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Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA October Meeting

Rebecca Shindledecker, Wally Mitchell, Maggie Hoover, Dalton Cornett, Krystin Monroe, Ryan McGrill

By: Lynnlee Voge, Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA Reporter

Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA got back into the swing of things and held their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 14.  After business was conducted, members enjoyed snacks and decorated pumpkins. Chapter Officers judged the pumpkin creations and picked the best from five categories. Winners: Coolest, Rebecca Shindledecker; Most Creative, Wally Mitchell; Spookiest, Maggie Hoover; Funniest, Dalton Cornett; Best 5-Minute Throw Together, Krystin Monroe; Officer Choice, Ryan McGrill. Thank you Twin Valley South FFA Alumni & Supporters member Jamie Beneke for providing the pumpkins!… Continue reading

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Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Members Receive American Degrees

By: Lynnlee Voge, Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA Reporter

Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA is proud to have two members receiving the high honor that comes along with achieving the American FFA degree. Kaleb Cornett graduated from Twin Valley South in 2019 and earned the degree through working over 1,200 hours in his placement SAE at Cornett Custom Concrete. William (Tommy) Schleiger graduated from Twin Valley South in 2018 and earned the degree through working over 1,800 hours at his placement SAE, O’Reilly’s. 

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,136 American Degrees were awarded. Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA adds Cornett and Schleiger’s names to the list of 20 other members who have earned this degree since the chapter’s founding in 1964. … Continue reading

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TVS-MVCTC FFA Rated Three Stars

By: Lynnlee Voge, Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA Reporter

Working through the spring of 2020, the Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA chapter officers, along with their advisor, Mrs. Derringer, completed the National Chapter Award Application. The application contains a description of nine chapter activities, three goals for each event, and a plan of action to reach each goal. The nine events must correspond with the three categories of Growing Leaders, Strengthening Agriculture, and Building Communities. Some chapter events from the 2019 year that were highlighted on the application include hosting Ag Awareness Day, cooking meals for families staying at the Dayton Ronald McDonald House, and collecting recycling for the school district. 

The completed application was mailed to be graded by the Ohio FFA Association. Twin Valley South MVCTC-FFA was awarded a Gold rating at the state level. Ohio FFA sent the chapter’s work to be seen by National FFA. National ranks chapter applications on a three-star scale.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA fed local farmers

The first annual Northwestern FFA Feed a Farmer event was held on October 14th at Centerra of West Salem, as well as Commodity Blenders. This event was very successful. The officer team and members severed  approximately 60 meals that day. The chapter wanted to hold this event to thank the local farmers in the area for all that they do for this community as well as this country. Northwestern FFA would like to thank the Northwestern High School kitchen staff for helping us prepare the food for our event, as well as Commodity Blenders and Centerra of West Salem for donating their facilities. … Continue reading

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No Time Like Timber Time.

By: Abby Lewis, Chapter Reporter           

On October 6, the Oak Hill FFA competed in the state forestry CDE. In this competition the members had to identify forestry equipment ,  identify different species of trees, and identify what the forestry products were made from which species. The team also had to do timber cruising virtually, this is where the students have to tell how many 16 foot logs they could get out of one tree, then they had to determine the board foot from the tree, in addition they had to determine the price using a timber price sheet and calculate the total value of each tree and the total amount from the timber cruise.

The team placed 33rd in the Ohio FFA Forestry CDE out of the entire state. The members that were involved in this competition were Bradon Lewis, Walker Sites, Blade Reese, Garrett Hughes, Levi Lyons, Jennifer Meldick, Addy Dickens, Connor Stout, Maggie Bond, and Andrew Martin.… Continue reading

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MVCTC Veterinary Science Team placed Second in the Ohio FFA Veterinary Science CDE

MVCTC FFA and Veterinary Science Class of 2020 graduate Amanda Olson from Vandalia-Butler placed Third Place in Ohio Veterinary Science FFA CDE Contest.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter aims to follow the National FFA Mission.  The FFA mission is to make positive differences in students’ lives by developing their potential for career success through agricultural education and Career Development Events (CDE).

