FFA News

West Liberty-Salem freshmen receive FFA Jackets thanks to BECK’s Hybrids

By Alyssa Alfordy, Chapter Reporter

West Liberty-Salem freshmen Kiersten Holtvoigt, Makenna Smith, Adam Stapleton and Travis Cropper all received their first FFA Jackets free thanks to BECK’s Hybrids, a family-owned seed company that serves much of the midwest.

Beyond its place in Official Dress, an FFA corduroy jacket is an article of faith, honor and pride.

The jacket unifies members in a long-standing tradition and reminds them that they are part of something larger than themselves. Nine first year FFA members from WL-S have received scholarships from BECK’s hybrids in the past three years. These student are amongst thousands of students who apply every year for the scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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Zane Trace FFA Members Attend Leadership Conference

On Jan. 9, 2020, members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter travelled to Mad River Mountain to attend the State Officer Leadership day. The 25 ZT FFA Members, as well as over 200 other students from all over the state, began the conference with a workshop. This workshop showcased different ways that students can be leaders, and encouraged students to implement them in their lives. Students were broken into two large groups, with three of the 2019-2020 Ohio FFA State Officers facilitating each of the leadership workshops.
Following the workshop, students were able to hit the slopes for a fun afternoon of skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing. Less experienced students were able to learn how to ski or snowboard from the staff at Mad River Mountain, and more experienced students were able to ski on the more difficult slopes.
“I really enjoyed snowboarding at the conference,” said Austin Wingo, a sophomore at Zane Trace, “at least until I fell.”… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA ugly sweater chapter meeting

On Tuesday, December 10th, the West Holmes FFA chapter held its December meeting, where members were encouraged to wear an ugly sweater or Christmas apparel. The meeting was called to order by President Jayme Pennell. Opening ceremonies took place and then we had a motion to recess. Then we moved on to new business. We discussed fruit sales, sending freshmen and sophomores to MFE, and going to snow trails. After the meeting, each member was asked to purchase and bring an item that is worth ten dollars in value. We had many gifts, ranging from blankets to gift cards. We concluded the evening with a dessert bar. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter hosted a statewide FFA leadership night

On December 5th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter hosted a statewide FFA leadership night highlighted by a workshop from Wyatt Kissell and Beth Pozderac. There were over 100 members from West Holmes, Harrison Central, Loudonville, Hillsdale, Norwayne, RG Drage CTC, Triway, Smithville, and Hiland. Upon arrival, members had the opportunity to eat pizza, chips and pop. Around 6:30 we began with ice breakers such as, 2 truths and a lie, nut stacker, human knot, balloon pop, and various other activities planned by West Holmes FFA Officers. At 7, the State Officers, Beth Pozderac and Wyatt Kissell spoke to us about why followership is important. Many famous role models have all been a follower in their lives. To become a leader you have to follow something. They left us with the question, how can you apply followership to your life? At the conclusion of the evening we had a dodgeball tournament with the other schools.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Receives Three Star National Chapter Award

On Thursday, October 31st 2019, Mowrystown FFA was in Indianapolis Indiana on National FFA Convention. On this day, Mowrystown FFA President Cora Gillespie and Treasurer Robert Wickline walked across the national stage to receive the Three Star National Chapter Award for Mowrystown FFA.

This award is only awarded to a small number of chapters who have worked to earn the title of a Three Star Chapter. An application must be filled out on activities and events the FFA chapters attends and holds. This application is filled out by the officer team of each year. This allows for the team to work together in order to complete one common goal.

This is a highly respected achievement and something that few chapters can achieve. Earning a Three Star National Chapter Award proves that Mowrystown FFA chapter is not only one of the more superior chapters in Ohio, but also one of the more superior chapters in the nation.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA members received their State FFA Degrees

This month, 5 Mowrystown FFA members received their State FFA Degrees during the 90th Ohio State FFA Convention on May 3rd. These members included Nathan Frazer, Clay Risner, Cora Gillespie, Brianna Purvis, and Cylee Bratton. The State FFA Degree is a high achievement in the FFA organization and the agriculture industry in general. To earn this award, members must complete a list of specific goals to be eligible, and a lot of hard work and time is dedicated into these degrees.It is a very respectable accomplishment as only 2% of members go on to earn this award. Frazer, Risner, Gillespie, Purvis, and Bratton have worked extremely hard to be able to say they are State FFA Degree recipients.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Attends National Convention

From October 30th – November 2nd 2019, twenty Mowrystown FFA members were in Indianapolis to attend the 92nd National FFA Convention And Expo. Throughout this four day trip, students took educational tours and trips, and attended various National FFA Convention sessions. This gave members the opportunity to grow as leaders, meet new people, and learn more about how they can improve their chapter.

On the first day after breakfast, students traveled from small Mowrystown Ohio, to large Indianapolis Indiana. Upon arrival they attended the “World’s Toughest Rodeo” where they enjoyed the entertainment. Between bareback riding broncs to bull riding to liberty horsemanship there was something for everybody to enjoy watching.

