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Zane Trace FFA Completes “Blankets for Babies” Service Project

What do you get when you combine 72 yards of fleece fabric, 8 pairs of scissors and 31 Zane Trace FFA Members? The answer is 24 completed no-sew blankets for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio! Members of the Zane Trace FFA volunteered their time outside of class during the month of May to complete the blankets. Hallee Scott, who recently served as the Chapter president, was the chair of the project and helped coordinate the purchasing of materials, setup of the work area and the instruction on how to assemble the blankets. The project was funded using proceeds raised during the chapter’s annual Sausage Breakfast which was held in February. The blankets, along with a cash donation from the breakfast proceeds, will be delivered to Nationwide Children’s Hospital by chapter officers in July.… Continue reading

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MVCTC FFA Officer Team for 2021-2022 Announced

Englewood, Ohio –  Each year, the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter leaders, members, and current officers will interview, vote, and elect new officers for the next school year. 2021-2022 Officers were interviewed and placed as potential candidates to be voted for at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Candidates were asked to record a campaign speech, create campaign posters (Google Slides), and share them to be displayed for members of the FFA Chapter. 

Serving for the 2021-2022 Year will be 

  • President – Cheyenne Epperson from Preble Shawnee in Diesel Power Technologies Program 
  • Vice President – Yuliana Morgado from Vandalia- Butler in Veterinary Science Program
  • Secretary – Emilee Jones from Eaton in Agricultural & Livestock Production Program
  • Treasurer – Miyu Sakumoto from Tippecanoe in the Veterinary Science Program
  • Reporter – Logan Pope from Tippecanoe in Veterinary Science Program
  • Sentinel – Jacob Prasuhn from Ansonia in Diesel Power Technologies Program
  • Student Advisor – Natalie Gratz from Tippecanoe in Veterinary Science Program

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA holds annual Ag in the Classroom petting zoo

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Each year the Northwestern FFA holds an Ag in the Classroom program for the 1st grade students. On May 19th the FFA held a “drive your tractor to school day” for the high school students, as well as a petting zoo for the 1st grade students that is part of the Ag in the Classroom program.For this year’s petting zoo, FFA members brought in a donkey, a beef steer, a piglet, a rabbit, several different types of poultry, and a puppy. The elementary students rotated to 5 different stations. Each of the stations the 1st graders were able to learn about the different animals from what they eat to what they produce for humans to use. After the petting zoo the whole elementary school gathered outside to watch the high school members who participated in the “drive your tractor to school day” for a tractor parade.  … Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA holds Corn-hole for the Cassady’s Event

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Jake Cassady, a member of the Northwestern community, was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Northwestern-FFA held an event to raise money for him and his family on May 19, 2021. There was a great turnout and without the support from our community this event would not have been possible.  Along with the cornhole tournament there were multiple other games such as Yard Yahtzee, Sack Races, Bale Toss, Egg Toss, Yard Hockey, 9 Square, Water Balloon Toss, Ring Toss, and Watermelon Bowling. Each game required a ticket, and these funds were put straight towards the family. There was also a 50/50 raffle and a winner was drawn every hour of the evening during the event. The cornhole tournament was the highlight of the night. Another main event of the night was the dunk tank. Many staff members were dunked along with students! This brought in alumni, community members, students, and staff members.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA Honors Hard Working Members

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

After not having a regular, in person banquet for a year Northwestern FFA was very excited to recognize their members for all their hard work and dedication at an in person banquet. The theme this year was “Strive in the mountains.”  Our Chapter was able to give out numerous awards, scholarships, recognize CDE teams, star members, and show the community how hard members have worked even while in a pandemic.  Every year the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter has three main fundraisers, to help keep the chapter running and be able to contribute to our community. We sell fruit, sausage, and strawberries. Each year the chapter honors our top two salesmen for each fundraiser. This year for the fruit fundraiser Rylee Dawson was the Star Fruit Salesman, with Kade Tegtmeier being the Runner-up Fruit Salesman. Desiree Smith was the Star Sausage Salesman, selling a total of 510 lbs of sausage.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Attends the First Ever Funvention

