FFA News

West Holmes FFA members participated in the wildlife management competition

On Tuesday, November 17, 6 West Holmes FFA members participated in the wildlife management competition. They answered questions about identifying mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fish, and equipment as well as questions over wildlife conservation practices and regulations on hunting and fishing. The team placed 33rd out of 78 teams. Individually Beeca Schuch was 97th, Alysa Pringle was 165th, Addison Yates was 225th, Clay SHepler was 282nd, Maison Carter was 307th, and Ashley Tate was 332nd. There were a total of 492 individuals… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter held their annual Chapter and Greenhand degree ceremony

On Monday, November 2nd, the West Holmes FFA chapter held their annual Chapter and Greenhand degree ceremony. The meeting was called to order by president Jayme Pennell. After conducting opening ceremonies, they went into officer reports and new business. The following motions were passed, Jess Miller moved and Ally Ogi seconded to conduct Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremonies. Garrett Houin moved and Taryn Grassbaugh seconded to send all leftover fruit to local food pantries and Share-A-Christmas. Sarah Irwin moved and Garrett Houin seconded to send members to MFE virtual or in-person Dakotah Ringwalt moved and Dawson Doretich to participate in virtual bell ringing as recommended by the Community Service Committee. Blaine Winkler moved and Dyllan Bender seconded to purchase fish for the tanks and pay for supplies that go with them. Amy Hughes moved and Samantha Kendall seconded to participate in Virtual Leadership Night at South Central on December 2nd. Pacee Miller moved and Tyler Eichelberger seconded to adjourn.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 39th National FFA Convention

West Holmes FFA members participated in the 39th National FFA Convention held virtually from Texas.  Members completed a virtual notebook which consisted of watching general sessions, retiring addresses from National Officers, and doing different activities like designing your own t-shirt, testing your FFA knowledge, and doing different workshops on leadership and service. Members also had the chance to interact with other members across the country, national FFA officers, educational institutions and agricultural businesses. They also had access to the FFA Blue Room, where they had the chance to explore innovations and new technologies, learn about agricultural careers, and envision a more sustainable future. The FFA Blue Room is a part of National FFA’s focus on technology and innovation through Blue 365.  Though a virtual convention was not as fun as a traditional convention, every FFA member at West Holmes had the opportunity to participate in the convention, which is a first for the chapter. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC December FFA Member of the Month

The December 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Keira Kirby. She is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Kenny and Jenni Kirby of Piqua.

Keira was recently named the top fruit salesperson in the chapter’s annual fundraiser. She sold over $5,000 in fruit and related items. She is the highest selling person in 20 years. She also participated in the 2020 Virtual National FFA Convention. Her Supervised Agricultural Experiences consists of market lambs and breeding goats.

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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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in County, District Contests

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

Members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently participated in the 2020 Miami County Novice Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event. The competition was hosted virtually.

Placing first and participating was Novice Period 4 – Team Blue were team members Chair – Ayla Gilbert, Vice Chair – Reagan Howell, Secretary – Ella Fine, and Student Advisor – Jadyn Bair.

Participating was Novice Period 4 – Team White were team members Chair Thomas Wallace, Vice Chair Caleb Richter, Secretary – Kaden Weldy, Reporter – Hunter Randall, Sentinel – McKayah Musselman, Student Advisor – Jadyn Maingi, with General Members – Wil Puthoff and Landin Putnam.

Participating in Novice Period 6 – Team Blue were team members Chair Fletcher Harris, Vice Chair Alaina Helsinger, Secretary – Maya Bowsher, Treasurer – Martin Desautels, Reporter – Devon Abshire, and Student Advisor – Conner Adamson.

