FFA News

Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA recognizes members

On May 16th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium at Anthony Wayne High School, the Anthony Wayne -Penta FFA Chapter held our 2021-2022 Awards Ceremony,  A Night at the FFA Awards Ceremony. During the awards ceremony we recognized our chapter and our members’ accomplishments throughout this past year, we also inducted an honorary degree member, awarded scholarships, and installed the 2022 -2023 Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA Executive Team. 

 At States Anna Wright received a Gold rating for her work on the secretary’s book, Mikalyn D’Amore earned a Gold rating for her work on the treasurer’s book, and Vesta Miller earned a Gold rating for her work on the reporter’s book. At the State Agriscience Fair, Mikalyn D’Amore placed 1st in environmental systems division 5.  Makayla Tellier placed 2nd, in social systems division 3, and Ronald Bischoff and Nick Wacha placed 1st in Social Systems, division 6.  Mikalyn D’Amore submitted a proficiency application to the State FFA award evaluation in the Prociencey Area of Agriscience Research Integrated Systems.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members volunteer for fun fair

On April 29th, the West Holmes FFA chapter volunteered their time at the Nashville Fun Fair. The chapter helped with the setup prior to the event which included setting up the games and preparing chicken for the meal. Throughout the afternoon they helped run games such as basketball, plinko, bowling, putt putt, muffin pan toss, musical chairs, and duck pond. The chapter served food during the fair which concluded at 7:30 PM. After the Fun Fair ended the chapter helped clean up and put away games. The helpers from the chapter included Colby Long, Alysa Pringle, Ally Ogi, Jess Miller, Madison Pearce Laferty, Kalan Bowling, Miley Snow, Grant Miller, Jenna Sheldon, Sarah Irwin, Casey Ogi, Ava Eberhard, Maren Drzazga, Quentin Vehrs, Lexy Starner, Garrett Fowler, Alex Pringle, Zora Starner, Laina Croskey, and Pacee Miller.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA Honors Hard Working Members

 Northwestern FFA was very excited to recognize their members for all their hard work and dedication at an in person banquet, after a few years of abnormality. The theme this year was “Southwestern/Fiesta.” Our Chapter was able to give out numerous awards, scholarships, recognize Career Development Event teams, Star members, and show the community how hard members have worked.

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 Lauren Vaughan being the Runner-up Fruit Salesman. Dugan McLaughlin was the Star Sausage Salesman, selling a total of 545 lbs of sausage. Rylee Dawson was the Runner-up, and he sold a total of 380 lbs of sausage.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Attends State Convention

This year was the first year since 2019, that the Ohio FFA organization held an in person State FFA Convention. For most members, this years 94th annual State Convention was their first. The convention was held on May 5th and 6th at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The Utica FFA Chapter attended both days with Licking Valley. They attended the career show and many sessions including ones honoring Utica members and the chapter. Three members participated in the state Ag Mechanics CDE. Kaden Baker, Wyatt Cullup, and Aidyn Burgess put together a garden tool holder in the time frame of 3 hours and completed a test. They placed 12th in the state. Congrats! 

 During the first session, the Utica FFA Chapter received recognition for charitable giving. This is earned by chapters donating supplies to organizations. With extra fruit from our annual fruit sale it was donated to the Utica Food Pantry.… Continue reading

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Smithville FFA attends convention

From May 4 through May 6 the Smithville FFA Chapter attended the 94th State Convention in Columbus. On Wednesday, FFA members toured Pearl Valley Cheese in which the Chapter sells in their spring fundraiser sales. Thursday, members toured OSU AG Campus, and then attended 1st and 2nd session. On Friday, the Smithville FFA Chapter had 5 members that received their Ohio FFA State Degrees. These members spent many hours keeping their records up to date, and are either a junior or senior that have received their FFA Chapter Degree. Out of all the members only 2% of FFA members can achieve this. Mason Johnson, Lillian Kreider, Ben Rhoades, Jonathan Tomic, and Kailynn Wickens. Also, on Friday Smithville had 2 officers of the Smithville FFA Chapter receive a gold rating on their books, Ben Rhoades received a gold rating for his Reporter book; while Laura Weinman received a gold rating for her Treasure book.… Continue reading

