FFA News

West Holmes FFA held 2021 FFA/FFA Alumni Hog Roast

On Sunday July 25, 2021 the West Holmes FFA Chapter held its annual FFA/FFA Alumni Hog Roast. This year they were able to hold it at the Lake Buckhorn pavilion where members could swim, go on a boat ride, and play different games such as cornhole and bucketball. Many alumni, parents, members, and upcoming members attended. The pulled pork was prepared by Ben Hipp and members brought sides, salads, and deserts. Thanks to all who attended. … Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA attends the Annual Chapter Officer’s Retreat

Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter attended their annual chapter officer’s retreat on July 19th through 21st. The team camped at the Natural Springs Resort in New Paris, Ohio. The new officer team consisting of President- Carter Tinnerman, Vice President- Taylor Falb, Secretary- Emmie Bohse, Treasurer- Tyler Kress, Reporter- Emma Deeter, Sentinel- Tyler Leffew, and Student Advisor- Gavin Spitler spent three days learning more about each other, bonding, and sharpening their leadership skills. To help ensure that the school year goes smoothly, the team members worked on the yearly Program of Activities to pre-plan the year’s chapter activities, calendar, and goals. In addition, the officer’s had plenty of time to enjoy themselves and build new friendships through fun games, icebreakers, and even a floating obstacle course.… Continue reading

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2021-2022 West Holmes officer team retreat

On July 13th, the 2021-2022 West Holmes officer team met at the high school to kick off the annual officer retreat. The team wrote one funny, one ffa, and one serious questions on notecards to answer later at the campfire. Then they made up a menu and list of items needed for meals the next two days. They then went to Rodhes and got the supplies they needed. After returning they met with former National FFA president Kolesen McCoy for their first session. In their first session they talked about how to focus on things in the chapter and the responsibilities within them. They talked about how people think things go, even though we know what is really happening behind the scenes like a duck swimming from the outside. Everything looks fine, but underneath they could be struggling. After the first session they loaded everything up and headed to Lake Buckhorn.… Continue reading

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ZT FFA Officers Learn, Lead and Serve During 2021 Retreat

Members of the newly elected ZT FFA Officer team enjoyed their summer retreat on Tuesday, July 6th. To kick off the day students learned how to build their professional networks and develop successful habits from David Glass of the Pickaway Progress Partnership.  David is a former President of the ZT FFA Chapter and he enjoyed the opportunity to visit with the current members of the officer team.

Next, students discussed the importance of building trust and being a positive ambassador for Zane Trace from a familiar face—Principal Ty Wertman.  Students reflected on issues such as conflict resolution and community expectations with Mr. Wertman and came away from his presentation with a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

The officers then set to work on building the FFA Chapter’s Program of Activities for the coming year and prioritizing the events that will take place in each month. Students discussed bringing back several chapter activities that were cancelled last year due to the pandemic including the Pumpkin Show Parade Float, CDE competition trips, National FFA Convention and hosting a full Chapter banquet in the spring.… Continue reading

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MVCTC FFA 2021 River Clean-up

It may be summer, and school is not in session. Still, these dedicated Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) students, staff, and alumni volunteer their time to clean up the Stillwater River. MVCTC Alumni Mike Mullen and Nick Wheeler are working for the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District. They recently met with MVCTC FFA students and advisors Dr. Christa Nealeigh and Mr. Joe Berringer to share their knowledge on river clean-up, conservation, and canoeing.  

Dr. Nealeigh stated, “Thank you to our great guides from the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District, who are also MVCTC alumni! They provided our students with expert advice on canoeing techniques and provided the supplies and coordination needed to teach our students about community service projects combined with outdoor recreation. Also, a big shout out to Pizza Factory for fueling our kids with pizza!”

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA May 2021 meeting

The West Holmes FFA Chapter conducted the last meeting of the year. At the meeting that evening, members had the option of arriving early to play giant jenga, cornhole, or a friendly game of kickball. The regular meeting of the West Holmes FFA chapter came to order on May 25, 2021   The meeting took place at the West Holmes Middle School and was brought to order by President Cora Crilow. The Secretary’s minutes were read by Secretary Chloe Shumaker and approved. Treasurer Maren Drzazga stated that we had a beginning balance of 24,273.43, disbursements of 3,244.77, and receipts of 9,429.00, leaving the chapter with an ending balance of 30,457.66. Reporter Alysa Pringle stated that she has sent numerous articles to the Holmes County Hub and Shopper, The Wooster Daily Record, Farm and Dairy, and the Firelands Farmer. Sentinel Becca Schuch stated that we would be having Popsicles and ice cream sandwiches.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter attended the 2021 Ohio Leadership Camp