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Due to the effects of COVID-19 many FFA Chapters around the country were not able to attend their states conventions as usual. With the help of many sponsors and amazing ag teachers a group of 18 chapters from across the state of Ohio were able to come together and have their own sort of the Ohio State FFA Convention known as “Funvention”. The Funvention was held at the Holmes County Fair Grounds on April 29-30 2021. The 18 chapters included, Caldwell FFA, Carrollton FFA, Clayton FFA, Hiland FFA, Hillsdale FFA, Indian Valley FFA, Licking Valley FFA, Loudonville FFA, Meadowbrook FFA, Norwayne FFA, Northwestern FFA, Ridgewood FFA, Shenandoah FFA, Smithville FFA, Triway FFA, West Holmes FFA, Wayne Co. Career Center FFA, and the Zane Trace FFA. The first day started with breakfast. Then to follow members welcomed past National FFA President Koleson McCoy. Members then were able to participate in workshops to enhance their leadership skills, as well as attend livestock clinics to learn how to prepare animals for show.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter awarded Americas Farmer Grow Rural Education Grant

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

The West Holmes FFA Chapter was awarded the Americas Farmer Grow Rural Education Grant thanks to a nomination by Sweet Breeze Farms. This program is helping fund the future of rural communities with $2,500 grants that make a positive impact on rural nonprofit organizations. Each year eligible farmers enroll for a chance to help a rural nonprofit organization with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Since 2010, they have awarded more than $35 million to thousands of organizations.  The officer team will make a decision on how to use the grant to purchase educational supplies for the classroom. Thanks again to Sweet Breeze Farms and the Bayer Fund for the donation! … Continue reading

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Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter
On May 22nd, 17 members from the West Holmes FFA Chapter helped run the Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic at the Holmes County Fairgrounds.  The show is a part of the OSIA/LEAD circuit and featured over 100 exhibitors and 250 lambs from all over Ohio.  FFA members that helped were: Laina Croskey, Ethan Feikert, Kalan Bowling, Ally Ogi, Ashley Tate, Maren Drzazga, Emily Sheely, Alysa Pringle, Pacee Miller, Jess Miller, Derek Miller, Wyatt Schlauch, Hayden Smith, Cora Crilow, Chloe Shumaker, Sarah Irwin, and Dakotah Ringwalt. Members helped with set up, clean up, sign in, announcing, and helping in the show arena. Thank you to the following people and businesses who sponsored or assisted with the show: WB Fabrications, Ogi Trucking, Performance Feed and Seeds, Weaver Leather, BHL Livestock, Ag Pro Millersburg, Sweet Breeze Farms and Excavating, Shearer Show Stock, Sullivan Supply, Heritage Cooperative, Comfort Inn and Suites, Dennis and Kathy, Schlabach, Hipp Farms Mulch, East Holmes Vet, Corman and Jody Irwin, Panda Roof, Loudonville Equity, TMK Farm Service, Ann Mumaw, Cassie Mumaw, Gene Mumaw, Geoffrey Zimmerly, and Tim Hershberger. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter held an assembly and a drive your tractor

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

On Monday May 10th the West Holmes FFA chapter held an assembly and a drive your tractor to school day at West Holmes High School to round out their FFA Week that was held in March. Officers for the chapter came up with different games including tug of war, egg toss, an obstacle course, milk the cow, bale toss, and pie eating. Students participated in these events and the winners won free milkshakes, and candy bars. The winners of the drive your tractor to school were, oldest: Wyatt Schlauch, newest: Dyllan Bender, dirtiest: Wyatt Schlauch, cleanest: Becca Schuch, smallest: Sarah Irwin and biggest: Pacee Miller. The winners of the drive your truck to school day were, oldest: Jayme Pennell, newest: Alysa Pringle, dirtiest: Addison Yates, cleanest: Meghan Stewart, smallest: Ian Jones, and biggest: Clay Shepler. This event was rescheduled due to weather conditions.… Continue reading

