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West Holmes FFA members participated trap shoot

On Saturday April 23rd West Holmes FFA members participated in the trap shoot. The girls team placed second out of 8 teams. Becca Schuch and Logan VanSickle tied for 5th place overall and Becca was the high girl score. Emma Stitzlein and Alexa Tate tied for 2nd, Andi Schuch was 4th, and Amy Hughes was 5th in the girls. Justice Hendrix and Keith Hawkins rounded out the shooters. Thank you to Silver Dollar for hosting!… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter sent several judging teams to the state judging competition

This spring the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent several judging teams to the state judging competition in Columbus, Ohio on March 26th and 29th. The judging teams that competed were the Horse team, Dairy team, Poultry team, the General Livestock team, and Vet Science team. 
The poultry team placed 23rd out of 57 teams, individually Sarah Irwin was 77th, Becca Schuch was 78th, Dakotah Ringwalt was 154th and Alysa Pringle was 163rd out of 216 individuals. Poultry Judging consists of a general knowledge test, parts ID, carcass evaluation, live bird judging, and ready to cook bird placing classes.  The Dairy team placed 28th out of 62 teams, Individually Wyatt Schlauch was 17th, Amy Hughes was 110th, John Maloney was 196th, and Maison Carter 343rd out of 405 individuals. The Dairy Judging contest consisted of a general knowledge test, cow and heifer judging, sire selection, and pedigree selection. The horse team placed 43rd out of 96 teams, individually Bree Pringle was 31st, Ian Barr was 33rd, and Gabby Yates was 270th out of 342 individuals.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA presented to the second graders about production agriculture

Benjamin Logan FFA members spent their day on April 26th at  Bellefontaine Elementary School presenting to the second graders about production agriculture. Some of the stations included beef, corn, dairy, livestock, poultry and learning about how a tractor operates. Students also enjoyed a hamburger provided by the Logan County Cattlemen’s Association. Benjamin Logan FFA member, Talley Hartraniff, said “I enjoyed teaching the students how the properly care for a horse.” Another Benjamin Logan FFA member Georgia Bates stated “ I enjoyed working with the students and teaching them where their food comes from.”

On April 28th, the FFA members at Benjamin Logan got the opportunity to help along side the presenters, Bob and Lois Stoll, Nancy McGuire and JIll Smith, with an Ag Day for the 2nd graders at Benjamin Logan. The stations included beef, corn, dairy, livestock, poultry and learning about how a tractor operates.Students were also given a hamburger provided by the Logan County Cattlemen’s Association.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA May 2022 FFA Members of the Month 

The May 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Katie Larson, Emma Sutherly and Samuel Sutherly. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School. They have all earned the State FFA Degree and been four year members of the Chapter.
Katie Larson is the daughter of Michael and Stephanie Larson. She has participated in Grain Merchandising competition and Farm Safety Day. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of breeding dogs and showing market goats. She plans to attend Cedarville University to major in Early Childhood Education.
Emma Sutherly is the daughter of Sam and Laura Sutherly. She is a Top 4 Finalist in the State Goat Production Proficiency and participated in the Food Science competition. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience is breeding goats and job placement at Miami Valley Feed and Grain. She plans to major in Agricultural Communications at Kansas State University.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA April 2022 Recap

By Melinda Wesley- Utica FFA Reporter          

            With May fast approaching, we wanted share to you what’s going on in the Utica FFA chapter. To kick off the month of April, we celebrated our National FFA week, we got news of State Agriscience fair finalists, tried new CDE’s, and hosted our annual Banquet.

            Coming back from spring break started our celebration of National FFA Week. Monday was Camouflage day, Tuesday was cowboy day and also Drive Your Tractor to School Day, Wednesday was “Anything but a backpack” day, students were challenged with bringing their school supplies in anything but a book bag. Thursday was FFA national blue and corn gold day, and finally, Friday was Hawaiian day. A big thanks to all the students and staff who participated with us!

            The Agriscience fair is when students come up with a question relating to agriculture and test it as a science experiment.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA 51th annual banquet

Benjamin Logan FFA held their 51th annual banquet on April 23, 2022.  We decided to continue with last year’s idea of holding an outdoor banquet. Benjamin Logan FFA was honored to recognize their members for all of their hard work and dedication to the organization while providing a meal from Where’s There Smoke and The Flying Pepper Food Trucks. Highlights of the banquet included senior and senior parent recognition as well as ….

Chapter Honorary FFA Degrees

  • Kyle Ackley
  • Jerry Forsythe

State FFA Degrees 

  • Alicia Jenkins 
  • Kendra Kennedy
  • Owen O’ Brien
  • Whitney Willoby
  • Carson Lyden
  • Ava Boysel

American FFA Degrees

  • Tanner Anspach
  • Bradey Ackley 
  • Matt Black 
  • Emily Roth
  • Tanner Sines

Top Ten Fruit Sales

  • Lyllian Kelley 1st
  • Emily Musser 2nd
  • Carson Lyden 3rd
  • Payton Henry 4th
  • Addison & Andrew Huffman 5th
  • Justin Elliot 6th
  • Elizabeth Deardurff 7th
  • Shelbie Snoke 8th
  • Madison Buettner 9th
  • Ava Liles 10th

Proficiency Awards

  • Tanner Anspach- Turfgrass Management

Excellence in Agriculture Awards

  • Lyllian Kelley & Addison Huffman- Freshmen
  • Samantha Howe-Niswonger- Sophomore
  • Owen O’ Brien and Matthew Beikman – Juniors
  • Matt Smith – Guidance Counselor

