Chapter News

Bruns and Seger receive National FFA Grant

The National FFA Organization (FFA) announced recently that Meghan Bruns and Amanda Seger of Fort Loramie, OH were selected to receive Career Pathways grants in the amount of $1,000 to initiate or improve their career development experience known as a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). To be eligible, the student must be in grades 7-11, have an SAE and be a member of FFA.  Seger and Bruns are members of the Fort Loramie FFA Chapter and were selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.

Bruns’s grant for an Animal Systems SAE and Seger’s grant for a Direct Specialty Crop SAE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. With the money received from the Animal Systems grant Bruns plans to further her SAE in Swine Production.  Currently her SAE includes raising and showing pigs at National, State, and local shows.  Meghan’s future plans are to expand the quality and number of the show pigs to continue to raise swine and expanding her SAE.… Continue reading

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Three Zane Trace FFA officers receive Gold Ratings

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

Recently three officers of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter received Gold Ratings on their officer books.  The books were evaluated during the recently held District 7 FFA meeting by agriculture instructors from surrounding school districts.  Each officer submitted a book that included records and reports that are pertinent to their officer position.  The Secretary, Audrey Hoey included typed chapter meeting minutes, correspondence and attendance and participation records in her book.  Reporter Stephanie Glass assembled a scrapbook of chapter activities, a collection of over 40 news articles published throughout the year and a copy of each quarterly chapter newsletter in her book.  Treasurer Amber Ginter submitted a record of all receipts and expenses for the chapter as well as a monthly financial report, chapter budget and chapter net worth statement for her book.  Each of these officers worked many hours to keep their books up to date and to make sure they met the requirements for a gold rating. … Continue reading

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Agriculture students visit WKKJ studios

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On Wednesday, February 8th, students from the Leadership class at Zane Trace toured the WKKJ broadcasting studios in Chillicothe to learn more about the communication industry.  Students spent the morning exploring the studio with Mike Smith, newscaster for WKKJ and learned the organization, equipment and skills needed for success in the broadcasting and communications industry.  Students had the opportunity to record their own public service announcement, see the operation of the emergency broadcast system and review press releases that were being received at the station. The students wrapped up their tour with a question and answer session with Mr. Smith over the career pathways available in the communications industry.  Special thanks go out to the staff at WKKJ studios and to Mike Smith for making the tour possible.  A great time was had by all of the students and everyone learned a great deal through the experience and gained a greater perspective on the work that is involved in operating a radio station.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA speakers compete

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On the evening of February 16th, four members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter participated in the District 7 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Event at Amanda Clearcreek High School.  Freshman Nick Gucwa competed in the Creed Recital and received a Bronze Rating.  Sophomore Beau Bilek presented a speech over hydraulic fracking and received a Silver Rating in the Beginning Prepared contest.  Fellow Sophomore David Powell also received a Silver Rating in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest with his presentation on the connection between a safe food supply and national security.  Junior Camden Everidge rounded out the group with his presentation on the importance of leadership in the prepared speaking competition.  He received a bronze rating on his speech.  All four members represented their chapter well and gained valuable personal leadership skills through their involvement with the contest.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA holds 34th Annual Sausage Breakfast

By David Glass, Zane Trace FFA President

Friday, February 3, 2012, the Zane Trace FFA held the 34th annual Sausage Breakfast. The hard work began Tuesday, January 31, with the processing of nine hogs. FFA students worked after school to cut the pork, where it was then seasoned and grinded to be stuffed the next day. On Wednesday, February 1st, the group worked to stuff the ground sausage into their casings and stored them in coolers where they waited to be cooked Friday morning.

