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Miami East-MVCTC March 2021 FFA Member of the Month

The Mach 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Fletcher Harris. He is the son of Jeffrey and Susie Harris. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Fletcher recently participated in the County and District FFA Creed Speaking Career Development Events. He placed second in the county event and fifth overall in the district. Fletcher is the co-chair and an active member of the Agricultural Advocacy Program of Activities Committee. Fletcher’s Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of a raising and showing market hogs at the county fair.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA competes in Regional FFA Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association held virtually.  Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2020-21 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Carter Gilbert submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a gold rating. Paige Pence submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a gold rating. Libby Carpenter submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in April.

Graduates Elizabeth Bair, Michael Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, and Kearsten Kirby applied for the American FFA Degree for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience and overall FFA involvement. Their applications were reviewed and will be evaluated at the state evaluations. 

Seniors Erin Baker, Sarah Blocher, Carter Gilbert, Jimmy Sutherly, and Seth Wells applied for the State FFA Degree.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members at Agricultural Sales Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event hosted virtually by Houston High School.

The Agricultural Sales team consisted of Isaac Beal, Ashlee Deaton, Megan Gilliland, and Thomas Wallace. The team members each completed a test on agricultural sales, prepared a team sales presentation, and demonstrated their ability to sell an agricultural product.  

Megan Gilliland was the highest placing individual from Miami East. The team placed eighth out of 12 teams.  … Continue reading

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Growing the future of agriculture through Give FFA Day

Individuals in Ohio and across the country will make a difference in the lives of thousands of FFA members by participating in Give FFA Day during National FFA Week.
Ohio’s FFA community will have an opportunity to step up and support FFA and agricultural education through Give FFA Day on Thursday, Feb. 25. Funds raised will support various statewide programming including student award programs, the recruitment and retention of current and future agricultural educators, Ohio FFA Camp, the Ohio FFA officer team program and general activities and initiatives. Donors are able to designate their gift to whichever area matters to them most.
In addition, Sunrise Cooperative, an agricultural and energy cooperative located in Ohio, will match gifts, up to $25,000 total, to the Ohio FFA Foundation to help funds raised make twice the impact. For more than 90 years, the organization has strived to make a difference in students’ lives through agricultural education.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA has a Successful Sausage Sale this Year

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

The Northwestern FFA Chapter has had another successful year selling sausage.  On Saturday, Jan. 30, members gathered at Heffelfinger Meats Inc. to make the sausage. Along with several community members such as Dan Fulk, Erica Baier, Brian Bowers, Ken Burrer, Lynn Bridenstine, and Brad Stull, alumni such as Becca Harbaugh, Rachelle Coffman, Debbie Eberly, Phil Eberly, Tyler Bowers, Kaitlyn Praisler, teachers such as Mr. Myers and Ms. Fincham and members such as Jadeyn Berry, Melanie Imhoff, and Desi Smith helped with making sausage.

The chapter would like to extend their gratitude to Rick Heffelfinger and HMI for supporting the chapter with this fundraiser. This year the chapter sold a little more than 3,230 pounds of sausage. Northwestern FFA would like to thank the community for their support during this fundraiser, as well as those who came and helped with making the sausage. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 speaking contest

On February 16th, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 speaking contest hosted virtually by Bellevue and Plymouth. Jayme Pennell participated in the Extemporaneous speaking, which is when you are given a topic and research it for 30 minutes, then form a speech which must be 4-6 minutes in length, Jayme received 1st. Garrett Hoiun participated in prepared speaking which is a 6-8 minute long speech over an agricultural-related topic, Garrett received 2nd place. Becca Schuch participated in the beginning prepared, which is a 4-6 minute long speech about an agricultural-related topic. Becca was 1st in her division. Emily Sheely participated in the creed speaking contest, where she recited the FFA Creed and answered questions about it, Emily received 3rd place. Jayme will be competing at the state competition on March 6th!

On February 9th, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in the Sub-District speaking contest. Jayme Pennell participated in exempt speaking and was 2nd.… Continue reading

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Bowering Takes 3rd at District Speech Contest

By Messina Reesman, Chapter Reporter 2021

On February 16th, Amber Bowering of the Bellevue FFA competed in the extemporaneous public speaking contest of the District 2 FFA Virtual Public Speaking Contest.

Amber, who qualified by winning first in the sub-district, drew her topic, researched and prepared her speech, and was then ushered in front of a panel of 3 judges.  At the close of a close competition, Amber finished 3rd in the district contest.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Hold 43rd Annual Sausage Breakfast

Snow, wind, cold temperatures and COVID couldn’t stop the Zane Trace FFA Chapter and Adult Farmers Club from holding their annual Sausage Breakfast on Friday, February 5th at Zane Trace High School. During the week leading up to the event FFA members came to the ZT Cafeteria kitchen on a snow day to cut, season and grind meat from eight hogs that were purchased from Bay’s Food Market in Lancaster. Members of the ZT Adult Farmers club and Zane Trace Cafeteria staff instructed and assisted them in this task. The members then stuffed the sausage into casings and rolled them into links the next day.

