FFA News

State FFA Officer Profile – Elizabeth Overholt

Name: Elizabeth Overholt

Home Chapter: West Holmes FFA Chapter

What state office do you hold? District 8 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? Freshmen, Ohio State ATI

What is your major? Agricultural communication

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? My favorite thing to do in my free time is to sit down and enjoy good movies and spend time with friends.

Favorite sports team and why: My favorite sports team is anything Ohio State because I’m a buckeye!

Favorite Movie and why: My favorite movie is 8 Seconds because it shows what people will do and give up for their passions!

Favorite CDE and why: Parli Pro because it challenged me and made me think on my feet while building  my confidence!

What is your biggest fear? Failure

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? My personal FFA goals for the year is to be able to interact with all of the schools in District 8.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA has annual Family/Member Picnic

 On Sept. 4, 2013, Mohawk FFA held a smell meal followed be a FFA meeting and then an informative presentation for parents of first year FFA members.  It was attended by of 35 members of the Mohawk FFA and 63 guests.


At the meeting FFA members were informed of their officer families. Once they were with their family groups they discussed the jobs they had for the school year and want over any questions the new members had.


The presentation for the first year FFA members was give by the following: Emily Daniel, Ciara Long, Meghan Chaffee, Lydia Coldiron and Kevin Lonsway. The event was an all together success and was a great kick start for the year.  FFA thanks all who attended.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA Students Participate in the Fair

During the week of July 14th through the 21st 2013 Colonel Crawford FFA students participated in the Crawford County Junior Fair. During the 2012-2013 school year, students kept records of their SAE projects.  At the fair students were asked questions about their SAE projects and record books. Many of the students excelled with their projects.

In the dairy beef show Travis Bogard got a 2nd and 3rd place in his classes. Kyle Hudson placed 3rd in his dairy beef class.  Taylor Lutz got 2nd in both of her dairy beef feeder classes, and received outstanding exhibitor in dairy beef; she also got Reserve senior showman in dairy beef. Kendra Hudson placed 1st in both of her dairy beef classes; she also got Champion in dairy beef feeder senior showmanship.

In the dairy department Kyle Hudson got Grand Champion dairy female. Taylor Lutz got Reserve dairy female and Reserve senior showman.  She also got outstanding dairy exhibitor.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA helps at Ohio State Fair

On Aug. 3, 2013, the Benjamin Logan FFA members and officers combined forces with the District 6 Officers and assisted at the Ohio Cattlemen Association Booth, during the Ohio State Fair.  The members helped with either scooping up French Fries, passing out food, or by cleaning off tables after customers had finished eating.  After their shift was over, the members and District 6 Officers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the fair.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA officers prepare of coming year

The Mohawk FFA, 2013-2014, officers met to begin preparation for the coming school year.  The Officer team this year is Emily Daniel as President, Ciara Long as Vice President, Paige Sigler as Secretary, Meghan Chaffee as Treasurer, Morgan Edgington as Reporter, Lydia Coldiron as Sentinel and Kevin Lonsway as Student Advisor.  This year along with exploring personal strengths and making new Mohawk FFA goals, the officer team was able to come up with four new activities for Mohawk FFA.

Those activities are Back Pack for the Hungry, a program to help feed kids that are less fortunate in the school. Officer Family Fun Day is a day were FFA members will come together to engage in fun team activities to bring members closer together. Also a Pizza Prize Party, this is a small party that the most active members will get to attend by doing this we hope to encourage our members to be more active in FFA.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Jeanie McGarvey

Name:  Jeanie McGarvey

Home Chapter: Liberty Union

What state office do you hold?  District 7 President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  Liberty Union- Senior & Ohio University Lancaster- Dual Enrollment Option “freshman”

What do you hope to study when you go to college?  Communication and American Sign Language

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?  Talk with friends and family

Favorite sports team and why: Ohio State Buckeyes- proud state supporter

Favorite Movie and why: One of my favorite movies is Captain America- I LOVE superheroes and action movies.

Favorite CDE and why: Parliamentary Procedure- I love the team competition and adrenaline that comes with being a chair person.

What is your biggest fear? To miss out on something amazing

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year?  Connect with lots of members at FFA Camp, travel around Ohio giving speeches and workshops, making a difference in my community through FFA, help members realize their infinite potential, grow myself, and be completely committed to my state office as well as my home chapter office.… Continue reading

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Community member honored with FFA Degree

Mr. Tim Williams of Conover was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree through the National FFA Organization. Mr. Williams will receive the award on stage at the 2013 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky, on Friday, Nov. 2. He will receive a certificate and medal and have his name permanently recorded into FFA history.

Mr. Williams was selected because of his support of the advancement of agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Mr. Williams recently retired from bring principal at Miami East High School. During his educational career Mr. Williams hired countless FFA members to work on his family’s horse, straw, and hay farm.

Mr. Williams attended numerous conventions to support the Miami East FFA members and applaud their accomplishments. Furthermore, he served on the Miami East Agricultural Education Department Advisory Committee for 13 years where he provided direction and insight to the future of the agriculture program.… Continue reading

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September 2013 FFA Member of the Month

The September 2013 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Allyson Supinger. She is the daughter of Rebecca Supinger and Chris DiNardo of Fletcher and a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

At the 2013 Miami County Fair Allyson exhibited the Grand Champion Turkey, which weighed 54 pounds. She also exhibited items in the Shop and Crop Department. Allyson has competed in the Greenhand parliamentary procedures contest, attended FFA Camp, and participated in the visit to teach elementary students wildlife education.

