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Northwestern FFA Attends the First Ever Funvention

By Jadeyn Berry, chapter reporter

Due to the effects of COVID-19 many FFA Chapters around the country were not able to attend their states conventions as usual. With the help of many sponsors and amazing ag teachers a group of 18 chapters from across the state of Ohio were able to come together and have their own sort of the Ohio State FFA Convention known as “Funvention”. The Funvention was held at the Holmes County Fair Grounds on April 29-30 2021. The 18 chapters included, Caldwell FFA, Carrollton FFA, Clayton FFA, Hiland FFA, Hillsdale FFA, Indian Valley FFA, Licking Valley FFA, Loudonville FFA, Meadowbrook FFA, Norwayne FFA, Northwestern FFA, Ridgewood FFA, Shenandoah FFA, Smithville FFA, Triway FFA, West Holmes FFA, Wayne Co. Career Center FFA, and the Zane Trace FFA. The first day started with breakfast. Then to follow members welcomed past National FFA President Koleson McCoy. Members then were able to participate in workshops to enhance their leadership skills, as well as attend livestock clinics to learn how to prepare animals for show.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter awarded Americas Farmer Grow Rural Education Grant

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

The West Holmes FFA Chapter was awarded the Americas Farmer Grow Rural Education Grant thanks to a nomination by Sweet Breeze Farms. This program is helping fund the future of rural communities with $2,500 grants that make a positive impact on rural nonprofit organizations. Each year eligible farmers enroll for a chance to help a rural nonprofit organization with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Since 2010, they have awarded more than $35 million to thousands of organizations.  The officer team will make a decision on how to use the grant to purchase educational supplies for the classroom. Thanks again to Sweet Breeze Farms and the Bayer Fund for the donation! … Continue reading

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Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter
On May 22nd, 17 members from the West Holmes FFA Chapter helped run the Mid-Ohio Lamb Classic at the Holmes County Fairgrounds.  The show is a part of the OSIA/LEAD circuit and featured over 100 exhibitors and 250 lambs from all over Ohio.  FFA members that helped were: Laina Croskey, Ethan Feikert, Kalan Bowling, Ally Ogi, Ashley Tate, Maren Drzazga, Emily Sheely, Alysa Pringle, Pacee Miller, Jess Miller, Derek Miller, Wyatt Schlauch, Hayden Smith, Cora Crilow, Chloe Shumaker, Sarah Irwin, and Dakotah Ringwalt. Members helped with set up, clean up, sign in, announcing, and helping in the show arena. Thank you to the following people and businesses who sponsored or assisted with the show: WB Fabrications, Ogi Trucking, Performance Feed and Seeds, Weaver Leather, BHL Livestock, Ag Pro Millersburg, Sweet Breeze Farms and Excavating, Shearer Show Stock, Sullivan Supply, Heritage Cooperative, Comfort Inn and Suites, Dennis and Kathy, Schlabach, Hipp Farms Mulch, East Holmes Vet, Corman and Jody Irwin, Panda Roof, Loudonville Equity, TMK Farm Service, Ann Mumaw, Cassie Mumaw, Gene Mumaw, Geoffrey Zimmerly, and Tim Hershberger. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter held an assembly and a drive your tractor

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

On Monday May 10th the West Holmes FFA chapter held an assembly and a drive your tractor to school day at West Holmes High School to round out their FFA Week that was held in March. Officers for the chapter came up with different games including tug of war, egg toss, an obstacle course, milk the cow, bale toss, and pie eating. Students participated in these events and the winners won free milkshakes, and candy bars. The winners of the drive your tractor to school were, oldest: Wyatt Schlauch, newest: Dyllan Bender, dirtiest: Wyatt Schlauch, cleanest: Becca Schuch, smallest: Sarah Irwin and biggest: Pacee Miller. The winners of the drive your truck to school day were, oldest: Jayme Pennell, newest: Alysa Pringle, dirtiest: Addison Yates, cleanest: Meghan Stewart, smallest: Ian Jones, and biggest: Clay Shepler. This event was rescheduled due to weather conditions.… Continue reading