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Ag Issues team brings home banner

Hard work paid off for the five members of the Agriculture Issues Forum CDE team from Zane Trace on April 30th as they became the first banner-winning CDE from Zane Trace since 2018 with their 4th place finish in the state finals! The team researched the issue of meat processing access in Southern Ohio and presented their forum to five community groups in order to qualify. Along the way the students built their public speaking skills and learned how to work as a team. They represented ZTHS very well!… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter Hosts 7th Annual Parent-Member Banquet

On Saturday, May 14th the Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter hosted their Annual Parent-Member Banquet where we welcomed nearly 150 parents, members, and special guests. During the evening members were recognized for achievements such as class leadership awards, CDE participation, and chapter proficiency awards. Discovery, Greenhand, and Chapter degrees were bestowed upon our middle school members, first year members, and second year members respectively. Additionally, two Honorary Chapter Degrees were awarded to, Mrs. Theresa Lingernfelter and Mrs. Jenny Falb. The newly elected officer team was also installed during the banquet as follows: Prescient-Tyler Kress, Vice President- Emma Deeter, Secretary- Allyson Stinson, Treasurer- Gavin Spitler, and Reporter- Jennifer Riquelme. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Banquet Donors: Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, Hissong Family Farms, John Leffew of John Construction, LLC., Karen and Jack Wellbaum, Kress Farms, Mary K. Miller, Miami County Fair- MCAS, and Saunders Towing & Recovery LLC.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter Attends Ohio FFA Convention

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus on May 5th and 6th along with FFA chapters from all corners of the state. During the trip our students toured the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, attended business sessions, and networked with colleges and future employers at the Expo. During the convention, our chapter Secretary, Emmie Bohse, chapter Treasurer, Tyler Kress and chapter Reporter, Emma Deeter were awarded Gold Rated Officer Record Book awards, the highest rating awarded. Additionally, four of our members earned their State FFA Degree, the highest honor the Ohio FFA can bestow upon a member. The four recipients were: Emmie Bohse, Taylor Falb, Tyler Kress, and Darby Welbaum.… Continue reading

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Waterford FFA member named Star over Ohio

The Ohio FFA annually recognizes FFA members who rise to the top with the Ohio Star Awards. These members have gone above and beyond in their attitude, involvement, community service and supervised agricultural experience. Finalists for these awards have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.

Anna Jones, a member of the Waterford FFA Chapter was awarded the Ohio Star in Agricultural Placement during the 2nd session of the 94th Ohio State FFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio on May 5th. Anna has now become one of only three members in Waterford’s history (Brady Campbell-Star Farmer 2011 & Blake Campbell-Star Farmer 2014) to be named a Star over Ohio.  Anna also was selected as a state finalist in the Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement area for Ohio and was awarded 3rd place during the State Convention. 

Anna’s parents are Andy and Sharon Jones of Waterford, Ohio and her Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor is Matthew Hartline. … Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA attends convention

 On May 5th & 6th, 2022, members of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter traveled to the Ohio State Fairgrounds to attend the Ohio FFA Convention. Hanna Wilson, Jadeyn Berry, Zoey Dudte, Rylee Dawson, Dugan McLaughlin, Kade Tegtmeier, Kaleb Badger, Lauren Vaughan, Kaylee Cherry, Kate Johnson, Kirsten Boreman, Haley Caldwell, Melanie Imhoff, Ava Stoller, Mallory Gilbert, Cheyenne Friend, Jacoby Gilbert, Makenna Connelly, Cheyenne Friend, Emma Connelly, Gabby Riedel, Nevaeh Kirk, Maddy Yasch, Miranda Smith, Chloe Stracher, Hayden Cline, Audrey Franks, Ari Borton, and Lizzy Howman all attended this event.   