On Friday, February 5th forty-five members of the chapter were involved in preparing and serving the sausage along with pancakes, coffee and orange juice to community members who attended the breakfast. This year due to COVID protocols, the members offered a drive through lane for meals in addition to the usual carry out and sit down options.… Continue reading

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Communicating about stress with youth: Knowing when to ask for help

It has been a tough, stressful few years for the farming, and our youth are not immune to the stressors affecting their families. Living through a pandemic has also changed the way our youth our being asked to live, adding many unknowns to their lives.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio State University Extension want to reach out to our FFA members and their families to get the conversation started about how stress affects how we live, love, laugh, and play and offer available resources for mental wellness. Jami Dellifield, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator and an experienced mental health educator, and Katie Boyer, a communications specialist, designed a 40- to 80-minute program for youth and would welcome the opportunity to present it to FFA chapters (during the school day or for an evening event).

The discussion-based presentation will cover:

  • Identifying signs and symptoms of stress  
  • How to speak to a friend or family member 
  • Resources available for help.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Competes in County, District Public Speaking Career Development Events

Recently the Miami County and District 5 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Events were held. The County competition was held Wednesday, February 3, hosted by the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. Miami County FFA Chapters participating included Bradford, Covington, Miami East, Milton Union, Newton, and Upper Valley Career Center. The top two speakers in each category advanced to the district competition.


The District 5 FFA Public Speaking Contest was held Wednesday, February 4. It was held virtually and coordinated by Versailles High School. District 5 consists of schools from Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.


FFA members competing in the FFA Creed Speaking Event memorized and recited the FFA Creed and answered questions on their interpretation of the FFA Creed. This contest is open to first year members only. Representing Miami East-MVCTC were Fletcher Harris and Alaina Helsinger. Helsinger placed third in the county. Harris placed second and advanced to the district competition where he placed fifth.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in State Competition

Recently, the junior and senior FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event of Grain Merchandising.


The Grain Merchandising event consisted of an online test which evaluated participant’s knowledge of grain merchandising options for farmers and past and current grain marketing trends. 


The team placed 3rd out over 40 teams in the state. Team members were Lauren Wright, Isabella Waite, Samuel Sutherly, and Gretchen Stevens. The team earned a banner for the Miami East Agriculture Classroom. The highest individual from Miami East was Lauren Wright. Lauren was the first place individual in the state out of 303 individuals.  

Members taking the test were Lauren Wright, Isabella Waite, Samuel Sutherly, Gretchen Stevens, Rylee Puthoff, Libby Carpenter, Seth Wells, Sarah Blocher, Katie Larson, Anthony Putnam, Evan Massie, Erin Baker, Paige Pence, Brayden Ingle, Makayla Brittain, Morgan Nosker, Leann Vernon, Anna Broerman, Meadow Powers, Adam Bensman, Carter Gilbert, Kaitlyn Roop, Chloe Gump, Jimmy Sutherly and Emma Sutherly.… Continue reading

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February FFA Member of the Month

Gretchen Stevens

The February 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Gretchen Stevens. She is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Nathaniel and Janet Stevens of Troy

Gretchen has excelled in Career Development Events thus far this school year. She placed 3rd in the District 5 FFA Job Interview competition and was a member of the Grain Merchandising team that placed 3rd in the state. She has also participated in the Wildlife Management and Food Science and Technology events. Her Supervised Agricultural Experiences consists of making and marketing dog chew toys.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Members awarded Scholarships

Ryder Pennington

Benjamin Logan FFA Members, Alicia Jenkins and Ryder Pennington, were each awarded a $250 Scholarship from The Wells Foundation to pursue their Supervised Agricultural Experiences.  Jenkins will be using her monies to complete her first year of a Logan County Fair Market Goat Project, while Pennington will use his monies to purchase materials to build a drone.  Both students interviewed with The Wells Foundation Co-Founder, Tony Wells.  Wells was impressed by the maturity of both candidates and how focused they were on their goals. He expressed that they were both exceptional candidates and their work ethic was to be commended.  Wells is a graduate of Benjamin Logan High School and supporter of the Benjamin Logan FFA.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Participates in Agricultural Biotechnology CDE

By: Georgia Gamble, 2020-2021 Reporter

Congratulations to our Ag Biotechnology team! On 1/22/2021,  five members of the Utica FFA chapter participated in this career development event (CDE).  During this CDE, the team members identified lab equipment, read an SDS sheet, took a general knowledge exam and complete a lab practicum. This team placed 6th out of 27 teams.  This means they will earn a plaque, which will go on the wall outside of our classroom.  Our competitors were: Georgia Gamble- 15th, Kenneth Davenport-19th, Kathryn Ramseyer-27th,  Jenna Owens-82nd, and Zachery Cyphers 156th out of 238 participants.  Great job to all our team members!