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2021 Funvention

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter

On April 29th and 30th the West Holmes FFA Chapter went to the Funvention held at Harvest Ridge as a part of the Ohio FFA Virtual Celebration. There were 18 total schools in attendance. Throughout the two days members interacted with volunteers from companies throughout the state and had the opportunity to develop leadership skills, as well as improve their understanding of the agriculture industry.  Members also participated in a community service scavenger hunt and watched live sessions of the Ohio FFA State Convention. There were 4 guest speakers: Koleson McCoy – former National FFA President, Sam Glenn – a motivational speaker, George Secor – the CEO of Sunrise cooperative, and Dale Minyo – the voice of Ohio Agriculture and the banquet emcee. Members Cora Crilow, Clay Shepler, Ethan Feikert, Chloe Shumaker, and Emma Stitzlein were recognized for earning their state degrees, Candidates had to have earned or invested $3,000, participated in 8 activities above the chapter level, completed 25 hours of community service, received the chapter degree, and carry at least a 2.0 GPA.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 2021 Dairy Handlers CDE

Wyatt Schlauch and Amy Hughes

On Tuesday, April 20th, two West Holmes FFA members participated in the Dairy Handlers CDE. Member Amy Hughes was 3rd in the state and Wyatt Schlauch was 9th in the state. The Dairy Handlers CDE involves showing an animal to the best of the handler’s ability. This year, members had to make a 15 minute video presentation of them demonstrating their dairy showmanship skills. They were evaluated on their skills on exhibiting the animal and safe animal handling.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated virtually in the 2021 Ag Issues Forum contest

Becca Schuch, Garrett Houin, and Alysa Pringle

On Saturday April 24th, three West Holmes FFA members participated virtually in the Ag Issues Forum contest.  The team of Garrett Houin, Alysa Pringle, and Becca Schuch placed 4th in the state. Only the top 4 portfolios get to compete in the state contest. Members had to choose a topic involving a current issue in agriculture, create a portfolio about the topic, and present the topic to local groups and then to a panel of judges. The topic they chose was about nitrogen leaching in the Gulf of Mexico and how we could solve it with new technology. They would like to thank the following groups for partaking in listening to our presentation; The Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Ashland County Soil and Water Conservation District, The Holmes County Farm Bureau, and a panel of 8 local farmers.  A special thanks to Craig and Jane Houin for helping coach this team.  … Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA collects items to fill CAMO buckets to send to Honduras

The Northwestern FFA collected items to fill buckets for CAMO (Central American Medical Outreach). CAMO is an organization that was founded in 1993 by former Peace Corps nurse, Kathryn M. Tschiegg who brings life-saving education and services to Central America. This organization provides over 140,000 life-saving services. CAMO is located in Orrville, Ohio.Over the course of three weeks the Northwestern Wayne FFA Chapter collected needed items to stuff buckets to send to Honduras. A hurricane had gone through Honduras and left many people homeless and in need of many items. The Chapter collected frying pans, plates, cups, bowls, spatulas, bedding sheets, and combs. Each five gallon bucket contained four cups/bowls, four plates, one frying pan, one spatula, two sets of bedding sheets, and a few combs. All of these items will be greatly appreciated by ones in need.We were able to donate 23 buckets to those who lost everything due to the hurricane in Honduras.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the 2021 Agricultural Communications contest

Jayme Pennell, Ashley Tate, Ally Ogi, and Alysa Pringle

On Tuesday April 12th, four West Holmes FFA members participated in the Agricultural Communications contest and placed 9th in the State. The team consisted of Ally Ogi, Jayme Pennell, Alysa Pringle, and Ashley Tate.  Agricultural Communications is a 4 person team that creates a proposal and presentation about an agricultural topic.  This year’s scenario was to promote an agricultural educator. Members were also asked to take a test on AP Style and complete an editing exercise and write either an article based on their opinion or an unbiased journal article. The individual results were Ashley Tate 17th, Alysa Pringle 44th, Jayme Pennell 48th, and Ally Ogi 52nd.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA 2021 Banquet

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter 

On Saturday May 8th, 2021 the West Holmes FFA chapter held their annual banquet at Harvest Ridge with over 250 guests and chapter members present. The banquet was held to honor and recognize all the FFA members’ achievements over the past year, as well as recognize community members for their help and involvement in the FFA.  