On Friday June 25th-Monday June 28th, 17 members of the West Holmes FFA chapter attended the Ohio Leadership Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. People attending were Becca Schuch, Leah Reining, Alysa Pringle, Emily Sheely, Maren Drzazga, Taelor Patterson, Ashley Tate, Jenna Sheldon, Andi Schuch, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, Alex Pringle, Logan VanSickle, Ian Barr, Brody Gindlesburger, and Garrett Houin. During the camp the students attended the following 6 sessions: being an influencer, good relationship building, being trustworthy, being purposeful, how to be collaborative, and agents of change.  In the students’ free time they were able to do shooting sports, a high ropes course, card playing, go motor boating, swim, canoe, and kayak. They also got to meet the entire 2021-2022 state officer team and were able to meet 3 national officers including the National President Doster Harper, National Eastern Region Vice President Miriam Hoffman, and the National Secretary Anna Mathis over the course of the weekend.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA member Chase Stitzlein was named the Star Farmer of Ohio and Ohio’s Star American Farmer Candidate

Chase Stitzlein and Michah Mensing

On Thursday April 29, West Holmes FFA member Chase Stitzlein was named the Star Farmer of Ohio and Ohio’s Star American Farmer Candidate.  The Star State Farmer is awarded to one FFA member each year.  They are evaluated on the quality and scope of their SAE, fill out an application, and go through an interview.  In order to achieve these awards, Chase filled out two applications outlining his involvement in his Supervised Agricultural Experience.  Chase works at Hi Hills farm as a farm hand, where he is responsible for field work, caring for the dairy cattle, and assisting with feeding and farm maintenance. He also worked for Cornerstone Dairy, where he was responsible for scraping barns and feeding cows. In addition, he owns a small herd of dairy cows and heifers that he raises as a part of his family’s dairy herd. As an FFA member, Chase was involved in dairy judging, was an officer, and attended both State and National Conventions. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 2021 Ag Mechanics Engineering Contest

West Holmes FFA members Tyler Eichelberger, Jayme Pennell, and Addison Yates participated in the Ag Mechanics Engineering Contest on June 8th and placed 5th in the State.  In January, the boys created a request for proposal for a picnic table project and submitted it for evaluation.  The proposal included a description and reasoning for choosing the design they chose, a budget, bill of materials, and blueprints for the project.  The students worked with Dave McMillen and John Zvolensky/TAC Systems to create the blueprints.  They also worked with Holmes Lumber and Hershey Machine to obtain the supplies for the project.  The team was named finalists in May and had to travel to the Ohio State Welding Lab to create the picnic they designed.  During the contest, the team was evaluated on safety procedures, use of equipment, quality of welds, and teamwork as they competed. They also had to complete an exam over proper welding practices during the contest.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter participated in 2021 Camp Canopy

Quentin Vehrs, Wyatt Myers, Kalan Bowling, Laina Croskey

Four members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter participated in Camp Canopy June 13-18.  The camp is run by the Ohio Forestry Association and held at FFA Camp Muskingum.  Kalan Bowling, Laina Croskey, Wyatt Myers, and Quentin Vehrs attended the camp.  Throughout the week, they attended sessions on tree ID, timber cruising, forest management, silviculture, careers, wildlife ID, and wildlife management.  They also had the opportunity to canoe, kayak, shoot rifles, and interact with other members from across the state. At the conclusion of the camp, they competed for scholarships and participated in a graduation ceremony.  Thanks to the community members who sponsored camp scholarships this year!  … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter attended summer camp session 2.0

Four members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter attended summer camp session 2.0 at FFA Camp Muskingum June 21-23.  Cora Crilow, Liberty Hendrix, Ally Ogi, and Chloe Shumaker attended the camp session.  While at camp, the members participated in swimming, canoeing, kayaking, motorboats, sports, leadership workshops, a scavenger hunt, and a dance.  They also had the opportunity to interact with State Officers and members from across the state of Ohio.  Thanks to the community members who sponsored camp scholarships this year! … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA participated in Adopt a highway

On May 25th, members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter participated in an Adopt a Highway clean up. Members walked the sides of the road picking up trash. The portion of the road adopted by the chapter is State Route 39 right one mile on each side of the high school. Participants were Torrie Savage, Maren Drzazga, Cora Crilow, Leah Reining, Ally Ogi, Laina Croskey, Kalan Bowling, and Ethan Feikert.  … Continue reading

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A night at the drive-in: Banquet edition

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Unusual times call for unusual measures and the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter is no stranger to this fact. In an effort to maximize participation of students, parents, supporters and community members, their annual chapter banquet was held at the Starlite Drive-In in Amelia, Ohio.

“Typically, our school cafeteria is filled with over 400 FFA members and community members for our annual banquet to celebrate the success of our members. This year, our banquet took place at a local drive-in movie theatre,” said Luke Jennings, junior FFA member at Felicity-Franklin High School. 