FFA students began a long day Friday morning when they arrived at the school at 2:45 am. The breakfast began at 5:00 and customers were served a meal of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee for a minimum donation of $3.00.  The meal was prepared by the members of the Zane Trace FFA and served by members of the FCCLA chapter. Throughout the morning the two groups worked round the clock to keep up with the many guests who arrived to enjoy the breakfast.… Continue reading

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Ending FFA week with a bang

By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net

Earlier this year, one of Ag Educator Jeremy Ryan’s FFA students at the West Muskingum Chapter, approached him about a restoration project. Sure, Ryan has heard of restoring a tractor or maybe an old cabinet, but he has never been a part of a project like this.

Chapter President Jordan Glosser took on the challenge of restoring a cannon.

“My first thought was holy cow,” said Ryan. “It was definitely something that I have never been around and once I got over the fact that there was going to be a cannon in my shop, I thought it was pretty cool.”

Glosser, in an age where video games and television rule the majority of a teen’s life, is quite the history buff. In fact, he is heavily involved with Civil War reenactments, which is where he first fired off this particular piece of artillery.

“When I first started being a part of reenactments, it was just about firing the cannon and making it go boom,” Glosser said.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members compete in contest

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On the evening of Wednesday, February 8, members of Zane Trace FFA chapter traveled to Lancaster High School to compete in Agriculture Sales and Job Interview Career Development Events. Career Development Events are contests within the FFA which allow members to take part in difference aspects of agricultural jobs.

Agricultural Sales CDE is a contest in which team members develop an agricultural product, and sell it to the judges, who are posing as potential customers. This contest allows participants to learn a bit about marketing, sales, and product development. Zane Trace’s 2012 Agricultural Sales team included: Whitney Bellomy, Morgan Perhach, Nicole Jordan, and Heather Yeater. Morgan and Whitney developed and sold agricultural lesson plans, while Heather and Nicole concentrated on livestock supplies.

Job Interview CDE allows students to become familiar with the process of obtaining a job. The contest simulates an actual job interview, and also requires the participants to develop a resume, as well as fill out a job application.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA shares in leadership activities

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

The Miami East FFA Chapter recently hosted a State Leadership Night for its FFA member with the theme of “The Value of Me. The Value of We.”  Several members from Miami East FFA attended the activities.  State FFA Officers coordinated the workshops.  The FFA members enjoyed a pizza party prior to the event.

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were State FFA Vice President Brent Stammen  and District 5 President Devon Alexander.  During the activities, members completed team building activities, discussed the personal values of themselves and how they can utilize those natural talent more, and what opportunities exist that will allow them benefit their own personal abilities.

The highlight for the night was the awarding of 25 computer jump drives donated by sponsors of the statewide events. One of those 25 students earning the jump drive will receive $50 in Dekalb clothing. Miami East’s winner was freshman Brady Anderson.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members leadership night

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On the evening of Monday, January 23, State FFA Officers visited Zane Trace High School to lead FFA Members from Zane Trace, Amanda, and West Elm High Schools, as well as guests in Zane Trace’s second annual Leadership Night. The state officers begun the evening by getting members up and active, leading them in a few activities that both got them moving and encouraged them to mingle with other member’s a guests. Later, the officers split student up into smaller groups for lessons titled “The Value of Me” and “The Value of We.”

Within the lesson titled “The Value of Me,” students identified their personal strengths and helped each other come up with ideas on how they can use their personal strengths to make a difference. The lesson titled “The Value of We” focused on teamwork and stressed the fact that everyone has something to bring to the table, and teamwork helps students to play off of each other’s strengths.… Continue reading

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State FFA president visits Zane Trace

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

Ohio State FFA President Jessica Shanahan spent the day of January 23 in the Zane Trace Agriculture classroom, leading the students in hands-on agricultural and leadership activities as well as getting to know some of the members. Jessica led six different workshops throughout the day while the students thoroughly enjoyed.

For each class, Jessica held a different workshop to help get the students involved more, challenge their minds and problem solving skills, as well as helping them discover more about the agricultural field and themselves.