Participating in Novice Period 5 – Team White were team members Chair – Logan Phillips, Vice Chair – Abigail Kadel, Secretary – Elisabeth Norman, Treasurer – Nick Prince, Reporter – Brooklyn Taylor, Sentinel – Jacob Roeth, Student Advisor – Ty Roeth, with General Members – Brayden Link, Devan Nix, Kyle Larson, Kyle Vernon, and Madison Maxson.… Continue reading

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River Valley FFA chapter participates in the CDE contest

As all FFA members know being able to participate in the CDE contests is very important because we need these to be able to pass our class, but also these are great ways to learn new  skills that you carry throughout your life. Since the 2019-2020 school year got cut short, most FFA members were not able to compete in some of the more popular CDE’s such as livestock, equine, and poultry judging, as well as wildlife. When we finally returned back to school most of us had many questions regarding how the contests would go on this year due to the fact that the chapters were not able to compete in face to face competitions. Once we started getting back into the swing of things, we finally got the word that most of the CDE’s for now were going to be completed virtually. As probably many others, we weren’t quite sure what this was going to look at when it came to taking the online test.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in Trap Shoot

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Saturday, November 7th, The West Holmes FFA participated in the district 8 trap shoot contest at the Jefferson County Sportsmans Club. Team 1 with a score of 168/250 consisted of Jayme Pennell 37, Tyler Eichelberger 36, Wyatt Myers 34, Addison Yates 32, and Dyllan Bender 29. Team 2 with a score of 129/250 consisted of Becca Schuch 42, Emma Stitzlein 40, Amy Hughes 28, Laina Croskey 18, and Ashley Tate 1. Team3 had a score of 101/200 and consisted of Kalan Bowling 29, Maison Carter 25, Olivia Sampsel 24, and Logan Vansickle 23. Team 1 placed 3rd overall, team 2 placed 6th overall and team 3 placed 7th overall. There were a total of 8 teams in the contest. We had 4 girls get in the top 5 overall female shooters.  Becca Schuch was 1st with a 42, Emma Stitzlein was 2nd with a 40, Amy Hughes was 4th with a 28, and Olivia Sampsel was tied for 5th with a 24.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA raises $24,000 at Annual Fall Benefit

The Norwayne FFA hosted it’s 11th Annual Fall Benefit on Friday, November 13 and raised over $24,000 for the Hilson and Ritzman families. Both families are outstanding members of the community and have been in the Norwayne School District for several years. Mr. Hilson was the groundskeeper and junior varsity baseball coach at Norwayne High School for several years. Mrs. Ritzman is the librarian at Norwayne Middle School, and was chosen this year due to her husband’s Stage 3 Esophageal Cancer. Because of COVID restrictions, this year’s benefit featured a drive-thru meal in the parking lot of Norwayne High School and an online silent auction. Some of the items featured in the silent auction were themed baskets, tools, collectors items, giftcards, and toys. Students called local businesses from the school district and asked for a donation, where students then arranged a pick-up/drop-off process. Norwayne’s Annual Benefit would not be successful without the support of these local businesses and also our community members.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalist

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

Jayme Pennell

During the virtual 93rd National FFA Convention at the end of October, West Holmes FFA member Jayme Pennell was recognized as a national proficiency finalist in the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management category.  As a part of the national competition, Jayme had to create a 5-minute video explaining his supervised agricultural experience and answering questions for the judges.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of family land where he planted pine and hardwood trees, planted food plots for pollinators, and constructed a water source from a pre existing spring on the property.  Jayme will receive a pin and a $500 monetary award for being a finalist. Congratulations Jayme!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Inducts New Members

On Sunday, November 22, 2020, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter awarded 34 new members their Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is awarded to first year members of the FFA, and is the first award that can be received. Each member awarded received a pin to be worn on their FFA jacket and a certificate of achievement.  

In order to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree the members must be enrolled in an agriculture class, have plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, learned and explained the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute, Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and uses of the FFA Jacket, Colors, and Emblem, and demonstrated an understanding of the FFA’s history, chapter constitution and by-laws. The Greenhand FFA Degree is the first of four degrees that an FFA member can earn.

