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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team Competes

By Emma Sutherly, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Reporter

Recently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team competed in the District 5 Contests hosted by Covington High School.

Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Justin Hawkins, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright.

Miami East students placed 4th out of 42 teams. The highest placing team consisted of Justin Hawkins, Rylee Puthoff, Isabella Waite, and Anna Broerman. Justin Hawkins was the highest placing individual from Miami East.

During the contest the team members were asked to complete a product development scenario in which they calculated the nutritional facts for a new food product and design a new package.  Also they completed an aroma identification section, responded to customer inquiry scenarios, identified sanitation errors in the food industry and common equipment used in a food production facility, and completed a taste sensory test and flavor identification.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA serve food at local free meal program

Benjamin Logan FFA students Peyton Derr, Emma Wenger, Emily Roth, Ava Boysel, Bradey Ackley, and Chance Frater had the chance to serve food at Our Daily Bread. The students benefit in many ways from this opportunity of service. This experience allowed the students to help serve their community and share their time and talents. The students prepared and served meals to over 50 patrons.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter member receives FFA jacket from sponsor

Recently, Beck’s Superior Hybrids of Atlanta, Indiana donated an FFA jacket to a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jacket was made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.

Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80% of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude. This year there were 600 applicants statewide and 179 FFA jackets awarded.

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State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell visits West Holmes FFA

On October 24, State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell came to talk to all the ag classes. Wyatt talked about how important finances are and things that we can do to make money instead of losing money.  He also stressed the importance of setting goals and working towards your dreams! Thank you Wyatt for visiting and helping us learn more about opportunities in the FFA.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalists

By Ally Ogi, chapter reporter

West Holmes FFA members Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell recently competed at National FFA Convention as National Proficiency Finalists. Logan competed in Ag Processing and Jayme competed in Wildlife Management. The members had to give a 2 minute introductory speech and go through a 15 minute interview with a panel of judges during their week at National Convention.

Logan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) involved working on his family’s dairy and yogurt processing operation. He is responsible for making, packing, and delivering the yogurt.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife habitat. He has planted over 1,600 trees, doubled the pollinators on his property, and increased the number of deer beds on the property from 0 to 6.

Though neither of them won 1st place in the nation, it was a great opportunity to meet business contacts and FFA members from around the country.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students learn about floriculture / horticulture careers

Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students and Interior Design Students had the privilege of Beth Zsoldos visiting and giving them the opportunity to learn how to do a simple modern floral arrangement as well as discuss floriculture / horticulture careers. Students did so by starting with a small bowl, black floral foam, and flowers. The classes got to start from scratch and use their imagination all while under the instruction of Mrs. Zsoldos. The classes got a feel of modern floral design and the work needed for the profession. Mrs. Zsoldos does floral arrangements for big events and weddings as a freelance floral designer. She also works for Ohio State ATI. She was able to give the classes her input and advice for doing continued education in the floral and turf careers.
She explained to the classes the amount of open careers in the floral and turf industry. She informed the classes that there is also a new desire for welders and carpenters to make large things for florists to decorate.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event

By  Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Marion Local High School.

The Job Interview Contest consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.

Kearsten Kirby competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 8th in the district. There were 28 participants.

Rylee Puthoff competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 4th in the district. There were 22 participants.

Gretchen competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 7th in the district. There were 25 participants.

Isaac Beal competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 4th in the district. There were 21 participants.… Continue reading

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L-S FFA Chapter traveled to National Convention

By Alyssa Alford

The WL-S FFA Chapter traveled with Urbana and Ridgedale to National Convention on October 30, 2019. On the first day, the members went to opening session where they listened to the Keynote speaker, Bob Goff. His message was, “0% drama, 100% kindness.”  Also, in the first session, we celebrated 50 years of Women being allowed in FFA.