As for day two, members attended the 1st National FFA Convention session at Lucas Oil Stadium. There they heard from keynote speaker Bob Goff and the retiring address of the 2018-2019 National FFA President. After the first session, members had lunch and returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the Second National FFA Convention session.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Holds Annual 2019 Community Thanksgiving Dinner

On Monday November 25th, 2019, Mowrystown FFA held their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. From 5pm-7pm in two different locations, Mowrystown Church of Christ and Fairfax Methodist Church, Mowrystown FFA members served people of the community a free Thanksgiving meal.

Food was prepared throughout the day on Monday by members with the help of staff. The menu consisted turkey, chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni, corn, dinner rolls, sweet tea, lemonade, and desserts. Food was set up at each location that was serving food and at 5 o’clock people of the community started coming in to be served a meal by the members of Mowrystown FFA.

This dinner allows the members to help their community and give back to others. Thank you to everyone who helped prepare food, serve food, or helped in any way. Also, thank you to the Mowrystown Church and Christ and Fairfax Methodist Church for allowing us to serve food there.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Qualifies for District Contest

On Tuesday, November 26th 2019, the Mowrystown FFA Chapter’s Parliamentary Procedure competed in the County Parliamentary Procedure Contest at Hillsboro High School. In this contest, members test their skills on Roberts Rules of order by going through the motions of chapter meeting in an orderly fashion. Each team has a chairman, a secretary, and a few other members who make motions, vote, and more.

Members who make up the 2019 Mowrystown FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team are Rachel Rudy who serves as chairman, Zoey Pugh who serves as secretary, Robert Wickline, Morgan Evans, Madison Knox, and Emmy Hawkins. On November 26th they competed in the county Parliamentary Procedure contest again other chapters in Highland County. The Mowrystown team placed second at the contest, earning a gold rating. Placing second qualifies them for the District Advance Parliamentary Procedure Contest being held on December 5th, 2019 at Peebles High School. The top two teams from this contest will advance to the State Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Contest on December 21st.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA Holds Annual Day Of Giving

On December 18th 2019, Mowrystown FFA held their annual Day of Giving. This is a day which is full of community service projects to give back to those around them. This day is hosted by the Mowrystown FFA chapter. All students and faculty in Whiteoak High School spend the school day working on multiple ways to better the community.

This year, projects included goody bags for the Veterans home, tie blankets for Children’s Hospital, Diaper Cakes for the Highland County Pregnancy Center, care bags for the local elderly and shut ins, chew toys and houses and blankets for the Highland County Humane Society, made Christmas cards for various people and places, and prepared food boxes for anyone to take home for themselves or anyone they know in need. All of these projects were completed throughout the day and collected before school let out. In the next few days, these items were delivered to their destinations.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Leadership Night

By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020  

December 12th, Utica FFA hosted an Ohio Leadership Night. Not only did members from the Utica FFA participate during the activity but, there were chapters from Mount Vernon, Licking Valley, Highland, and Centerburg. Holly McClay the Ohio FFA President  and Beth Pozderac,  Ohio Vice President at Large led many fun activities. They included relay races, talking about followership, and how important it is to be a follower sometimes. Each member had to donate 2 cans of food or $5. Total there were 107 cans of food and $100 donated to the Utica food pantry.  All the members had an awesome time!  Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA members receive $1,000 grants from National FFA Foundation

Three $1,000 grants have been awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA members Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, and Lauren Wright by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete.

All three are members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and were selected as recipients of only 149 grants out of over 2,100 applicants nationwide.

An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Emma Sutherly is the daughter of Sam and Laura Sutherly. She received a $1,000 grant from Domino’s via the National FFA Foundation. Sutherly will use the grant funds to purchase goat kidding pens to be used in her ownership of a goat production operation with her twin.Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC January 2020 FFA Member of the Month

The January 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Dustin Winner. He is the son of Doug and Jackie Winner. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Dustin was a member of the soils evaluation and parliamentary procedures Career Development Event Teams. He attended the National FFA Convention. Recently, Dustin was the highest selling fruit salesperson in the chapter’s fruit sales. Dustin’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of market hogs.

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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GROWMARK Announces 2020 Ohio Essay Contest Winner

Nora Beresik of Fort Loramie, Ohio, has been named the Ohio state winner of the 2020 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “Describe the ‘Farmer of the Future.’ What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?”

In her contest entry, Beresik said: “Farmers across America can agree that the future of agriculture will require a different approach to farming. With a smaller amount of younger generation farmers entering the field, the future of agriculture lies in fewer hands. Therefore, the willingness to adapt one’s operation to incorporate the tools of new digital technology and advancements in research is vital.”

Beresik is a student at Fort Loramie High School and a member of the Fort Loramie-UVCC FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Matt Pleiman.