The students earning the degree were Devon Abshire, Conner Adamson, Jadyn Bair, Maya Bowsher, Martin Desautels, Ella Fine, Ayla Gilbert, Fletcher Harris, Alaina Helsinger, Michael Hohenstein, Reagan Howell, Abigail Kadel, Kyle Larson, Brayden Link, Jadyn Maingi, Madison Maxson, McKayah Musselman, Devan Nix, Elisabeth Norman, Lindsey Ott, Kynlee Patton, Logan Phillips, Ava Prince, Nick Prince, Wil Puthoff, Landin Putnam, Hunter Randall, Caleb Richter, Jacob Roeth, Ty Roeth, Brooklyn Taylor, Kyle Vernon, Thomas Wallace, and Kaden Weldy.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in Virtual Career Development Events

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held via virtual evaluation. The Event consisted of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, and performing an interview.

Rylee Puthoff 
Gretchen Stevens
Adi Richter
Ayla Gilbert

Rylee Puthoff competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 7th in the district. There were 15 participants. Gretchen Stevens competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 3rd in the district. There were 17 participants. Stevens earns a plaque sponsored by the District FFA Chapters. Adi Richter competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 12th in the district. There were 15 participants. Ayla Gilbert competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 10th in the district. There were 15 participants.

Additionally, the Chloe Gump, Kaitlyn Roop, Gretchen Stevens, and Emma Sutherly competed in the State Wildlife Management Career Development Event.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Members Succeed at wildlife Contest

By: Vesta Miller, Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Reporter

On November 17, 2020, four Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA members competed in the Ohio FFA Wildlife Management Career Development Event. Students identified different animals, tracks, sounds, and skulls. Makayla Tellier placed 6th in the state in the middle school division. Eva Schadewald, Mikalyn D’amore, and Alyssa Dean also participated in the event. Students competed against other students in their grade level across the state. Makayla said that “It was very different from anything I have ever done before. I hope to compete again next year.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne High School Farm Harvest

By Anthony Wayne FFA President, Jake Zajkowski

The 15 acre farm in Maumee, Ohio that is managed by Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA and owned by Mercy Health Partners was harvested on Saturday, October 31th, 2020. The corn was harvested by Mr. Lonnie Perry, an Anthony Wayne FFA Alumni member. Anthony Wayne FFA student Oliver Aldridge was present for the harvesting. Oliver Aldridge stated “I think it was a really awesome experience. I’ve never been able to do anything like that in the area I live in. Definitely something I’ll never forget.” Pioneer Seeds, Falor Farm Center, Mercy Health Partners and Mr. Perry were all donors to this project. The corn was sold at The Andersons. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Toledo Seagate Food Bank. This partnership with Mercy Health Partners as well as area agricultural businesses has been an important educational experience for the Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA students over the past several years.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in the District 2 job interview contest

By: Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

 (R-L): Ashley Tate, Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Becca Schuch, and Maren Drzazga

On Thursday, November 5th, 5 West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 job interview contest held virtually from Wynford High School. Ashley Tate placed 1st in the Junior/Senior division and will be moving onto the state contest on December 5th. Maren Drzazga was 4th in the freshman division.  Becca Schuch was 4th in the Sophomore division. Ally Ogi was 4th in the Junior Division, and Jayme Pennell was 6th in the Senior division.

On Thursday, October 29th, 10 West Holmes FFA members participated in the chapter job interview contest held virtually with Northwestern and Hillsdale FFA chapters. Members went through an interview process and wrote a cover letter and resume and filled out an application. The Freshman members who participated are Zoee Snow, Maren Drzazga, Emily Harrower, Laina Croskey, and Wyatt Schlauch.… Continue reading

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Virtual National Convention: A Success for Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 a group of members of the Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA chapter would have boarded a bus and headed to the 93rd National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana.This year, instead of going to Indianapolis, Indiana, FFA members tuned in virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of specific members and chapters across the Nation this past year. Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA had some accomplishments and would have been recognized on the stage at the National Convention. This year, the Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA chapter was rated a 3 Star Chapter, which is the highest rating a chapter can receive nationally. Within the chapter, member Justin Miller, received his American Degree. This is the highest degree achievable by an FFA member. Because of his outstanding SAE and FFA involvement, Justin was able to earn this degree.In previous years, the members that have gone to this trip have made many great memories and new experiences.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace Ag Business Class Has “Grape” Expectations with Project

