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Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.

The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.

Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn.… Continue reading

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Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended 92nd National FFA Convention

By Maddox Rigel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Reporter
On Nov. 2 the Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention. This year marks the 50th anniversary since women were allowed in the FFA organization. Members attended several sessions and got to walk around the expo center. They had the opportunity to hear author and speaker Bob Goff. The chapter also got to see country artist Brett Young and attend Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo. Members Haley Back, Chyann Kendel and Kayla Stiver received their Amercian degree award Saturday morning.
We’d also like to congratulate member Chyann Kendel for being top four in the Nation for her Diversified Livestock proficiency. This is the first National finalist our chapter has had in our 55 year history.
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Benjamin Logan Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted Board of Education and Administrators at Appreciation Dinner

Benjamin Logan High School Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted the Benjamin Logan Board of Education and Administrators at the Annual Board/Administration Appreciation Dinner. Teachers from the various subject areas presented the following updates: Agriculture teachers have been researching the Ohio Agribusiness Association credential for their students as assistance to meeting graduation requirements. Additionally, Global Economics and Food Markets has been added to the course offerings. Teachers were pleased to note enrollment continues to rise.
The business department announced the offering of a new Business Marketing class to go along with the other business pathway courses of Business Foundations, Marketing Principles, and Financial Accounting. They also highlighted a few updates about the Career Connections program. This year we have 27 students who will be participating in our internship program throughout more than 7 partner sites. These students will also be completing their Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal that evaluates their workplace readiness skills.… Continue reading

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More Ohio highlights from the 2019 National FFA Convention

By Matt Reese and Kolt Buchenroth

Heading into the 2019 National FFA Convention, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 700,170 and, in the next year, Kolesen McCoy will be representing each of those members as only the third National FFA President from Ohio.

“It has been a mix of emotions and a roller coaster of a ride for sure. It is a very humbling experience. As soon as a heard my name called, I was shocked and overwhelmed with the excitement I had to go on this journey for the next 365 days with five amazing people at my side to be able to serve the 700,000 members across the country,” said McCoy from the Global Impact Stem Academy in Clark County. “And I can say that when I look at the five people around me there is a consistent message. They are not here for themselves, if that makes sense.… Continue reading

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Miami County FFA Members Attend National Convention

The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.

Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy elected National FFA President

At the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, it was announced that Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy was selected as a National FFA Officer and will serve at National FFA’s President. McCoy retired from office as State FFA President in May of this year, and has since undergone a competitive process to represent FFA’s 700,000 plus members on the six-person team. McCoy is a member of the Global Impact STEM Academy FFA Chapter and is student at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics.

OCJ’s Matt Reese caught up with McCoy earlier in the week about the interview process.

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National FFA Convention photo highlights

 

 

 

American FFA Degrees – 438

                                                        

American Star in Agribusiness Finalist Luke Scott, Wynford

 

American Star in Agriscience Finalist Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace

 

American Star Farmer Finalist Todd Peterson, Miami Trace

 

Honorary American Degree

Roland Fisher, Covington

 

National Officer Candidate Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

 

National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)

Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-Franklin

Agriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Agricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West Holmes

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTC

Beef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCC

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC

Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen

Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, Fairview

Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley

Diversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, Marietta

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCC

Equine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCC

Forage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky

Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville

Grain Production-Placement – Reed Aller, St.… Continue reading

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Ohio shines in National FFA Proficiency competition

 

Ohio FFA had an extremely impressive showing in the 2019 National Proficiency competition at the National FFA Convention with state-record setting 27 finalists. Six Ohio FFA members came out on top.

 

 

Interviews with Ohio’s National Proficiency Award winners

 

Rachel Sherman | Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship

Jacob Wuebker | Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Justin Scott | Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Austin Dotterer | Fruit Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Joanna Frankenberg | Dairy Production – Placement

Andy Holscher | Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – PlacementContinue reading

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Zajkowski National Agriscience Fair winner

There were a many National Agriscience Fair finalists from Ohio, but only one national winner. Jacob Zajkowski, from the Anthony Wayne Chapter, won Plant Systems Division 3.

In addition, in Plant Systems Division 4 Landen Tull and Audrey Pinger from Felicity-Franklin, finished in second place nationally; in Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 Owen Barnes and Olivia Barnes from Westfall finished in second place; and in Social Science Division 1 Bailee Amstutz from North Union finished second place. Justin Schobeloch and Darby Minor from Westfall finished in third place in Social Science Division 6.

