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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

By Libby Carpenter, chapter reporter

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Anna Broerman, Gretchen Stevens, Anthony Putnam, and Jimmy Sutherly.

Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Patty Gentis – Lexi Bowers 

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Avery Baker

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Shelby Weaver

Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Alexa Bade

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!

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MVCTC Program of the week is Agriculture & Livestock Production

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) program of the week for September 21, 2020 is the Agriculture & Livestock Production program.

Agriculture and Livestock Production teaches students about the business of Agriculture. Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Agronomy, and Ag Business are the main courses taught, along with equipment operation and maintenance to give students hands-on experiences to be successful in agriculture careers. This program gives students the opportunity to earn college credits at Sinclair Community College and the 12-point Ohio Agribusiness and Production Systems Certificate.

Students learn:

  • Business management for agriculture and environmental systems
  • Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Artificial Insemination and Selection
  • Agronomic Systems – Soils, Pest Management, Hazardous Materials Management, Plant Nutrition, Harvesting and Storage
  • Learn to manage a 50-acre grain farm and operate new technology in agriculture, precision guidance systems and operations, precision agriculture equipment, and software

Students in this program also are able to participate in the Advanced Placement Work-Based Learning program, participate in the Career Technical Student Organization FFA, can earn the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Approved Industry-Ohio Agribusiness Association Agribusiness and Production Systems Certification, and havec college connection opportutnies with Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)², Edison State Community College, and Sinclair Community College

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West Holmes FFA alumni to receive American Degrees

 By Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

Seven West Holmes FFA graduate members will receive their American Degrees this November during the virtual National FFA Convention.  Hayley Davis, Taylor Feikert, Drew Mast, Abby Rohr, Logan Schlauch, Gabby Sherman, and Hunter Smith have all met the requirements for the degree and have been approved at the State and National level.  This is the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence. The requirements to earn the American FFA Degree is set forth in the National FFA Constitution. To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree, members must meet qualifications such as receiving a State FFA Degree, holding active membership for the past three years, completing secondary instruction in an agricultural education program and operating an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, and earning or investing at least $10,000, 50 hours of community service, and demonstrating leadership abilities and outstanding scholastic achievement are also required. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members competed in National Proficiency evaluation

By: Chloe Shumaker, Chapter Reporter

West Holmes FFA members Jayme Pennell and Chase Stitzlein competed in the National Proficiency evaluation over the summer. Recently, the results were announced and proficiency ratings and national finalists were released. Jayme Pennell was named a National finalist and will now compete at the Virtual National Convention as top four in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management. Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of family land where he plants trees, plants food plots for pollinators, and conducts a water source from a pre-existing spring on the property.  Jayme will receive a $500 cash prize for being a finalist and will receive another $500 if he is named a National winner.  Chase Stitzlein received a Silver rating with his SAE in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship. Chase’s SAE involves working on his family’s dairy farm, raising a herd of dairy of Holstein and Red Holstein cows, and raising crossbred feeders to sell at auction. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA held Seatbelt Awareness Activity

On Tuesday, September 15, as part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seatbelt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seatbelts were checked.

All student drivers and passengers were inspected for wearing their seatbelt. They received a “LifeSavers” candy because seatbelts save lives. Any student drivers or passengers not wearing their seatbelts were instructed to put on their seatbelt immediately.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seatbelt. Over 60 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 5.8% of drivers not wearing their seatbelt and 94.2% wearing the seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 8% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt.

The first seatbelt was in a Volvo vehicle in 1849. On February 15, 1885, the seatbelt patent was given to Edward J.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA held annual parent member meeting

 By: Chloe Shumaker, Chapter Reporter

On Monday, August 31, the West Holmes FFA held their annual parent member year opening meeting. Before the meeting, there were hot dogs and chips for the members as well as swimming and cornhole. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies, and officer reports, they went onto new business. The following motions were passed by members. Dyllan Bender moved and Dawson Doretich seconded to set the 2021 banquet date for May 8. Motion passed. Abby Waers moved and Tyler Eichelberger seconded to pay for 2020 State Convention T-shirts. Motion passed. Samantha Kendall moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to pay for the jacket of the first member in each freshman class who recites the creed. Motion passed. Maria Steiner moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to pay $15 of each freshman’s jacket. Motion passed. Dawson Doretich moved and Blaine Winkler seconded to purchase a $50 gift card for the top salesman of the fall sale.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Launches Community Clunker Clean-Up

Get rid of those old, unused vehicles, boats, motorcycles, campers, and farm equipment while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Through April 1, 2021, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA is ridding communities of unneeded vehicles and farm equipment. At no cost to you, RMHC will pick up the vehicle or equipment donation and tow it to the nearest auction location. All donations must have a certificate of title.