The next day we arrived at  Traders Point Creamery where we toured the property and learned more about how they operate. The next stop was Lincoln College Of Technology. They explained that you could get 13 certifications in less than 2 years. There was electric and automative programs and much more. Lastly, we went to the National FFA Center and we learned more about the history of the organization and ways our former members have paved the way for us. At the end of the night, the chapter attended Buckeye Bash.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Chapter attends 92nd National FFA Convention

The Norwayne FFA Chapter took a trip to the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We brought 13 members in our school vans and stayed in a house that we rented. On the way to Indianapolis, we toured Abbott’s Candy Factory and got to see how they made their chocolate and caramel. We also got to learn about how their small food business ran their day-to-day operations and factory. There were two sessions during the convention that our members attended as well.  Those sessions involved a motivational speech given by Bob Goff and also a retiring address from one of the National FFA officers. Being asked how they thought about the trip, Tim Gunkelman said, “I had such a blast at National Convention, especially at Buckeye Bash. I had fun meeting new members across the United States. It was definitely a trip to remember!”

Our members also got to tour Fair Oaks Farms.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.

The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.

Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn.… Continue reading

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Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended 92nd National FFA Convention

By Maddox Rigel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Reporter
On Nov. 2 the Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention. This year marks the 50th anniversary since women were allowed in the FFA organization. Members attended several sessions and got to walk around the expo center. They had the opportunity to hear author and speaker Bob Goff. The chapter also got to see country artist Brett Young and attend Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo. Members Haley Back, Chyann Kendel and Kayla Stiver received their Amercian degree award Saturday morning.
We’d also like to congratulate member Chyann Kendel for being top four in the Nation for her Diversified Livestock proficiency. This is the first National finalist our chapter has had in our 55 year history.
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Benjamin Logan Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted Board of Education and Administrators at Appreciation Dinner

Benjamin Logan High School Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted the Benjamin Logan Board of Education and Administrators at the Annual Board/Administration Appreciation Dinner. Teachers from the various subject areas presented the following updates: Agriculture teachers have been researching the Ohio Agribusiness Association credential for their students as assistance to meeting graduation requirements. Additionally, Global Economics and Food Markets has been added to the course offerings. Teachers were pleased to note enrollment continues to rise.
The business department announced the offering of a new Business Marketing class to go along with the other business pathway courses of Business Foundations, Marketing Principles, and Financial Accounting. They also highlighted a few updates about the Career Connections program. This year we have 27 students who will be participating in our internship program throughout more than 7 partner sites. These students will also be completing their Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal that evaluates their workplace readiness skills.… Continue reading

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More Ohio highlights from the 2019 National FFA Convention

By Matt Reese and Kolt Buchenroth

Heading into the 2019 National FFA Convention, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 700,170 and, in the next year, Kolesen McCoy will be representing each of those members as only the third National FFA President from Ohio.

“It has been a mix of emotions and a roller coaster of a ride for sure. It is a very humbling experience. As soon as a heard my name called, I was shocked and overwhelmed with the excitement I had to go on this journey for the next 365 days with five amazing people at my side to be able to serve the 700,000 members across the country,” said McCoy from the Global Impact Stem Academy in Clark County. “And I can say that when I look at the five people around me there is a consistent message. They are not here for themselves, if that makes sense.… Continue reading

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Miami County FFA Members Attend National Convention

The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.

Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy elected National FFA President

At the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, it was announced that Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy was selected as a National FFA Officer and will serve at National FFA’s President. McCoy retired from office as State FFA President in May of this year, and has since undergone a competitive process to represent FFA’s 700,000 plus members on the six-person team. McCoy is a member of the Global Impact STEM Academy FFA Chapter and is student at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics.

OCJ’s Matt Reese caught up with McCoy earlier in the week about the interview process.

