Chapter News



Norwayne FFA raises $24,000 at Annual Fall Benefit

The Norwayne FFA hosted it’s 11th Annual Fall Benefit on Friday, November 13 and raised over $24,000 for the Hilson and Ritzman families. Both families are outstanding members of the community and have been in the Norwayne School District for several years. Mr. Hilson was the groundskeeper and junior varsity baseball coach at Norwayne High School for several years. Mrs. Ritzman is the librarian at Norwayne Middle School, and was chosen this year due to her husband’s Stage 3 Esophageal Cancer. Because of COVID restrictions, this year’s benefit featured a drive-thru meal in the parking lot of Norwayne High School and an online silent auction. Some of the items featured in the silent auction were themed baskets, tools, collectors items, giftcards, and toys. Students called local businesses from the school district and asked for a donation, where students then arranged a pick-up/drop-off process. Norwayne’s Annual Benefit would not be successful without the support of these local businesses and also our community members.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalist

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

Jayme Pennell

During the virtual 93rd National FFA Convention at the end of October, West Holmes FFA member Jayme Pennell was recognized as a national proficiency finalist in the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management category.  As a part of the national competition, Jayme had to create a 5-minute video explaining his supervised agricultural experience and answering questions for the judges.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of family land where he planted pine and hardwood trees, planted food plots for pollinators, and constructed a water source from a pre existing spring on the property.  Jayme will receive a pin and a $500 monetary award for being a finalist. Congratulations Jayme!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Inducts New Members

On Sunday, November 22, 2020, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter awarded 34 new members their Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is awarded to first year members of the FFA, and is the first award that can be received. Each member awarded received a pin to be worn on their FFA jacket and a certificate of achievement.  

In order to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree the members must be enrolled in an agriculture class, have plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, learned and explained the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute, Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and uses of the FFA Jacket, Colors, and Emblem, and demonstrated an understanding of the FFA’s history, chapter constitution and by-laws. The Greenhand FFA Degree is the first of four degrees that an FFA member can earn.

The students earning the degree were Devon Abshire, Conner Adamson, Jadyn Bair, Maya Bowsher, Martin Desautels, Ella Fine, Ayla Gilbert, Fletcher Harris, Alaina Helsinger, Michael Hohenstein, Reagan Howell, Abigail Kadel, Kyle Larson, Brayden Link, Jadyn Maingi, Madison Maxson, McKayah Musselman, Devan Nix, Elisabeth Norman, Lindsey Ott, Kynlee Patton, Logan Phillips, Ava Prince, Nick Prince, Wil Puthoff, Landin Putnam, Hunter Randall, Caleb Richter, Jacob Roeth, Ty Roeth, Brooklyn Taylor, Kyle Vernon, Thomas Wallace, and Kaden Weldy.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in Virtual Career Development Events

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held via virtual evaluation. The Event consisted of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, and performing an interview.

Rylee Puthoff 
Gretchen Stevens
Adi Richter
Ayla Gilbert

Rylee Puthoff competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 7th in the district. There were 15 participants. Gretchen Stevens competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 3rd in the district. There were 17 participants. Stevens earns a plaque sponsored by the District FFA Chapters. Adi Richter competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 12th in the district. There were 15 participants. Ayla Gilbert competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 10th in the district. There were 15 participants.

Additionally, the Chloe Gump, Kaitlyn Roop, Gretchen Stevens, and Emma Sutherly competed in the State Wildlife Management Career Development Event.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Members Succeed at wildlife Contest

By: Vesta Miller, Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Reporter

On November 17, 2020, four Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA members competed in the Ohio FFA Wildlife Management Career Development Event. Students identified different animals, tracks, sounds, and skulls. Makayla Tellier placed 6th in the state in the middle school division. Eva Schadewald, Mikalyn D’amore, and Alyssa Dean also participated in the event. Students competed against other students in their grade level across the state. Makayla said that “It was very different from anything I have ever done before. I hope to compete again next year.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne High School Farm Harvest

By Anthony Wayne FFA President, Jake Zajkowski

The 15 acre farm in Maumee, Ohio that is managed by Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA and owned by Mercy Health Partners was harvested on Saturday, October 31th, 2020. The corn was harvested by Mr. Lonnie Perry, an Anthony Wayne FFA Alumni member. Anthony Wayne FFA student Oliver Aldridge was present for the harvesting. Oliver Aldridge stated “I think it was a really awesome experience. I’ve never been able to do anything like that in the area I live in. Definitely something I’ll never forget.” Pioneer Seeds, Falor Farm Center, Mercy Health Partners and Mr. Perry were all donors to this project. The corn was sold at The Andersons. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank. This partnership with Mercy Health Partners as well as area agricultural businesses has been an important educational experience for the Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA students over the past several years.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the District 2 job interview contest

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

 (R-L): Ashley Tate, Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Becca Schuch, and Maren Drzazga

On Thursday, November 5th, 5 West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 job interview contest held virtually from Wynford High School. Ashley Tate placed 1st in the Junior/Senior division and will be moving onto the state contest on December 5th. Maren Drzazga was 4th in the freshman division.  Becca Schuch was 4th in the Sophomore division. Ally Ogi was 4th in the Junior Division, and Jayme Pennell was 6th in the Senior division.

