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BC FFA hosts Drive One 4UR School










The sun was shining and the temperature was high. The Bloom Carroll FFA had a great spring day and a great crowd for their Drive One 4 UR School event held in cooperation with Ricart Ford.

“We’ve had a great turnout,” said Brady Kiehl, a Bloom Carroll FFA member. “We had to get in touch with a lot of sponsors, put ads in the local papers and advertise to get the word out, but so far, there have been more people than we thought.”

The event was held outside the high school and Ricart Ford brought several vehicles for visitors to test drive, including a new, blue Mustang that was very popular. For each visitor test drive, Ford made a donation to the Bloom Carroll FFA.

The Chapter was happy with the number of test drives and so was Ricart Ford.

“Bloom Carroll did a great job of getting people in and promoting the event,” said Zane Webb, with Ricart Ford.… Continue reading

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Reflections from State Convention: Stacie Seger

With a blink of an eye, two days flew by and I was home unloading my suitcase after another amazing State FFA Convention. Whether I was listening to a session, interviewing a keynote speaker, or chilling with fellow FFA members, I had an active and exciting trip. The two days had me reaching new heights and striving toward infinite potential.

Thursday evening I anxiously waited for the announcement of the winner for the Prepared Speaking   Contest. After hearing my named being called for 1st place, I remember being rushed off stage, having a microphone and sound pack attached to my jacket, and stepping back into the bright lights. It was the best feeling presenting my speech to the huge crowd. The many hours of hard work I put into the speech were definitely worth it for those 8 minutes on stage. I am eager to enter the next stage of competition – Nationals!… Continue reading

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Sentinel FFA Hosts Ag Awareness Day for Tiffin fifth graders

Students of the Tiffin-Sentinel FFA Chapter hosted an Ag Awareness Day to educate local fifth graders about the many facets of Agriculture.  Less than 2% of today’s agriculture industry is production agriculture; therefore, the majority of the population is not involved in farming. FFA members felt the need to educate our youth about the industry. There were nine stations total, some included: Greenhouse Management, Soils, Animals, Ways to Eat Healthy, Crop Science as well as a Hay Ride. All participants had a fun filled day and gained useful information about the Agriculture Industry as well.

“Students really came together to coordinate this service learning project.  I am really proud of each of them and the success of the day.  By conducting service learning projects such as these students gain valuable leadership skills that will last a lifetime,” said FFA Advisor Carrie Schlechter.

FFA is a national organization of more than 450,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.… Continue reading

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Two Miami East teams qualify for National Agriscience Fair

On Thursday, May 5, 29 members of the Miami East FFA Chapter participated in the State Agriscience Fair in Columbus. Members conducted a science research project related to the agricultural field. They constructed a display board and demonstrated their understanding of the scientific method during an interview. This is the most students that ever participated in this event.

Earning a gold rating and first place were two teams. Both teams qualified for the National Agriscience Fair in October during the National FFA Convention.  Kodey Price and Luke House placed first with their project entitled “Grow Grass Fast” where they tested the germination of growth of grass in different types of soils. Macaleh Thompson and Sarah Pottorf placed first with their project entitled “PETA – Public Education: Topic Agriculture.” They surveyed the students at Miami East High School of their knowledge of production agriculture. They were recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention with a certificate and cash prize.… Continue reading

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Highlights from Session 5

Session 5 was the grandest of them all at the 83rd  Ohio FFA Convention and was highlighted with laughter, recognition of achievements and and few tears. Session 5 included:

* A touching tribute to long Steve Gratz from the many past state officers he worked with through his years of service to the Ohio FFA.

* A dynamite retiring address from State President Amy Jo Frost who encouraged all FFA members to lean on each other for support. She sang with some great backup singers telling the crowd of 6,022 to “Lean on me.”

* LA Comedian turned Highland County farmer Drew Hastings entertained the crowd with his misadventures of a city boy on the farm.

* State FFA Degrees were handed out.

* The new state officer team was announced.

* Excellent performances from the FFA Band and FFA Choir.