To start the morning off in Columbus, the members of the chapter visited the Wendy’s Test Kitchen. Members also attended various sessions, awards ceremonies, presentations and motivational speakers during the convention. The keynote speakers were Hunter Pinke, Melissa Radke, Juanfra DeVillena, and National FFA President, Cole Baerlocher.

During the 2nd session, two of our members were proficiency finalists. Ari Borton competed in the area of Agricultural Processing.… Continue reading

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National FFA Organization Awards Local Youth $29,000 in Scholarships

The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation has awarded a total of $29,000 in scholarships to 6 FFA members pursuing their higher education goals in the coming academic year.

The 2022 scholarship recipients were selected from 6,846 applicants from across the country.  This year the National FFA Organization supported 1,325 students through their scholarship program. Currently, 398 sponsors and donors contribute more than $2.5 million to support scholarships for students.  Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education and future goals.

This year the Miami Trace FFA Chapter had 6 members receive scholarships from sponsors of the National FFA Organization. Bryce Bennett, the son of Bruce and Tiffany Bennett, was awarded the scholarship from Grow Ag Leaders worth $1,000. He plans on attending The Ohio State University ATI and studying animal science. Mallory Pavey, daughter of Tony and Gail Pavey, also received the Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship, attending OSU ATI and majoring in Ag Business.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Hosts Annual Parent-Member Banquet

On April 22nd, the Miami Trace FFA chapter held their annual parent member banquet.  The Chapter recognized members, advisors, parents, and other community members that helped make the last year such a success.

To begin the award portion of the banquet, there were numerous scholarships presented to senior FFA members. Miami Trace FFA Alumni presented  scholarships to Libby Alshire, Drew Black, Jayden Brown, Tyler Cummings, Dylan Farley, Taylor Fenner, Caydance Gullette, Lexi Hagler, Reagan Ivers, Lorelei King, Chelsi Knisley, Alayna Mader, Wyatt Mayer, Weston Melvin, Mallory Pavey, Weston Pettit, Paighten Reed, Emily Taylor, Ashley Wilson, and Lilly Workman. The Wendt Group Scholarship was awarded to Kennedy Worley and Madison Johnson. Lindsey Stump, Alex McCarty, and Bryce Bennett received the Steven Bennett Scholarship. Emily Moser was the recipient of the Mark Garland Scholarship. McKenna Casto received the Evans Family Scholarship. There were four recipients of the Justin Stuckey Scholarship: Makenna McFadden, Sierra Kyle, Connor Collins, and Abigail Brandt.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Ag Mech Engineering team competed at the State FFA Convention

The West Holmes FFA Ag Mech Engineering team competed at the State FFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio on May 5th. The team created a request for proposal and blueprints for a garden tool organizer in January and were selected to compete in the finals at convention.  The team prepared their supplies and tools and then built the project during the contest. The team placed 11th and members that competed were Ethan Feikert, Wyatt Schlauch, John Maloney, and alternate Garrett Fowler.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA attended 2022 State Convention

On May 5th West Holmes FFA departed for State Convention. They got started with touring the athletic facilities of the Ohio State University, ate lunch, and then attended the first session of convention and heard the keynote speaker Hunter Pinke and his message about not having bad days but having tough days and how to not only have your glass filled but to be kind and fill other peoples glasses. Members then had time to walk around the expo. They then attended a second session where member Pacee Miller was on stage for her proficiency in Beef Entrepreneurship and placed second in the state. They also heard keynote speaker Malissa Radke and her message was about having bad days would make great stories and you have to get through those bad days.  
On May 6th members attended the third session where Garrett Houin was on stage for his proficiency in Outdoor Recreation and placed first and his proficiency in Service Learning where he placed third.… Continue reading

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Waterford FFA participates in National Soils Contest

Members of the Waterford FFA Chapter while touring the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. From left: Allison Huck, Emma Hartline, Cole Hansell and Dylan Hartline.

For the third time in history, four members of the Waterford FFA Chapter recently advanced to the 69th Annual National Land and Range Judging Contest that was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from May 3rd to the 5th.  The members included Allison Huck, Emma Hartline, Cole Hansell and Dylan Hartline.  The contest was sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts. 