On Thursday, October 29th, 10 West Holmes FFA members participated in the chapter job interview contest held virtually with Northwestern and Hillsdale FFA chapters. Members went through an interview process and wrote a cover letter and resume and filled out an application. The Freshman members who participated are Zoee Snow, Maren Drzazga, Emily Harrower, Laina Croskey, and Wyatt Schlauch.… Continue reading

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Virtual National Convention: A Success for Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 a group of members of the Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA chapter would have boarded a bus and headed to the 93rd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana.This year, instead of going to Indianapolis, Indiana, FFA members tuned in virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of specific members and chapters across the Nation this past year. Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA had some accomplishments and would have been recognized on the stage at the National Convention. This year, the Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA chapter was rated a 3 Star Chapter, which is the highest rating a chapter can receive nationally. Within the chapter, member Justin Miller, received his American Degree. This is the highest degree achievable by an FFA member. Because of his outstanding SAE and FFA involvement, Justin was able to earn this degree.In previous years, the members that have gone to this trip have made many great memories and new experiences.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace Ag Business Class Has “Grape” Expectations with Project

“Experience is the best teacher” as the old saying goes, and Zane Trace Ag Business students are certainly learning a lot through their experience of marketing and processing a food product this fall! As part of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter Fall Fundraiser, members of the class created a business and marketing plan for a single food product that they would be responsible for all steps of processing: grape jelly. The students created a business plan, budgeted income and expenses and identified potential obstacles and ways to overcome them. They also planned a “sampling” event in which fellow agriculture students were provided with a sample of their product to generate interest. Orders for the jelly along with other fundraiser items were accepted between October 8th and November 5th. When the final numbers were tallied the class had sold 139 half pint jars of grape jelly, 19 more than they had budgeted for originally!… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Host Awards Luncheon

Zane Trace FFA members found a way to celebrate the accomplishments of members throughout the past year of chapter activities despite the fact that their annual spring parent-member banquet was cancelled. Chapter officers worked with school administrators and teachers to plan a socially distanced chapter award luncheon in the high school gymnasium on Friday, November 13th. The awards program included Chapter Star winners, proficiency awards, recognition of CDE teams and top fundraisers from the past year. Six members who received their State FFA degree were also recognized and 52 first year FFA members received their Greenhand Degree pins.

After the awards were presented, members enjoyed a lunch of chicken fingers and toast from Raising Cane’s of Chillicothe. A total of 96 members and officers were present for the luncheon. A video of the event was made available for members who are studying remotely this semester as well.

The ZT FFA would like to thank all of the staff at Zane Trace and the management at Raising Cane’s who helped make the event possible.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Members Succeed at Job Interview Contest

By: Vesta Miller, Chapter Reporter

Jake Zajkowski, senior Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA member, earned 1st place in the district 1 job interview career development event in division four.

On November 10, 2020, two Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA members competed in the District 1 Job Interview Career Development Event. Students prepared a cover letter, resume and job application. They then interviewed for an agriculturally related position, and wrote a follow up thank you letter. Students competed against other students in their grade level across eight counties. Jacob Zajkowski, senior, earned 1st place in division four and will compete at the state contest in December. Mikalyn D’Amore, junior, earned 9th place in division three.  Mikalyn D’Amore stated about the contest “Doing a Job Interview was a unique and fun experience. I gained advice on what to work on before I go out, and what to expect when I apply for a job.”… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

The Agricultural Literacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary. 
Members of the Ag Literacy Committee visited each classroom and shared facts about a traditional Thanksgiving-themed meal. They then challenged the students in fourth grade to color and decorate a Thanksgiving-themed picture.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to one student in each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Kathy Irick – Emree Elifritz. She shared she is thankful for family, her house, and Jesus.
Ms. Anna Lauterbach – Zeke Daily. He shared he is thankful for his family.
Mr. Matt Roth – Ava McGaharan. She shared she is thankful for her family and friends, pets and school. She says school is the best.
Mrs. Laura Weddle – Josie Shane. She shared she is thankful for family and friends.

Each student participating received a prize complements of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. … Continue reading

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MVCTC Students Receive FFA Greenhand Degree

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Retail Agriculture Services juniors held a virtual November FFA Meeting to receive their Greenhand Degree pins and certificates. Mason Willetts (Tri-Village), Christopher Ryan (Carlisle), Michael Seger (Tri-Village), Mackenzie Hopkins (New Lebanon), Connor Hawkins (Northmont), Justin Thomas (Milton-Union), and Cody Perkins (Milton-Union).