The Ohio Veterinary Science CDE is designed to assess the skills and knowledge that students must possess to prepare for post-secondary education and work in an animal health occupation, such as in a veterinarian’s office or an animal research facility.  Students demonstrate their technical competency with both small and large animals in the Veterinary Science Career Development Event.  Competency is demonstrated by completing a written exam, which was taken online in March of 2020.  The competency demonstration continues this fall virtually with scenario questions, identification, and a practicum. … Continue reading

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MVCTC FFA Juniors Participate in Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Submitted by: Keara Peffly, MVCTC FFA Reporter

Rayanna Decker, Animal Care and Management Grand Champion and First Place

Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC)  FFA juniors from Agriculture and Livestock Production, Animal Care & Management, Diesel Power Technologies, Natural Resource Management, Retail Agriculture Services, and Veterinary Science decorated pumpkins.  The decorating contest was based on the theme “For The Future; For All”.  This is the theme for the upcoming National FFA Convention and Expo, which is all about growing the next generation of leaders.  With this theme in mind, the Officer Team and the Committee Chairmen judged pumpkins from each lab.

The Officers and Committee Chairmen judged each group of pumpkins.  The Officer Team and Committee Chairmen placed three pumpkins into a first place, second place, and the most creative from each class. 

  • Agriculture and Livestock Production
    • First Place – Hannah Randolph (Eaton) and Hailey Ashmor (Arcanum-Butler)
    • Second Place – Ryan Thobe (Tri-Village) and Amos Weimer (Tri-Village)
    • Most Creative – Luke Dillhoff (Twin Valley South) and Kate Manning (Preble Shawnee)
  • Animal Care and Management
    • First Place – Rayanna Decker (Northridge)
    • Second Place – Sage Wallace (Preble Shawnee), Kayla Stidham (Eaton), and Reagan Doughty (Northmont)
    • Most Creative – Jenna Eyer (Tri-Village)
  • Diesel Power Technologies
    • First Place –  Marcus Fourman (Arcanum-Butler)
    • Second Place – Alex Monnin (Arcanum-Butler)
    • Most Creative – Cheyanne Epperson (Preble Shawnee) and Cameron Daugherty (Arcanum-Butler)
  • Natural Resource Management
    • First Place – Dalton Marshall (Brookville), Bailey Schaafn (West Carrollton), Erin Keihl (Arcanum-Butler), and Emma Lawson-Keckler (Milton-Union)
    • Second Place – Molly Comer (Northmont)
    • Most Creative – Anja Hubers (Miamisburg), Emalee Haemmerle (Preble Shawnee), Braden Hall (Huber Heights), and Cameron Obach (Huber Heights)
  • Retail Agricultural Services
    • First Place – Mason Willetts (Tri-Village) and Justin Thomas (Milton-Union)
    • Second Place – Mackenzie Hopkins (New Lebanon) and Mike Seger (Tri-Village)
    • Most Creative – Chris Ryan (Carlisle) and Connor Hawkins (Northmont)
  • Veterinary Science
    • First Place – Ava Knipp (Miamisburg)
    • Second Place – Hailey Sager (Arcanum-Butler)
    • Most Creative – Brayden Clouse (New Lebanon) and Hayley Wyatt (Brookville)

Rayanna Decker (Animal Care & Management/Northridge) was selected as the Grand Champion and Overall Winner.… Continue reading

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ME FFA Hosts Greenhand Conference

The first-ever Miami East-MVCTC Greenhand Conference was recently hostec for first-year FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The purpose of the conference was to build upon and challenge the FFA awareness and knowledge that the new members held.

During the conference leadership workshops were offered on FFA leadership opportunities, teamwork challenges, goal setting, and FFA opportunities. Additionally, Career Development Event roundtables were held to share and explain various competitions FFA members can participate in. Members participated in team challenges and had virtual greetings from the State FFA President Bethany Starlin. 

Leading the workshops were the 2020-21 Miami East Chapter Officers. Those participating were Isaac Beal, Adam Bensman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Chloe Gump, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, and Lauren Wright.

The Miami East Greenhand members attending were Ella Fine, Ayla Gilbert, Fletcher Harris, Alaina Helsinger, Abigail Kadel, Jadyn Maingi, Madison Maxson, Elisabeth Norman, Lindsey Ott, Logan Phillips, Landin Putnam, Hunter Randall, Jacob Roeth, Ty Roeth, and Thomas Wallace. … Continue reading

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River Valley FFA: Starting the Year Off Hybrid….