Other Ohio National Agriscience Fair finalists included: Animal Systems Division 1 – Abigail Paxton, Utica

Animal Systems Division 2 – Alyssa Myers and Lola Proffitt, Felicity-Franklin

Animal Systems Division 4 – Collin Wallace and Kolton Skaggs, Ridgemont

Animal Systems Division 5 – Camille Stanton, Delaware Area CC

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 3 – Emily Stevens, New London

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Josiah Strahm and Jaden Hensel, Ridgemont

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-Franklin

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Austin Voshall, Global Impact STEM Academy

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Abigail Lister, Bloom-Carroll

Plant Systems Division 6 – Rebekah Grayless and Jordan Grayless, Eastern Brown

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Chase Fyffe, Global Impact STEM Academy

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Braden Skates, Pettisville

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 5 – Trina Orr, Utica

Social Science Division 3 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West Unity

Social Science Division 4 – Anna Wright and Lillian Fries, Anthony Wayne

Social Science Division 5 – Trinnetee France, Eastern Brown

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA November 2019 Member of the Month

The November 2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Braden Zekas. He is the son of Elyssa Hughes and Aaron Zekas. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Braden is a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter’s Meats Judging Team and has been diligently practicing weekly with the team. He competed in the County Soils Career Development Event in Urban Soils and attended the State Greenhand Conference.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.Continue reading

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Sharp siblings take national stage with their speaking skills

By Jessica Walker Boehm, National FFA Convention & Expo

Not only are siblings Sara and Aaron Sharp competing at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, but they’re also both taking part in public speaking Leadership Development Events — a highly unusual accomplishment the duo will likely remember for years to come.

For Sara and Aaron, both members of the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA in Ohio, FFA has long been a family affair. Their father, Kyle Sharp, served as the 1991-92 Ohio FFA State Reporter, while their paternal grandfather, Don Sharp Jr., was the 1965-66 Ohio FFA State Vice President. Paul Ewing, the siblings’ maternal grandfather, was an FFA advisor at Westfall High School in Williamsport, Ohio, from 1964 to 1974, and their uncle, Scott Sharp, is one of their FFA advisors.

“Joining FFA wasn’t mandatory for us, but it was definitely encouraged,” said Sara, who is currently a sophomore at Amanda-Clearcreek High School.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA State Officers busy this week at National Convention

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

Each year at the Ohio FFA State Convention 11 students are elected to serve the Ohio FFA Association for the next year. These students travel throughout Ohio to meet FFA members, alumni, and industry professionals to advocate for agriculture and agricultural education.

Since being elected in May, the team has been preparing for their year through training and spending the summer at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. The team has also been to Washington, D.C. for the State Officer Summit and the Ag Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Ohio State Fair. They also have a a very busy schedule the week of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Keep reading to learn more about the State Officers for the 2019-2020 year.

What are you most looking forward during your year as a state officer?

I am looking forward to the unexpected, yet impactful moments that I encounter.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

By Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter.

The Agricultural Advocacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary. The event was held to celebrate National Sheep Day on Saturday, October 26.

Members of the Ag Advocacy Committee challenged the students in Kindergarten and were given a sheep picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Amy Gerlach – Harper Addington

Mrs. Stephanie Larson – Grant Davis

Mr. Preston Elifritz – Weston Young

Mr. Justin Roeth – Luke Knoop

Each student participating received a pencil, bookmark and candy treat.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize of a sheep stuffed animal.  Congratulations to the winners!

During the event, the committee members shared that baseballs and tennis balls are both made from sheep wool fiber. Sheep have a fantastic memory and can retain identification of people or places for many years.Continue reading

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West Liberty-Salem FFA Ag Administrator Dinner

Reported by West Liberty-Salem FFA Reporter Alyssa Alford

The West Liberty-Salem FFA chapter along with the four other Champaign county schools hosted this year’s Ag Administrator Dinner on October 7, 2019 at the Dragonfly Vineyard just north of Urbana. WL-S Middle/High School Principal Greg Johnson and treasurer Chelsea Baldwin both attended alongside FFA advisor Trista Havens and FFA officers Adalyn Caudill, Alyssa Alford and Camrin Rice. This event is to show our appreciation to our administrators for their support of our organization and to highlight the importance of agriculture to all of us. At the dinner, WL-S FFA president, Adalyn Caudill gave a speech on how FFA has positively impacted her life. Our guest speaker, Levi Woodruff who spoke about agriculture and agri-entrepreneurism.

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West Holmes FFA participates in Antique Festival Parade

On October 6, 18 members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter attended the Antique Festival Parade in Millersburg. Members who attended include: Braxton Lint, Jayme Pennell, Nathan Yoder, Dawson Doretich, Pacee Miller, Blaine Winkler, Lexi Ogi, Josh Carter, Rebecca Sprang, Maria Steiner, Cora Crilow, Ethan Feikert, Leah Reining, Drake Mullet, Ally Ogi, Lucas Shaum, Ethan Drzazga, and Abby Waers. Thank you to all members who participated!… Continue reading

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