This marked the second year Felicity-Franklin FFA held their banquet in this format. Despite receiving clearance to host their chapter banquet in the school cafeteria with a limited capacity this year, they decided to move forward with the drive-in option. Guidelines at the time of the decision would have allowed only 150 guests to be in attendance.… Continue reading

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Miami East Members Attend FFA Camp

The week of June 21, 6 members of the FFA Chapter at Miami East High Schools attended the second session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio. There were over 100 campers in attendance with additional State FFA Officers, a National FFA Officer, FFA Camp Staff, and several of FFA Advisors from across the state. FFA Camp Muskingum is located on Leesville Lake and is owned and operated by the Ohio FFA Association.

Members attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA included Keyara Davis, Katelynn Dill, Ashlee Deaton, Michael Hohenstein, Devan Nix, and Thomas Wallace.

The 2021 theme was “Jurassic Park.” During the camp members had the opportunity to participate in water activities such as canoeing and motor boating and ranges such as rifle, shotgun, and archery. Each morning, before breakfast, campers had the opportunity to plunge into the lake or take a sunrise walk. 

During the first day members met fellow members in their camp chapters, learned camp rules, and participated in a dance.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Completes “Blankets for Babies” Service Project

What do you get when you combine 72 yards of fleece fabric, 8 pairs of scissors and 31 Zane Trace FFA Members? The answer is 24 completed no-sew blankets for patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio! Members of the Zane Trace FFA volunteered their time outside of class during the month of May to complete the blankets. Hallee Scott, who recently served as the Chapter president, was the chair of the project and helped coordinate the purchasing of materials, setup of the work area and the instruction on how to assemble the blankets. The project was funded using proceeds raised during the chapter’s annual Sausage Breakfast which was held in February. The blankets, along with a cash donation from the breakfast proceeds, will be delivered to Nationwide Children’s Hospital by chapter officers in July.… Continue reading

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MVCTC FFA Officer Team for 2021-2022 Announced

Englewood, Ohio –  Each year, the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter leaders, members, and current officers will interview, vote, and elect new officers for the next school year. 2021-2022 Officers were interviewed and placed as potential candidates to be voted for at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Candidates were asked to record a campaign speech, create campaign posters (Google Slides), and share them to be displayed for members of the FFA Chapter. 

Serving for the 2021-2022 Year will be 

  • President – Cheyenne Epperson from Preble Shawnee in Diesel Power Technologies Program 
  • Vice President – Yuliana Morgado from Vandalia- Butler in Veterinary Science Program
  • Secretary – Emilee Jones from Eaton in Agricultural & Livestock Production Program
  • Treasurer – Miyu Sakumoto from Tippecanoe in the Veterinary Science Program
  • Reporter – Logan Pope from Tippecanoe in Veterinary Science Program
  • Sentinel – Jacob Prasuhn from Ansonia in Diesel Power Technologies Program
  • Student Advisor – Natalie Gratz from Tippecanoe in Veterinary Science Program

The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA holds annual Ag in the Classroom petting zoo

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Each year the Northwestern FFA holds an Ag in the Classroom program for the 1st grade students. On May 19th the FFA held a “drive your tractor to school day” for the high school students, as well as a petting zoo for the 1st grade students that is part of the Ag in the Classroom program.For this year’s petting zoo, FFA members brought in a donkey, a beef steer, a piglet, a rabbit, several different types of poultry, and a puppy. The elementary students rotated to 5 different stations. Each of the stations the 1st graders were able to learn about the different animals from what they eat to what they produce for humans to use. After the petting zoo the whole elementary school gathered outside to watch the high school members who participated in the “drive your tractor to school day” for a tractor parade.  … Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA holds Corn-hole for the Cassady’s Event

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Jake Cassady, a member of the Northwestern community, was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Northwestern-FFA held an event to raise money for him and his family on May 19, 2021. There was a great turnout and without the support from our community this event would not have been possible.  Along with the cornhole tournament there were multiple other games such as Yard Yahtzee, Sack Races, Bale Toss, Egg Toss, Yard Hockey, 9 Square, Water Balloon Toss, Ring Toss, and Watermelon Bowling. Each game required a ticket, and these funds were put straight towards the family. There was also a 50/50 raffle and a winner was drawn every hour of the evening during the event. The cornhole tournament was the highlight of the night. Another main event of the night was the dunk tank. Many staff members were dunked along with students! This brought in alumni, community members, students, and staff members.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA Honors Hard Working Members

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

After not having a regular, in person banquet for a year Northwestern FFA was very excited to recognize their members for all their hard work and dedication at an in person banquet. The theme this year was “Strive in the mountains.”  Our Chapter was able to give out numerous awards, scholarships, recognize CDE teams, star members, and show the community how hard members have worked even while in a pandemic.  Every year the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter has three main fundraisers, to help keep the chapter running and be able to contribute to our community. We sell fruit, sausage, and strawberries. Each year the chapter honors our top two salesmen for each fundraiser. This year for the fruit fundraiser Rylee Dawson was the Star Fruit Salesman, with Kade Tegtmeier being the Runner-up Fruit Salesman. Desiree Smith was the Star Sausage Salesman, selling a total of 510 lbs of sausage.… Continue reading

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