During the contest, students learned how to evaluate Surface and Subsurface textures, Depth of the Soil, Slope, Erosion, Permeability, Surface Runoff and Recommended Land Treatments in relation to Vegetative, Mechanical and Fertilizer & Soil pH qualities. 

During the trip, the members toured the St. Louis Arch, watched a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball game, and toured the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum of Oklahoma City.… Continue reading

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 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members Compete at State FFA Convention

Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments and competed in several contests. While in Columbus, the members attended the convention’s Career Show, met FFA members from across the state, and enjoyed eating out.  
Motivational speakers at the convention included Professional Motivational Speakers paraplegic athlete Hunter Pinke, poultry industry expert Juanfra DeVillena, National FFA President Cole Baerlocher, and State FFA President Jake Zajkowski.  
The highlight of the trip was the conferring of the State FFA Degree.  This year, Miami East High School had a record 15 members receive such an honor. Seniors Chloe Gump, Katie Larson, Anthony Putnam, Kaitlyn Roop, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly and Juniors Isaac Beal, Luke Brunke, Ethan Fine, Keira Kirby, Matthew Osting, Ethan Paulus, Annabelle Penny, Dustin Winner, and Braden Zekas earned the degree. The degree requirements are based on their earned income from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, leadership experience, and FFA and community activities.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Enjoy Successful State Convention

Members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite of PRCTC, traveled to Columbus for the 94th Ohio FFA State Convention on May 5th and 6th. During the two day event several members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Chapter Secretary Braylee Burkitt, Treasurer Lily Rose and Reporter Austin McNichols were presented pins for earning Gold ratings on their officer books. Sophomores Kailee Adkins and Kendra Detillion placed first in the Food Science and Technology division of the FFA Agriscience Fair with their research project involving nut free fillings for buckeye candies. Fellow sophomores Ellie Doles and Sadie Swepston also placed first in the Animal Sciences division with their 6 month research study over the impact of meteorological events on egg production. Senior Morgan Congrove placed first in the Equine Entrepreneurship Proficiency award competition with her SAE project that involved training and marketing six barrel racing horses over three years.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competed in the State Agricultural Issues Forum contes

On April 30th the West Holmes FFA competed in the State Agricultural Issues Forum contest. The team placed 2nd in the state! They presented a round table discussion about the opportunities and challenges of farmers’ mental health. The team consisted of Cora Crilow, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Alysa Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, Andi Schuch, and Becca Schuch. They would like to thank Holmes County Farm Bureau Board Members, Holmes County Soil and Water, Leadership of Holmes County, Holmes County Commissioners, and the Holmes and Wayne Mental Health Recovery Board for listening to our presentations before the contest. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competed in the State Floriculture contest

On April 26, 4 members of the West Holmes FFA went to ATI to compete in the State Floriculture contest. The team placed 18th and individually Becca Schuch was 67th, Maria Steiner was 74th, Sarah Irwin was 81st, and Alysa Pringle was 84th. The contest consists of five placing classes, making a bud vase, calculating fertilizer, an online test, plant ID, and other ID.  Members Jess Miller and Dakotah Ringwalt also participated in the online test prior to the state contest. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Livestock Team Places in the State

On Friday, April 29, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA General Livestock Evaluation Team competed in the Ohio FFA State Finals Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event. The competition was held at the livestock farm of The Ohio State University. The team qualified for the finals after placing in the top 10 in the state in the March preliminaries.

During the finals competition, the team conducted two team activities, a marketing scenario and a breeding selection scenario. The individuals also evaluated four classes of livestock and gave a set of oral reasons for each of the classes.

The team consisted of Isaac Beal, Rylee Eichhorn, Dustin Winner, and Wyatt Black. Isaac Beal placed first in the contest, out of over 950 total individuals. The team placed third overall in the state and qualified to represent Ohio FFA at the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, Missouri in October. The team earned a banner for the agriculture classroom.… Continue reading

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