 Kathryn Ramseyer, Kenneth Davenport, and Georgia Gamble
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competes State Biotechnology Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter completed an Ohio FFA State Career Development Event. The students learned agriculture industry related information and applied their knowledge to online testing. 

The Agricultural Biotechnology team placed 4th in the state and earned a banner for the classroom. They demonstrated their knowledge of research advancement in the agriculture industry, equipment used in a lab, and other biotechnology industry related topics. 

The highest placing individuals from Miami East were Lauren Wright, Luke Brunke, Chloe Gump, and Adi Richter. All four placed in the top 30 of the contest. 

Additional team members were Kylie Haught, Keira Kirby, Katelynn Dill, Dottie Everett, Isaac Beal, Ashlee Deaton, Syndey Brittain, Jillian Niswonger, Keyara Davis, Sumsaar Thapa, Sera Rush, Kendal Staley, Madison Avey, Alex Fergerson, Trenton Maxson, Megan Gilliland, Matthew Osting, Dustin Winner, Annabelle Penny, Ethan Fine, and Ethan Paulus. There were almost 240 individuals in the competition.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Places 2nd in Ohio Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event

By: Vesta Miller, 2020-2021 Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter Article

The Ohio FFA Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event was held virtually on Friday, January 22, 2021. The team of Oliver Aldridge, Kori Miller, Sydney Shafer, Oliva Sulaica, Lydia Swartz, Kate Tanner, Nick Wacha, Sean Wiese, Anna Wright, and  Jake Zajkowski took a test over their knowledge of agricultural biotechnology and laboratory skills. They also identified laboratory equipment. Students interpreted a SDS sheet and troubleshooted safety issues for their practicums this year. The team placed 2nd in the state, and Oliva Sulaica placed 7th overall as an individual! Lydia Swartz stated, “It was very rewarding to place high in a contest as a class for something that we worked hard at.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Message from Ohio FFA President Bethany Starlin

Message from Ohio FFA President 

Bethany Starlin

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…welcome to 2021! Many of us may have quickly put 2020 behind us due to the many hardships it presented. Nevertheless, it is important that we reflect on the great strides that our association has made and recognize the accomplishments of our members.

In a time when it would have been easier to close the door and say, “we’ll try again next year,” our association decided instead to think outside of the box and seek ways to continually offer unique opportunities to our more than 25,000 members. It is an honor to say that over the past year Ohio FFA has not cancelled a single state-wide leadership event, but instead transformed the delivery model. The virtual world we live in can be difficult to navigate but it also offers the unique ability to bring us closer together while still keeping us [physically] apart.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Chapter Winter Recap

By: Georgia Gamble, Utica FFA Reporter 

The Utica FFA chapter participated in a virtual food science competition in the latter part of 2020. The team plays 48 out of 61 teams. Kenneth Davenport placed 27th and Lindsay Gray placed 238th. Zachary Cyphers participated in this event, but due to technical difficulties he was not scored.

Belle Ellis
Chris Young
Brianne Priest

Three members participated in the virtual district job interview. Bella Ellis placed third and Chris Young and Brianne Priest both placed fourth in their respective age groups.

Last of all, 16 of Utica’s FFA Chapter members attended the Virtual Leadership Night along with other chapters from different schools over ZOOM. They learned about how to work with partners in groups, and what the strengths and weaknesses are utilizing both ways. Secondly, they were taught the importance of perseverance through examples of people who had great breakthroughs after failing many times.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Attends Virtual State Leadership Night

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently attended an Ohio FFA Virtual State Leadership Night with the theme of “Failure Is Not An Option.”  The event was coordinated by the Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter.

State FFA Officers coordinated the video workshop. Representing the Ohio FFA Association were Kyra Davidson, State Vice President at Large from the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter, Joe Helterbrand, State Secretary from Hillsboro FFA, and Paige Teeters, State Vice President from Fairfield FFA. 

During the evening members completed tasks to identify ways that individuals and teams fail then created a plan of how failure will not stop one from succeeding. The group identified individuals that had much failure before they had success like Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, and Colonel Sanders.

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Jadyn Bair, Maya Bowsher, Alex Fergerson, Brayden Link, Elisabeth Norman, and Brooklyn Taylor. 

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Felicity-Franklin FFA Hosts Local Coat Drive

By: Emma Robertson, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter


The Felicity-Franklin FFA hosted a coat drive to benefit local students through December 2020. The coats were donated by members of the local community by dropping off gently used coats, gloves, socks and hats in designated bins around the community. Coat bins were located at the Felicity Christian Church, Felicity Methodist Church, Debi’s Cut n’ Curl, The Felicity Middle School and High school offices and the Felicity Firehouse. The drive received over 100 donated items. 

A survey was distributed  to all elementary, middle and high school students to ask if they needed a winter coat, hat, gloves or socks. Students who were in need were shown a selection of coats to choose from and were given what they needed. Students were able to receive their coat in a discreet manner, to protect privacy and ensure that the kids were able to get what they needed. … Continue reading

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