By: Kayleigh Aiken, chapter reporter

During 2020 there have been many struggles and difficulties that we have overcome and faced. One being schooling either all online, in person, or River Valley’s option hybrid model that started September first as an easy start. The first three days were split up by the alphabet, Tuesday the first A-G, Wednesday the second H-N, and Thursday the third O-Z. Even though it was an easy start student’s, teachers, and parents were lost because it was all new. For River Valley’s FFA chapter we’re trying to find different ways to still stay united and attend functions virtually to boost chapter members’ spirits. During these tough times it’s important for us to work together, but also keep each other safe including wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands frequently. Even though we’re not able to hold meetings face to face we are trying to find  ways to keep everyone in the mindset of feeling efficient, involved, and a part of this chapter because they most certainly are. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA elps prepare for 2020 Harvest Glow

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Thursday, October 1st,  West Holmes FFA members attended a community service event at Harvest Ridge in the expo center to carve pumpkins for the 2nd annual Harvest Glow event that is held at the Fairgrounds. Members carved from 3-7 and were thanked with a meal by Exclusively Yours Catering. On Saturday, October 3rd, The West Holmes FFA Chapter held their 2nd annual Ag Olympics at the Harvest Ridge fairgrounds. They were joined by the Triway and Smithville FFA chapters. Members competed in different games which included an obstacle course, tug of war, sack race, pumpkin bowling, egg toss, pie eating, milk the cow, and bale toss. The Smithville members were named the winners and received the rotating trophy and $300 for their chapter provided by the Harvest Glow Committee.  Thanks to all of the members who participated in pumpkin carving and the Ag Olympics! … Continue reading

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Utica FFA attends Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference

By: Georgia Gamble, chapter reporter

The Utica FFA Officer Team participated in the annual Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference in the form of a zoom meeting on September 30th. Normally held at The Ohio State House, the event took place as a webinar due to COVID-19. Joining from all over the state of Ohio, there were around three hundred FFA participants. The meeting started with a 40 minute session where Agricultural issues were discussed between Tony Seegers, Director of State Policy; Ty Higgins, Director of Media Relations; and Jenna Beadle, Director of State Policy, all from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. Following, Congressman Troy Balderson and State Senator Bob Peterson spoke about what FFA means to them. The meeting continued with participants breaking out into smaller groups. In these smaller workshops, FFA members played Pictionary, learned about advocacy and lobbying and shared their personal FFA stories.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Members Participate in Recycling During the Fair

By: Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter   

During the week of the 2020 Wayne County Fair, members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter participated in the recycling program.  Members went around each night at closing time and collected recycling items around the fairgrounds in coordination with Jeff Harmon and the Senior Fair Board, the Joint Solid Waste District. Ellie Hanshaw, Anthony Welch, Craig Wellert, Kaleb Badger, Grant Bond, Kade Tegtmeier, Jacoby Gilbert, Caydence Scale, Brooke Stinemetz, Kara Mckay, Kirsten Boreman, Lily Boreman, Mary Wellert, Haley Cadwell, Jadeyn Berry, Cole Wharton and Ethan Schwarts helped throughout the week. As well as alumni members Austin Beegle, Brock Tegtmeier, Becca Harbaugh, and Sydney Harmon. Members collected recycling items such as cardboard boxes and food waste and containers. This year members were able to remove many pounds of recyclables from the waste stream of the fair.  The Northwestern FFA Chapter is glad to have the opportunity to participate in this program.   … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter held annual meeting

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Monday, September 28, the West Holmes FFA Chapter had its annual meeting at West Holmes High School. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies they went onto officer reports and new business. The following motions were made, Garrett Houin moved and Ally Ogi seconded to approve member t-shirt & sweatshirt designs as recommended by the Earnings and Savings Committee. Motion passed. Sarah Irwin moved and Alysa Pringle seconded to hold the October meeting at Grassbaugh’s & pay for a tent & supplies. Motion passed. Jess Miller moved and Amy Hughes seconded to hold the annual fruit sale October 8-November 16. Motion passed. Cody Miller moved and Addison Yates seconded to have 4 tins of nuts, 1 mixed bag, 1 gallon of BBQ sauce, 4 bottles of BBQ sauce, 5 cracker cuts of cheese, 3 rings of trail equal a case of fruit.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Hosts CDE Lunch and Learn for Members

By: Vesta Miller, 2020-2021 Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter

On September 22 and 24, the Anthony Wayne FFA officer team held a Career Development Event (CDE) Lunch and Learn. FFA members enjoyed a Chick-fil-A boxed lunch while learning about the dairy cattle, public speaking, wildlife, and floriculture CDEs. CDEs are FFA contests that students may choose to practice for and compete in throughout the year. 