As the contest winner, Beresik will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus, held in April.… Continue reading

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North Union FFA competes in District Job Interview

By Caleb Isler, Chapter Reporter
North Union FFA members, Kendal Walczak Music and Kaylee Smith, competed at the District level in the FFA Job Interview competition in late November. Both members had to place high enough at their sub-district competition to earn the opportunity to compete at Districts. Kaylee Smith won District runner-up.
Smith, who is currently a Junior at North Union, has competed in the Job Interview competition since being a freshman. This is her second district runner-up title, and she has also previously been district champion, which earned her the opportunity to compete at the state level last Spring, where she placed 3rd at State.
The Job Interview CDE is an individual event in which participants learn and demonstrate employment seeking skills. The students are tasked with creating a resume with references and a cover letter. Then at the competition, they complete a job application and sit down for a personal interview.
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West Holmes FFA Greenhand Initiation and Chapter Degree Ceremony

On November 25th, the West Holmes FFA conducted the annual Greenhand Initiation and Chapter Degree Ceremony. After the Officers conducted Opening Ceremonies, we listened to the guest speaker, Kayla Clark. She talked about her journey in the FFA, she told us to cherish every moment we spend doing something in the FFA, as well as her own personal journey through agriculture. She informed us about how important it is to try new things. After we thanked her, we conducted the Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremonies.

In the morning, officers had the chance to dye the freshman’s hands green to represent Greenhand Initiation. Freshman also wore the T-Shirt that they made while attending the Greenhand lock-in. The members receiving their Greenhand Degree were Dyllan Bender, Dawson Doretich, Tyler Eichelberger, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Kadan McDougale, Jared Miller, Jess Miller, Pacee Miller, Alysa Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, Olivia Sampsel, Becca Schuch, Maria Steiner, Syrus Tish, Cassie Warren, and Blaine Winkler.… Continue reading

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39th Annual MVCTC FFA Charity Auction Raises over $8,500 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

This year marked the 39th Annual Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Charity Auction for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Dayton. The auction, planned by the MVCTC FFA chapter, is made possible by the dedication and hard work of the FFA members, MVCTC staff, MVCTC retirees, and the magnificent alumni that return each year to support this great cause.

Retired MVCTC Ag Educator, Waid Lyons, started the event in 1980 the same year the Dayton Ronald McDonald House was built.  MVCTC FFA has been supporting the Dayton Area Ronald McDonald House since its inception.  The original FFA Auction, organized by Mr. Lyons, was a hat auction that raised $250. This year the students were able to raise $8,500, bringing the total of money donated over the last 39 years to over $160,000.

The proceeds from the event go directly to the local Ronald McDonald House on Valley Street in Dayton, Ohio, so that families of hospitalized children have a place to rest, sustain their strength, and be better able to support the healing of their child.… Continue reading

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MVCTC Students Attend FFA Leadership Night

Students from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter attended the FFA Leadership Night at Valley View High School. The evening was hosted by State FFA Officers.  The intention was to assist FFA members in learning how to communicate with others in a respectful way and how to lead people in a group activity.

MVCTC FFA Reporter, Peyton Ryan (Veterinary Science/Brookville), stated, “This event was able to help FFA members to learn about being a positive leader, that will benefit them in the future.”

The MVCTC FFA members attending included Audra Burger (Retail Agriculture Services/Preble Shawnee), Jenna Godown (Veterinary Science/Tri-Village), Cheyenne Grow (Veterinary Science/Tri-Village), Layla Hatfield (Natural Resource Management/Valley View), Anais Salgado-Kenniebrew (Veterinary Science/Huber Heights), Simone King (Veterinary Science/Tipp City), Christian Loveless (Diesel Power Technologies/Twin Valley South), Emily Lupa (Veterinary Science/Huber Heights), Justin McIntosh (Agriculture &Livestock Production/Valley View), Jacob McIntosh (Diesel Power Technologies/Eaton), Clem Montgomery (Diesel Power Technologies/Franklin Monroe), Keara Peffley (Veterinary Science/Valley View), Hannah Pemberton (Agriculture & Livestock Production/Twin Valley South), Jenna Wheeler (Veterinary Science/Eaton), and Brendan Wray (Diesel Power Technologies/Franklin Monroe).… Continue reading

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Shining a light on service during the holiday season

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

The FFA sets students up for success through “learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live and living to serve” — that is exactly what Ohio FFA members are doing as they prepare for the holiday season. Chapters across the state engage in a number of service projects to give back to their local communities.

The Shelby FFA chapter in Richland County donates fruit from their chapter’s annual fruit sale to the Shelby Help Line each year. The goal of this project is to provide the local community access to fresh food. This project started in 2012 when the chapter received a donation of $1,000 worth of fruit from an anonymous supporter.

“It’s important to give back to the community because they support us as much as we support them,” said Shelby Evans, a Shelby FFA chapter reporter.

Evans said this service project aligns with the FFA motto as the chapter helps those in need and promotes healthy lifestyles.… Continue reading

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North Union FFA student wins National Agri-Science Fair Runner-Up

North Union freshman, Bailee Amstutz, won runner-up in the National FFA Agri-Science Fair held during the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana last month. Amstutz did her project on social acceptance of lamb meat from America, New Zealand, and Australia to high school students. She competed in the social systems category of the Agri-Science fair. Winning the national runner-up title also earned her a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by Corteva Agri-Science.
The Agri-Science Fair is a competitive event in which participants work as individuals or teams to conduct a scientific research project. They participate in a state competition and must win first place within their state before moving on to the national competition.
North Union FFA Advisors are Tom Jolliff and Breck Mooneyham.
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