Perhaps the most influential workshop Jessica lead challenged students to solve the world’s problems by asking them a simple open-ended question: What does the world need? Students answered her question on post-it notes, each coming up with at least ten answers. Next, students shared their answers, and chose one from the combined efforts of the entire class. From there, student developed a plan for the implementation of what the world needs.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA hits the lanes

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On Thursday, January 19 members of Zane Trace FFA Chapter met at Shawnee Lanes Bowling Alley for some chapter bonding. Members enjoyed a few games of bowling, pizza, and competition, of course. Prizes were given out to the night’s top scorers. Josh Harrington took home the top honors, receiving a Taco Bell gift card for his score of 210. Dakota Rinehart and Michael Merritt also showed their bowling skill, placing second and third in the contest and receiving McDonald’s Arch Cards for their efforts.

Through this activity, members worked to reach this year’s goals of getting members more involved and enthusiastic about the FFA, becoming close with one another, and supporting a healthy and active lifestyle.

This outing proved to be such a success that the officer team in lining up monthly activities for the chapter to participate in, continuing this new tradition. This evening proved that Zane Trace FFA has some phenomenal bowlers, as well and a large sense of competition.… Continue reading

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Liberty-Benton FFA celebrates National FFA Week

By Lauren Burner, chapter reporter

Liberty-Benton FFA will celebrate National FFA Week February 20-24, 2012. “I Believe” is this year’s theme, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than half a million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.

FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually encompasses February 22, George Washington’s birthday. Liberty-Benton FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities:

Monday – Get in the Know Day – FFA Information distributed to staff

Tuesday – Boot into Action Day – Students wear cowboy and work boots to school

Wednesday – Dress for Success Day – Students wear FFA & agricultural related clothes to school

Thursday – Deliver the Goods Day – Students drive trucks to school

Friday – Power up Day – Students drive tractors to school… Continue reading

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Miami East job interview and ag sales FFA members competition

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview and Ag Sales Contests held at Minster High School in Auglaize County.

The Job Interview Contest consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and writing a thank you note.

Angelina Henger competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition.  She placed 6th in the district out of 13 contestants.

Corrine Melvins competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 7th out of 15 contestants in the district.

Shelby Roach competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest, placed 4th in the district out of 15 contestants.

Amy Hahn competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 3rd out of 16 contestants. Amy will receive plaques for placing in the top three.



The Ag Sales team #1 consisted of Jacob Eidemiller, Rebekah Eidemiller, Colin Hawes and Emily Johnson.… Continue reading

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Miami East public speakers compete

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

On Thursday, February 16, members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the Sub-district Public Speaking Contest at Anna High School. Schools competing in the contest included: Botkins, Anna, Fort Loramie, Miami East, Houston, Jackson Center, and Fairlawn.  Miami East FFA had 5 members compete.

Meagan McKinney competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. She was given 30 minutes to prepare a chosen topic, present the speech, and then answer questions. She pulled a topic on soil conservation. She placed fourth out of six competitors.

Sarah Pyers competed in the Advanced Prepared Contest with her speech entitled, “Wind Turbines: Beauty or the Beast.” She wrote, memorized, presented, and answered questions about the renewable energgy from wind turbines and the role that agriculture has in the solution of the situation. She placed 3rd in the sub-district.

“World Food Crisis – Going to Bed Hungry but I’m not in Trouble” was the title of Sarah Kendra Beckman speech in the Beginning Prepared Speaking Contest.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford/Pioneer students help our community

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
Colonel Crawford/Pioneer students participated in multiple community service projects recently.  On January 12, the Antique Tractor Club held its annual banquet at The Hannah and William Crawford School.  Students in FFA were asked to help with serving meals to those attending this event and to help clean up at the conclusion of this event.  Wes Pollock, a member of FFA and Antique Tractor Club, made a presentation on behalf of the Ag program.  He told of some of the chapter’s recent activities, awards, and contests.