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2021 Funvention

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

On April 29th and 30th the West Holmes FFA Chapter went to the Funvention held at Harvest Ridge as a part of the Ohio FFA Virtual Celebration. There were 18 total schools in attendance. Throughout the two days members interacted with volunteers from companies throughout the state and had the opportunity to develop leadership skills, as well as improve their understanding of the agriculture industry.  Members also participated in a community service scavenger hunt and watched live sessions of the Ohio FFA State Convention. There were 4 guest speakers: Koleson McCoy – former National FFA President, Sam Glenn – a motivational speaker, George Secor – the CEO of Sunrise cooperative, and Dale Minyo – the voice of Ohio Agriculture and the banquet emcee. Members Cora Crilow, Clay Shepler, Ethan Feikert, Chloe Shumaker, and Emma Stitzlein were recognized for earning their state degrees, Candidates had to have earned or invested $3,000, participated in 8 activities above the chapter level, completed 25 hours of community service, received the chapter degree, and carry at least a 2.0 GPA.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 2021 Dairy Handlers CDE

Wyatt Schlauch and Amy Hughes

On Tuesday, April 20th, two West Holmes FFA members participated in the Dairy Handlers CDE. Member Amy Hughes was 3rd in the state and Wyatt Schlauch was 9th in the state. The Dairy Handlers CDE involves showing an animal to the best of the handler’s ability. This year, members had to make a 15 minute video presentation of them demonstrating their dairy showmanship skills. They were evaluated on their skills on exhibiting the animal and safe animal handling.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated virtually in the 2021 Ag Issues Forum contest

Becca Schuch, Garrett Houin, and Alysa Pringle

On Saturday April 24th, three West Holmes FFA members participated virtually in the Ag Issues Forum contest.  The team of Garrett Houin, Alysa Pringle, and Becca Schuch placed 4th in the state. Only the top 4 portfolios get to compete in the state contest. Members had to choose a topic involving a current issue in agriculture, create a portfolio about the topic, and present the topic to local groups and then to a panel of judges. The topic they chose was about nitrogen leaching in the Gulf of Mexico and how we could solve it with new technology. They would like to thank the following groups for partaking in listening to our presentation; The Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Ashland County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Holmes County Farm Bureau, and a panel of 8 local farmers.  A special thanks to Craig and Jane Houin for helping coach this team.  … Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA collects items to fill CAMO buckets to send to Honduras

The Northwestern FFA collected items to fill buckets for CAMO (Central American Medical Outreach). CAMO is an organization that was founded in 1993 by former Peace Corps nurse, Kathryn M. Tschiegg who brings life-saving education and services to Central America. This organization provides over 140,000 life-saving services. CAMO is located in Orrville, Ohio.Over the course of three weeks the Northwestern Wayne FFA Chapter collected needed items to stuff buckets to send to Honduras. A hurricane had gone through Honduras and left many people homeless and in need of many items. The Chapter collected frying pans, plates, cups, bowls, spatulas, bedding sheets, and combs. Each five gallon bucket contained four cups/bowls, four plates, one frying pan, one spatula, two sets of bedding sheets, and a few combs. All of these items will be greatly appreciated by ones in need.We were able to donate 23 buckets to those who lost everything due to the hurricane in Honduras.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 2021 Agricultural Communications contest

Jayme Pennell, Ashley Tate, Ally Ogi, and Alysa Pringle

On Tuesday April 12th, four West Holmes FFA members participated in the Agricultural Communications contest and placed 9th in the State. The team consisted of Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Alysa Pringle, and Ashley Tate.  Agricultural Communications is a 4 person team that creates a proposal and presentation about an agricultural topic.  This year’s scenario was to promote an agricultural educator. Members were also asked to take a test on AP Style and complete an editing exercise and write either an article based on their opinion or an unbiased journal article. The individual results were Ashley Tate 17th, Alysa Pringle 44th, Jayme Pennell 48th, and Ally Ogi 52nd.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2021 Banquet

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter 

On Saturday May 8th, 2021 the West Holmes FFA chapter held their annual banquet at Harvest Ridge with over 250 guests and chapter members present. The banquet was held to honor and recognize all the FFA members’ achievements over the past year, as well as recognize community members for their help and involvement in the FFA.  