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2011-2012 State FFA Officer Team

President: Jessica Shanahan, Mechanicsburg

Vice President: Brent Stammen, Versailles

Secretary: Benjamin Nething, Southeast

Treasurer: Aaron Miller, Amanda-Clearcreek

Reporter: Caitlyn Black, Bloom Carroll

Sentinel: Shelby Faulkner, A.B. Graham

District 1 President: Caroline Weihl, Otsego

District 2 President: Ryan Roberts, Wellington

District 3 President: Marie Arnold, Smithville

District 4 President: Diana Stacey, Old Fort

District 5 President: Devon Alexander, Anna

District 6 President: Morgan Wade, Buckeye Valley

District 7 President: Sierra Jepsen, Amanda-Clearcreek

District 9 President: A.J. Helterbrand, Hillsboro

District 10 President: Katerine Gaskins, Sheridan

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Highlights from 4th Session

The Fourth Session (and the talent show that proceeded it) gave many more Ohio FFA members the opportunity to shine. Here are some highlights:

* The Secretary’s Award

* The Treasurer’s

* The Reporter’s Award

* Tiffany Rogers, the National FFA Eastern Region VP, shared the importance of being yourself.

* The CDE winners were recognized.

• Kathleen Seeley, Benjamin Logan, was named the Agriscience Student of the Year.

• Ashley Siferd, Cory-Rawson, was named Ohio’s top Agri-Entrepreneurship award winner.
• Participants in the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair were recognized.
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Highlights from the Third Session

The Third Session of the Ohio FFA Convention was packed with highlights including:

* 5,374 guests were registered at the Convention.

* Jodi Hassan, with the Ohio FFA Alumni Association, provided an update of how the organization is working for students.

* Lucy Whitehead, with the National FFA Alumni Association, announced that the FFA, Carhart, and Tractor Supply Company worked with Harvest for America to get nearly 1 million pounds of food to those in need. Top chapters in Ohio for this effort were Upper Sandusky, Felicity Franklin and Evergreen (the top chapter) that donated 21,289 pounds of food.

* The top chapter in Ohio was Ridgemont. Other top chapters included: Wauseon (chapter development), Norwayne (community development), and Miami East (student development).

* Ohio farm boy and former state officer Rick Metzger gave the keynote address highlighting the four rules to success; drink from the fountain of happiness, steal time for kindness, swear to do your best, and lie down at night and be thankful that you live in the U.S.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Convention: Session 2 Highlights

In the second session of the Ohio FFA Convention, Highlights included:

• Honorary State FFA Degree recipients were recognized.

• Bethany Carison, Edgerton, won the Creed Speaking Contest and presented the State FFA Creed.
• Stacie Seger, Ft. Loramie, won the Prepared Public Speaking Contest and presented her speech on water quality issues at Grand Lake St. Mary’s.
• 2010 national FFA winners from Ohio were recognized.
• Adam Kroeger, Delphos, was named Ohio Star in Agribusiness.
• Nathan Fortkamp, Ft. Recovery, was named Ohio Star in Agricultural Placement
• Brady Campbell, Waterford, was named Ohio Star Farmer
• Ashley Currie, Liberty Benton, sang for the crowd as a FFA Talent act.
• The keynote speaker, former national FFA officer Trent McKnight, spoke about getting up every time you fall down.
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Student Reporters Go Behind the Scenes at Convention

Prior to convention, the Ohio FFA state officers work vigorously to plan a convention that runs professionally and smoothly. After their performance in the first session it was evident that their hard work paid off. Much goes on behind stage, however, that most FFA members are not aware of.

To start off, the officers are provided with dressing rooms. Colin Barclay, the 2010-2011 state Sentinel, says that it is a necessity because he needs to make sure that his hair looks good before each session. The males on the team refer to their dressing room as the “Man Cave.” There are two rules to the Man Cave. One, the state officer boys are always right, and two, if you think that they might be wrong, refer to rule number one. So, if you have a question or problem, ask the boys of the state officer team because they will know the answer!… Continue reading

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Highlights from the First Session 83rd Ohio FFA Convention

At the first session:
* State FFA Advisor Ike Kershaw talked about the significant expansion in FFA educational opportunities for students.
* A check was presented to the Children’s Miracle Network at Nationwide Children’s Hospital from the Ohio FFA for $31,155.
* CROP/Church World Service received a check for $10, 251 from the Ohio FFA.
* The audience heard about the virtues of chocolate milk as a delicious sports drink.
* Keynote speaker Chad Hymas talked about an accident that led to his paralysis that crippled his body but not his potential. He shared his emotional and powerful story with the FFA students.
* Proficiency winners were announced.… Continue reading

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