On February 11, the annual farmers share breakfast was held at Wynford High School From 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event was sponsored by local farmers and the Crawford County Farm Bureau. The meal shows the community how much farmers received which is about 50 cents for the products used to make this breakfast.  Generally, in restaurants this meal would be $6.00-$8.00. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA holds basketball tournament

On February 4, 2012, the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter held their annual FFA basketball tournament. National Trail, Twin Valley South, and Eaton attended, bringing both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Placing 1st in the Varsity tournament was Eaton. Coming in 2nd place was Preble Shawnee. Twin Valley South placed 3rd with National Trail following them in 4th. In the Junior Varsity tournament, Eaton came in 1st place, Twin Valley South in 2nd, Preble Shawnee in 3rd, and National Trail was 4th. First, second, and third place teams received trophies. The event was sponsored by the Preble Shawnee FFA Alumni. All members who attended and participated in the games had a great time!… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA members compete in speaking contest

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

Members of the Pioneer/Colonel Crawford FFA participated in the county public Speaking contest held at Colonel Crawford on Tuesday January 31st.

Freshman members recited the FFA Creed.  The FFA creed was written in 1930 by EM Tiffany.  The freshman members presented the creed to two judges who score them on memorization of the creed, their power of expression, and their responses to questions about the creed. Tony Gwirtz and Cheyenne Johnson were the freshman students who participated in this contest.

The member going on to the sub-district contest is Cheyenne Johnson, as she placed 3rd in the contest.

Sophomores and upper classmen can do either the Beginning Prepared, or Advanced Prepared contests.  These students write and memorize an agriculturally related speech, 6 to 8 minutes long, and present it to the judges.  Rebecca Enright placed 4th in the Advanced Prepared contest and will move on to sub districts.… Continue reading

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Miami East to celebrate FFA week with activities

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter
The week of February 21 to 25 the Miami East FFA Chapter will be celebrating National FFA Week. The intention of the week is to celebrate FFA’s accomplishments while informing students, staff, and community members about the activities of the FFA.

Miami East FFA Chapter is proud of it’s over 50 years of success. Currently there are 83 FFA members countless activities at the local, state, and national levels. A favorite FFA activity is the annual Ag Day in which chapter members educate elementary students about where their food comes from. Another favorite is attending the National FFA Convention in October.

The chapter officers for 2011-12 are: President Angelina Henger, Vice President Meagan McKinney, Secretary Emily Johnson, Treasurer Amanda Bartel, Reporter Dani Sands, Student Advisor Corrine Melvin, Sentinel Jacob Eidemiller, and Chaplain Kendra Beckman. Their advisor is Mrs. Marie Carity.

The FFA has planned several activities for the week.… Continue reading

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Arlington FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show

On Sunday February 19, 2012 the Arlington FFA Alumni is hosting its 2nd Annual Farm Toy Show at Arlington High School.  The show will open at 8am and run until 3pm.  The show has expanded to 44 dealer tables and moved into our new gymnasium.  We will also have a concession stand available for customers to purchase refreshments while at the show.  There will be a $2.00 admission charge for adults and children 12 and under are free.  We will have a 50/50 raffle which will be drawn at 1pm.  Come and enjoy a growing farm toy show!… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA held State Leadership Night

On February 1, 2012, the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter hosted their first state Leadership Night. The theme was “The Power of Me, The Power of We”. Several members from Clermont North Eastern, Talawanda, and Edgewood FFA Chapters joined us for the evening. State officers Jessica Shanahan, Caitlyn Black, Caroline Weihl, and Shelby Faulkner also attended.

To begin the evening, the state officers gave each member a colored sticker. The color of your sticker determined which group you would be in for the evening. Before breaking up into groups, everyone chanted “The Power of Me, The Power of We” together. We also played a couple of games that got us moving around and interacting with new people. Then, we split up into our groups.

Each group went into a classroom with the state officer who was in charge of them. There were two stations for the groups to participate in. At one station, members were given a variety of objects and were asked to pick one that they felt best represented their personality.… Continue reading

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