“Experience is the best teacher” as the old saying goes, and Zane Trace Ag Business students are certainly learning a lot through their experience of marketing and processing a food product this fall! As part of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter Fall Fundraiser, members of the class created a business and marketing plan for a single food product that they would be responsible for all steps of processing: grape jelly. The students created a business plan, budgeted income and expenses and identified potential obstacles and ways to overcome them. They also planned a “sampling” event in which fellow agriculture students were provided with a sample of their product to generate interest. Orders for the jelly along with other fundraiser items were accepted between October 8th and November 5th. When the final numbers were tallied the class had sold 139 half pint jars of grape jelly, 19 more than they had budgeted for originally!… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Host Awards Luncheon

Zane Trace FFA members found a way to celebrate the accomplishments of members throughout the past year of chapter activities despite the fact that their annual spring parent-member banquet was cancelled. Chapter officers worked with school administrators and teachers to plan a socially distanced chapter award luncheon in the high school gymnasium on Friday, November 13th. The awards program included Chapter Star winners, proficiency awards, recognition of CDE teams and top fundraisers from the past year. Six members who received their State FFA degree were also recognized and 52 first year FFA members received their Greenhand Degree pins.

After the awards were presented, members enjoyed a lunch of chicken fingers and toast from Raising Cane’s of Chillicothe. A total of 96 members and officers were present for the luncheon. A video of the event was made available for members who are studying remotely this semester as well.

The ZT FFA would like to thank all of the staff at Zane Trace and the management at Raising Cane’s who helped make the event possible.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Members Succeed at Job Interview Contest

By: Vesta Miller, Chapter Reporter

Jake Zajkowski, senior Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA member, earned 1st place in the district 1 job interview career development event in division four.

On November 10, 2020, two Anthony Wayne – Penta FFA members competed in the District 1 Job Interview Career Development Event. Students prepared a cover letter, resume and job application. They then interviewed for an agriculturally related position, and wrote a follow up thank you letter. Students competed against other students in their grade level across eight counties. Jacob Zajkowski, senior, earned 1st place in division four and will compete at the state contest in December. Mikalyn D’Amore, junior, earned 9th place in division three.  Mikalyn D’Amore stated about the contest “Doing a Job Interview was a unique and fun experience. I gained advice on what to work on before I go out, and what to expect when I apply for a job.”… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

The Agricultural Literacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary. 
Members of the Ag Literacy Committee visited each classroom and shared facts about a traditional Thanksgiving-themed meal. They then challenged the students in fourth grade to color and decorate a Thanksgiving-themed picture.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to one student in each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Mrs. Kathy Irick – Emree Elifritz. She shared she is thankful for family, her house, and Jesus.
Ms. Anna Lauterbach – Zeke Daily. He shared he is thankful for his family.
Mr. Matt Roth – Ava McGaharan. She shared she is thankful for her family and friends, pets and school. She says school is the best.
Mrs. Laura Weddle – Josie Shane. She shared she is thankful for family and friends.

Each student participating received a prize complements of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. … Continue reading

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MVCTC Students Receive FFA Greenhand Degree

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Retail Agriculture Services juniors held a virtual November FFA Meeting to receive their Greenhand Degree pins and certificates. Mason Willetts (Tri-Village), Christopher Ryan (Carlisle), Michael Seger (Tri-Village), Mackenzie Hopkins (New Lebanon), Connor Hawkins (Northmont), Justin Thomas (Milton-Union), and Cody Perkins (Milton-Union).

The FFA Greenhand Degree is given to first-year FFA high school students who have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of FFA’s history and purpose and have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) plan. The requirements to apply for this degree are:

  • Enroll in an agricultural education program and have satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
  • Learn and explain the FFA Creed, FFA Mission and Motto, and FFA salute.
  • Describe and explain the meaning of the FFA emblem and FFA colors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the FFA Code of Ethics and the proper use of the FFA jacket.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organization’s history, the chapter constitution and bylaws, and the chapter Program of Activities.
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