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National FFA Convention photo highlights




American FFA Degrees – 438


American Star in Agribusiness Finalist Luke Scott, Wynford


American Star in Agriscience Finalist Olivia Pflaumer, Zane Trace


American Star Farmer Finalist Todd Peterson, Miami Trace


Honorary American Degree

Roland Fisher, Covington


National Officer Candidate Kolesen McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy


National Proficiency Award Finalists (27)

Agricultural Education – Bailey Lowe, Felicity-Franklin

Agriscience Research Plant – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Agricultural Processing – Logan Schlauch, West Holmes

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Entrepreneurship – Brandt Coffman, Liberty Union

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance-Placement – Andy Holscher, Upper Valley CC

Agricultural Sales-Placement – Kylie Blair, Miami East-MVCTC

Beef Production-Placement – Wyatt Mohler, Houston-UVCC

Dairy Production-Entrepreneurship – Rachel Sherman, Big Walnut-DACC

Dairy Production-Placement – Joanna Frankenberg, New Bremen

Diversified Agricultural Production – Jacob Wuebker, Versailles

Diversified Crop Production-Entrepreneurship – Rose Zeedyk, Fairview

Diversified Crop Production-Placement – Justin Scott, Indian Valley

Diversified Livestock – Chyann Kendel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC

Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management – Hunter Welch, Marietta

Equine Science-Entrepreneurship – Shae Robinson, Covington-UVCC

Equine Science-Placement – Hanna Shafer, Covington-UVCC

Forage Production – Montgomery Boes, Upper Sandusky

Fruit Production – Austin Dotterer, Smithville

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Ohio shines in National FFA Proficiency competition


Ohio FFA had an extremely impressive showing in the 2019 National Proficiency competition at the National FFA Convention with state-record setting 27 finalists. Six Ohio FFA members came out on top.



Interviews with Ohio’s National Proficiency Award winners


Rachel Sherman | Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship

Jacob Wuebker | Diversified Agricultural Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Justin Scott | Diversified Crop Production – Placement

Austin Dotterer | Fruit Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement

Joanna Frankenberg | Dairy Production – Placement

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Zajkowski National Agriscience Fair winner

There were a many National Agriscience Fair finalists from Ohio, but only one national winner. Jacob Zajkowski, from the Anthony Wayne Chapter, won Plant Systems Division 3.

In addition, in Plant Systems Division 4 Landen Tull and Audrey Pinger from Felicity-Franklin, finished in second place nationally; in Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 4 Owen Barnes and Olivia Barnes from Westfall finished in second place; and in Social Science Division 1 Bailee Amstutz from North Union finished second place. Justin Schobeloch and Darby Minor from Westfall finished in third place in Social Science Division 6.

Other Ohio National Agriscience Fair finalists included: Animal Systems Division 1 – Abigail Paxton, Utica

Animal Systems Division 2 – Alyssa Myers and Lola Proffitt, Felicity-Franklin

Animal Systems Division 4 – Collin Wallace and Kolton Skaggs, Ridgemont

Animal Systems Division 5 – Camille Stanton, Delaware Area CC

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 3 – Emily Stevens, New London

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 4 – Josiah Strahm and Jaden Hensel, Ridgemont

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 5 – Kayla Wyse, Pettisville

Environ Services/Natural Resources Systems Division 6 – Joseph Glassmeyer and Jared Hamilton, Felicity-Franklin

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1 – Austin Voshall, Global Impact STEM Academy

Food Products and Processing Systems Division 3 – Abigail Lister, Bloom-Carroll

Plant Systems Division 6 – Rebekah Grayless and Jordan Grayless, Eastern Brown

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 1 – Chase Fyffe, Global Impact STEM Academy

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 3 – Braden Skates, Pettisville

Power, Structural and Technical Systems Division 5 – Trina Orr, Utica

Social Science Division 3 – Ian Hoffman, Millcreek-West Unity

Social Science Division 4 – Anna Wright and Lillian Fries, Anthony Wayne

Social Science Division 5 – Trinnetee France, Eastern Brown

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