2022 Ohio FFA Convention

Fifth Session highlights

The Fifth Session had many highlights, including the announcement of the new officer team and Jake Zajkowski’s retiring address. Photos by Devan Foster and Avery Shoffner.

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2022-2023 Ohio FFA Officer Team

President: Aubrey Schwartz- Miami Trace Great Oaks

Vice President: Hannah Saum – Amanda-Clearcreek

Secretary: Graham Carson- Miami Trace Great Oaks

Treasurer: Katie Oestreich- Eastwood

Reporter: Alyson Murphy- McClain

Sentinel: Kennedy Short – Fayetteville 

Vice President at Large: Benjamin Bitner- Twin Valley South-MVCTC; Dalton Mullins – Miami Trace Great Oaks; Shayden Heiser- Seneca East; Landon Shelpman- Global Impact; and Luke Jennings- Felicity- Franklin

President: Aubrey Schwartz- Miami Trace Great Oaks

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Fourth Session highlights

The Fourth Session included comments from National FFA President Cole Baerlocher, state officer parents were recognized, and chapter officers were highlighted as well. CDE awards were announced too. Photos by Allison Kinney and Chloe Anderson.

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Third Session highlights

The Third Session featured Chapter Awards, proficiency awards and an insightful keynote presentation from Juanfran DeVillena. Photos by Allison Kinney and Devan Foster.

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Second Session highlights

Attendees heard a great keynote, celebrated 2021 national winners and announced the first round of impressive proficiency winners. Stars Over Ohio were Anna Jones (Waterford), Landon Haney (Arcanum MVCTC), Landon Tull (Felicity-Franklin), and Luke Jennings (Felicity-Franklin). Photos by Avery Shoffner.

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First Session highlights

The First Session featured plenty of excitement with the recognition teachers and administrators, highlighting new chapters, and charitable giving efforts. The winners of the RISE FFA Program with Sunrise Cooperative were announced and new officer candidates were revealed. Attendees also heard a truly inspiring message from Hunter Pinke, a former college football player and FFA member who was paralyzed in a ski accident. Photos by Avery Shoffner and Chloe Anderson.

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Ohio FFA State Convention returns to Columbus!

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

For many, spring time represents new beginnings, positive growth and excitement for the summer ahead. For FFA members across the state, however, it encompasses the celebration of the end of another year in the blue jacket. 

Each May, FFA members, advisors and supporters travel to Columbus to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments over the past year. State degrees are earned, proficiency awards are given and Career Development Event competition teams are recognized for their successes.

Although relatively short in length, the two days spent at state convention are often a defining moment in many FFA members’ careers. 

“If you ask FFA members, current or past, what the moment was when they got their initial spark for FFA, I think many of them would say it was either a state or national convention,” said Katy Endsley, Ohio FFA Program Manager. “The collective energy in the room, feeling the excitement from the people around you and seeing students recognized on stage really sets the tone for the rest of their FFA career.”… Continue reading

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Meet our student FFA reporters

We’re back with our 10th class of Student FFA Reporters after COVID-19 benched the program. They’ll be covering the Ohio FFA State Convention May 5-6 in Columbus. We asked them to introduce themselves to our readers below.

Devan Foster

Devan Foster, Allen East FFA

Hello everyone! My name is Devan Foster and I am a sophomore at Allen East High School. There, I am one of our two reporters for the Allen East FFA chapter. Along with the FFA, I love to stay involved in several other groups as well. I am part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, French Club, French Honors Society, Varsity Cheerleading, Class President, and I am the treasurer of my 4-H club. Within my FFA Chapter, I love trying new things and partaking in as many contests as I can. My first two years in the FFA have provided me with more experience and memories than I could have ever imagined.… Continue reading

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