Chapter Star Awards

  • Samantha Howe-Niswonger- Star Greenhand
  • Taylor Forsythe- Star Chapter Farmer
  • Ava Boysel- Star in Agribusiness
  • Sally Stolly- Outstanding Supporter

Retiring Benjamin Logan FFA Officers

  • Shelbie Snoke- President
  • Kendra Kenndy- Vice President
  • Whitney Willoby- Secretary
  • Maria Henderson- Treasurer 
  • Madison Buettner- Reporter
  • Matthew Beikman- Sentinel
  • Taylor Forsythe- Student Advisor

2022-2023 Benjamin Logan FFA Officers

  • Kendra Kenndy-President
  • Owen O’Brien- Vice President
  • Whitney Willoby- Secretary
  • Emily Musser- Treasurer
  • Madison Buettner- Reporter
  • Addison Huffman- Sentinel
  • Carson Lyden- Student Advisor
  • Liam Sweeney- Asst.
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Benjamin Logan FFA members competed in State Dairy Judging competition

Emily Musser led the team by placing 8th in state.

On March 29th Benjamin Logan FFA members Garret Stineman, Kenzee Roseburrough, Matthew Cox, Micah Ackley, and Alex Crumm competed in the State Dairy Judging competition at the Ohio State Fair Grounds. FFA member Kenzee Roseburrough said “I had a good time judging dairy and can’t wait until next year.” The purpose of the Dairy Cattle CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to select quality dairy cattle. Students will be challenged with pedigree evaluation, sire selection, linear evaluation, a written test, placing classes and written class reasons.

On March 29th Benjamin Logan FFA members Elizabeth Deardurff, Emily Musser, Peyton Henry, and Gavin Hamm competed in the State Dairy Handlers competition at the Ohio State Fair Grounds where Emily Musser led the team by placing 8th in state. FFA member Emily Musser said “I had a great time competing and was very excited with how I placed.”… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA April meeting

On April 15th the West Holmes FFA held their April meeting. The regular meeting of the West Holmes FFA chapter came to order on April 15,2022 at 10am. The meeting took place at Triway Lanes and was brought to order by President Cora Crilow. Opening ceremonies were held and officer reports were given. New business; Casey Ogi moved and Lexy Starner seconded to hold Quality Assurance training in class. Motion passed. Alexa Tate moved and Jenna Sheldon seconded set gold, silver, and bronze members for the banquet. Motion passed. Ava Eberhard moved and Andi Schuch seconded to hold an Adopt-A-Highway clean-up after school before the May meeting. Motion passed. Garrett Fowler moved and Maria Steiner seconded to hold a County Home clean-up this spring. Motion passed. Andi Schuch moved and Garrett Houin seconded to pay for the turkeys and supplies. Motion passed. Zora Starner moved and Emily Sheely seconded to hold and pay for officer retreat.… Continue reading

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Zane Trac FFA April 2022 Update

FFA Members Beautify for Buck Fifty (And for ZT Prom Too!)

If you happened to drive up Sulphur Spring, Snyder or Dry Run Roads on Friday, April 8th you might have noticed a crew of neon yellow clad ZT FFA members picking up litter from the roadsides that day! FFA members partnered with the Ross County Litter Control agency to remove 72 bags of trash and 22 bags of aluminum cans from the 5 miles of roadway they covered. The Buck Fifty runners will race along those roads on April 22nd so the FFA wanted to make the area around Zane Trace look its best for participants in the event.  The timing of the clean up day also made the roadways clean for the Zane Trace Prom. The Zane Trace FFA Chapter is a satellite of PRCTC.

Veterinary Science Team Represents Well in State Contest

Do you know the steps involved in administering an oral tablet to a dog?… Continue reading

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River Valley students competes in Dairy Handling CDE

Our senior chapter member Kyla Stockdale has been participating in the Dairy Handling CDE since her freshman year of high school.

Kyla said, “Due to COVID I was unable to participate one year,  so this was my third year competing.” Throughout her years of high school, Kyla has secured many placements. In her freshman year, she placed 17th out of 39, her Sophomore year she placed 4th of 9, and Senior year she placed 11th out of 36. Her favorite part of the CDE is being in the ring doing what she loves, which is showing. 

The Dairy handling CDE is held at The Ohio State Fairgrounds. This year it was held on March 29, 2022. Kyla’s day at this event includes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a fifteen-minute drive to The Ohio State Fairgrounds. Once she arrives, she has to make sure she is registered, and then she waits for directions.… Continue reading

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Fifth Session highlights

The Fifth Session had many highlights, including the announcement of the new officer team and Jake Zajkowski’s retiring address. Photos by Devan Foster and Avery Shoffner.

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2022-2023 Ohio FFA Officer Team

President: Aubrey Schwartz- Miami Trace Great Oaks

Vice President: Hannah Saum – Amanda-Clearcreek

Secretary: Graham Carson- Miami Trace Great Oaks

Treasurer: Katie Oestreich- Eastwood

Reporter: Alyson Murphy- McClain

Sentinel: Kennedy Short – Fayetteville 

Vice President at Large: Benjamin Bitner- Twin Valley South-MVCTC; Dalton Mullins – Miami Trace Great Oaks; Shayden Heiser- Seneca East; Landon Shelpman- Global Impact; and Luke Jennings- Felicity- Franklin

President: Aubrey Schwartz- Miami Trace Great Oaks

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Fourth Session highlights

The Fourth Session included comments from National FFA President Cole Baerlocher, state officer parents were recognized, and chapter officers were highlighted as well. CDE awards were announced too. Photos by Allison Kinney and Chloe Anderson.

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