Dekalb Award winner Jayme Pennell (left) and Outstanding Senior Natasha Averbukh (right) 


Special recognition was given to the following members: Jayme Pennell- DeKalb Award, Natasha Averbukh – Outstanding Senior Award; Cora Crilow- Outstanding Junior Award; Becca Schuch- Star Chapter Farmer, Alysa Pringle-Outstanding Sophomore Award; Wyatt Schlauch and Ashley Tate- Star Greenhand, Maren Drzazga and Wyatt Myers- Outstanding Freshman Awards. These members earned the highest amount of points in their respective grades from their involvement in activities throughout the year. 


We recognized our Honorary State Degrees. This is the highest award a State can give to a non FFA member. … Continue reading

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2021 West Holmes FFA County Home Clean Up

By Alysa Pringle, chapter reporter


On Saturday,May 1st, 12 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service. Members who participated include: Natasha Averbukh, Cora Crilow, Ansen Hall, Sarah Irwin, Samantha Kendall, Leah Reining, Becca Schuch, Ashley Tate, Syrus Tish, Blaine Winkler, John Maloney, and Wyatt Schlauch. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9am – 12pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Association Recognizes Northwestern-Wayne FFA Members

                  This year, the Northwestern-Wayne FFA chapter is proud to announce that there were a total of 11 members of the chapter to be recognized for their accomplishments and hard work on the state level. This is a major accomplishment that takes a great deal of effort on behalf of the members. This year, Abby Ramseyer, Cole Wharton, Jadeyn Berry, Ari Borton, Rylee Dawson, and Dugan Mclaughlin all received high levels of recognition from the State FFA organization.  The state degree is the highest honor that the Ohio FFA Organization can bestow upon a member, and is represented by a golden charm. Members who earn this degree have shown high levels of dedication and involvement in the FFA organization.
           Abby Ramseyer is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Ramseyer and received her state degree this year. During her involvement in the FFA she has participated in numerous activities, including general livestock, floriculture, and the job interview career development events.… Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Hosts 2021 Ag Awareness Day

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter hosted their Annual Ag Awareness day for the elementary school on Friday, May 21st. During the day over 600 elementary school students rotated through four educational stations including a large animal station, small animal station, tractor station, and a flower planting station. The large animal station included ponies, a goat, and a cow. The small animal station included rabbits, guineafowl, chickens, and guinea pigs. There were four different tractors. Additionally, each student got to take home a planter to grow flowers at home. Miss Kimball would like to extend a special thank you to the members who helped make the day a success!… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni Sponsors Scholarships

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and were active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further endeavors.
Adam Bensman is the son of Brian and the late Catherine Bensman. He served as a chapter officer, earned the State FFA Degree and participated in the livestock evaluation team. He shared, “I am sure that I will use all of the skills that I have learned to help me in the future. I am hoping to inspire others in a positive way.”
Sarah Blocher is the daughter of David and Susan Blocher. She has participated in poultry evaluation, earned the State FFA Degree and taught elementary children during Ag Day and Farm Safety Day.… Continue reading

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Northwestern-Wayne FFA Members participate in Spring State Career Development Events

The Northwestern-Wayne FFA had a very successful year with the members participation in Career Development Events. A career development event prepares members for events outside of FFA while focusing on their success. FFA members study and gain knowledge to succeed in a related career. Our Chapter participates in numerous CDE’s throughout the year.
The Northwestern FFA participated in the Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event. The members who participated were Ari Borton, Valerie Imhoff, Melanie Imhoff, Ava Stoller, and Jadeyn Berry. Due to COVID-19 this CDE was held virtually. The purpose of the Milk Quality and Products CDE is to enhance learning activities related to milk quality, federal milk marketing, attributes of milk products and substitutes for them. The contest consists of milk flavor identification and evaluation, a California Mastitis test, cheese identifitcations, a written exam and problem solving. The Milk Quality and Products Judging team placed 2nd at the state level. … Continue reading

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National FFA announces in-person Convention

The National FFA Organization announced that they would hold their annual in-person convention this fall in the city of Indianapolis. The event, which traditionally brings more than 65,000 attendees, will take place Oct. 27-30. 