Dekalb Award winner Jayme Pennell (left) and Outstanding Senior Natasha Averbukh (right) 


Special recognition was given to the following members: Jayme Pennell- DeKalb Award, Natasha Averbukh – Outstanding Senior Award; Cora Crilow- Outstanding Junior Award; Becca Schuch- Star Chapter Farmer, Alysa Pringle-Outstanding Sophomore Award; Wyatt Schlauch and Ashley Tate- Star Greenhand, Maren Drzazga and Wyatt Myers- Outstanding Freshman Awards. These members earned the highest amount of points in their respective grades from their involvement in activities throughout the year. 


We recognized our Honorary State Degrees. This is the highest award a State can give to a non FFA member. … Continue reading

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2021 West Holmes FFA County Home Clean Up

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter


On Saturday,May 1st, 12 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service. Members who participated include: Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Ansen Hall, Sarah Irwin, Samantha Kendall, Leah Reining, Becca Schuch, Ashley Tate, Syrus Tish, Blaine Winkler, John Maloney, and Wyatt Schlauch. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9am – 12pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Association Recognizes Northwestern-Wayne FFA Members

                  This year, the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter is proud to announce that there were a total of 11 members of the chapter to be recognized for their accomplishments and hard work on the state level. This is a major accomplishment that takes a great deal of effort on behalf of the members. This year, Abby Ramseyer, Cole Wharton, Jadeyn Berry, Ari Borton, Rylee Dawson, and Dugan Mclaughlin all received high levels of recognition from the State FFA organization.  The state degree is the highest honor that the Ohio FFA Organization can bestow upon a member, and is represented by a golden charm. Members who earn this degree have shown high levels of dedication and involvement in the FFA organization.
           Abby Ramseyer is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer and received her state degree this year. During her involvement in the FFA she has participated in numerous activities, including general livestock, floriculture, and the job interview career development events.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Hosts 2021 Ag Awareness Day

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter hosted their Annual Ag Awareness day for the elementary school on Friday, May 21st. During the day over 600 elementary school students rotated through four educational stations including a large animal station, small animal station, tractor station, and a flower planting station. The large animal station included ponies, a goat, and a cow. The small animal station included rabbits, guineafowl, chickens, and guinea pigs. There were four different tractors. Additionally, each student got to take home a planter to grow flowers at home. Miss Kimball would like to extend a special thank you to the members who helped make the day a success!… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni Sponsors Scholarships

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and were active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further endeavors.
Adam Bensman is the son of Brian and the late Catherine Bensman. He served as a chapter officer, earned the State FFA Degree and participated in the livestock evaluation team. He shared, “I am sure that I will use all of the skills that I have learned to help me in the future. I am hoping to inspire others in a positive way.”
Sarah Blocher is the daughter of David and Susan Blocher. She has participated in poultry evaluation, earned the State FFA Degree and taught elementary children during Ag Day and Farm Safety Day.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA Members participate in Spring State Career Development Events

The Northwestern-Wayne FFA had a very successful year with the members participation in Career Development Events. A career development event prepares members for events outside of FFA while focusing on their success. FFA members study and gain knowledge to succeed in a related career. Our Chapter participates in numerous CDE’s throughout the year.
The Northwestern FFA participated in the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event. The members who participated were Ari Borton, Valerie Imhoff, Melanie Imhoff, Ava Stoller, and Jadeyn Berry. Due to COVID-19 this CDE was held virtually. The purpose of the Milk Quality and Products CDE is to enhance learning activities related to milk quality, federal milk marketing, attributes of milk products and substitutes for them. The contest consists of milk flavor identification and evaluation, a California Mastitis test, cheese identifitcations, a written exam and problem solving. The Milk Quality and Products Judging team placed 2nd at the state level. … Continue reading

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