management – Robert Gray, Western Brown

National Chapter Award-Model of Excellence Finalists

Blanchester Great Oaks, New Bremen, Zane Trace

Three-Star Chapters – Anna, Black River, Blanchester Great Oaks, Bowling Green-Penta, Cardington, Carey, Clear Fork, Covington-UVCC, Elgin, Felicity-Franklin, Firelands, Greenon, Houston-UVCC, McClain, Miami East-MVCTC, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC, Mowrystown, National Trail-MVCTC, New Bremen, Northeastern, Paulding, South Central, Southeastern, Spencerville, St.… Continue reading

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Meet the 2021-22 Ohio FFA Officer Team

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter 

This week the 2021-22 Ohio FFA Officer Team will be busy at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. The Team has been gearing up for this event in the months since they were installed at the Ohio FFA Convention last spring and beginning of one of the most challenging yet rewarding years of their lives. 

Despite being elected in a non-traditional way through the virtual convention, the team was able to hit the ground running and experience a bit of normalcy. Training sessions facilitated by National FFA, five full sessions of camp at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum and the State Officer Summit have prepared the team for a full school year of activities, including National FFA Convention. 

Continue reading to learn more about the State Officers and stay connected on social media platforms to follow along this week and throughout their year of service.

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