Expected in-person events during the convention include the American FFA Degree Ceremony; Career Success Tours; competitive events; delegate business sessions; entertainment; the National FFA Expo and shopping mall; general sessions; student and teacher workshops; and the National Days of Service. 

In addition to the in-person event, the organization will also offer a virtual program, including student and teacher workshops, the virtual FFA Blue Room, National Days of Service and the streaming of general sessions.  

“We are excited to come back to the great city of Indianapolis that has been such a gracious host to us in years past,” said Mandy Hazlett, associate director of convention and events at the National FFA Organization.  “We know convention will look a bit different this year, but we are excited to offer this opportunity to our student members once again.” … Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Hosts Annual Parent-Member Banquet

The Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter hosted their Annual Parent-Member Banquet on Saturday, May 15th. During the banquet members were recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Four members earned their Discovery Degree, 19 members earned their Greenhand Degree and seven members earned their Chapter  Degree. Emma Deeter was named Star Greenhand and Tyler Kress was named Star Chapter Farmer. Additionally, two Honorary Chapter members, Ms. Abby Kurtz and Mr. Ben Moore, were inducted. Finally, the newly elected officer team was installed as follows: President- Carter Tinnerman, Vice President- Taylor Falb, Secretary- Emmie Bohse, Treasurer- Tyler Kress, Reporter- Emma Deeter, Sentinel- Tyler Leffew, and Student Advisor- Gavin Spitler. We would like to extend a special thank you to Karen and Jack Wellbaum, Laura’s Country Diner, Wertz Hardware, Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, Kress Farms, Mary K. Miller, Hissong Family Farms Blue and John Leffew of John Construction for sponsoring our awards!… Continue reading

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Miami Trace Great Oaks FFA 2021 banquet

The Miami Trace Great Oaks FFA held its annual banquet April 23rd at the Miami Trace High School. Although parts of the banquet were altered due to Covid-19, the chapter officers and advisors were able to make it run smoothly. The chapter recognized members, advisors, parents and other community members who made positive contributions to the chapter. Many members were recognized for having numerous achievements throughout the year. The senior FFA members received over $15,000 in scholarships during the event.

Sophomore member Jacob Cline began the program by singing the national anthem, junior member Emily Moser introduced the meal and led the over 200 guests in prayer.

After the conclusion of the meal, retiring president Graham Carson welcomed everyone and was followed by junior member Kennedy Worley with the introduction of special guests. There were over 200 people in attendance and the meal was catered by The Crown Room of Washington Court House.… Continue reading

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BRINER SIGNS WITH MICHIGAN STATE TO BECOME FUTURE AGRICULTURE TEACHER

Paige Briner, senior at Edon Northwest High School, is ready to do her part in educating future citizens about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture. Briner gathered with her parents, Kory and Jessica Briner, as well as her agricultural educator and FFA Advisor, Mrs. Hannah Everetts, to sign her letter of intent to study agricultural education at Michigan State University this Fall.

“I’ve grown up in an agricultural community and have always had a passion for agriculture,” said Paige. “The FFA is a place where everyone can find their voice, and that’s something that I want to continue to be a part of. Without a strong role model in my ag teacher, Mrs. Everetts, I don’t think that I would be going into this career.”

“Paige has always stepped up to be a leader in our FFA chapter and is a wonderful role model for younger members, so it is no surprise that she decided on agricultural education as her career path,” stated Everetts.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Members Qualify for National CDE Event

The Miami Trace FFA Chapter from Washington C.H., Ohio will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of poultry evaluation. Newly Weds Foods, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc. and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association sponsors the national event.  FFA members who will represent the chapter include Bryce Bennett, Drew Black, Jenna Goddard, and Jonah Goddard. Amanda Swigert is the coach and FFA advisor for the team. Participants in the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event (CDE) select live meat-type chickens for broiler breeding, evaluate and place live egg-type hens, and rate the finished product by evaluating and grading ready-to-cook carcasses and parts of chickens and turkeys.  These members won the Ohio poultry evaluation CDE in late March through a virtual competition. 

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S.,… Continue reading

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