Have the ME FFA chapter code (OH0182) ready when calling 800-332-8201 to schedule a pick up. By participating in this program, your donation will help keep RMHC families with sick children near each other while receiving the care they need. 

Please contact call Chloe Gump and the ME FFA Chapter for more info or help with the process at 937-335-7070 x3212. Let us know if you have something to donate! Just takes a phone call and they do the rest! Free removal and you get a tax credit!… Continue reading

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Oak Hill FFA competed in Ohio State meats evaluation and technology CDE

By: Abby Lewis, chapter repoter

On August 27, the Oak Hill FFA competed in the Ohio State meats evaluation and technology CDE. The CDE was supposed to be in the spring, but was postponed because of COVID-19. This CDE was taken online with the help of our proctor Ms. Roush. In this CDE we had to identify retail cuts of Beef, Pork and Lamb and then we had to evaluate and place six classes.  During the placing classes we had to evaluate beef rounds and beef carcasses, center cut pork loins, fresh hams, ribbed pork carcass, pork carcasses and a class of retail cuts.  Our team placed 11th in the state and our top four members are Garrett Huges, Abby Lewis, Mackenzie Lewis, and Caden Adkins. The top member in this competition was Garrett Huges, Garrett was 22nd individual overall.  Congratulations to our Meat Judging team members.          

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Oak Hill FFA competes in Ohio State general livestock CDE

By: Abby Lewis, chapter reporter

On August 27, the Oak Hill FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio State general livestock CDE. This CDE was going to be last spring, but COVID-19 hit. The CDE was held online and what the team had to do was evaluate beef cattle, swine, lambs and goats on the quality of the animal. The team was also evaluated on a market grid, and was asked questions on a class of each species.  The team finished the competition with a general knowledge test. The Oak Hill FFA placed 31st in the state.  This contest has the highest participation amongst all the FFA CDE contests.. The top four of the team was Tarmron McCain, Garrett Hughes, Mackenzie Lewis, and Hailey Clifton. The top of the team was Tamron McCain with the placement of 44th individually. Congratulations to all who participated in the general livestock judging team.

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Oak Hill FFa competes in state poultry competition

By: Abby Lewis, chapter reporter

On August 6, the Oak Hill FFA Chapter competed in the state poultry competition. In this competition the team evaluated laying hens, market broilers and a class of ready to cook carcasses.. The team also had to evaluate bone in and boneless products and find defects in each area.  Additionally, the team had to evaluate eggs exterior and interior and grade them accordingly.  Our chapters placed in the top 10 in the State. The members that were in the competition were Garrett Hughes, Daniel Baker, Caden Adkins, Austin Campbell, Levi Lyons, and Tarmron McCain. The top person on the team was Garrett Hughes who finished twenty-first overall for individuals.     

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West Holmes FFA members compete in 2020 county fair

By Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Sunday, August 10th, 22 of our members moved their animals into the 2020 Holmes County Fair. This year the fair was changed to a junior fair only as a result of COVID. We are all thankful for our Fairboard for making the fair possible and giving us the opportunity to show and sell! Throughout the week our members exhibited their projects and results are as follows: 

Market hogs: Cody Miller was 8th Overall Senior Showman and 2nd in market class, Cora Crilow was 5th in her market class, Ashley Tate was 3rd in her market class, Chloe Shumaker was 4th Overall Senior Showman and 2nd in market class, Alysa Pringle was 3rd in her market class, Jess Miller was 7th Overall Intermediate Showman and was 2nd in her market class, Tyler Eichelberger was 3rd in his market class, Dakotah Ringwalt was 2nd in her market class, Pacee Miller was 2nd in her market class, Emily Harrower was 3rd in her market class, Zoee Snow was 3rd in class.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Summer Recap

By Georgia Gamble, 2020-2021 Utica FFA Reporter 

Due to COVID-19 the Utica FFA Chapter couldn’t do many of their usual summer activities. The officer team did online trainings to start planning out the next year’s events.  Several students also met online with Mrs. Neff for summer SAE visits and determine eligibility for 2021 State FFA Degrees, American FFA Degrees and Proficiency award applications. 

Several of the FFA members participated at the Hartford Fair. Amanda Annett and Alex Annett showed a total of 6 dairy feeders. Amanda also showed steer pool along with Kenneth Davenport. Abby Paxton showed a market hog and a breeding beef project. Abby placed first in her class for her breeding beef. Kenneth also showed a lamb in the lamb pool. Zachery and Gracie Cyphers showed market turkeys. Jordan Trout participated in the horse contesting classes and was the high point winner in the senior class.  