During the event, students placed a class of four cows, evaluating their qualities for producing milk. Then students identified tack used with horses. Next, students listened to various sounds made by wild animals in Ohio, and guessed which animal made each sound. To practice public speaking, students were given a simple prompt and then gave a one-minute speech to another student. Finally, the students created a floral arrangement to take with them. At the conclusion, students were given a list of all CDE teams available for them to join throughout the school year.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Chapter Earns Top Awards

By: Audrey Butterbaugh, chapter reporter

For the first time in chapter history, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter was recognized by receiving a “Top 10 National Chapter” award in both the Strengthening Agriculture and Growing Leaders divisions at the state level.

Each year, FFA chapters in the state of Ohio have the opportunity to submit an application to the National Chapter Award Program with a chance to be recognized with an award. Based on activities performed throughout the year, there are three divisions any one chapter can receive an award in: Growing Leaders, Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture. In order to receive a National Chapter Award, the chapter’s application went through a two step process. The application must first be passed through Ohio FFA Association requirements to even be considered for this award. Then, the application is forwarded to the National FFA Association to be ranked among other FFA chapters across the country.… Continue reading

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Corn Contest Proves Big Ears Means Big Yields

Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a prize. Overall winners were presented with an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter. All participants earned a corn-related prize.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agricultural Education students in Plant and Animal Science classes took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Isaac Beal. Her corn was predicted to yield 348 bushels to the acre with a 36,500 seed population per acre. His corn was an Ebberts product. Second place went to Matthew Osting who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 339 bushels per acre with a 35,000 seed population per acre.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2020 Clean up day

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Saturday, September 19th, 20 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service. Members who participated include Natasha Averbukh, Dyllan Bender, Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Ansen Hall, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Samantha Kendall, Caden McDougle, Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Alysa Pringle, Leah Reining, Dakotah Ringwalt, Becca Schuch, Emma Stitzlein, Ashley Tate, Syrus Tish, Abby Waers, and Addison Yates. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9 am – 12 pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC October 2020 FFA Member of the Month

The October 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Braden Zekas. He is the son of Elyssa Hughes and Aaron Zekas. He is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Braden recently participated in the State Dairy Cattle, State Meats, and State Poultry Evaluation Career Development Events. He helped each of the teams place at or above seventh in the state. In the Dairy Cattle event he was second overall from Miami East. In the Poultry competition he was the highest individual from Miami East, placing 14th in the event. And, in the Meats Evaluation event he was fourth overall from Miami East. Braden’s Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of a large vegetable garden in which he markets his products to family and friends.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

By Libby Carpenter, chapter reporter

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Anna Broerman, Gretchen Stevens, Anthony Putnam, and Jimmy Sutherly.

Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Patty Gentis – Lexi Bowers 

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Avery Baker

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Shelby Weaver

Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Alexa Bade

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!

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MVCTC Program of the week is Agriculture & Livestock Production

Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) program of the week for September 21, 2020 is the Agriculture & Livestock Production program.

Agriculture and Livestock Production teaches students about the business of Agriculture. Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Agronomy, and Ag Business are the main courses taught, along with equipment operation and maintenance to give students hands-on experiences to be successful in agriculture careers. This program gives students the opportunity to earn college credits at Sinclair Community College and the 12-point Ohio Agribusiness and Production Systems Certificate.

Students learn:

  • Business management for agriculture and environmental systems
  • Livestock Selection and Nutrition, Artificial Insemination and Selection
  • Agronomic Systems – Soils, Pest Management, Hazardous Materials Management, Plant Nutrition, Harvesting and Storage
  • Learn to manage a 50-acre grain farm and operate new technology in agriculture, precision guidance systems and operations, precision agriculture equipment, and software

Students in this program also are able to participate in the Advanced Placement Work-Based Learning program, participate in the Career Technical Student Organization FFA, can earn the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Approved Industry-Ohio Agribusiness Association Agribusiness and Production Systems Certification, and havec college connection opportutnies with Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)², Edison State Community College, and Sinclair Community College

To learn more about MVCTC and the program of the week, visit www.mvctc.com/AR where… Continue reading

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