The FFA Greenhand Degree is given to first-year FFA high school students who have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of FFA’s history and purpose and have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) plan. The requirements to apply for this degree are:

  • Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
  • Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute.
  • Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization’s history, the chapter constitution and bylaws, and the chapter Program of Activities.
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West Liberty-Salem 2020-2021 Officer Team

By: Madeline Hutton, Chapter Reporter

The West Liberty- Salem FFA had their annual officer interviews on September 30th. A variety of questions were asked of the applicants, making sure that they were fit for the positions. Positions were elected on November 1st. Cooper Havens is the new FFA President, Morgan Damron is the Vice President, Trinity Perkins the Secretary with Gavin Woodruff as the Co-Secretary, Madeline Hutton Reporter with Dylan Glunt as the Co-Reporter, Marissa Bailey the Treasurer with Hayden King as the Co-Treasurer, Maddox Havens the Historian, Dawson Jenkins the Sentinel, and Olivia Muirhead the Student Advisor. The FFA chapter is very excited to have the new officer team in swing for the 2020-2021 school year.… Continue reading

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Member Receives FFA Jacket from Sponsor

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter members that received an FFA Jacket from the Blue Jackets Program and Beck’s Hybrids were (left) McKayah Musselman and Ayla Gilbert.

Recently, Beck’s Superior Hybrids of Atlanta, Indiana donated an FFA jacket to two members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jackets were made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.


Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending FFA events, completion of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Participates in Virtual State Soils

By: Georgia Gamble, chapter reporter

Abby Paxton, Kenneth Daveport and Emily Hill

Utica FFA’s first CDE (Career Development Event) this year was the State Ag and Urban Soils CDE. This year the whole competition was done online due to COVID- 19. The Ag team was composed of Emily Hill, Abby Paxton, and Kenneth Davenport. The team placed 74th out of 164 teams. Emily placed 107th, Abby Paxton 351st, and Kenneth Davenport placed 749th out of 1,096 participants.

Chris Young and Matt Hite

The Urban team placed 93rd out of 108 teams. Chris Young placed 199th and Matt Hite placed 472nd out of 587 participants.  Students were able to watch videos to identify soil textures, viewed pictures of soil pits, took an online knowledge test and a soil survey test.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Attends Virtual National FFA Convention

By: Georgia Gamble, chapter reporter

This year’s National Convention was held online through online sessions and a custom website. There were many other activities offered through the website to make the National Convention experience even better.

This allowed for all FFA members to participate in the National Convention. Members participated in the Connect rooms, where they chatted with other FFA members across the country, the Blue Room about new technology, and checked out the expo.  The Utica FFA Chapter hosted a watch party to view one of the sessions. 35 of our FFA members came and participated. The session included National Chapter Awards, Agricultural Proficiency Awards, Yomar Roman’s retiring address, and many other awards and events. After the session, the members were all given a snack to go.  We also celebrated graduates Seth Blake and Trina Orr for earning their American FFA Degrees, which less than 1% of all FFA members earn.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA October 2020 meeting

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On October 22nd, the West Holmes FFA chapter held its annual meeting at West Holmes High School. The meeting was brought to order by President Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies they went onto officer reports and new business. The following motions were made: Kyle Mowery moved and Dawson Doretich seconded to have either Koleson McCoy or Janessa Hill as our speaker for the Greenhand Initiation and Chapter Degree Ceremonies. Motion passed. Pacee Miller moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to hold an awareness fair before the November meeting. Motion passed. Dakotah Ringwalt moved and Garrett Houin seconded to send two teams to the District 8 trap shoot and have each member pay $15 for registration. Motion passed. Jess Miller moved and Sarah Irwin seconded to participate in a virtual leadership night. Motion passed.  Garrett Houin moved and Kyle Mowery seconded to have all fruit money due by December 16.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participate in the state soils contest

By:  Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On October 20th, 11 West Holmes FFA members participated in the state soils contest. The Rural team placed 39th in the state out of 164 teams. Individually Sarah Irwin was 182nd, Becca Schuch was 211th, Alysa Pringle was 315th, Dakotah Ringwalt was 417th, Jess Miller was 486th, and Garrett Houin was 515th, out of 1,083 individuals. The Urban team was 68th out of 106 teams. Individually Maria Steiner was 265th, Olivia Sampsel was 307th, Blaine Winkler was 397th, Pacee Miller was 457th, and Kadan McDougale was 486th out of 572 individuals.

On October 14th, 10 West Holmes FFA members participated in the district soils contest. This contest consists of finding the slope of the soil, ribboning, and an online test.  The Rural team placed 3rd out of 9 teams. Individually Sarah Irwin was 4th, Becca Schuch was 8th, Dakotah Ringwalt was 14th, Jess Miller was 21st, and Alysa Pringle was 26th, out of 47 individuals. … Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne 93rd National FFA Convention Watch Party

By: Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter
Unfortunately, this year FFA members around the country couldn’t attend the National FFA Convention due to the Corona Virus. Some of the chapters in Wayne County were able to put on a watch party to watch this year’s virtual National Convention. Twenty-five students from the Northwestern FFA and Smithvillie FFA Chapters met at the Buckeye Agricultural Museum to watch the 4th session of the Convention. During this session, members heard the retiring address from Kolesen McCoy, the former National FFA President as well as the former Ohio State FFA President.  … Continue reading

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