In the FFA Barn, Todd Orr had a restored tractor, and he earned best in show.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFa members receive OABA Certification

By: Chloe Shumaker. chapter reporter

Eleven members of the West Holmes FFA 2020 graduating class received the Ohio AgriBusiness Association – Agribusiness and Production Systems Certification. The Ohio AgriBusiness Association provides an industry-recognized, agribusiness credential that verifies high school student expertise in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, and production systems. To be eligible for the program, a student must be enrolled in a career­-technical agricultural program and complete four of the following courses, where they are engaged in learning and applying technical skills in foundational agricultural concepts: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Agronomic Systems, Animal & Plant Science, Business Management for Agricultural & Environmental Systems, Environmental Science for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Global Economics & Marketing of Food, Greenhouse and Nursery Management, Livestock Selection, Nutrition & Management, Mechanical Principles, Science and Technology of Food. To be considered, a student’s SAE must be an entrepreneurial, placement, or research-­driven project pertaining to the agriculture industry.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA member serves as Ohio’s Fair Queen

Across the state Junior Fair King and Queen Contests serve as staple events during county fairs. For reigning county fair queens, they then have the chance to compete to serve as the Ohio Fair’s Queen. This year a Valley View MVCTC FFA member and the 2019-2020 Ohio FFA State Reporter, Mackenzie Hoog is serving as the Ohio Fair’s Queen. Hoog represents the Montgomery County fair.

Hoog began her reign as the Ohio Fair’s Queen in January during the 2020 Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA) Conference. She competed against 79 other queens vying for the position. To be considered, Hoog submitted an application and proceeded through a series of interviews. After the first round of interviews, the top 15 answered a question on stage. Those 15 were narrowed down to five and interviewed once again. On Saturday morning of the OFMA conference in front of other junior fair board members and fair directors, the new Ohio Fair’s Queen was crowned.… Continue reading

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East-MVCTC FFA Career Development Event Teams Complete Judging Season

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter members recently competed in the Ohio FFA State Career Development Events. These teams have been practicing for several months and participated in invitational competitions and practices as much as possible.

The Dairy Cattle Team placed 7th in the state. The team was led by Michael Bair who was 21st, Braden Zekas was 25th, Carter Gilbert was 30th, and Elizabeth Bair was 31st. Additional team members were Makayla Brittain and Keyara Davis. The team took a test, completed a pedigree and sire selection exercise and evaluated four classes of dairy.

The Poultry Evaluation Team placed 7th in the state. The team was led by Braden Zekas who was 14th, Rylee Puthoff was 18th, Sarah Blocher was 43rd, and Leann Vernon was 48th. An additional team member was Ashlee Deaton. The team graded poultry carcasses, evaluated and graded exterior of eggs, placed classes of hens and broilers, and took a test.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Recognized by National FFA

This is the 20th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 National FFA Convention will be held virtually. The chapter will be recognized during one of the broadcasted general sessions of the convention. 

The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations. … Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Volunteers at Buckin Ohio

By Kayla Pumphrey, chapter reporter

Norwayne FFA parked cars and sold 50/50 tickets at Bucking Ohio, on August 22. The 50/50 ticket raffle raises money for the chapter, and we raised over $1300. Winkler Tire graciously matched the money raised, earning the chapter over $2600. Norwayne FFA was also the first group to sell tickets this summer. The next Bucking Ohio event is September 19, where FFA members will be parking cars.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC 2020 September FFA Member of the Month

The September 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Dottie Everett. She is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Tom and Christa Everett of Fletcher.

Dottie had a successful 2020 Miami County Fair where she exhibited the Reserve Champion Horticulture entry with her green beans. Additionally, she competed in the State FFA Meats Evaluation Career Development Event. Dottie’s Supervised Agricultural Experience program is vegetable production. She operates Dot’s Fresh Produce, a roadside produce stand and markets through social media. 

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 Officer Retreat 2020

By Ava Boysel, chapter reporter

The Benjamin Logan FFA Officer Retreat was held on August 10th and August 14th. This event was held at Benjamin Logan High School as work and collaboration days. Officers spent hours working on their books.  This was difficult for most because Covid-19 had prevented FFA events from being held and set back lots of plans the organization had prepared for. 

On August 14th, the officers were joined by new BLHS Administrators, Dr. Brian Powderly and Mr. Jeff Amspoker as well as retired Principal, Mr. Mark Butler and teacher, Mr. Jason Smith.  The small group enjoyed fellowship and learning more about their new administration.  The officers can agree that they loved the chance at finally being able to be around each other and do some long over-due work. This 2-day event was successful because of all that was accomplished in those days from setting a calendar to organizing the shop to updating the roster and officer books.… Continue reading

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