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 student 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 memento in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Sydney Snider

Name: Sydney Snider

Home Chapter: Felicity-Franklin

What state office do you hold? State Secretary

What school do you attend and what year are you? This August, I will be a freshman at The Ohio State University.

What is your major? Food Science

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also love to watch movies!

Favorite sports team and why: I do not have a favorite professional sports team, but my favorite collegiate team would be the Ohio State Buckeyes! I enjoy watching Ohio State Football and Basketball.

Favorite Movie and why: I have too many favorite movies to pick! But some of my favorite movies include; Footloose, My Sisters Keeper, The Notebook and Temple Grandin. I really enjoy the stories and meanings behind these movies!

Favorite CDE and why: My favorite CDE is probably the Food Science and Technology CDE because it allowed me to discover my interest in the food industry.… Continue reading

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FFA New Horizons Magazine App Launches Update With Interactive Cover

Journal Communications and the National FFA Organization announce the launch of the updated FFA New Horizons free magazine app for Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

The update features content from the fall 2013 edition of FFA New Horizons magazine, including a historical retrospective of the Official FFA Jacket, profiles of National FFA student leaders and agriculture educators, as well as career advice and tips for personal growth.

This latest update has been enhanced with additional technical features, such as a magazine cover with embedded video, vertical and horizontal orientation, and scrolling text for readability. The magazine’s editorial and digital technology teams worked together to ensure the enhancements complement the magazine’s editorial content rather than overpower it.

“It was important to us that we didn’t add bells and whistles for the sake of bells and whistles,” said FFA New Horizons Editor Kim Newsom Holmberg. “We want the app to strengthen the relationship our readers have with the magazine by enhancing their experience with the content.”… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participate in Holmes County Fair

The Holmes County Jr. Fair took place on Aug. 5-10.  On Sunday Aug. 4, exhibitors brought and settled animals at the fair for the week. Monday morning the poultry show went under way. Members that showed poultry were Kayla Bird, Logan Brannon, Lyndsey Davis, Dylan Holloway, Courtney Kozak, and Brittany Sigler. Courtney Kozak was turkey showmanship senior champion and Kayla Bird was senior reserve champion.

On Monday afternoon the king and queen coronation was held. The 2012-2013 King and Queen were Marshall Overholt and Liz Overholt. West Holmes FFA president Mandy Taylor was elected queen, and sentinel Clay Armstrong was elected King. The 2012-2013 King and Queen were Marshall Overholt and Liz Overholt who were also member of the West Holmes FFA. To be elected for king and queen it is mandatory to fill out and application and go through an interview with the judges. The pair will now represent the county for the next year.… Continue reading

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Anna Hires New Ag Teacher

As the Anna FFA Chapter starts off their 2013-2014 School Year so does the former 2003 Anna Graduate Mrs. Sarah Heilers. Mrs. Sarah Heilers will be serving as Anna High School’s new FFA and Agricultural Education Teacher. Heilers is filling the vacancy of Mrs. Michelle Brunson who is now employed at the Upper Valley Career Center located in Piqua, Ohio as an instructional supervisor.

While in high school, Heilers participated in the FFA program receiving her American FFA Degree as well as serving as the chapter president. In 2007 she went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BS in Agriculture. Heilers received her Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. Previous to Anna, she taught at Mechanicsburg and Ft. Loramie Schools. Heilers is glad to come back to Anna as she is very excited to teach at her home school.… Continue reading

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Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA attended National FFA breakfast

On August 14th, 2013, the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA officer team headed down south to Kentucky for a unique opportunity.

The National FFA Officer breakfast, sponsored by Toyota, gives officer teams the chance to meet and interact with their national officers. The event was held at Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Kentucky. After listening to opening remarks from Toyota manager Helen Carroll and Gateway’s president Mr. Ed Hughes, the Edgewood officers ate breakfast and prepared to listen to a presentation by the National Officer team. The National Officers talked about life lessons they wish they knew as chapter officers for FFA. Then, at the end of the presentation, they answered questions from the members in attendance.

“The Toyota breakfast was a great experience for members to meet and learn from national officers,” says Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Treasurer Lindsey Laird. “Many of us regard them as some if the most influential people in the organization.”… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Joe Schmitz

Name: Joe Schmitz

Home Chapter: Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC

What state office do you hold? District 5 President

What school do you attend and what year are you? Senior at Mississinawa Valley High School

What do you hope to study when you go to college?  Agribusiness

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Farm with my brother and dad.

Favorite sports team and why:The Ohio State Buckeyes because that is where my family has gone to school

Favorite Movie and why: The Lonesome Dove Saga because it is adventurous and it’s a Western.

Favorite CDE and why: General Livestock Judging because you don’t have to necessarily agree with the judge to be right.

What is your biggest fear? Receiving a life long injury.

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year? This year I want to win districts in public speaking, win State Farm Business Management CDE, as a team win General Livestock Judging Contest CDE.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Erika Nigh

Name: Erika Nigh

Home Chapter: Cory-Rawson FFA

What state office do you hold?   District 4 President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  I will be a freshman at The Ohio State University regional campus Agriculture Technical Institute.

What is your major? I want to be in a major that is centered upon agriculture, so currently I am looking at either studying agronomy or agriculture law.

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?  I really enjoy listening to music and spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite sports team and why: The Ohio State Buckeyes because I have grown up watching them and now I am going to be a Buckeye!

Favorite Movie and why: I enjoy so many movies that I can’t just pick one!

Favorite CDE and why: My favorite CDE is the Creed Speaking Contest because it gives members a chance to learn what the FFA is about.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA Attends Summer FFA and Leadership Camps

Each summer, the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter attends the 5th and final session of summer FFA Camp at FFA Camp Muskingum near Carrollton. Some of the current State FFA Officers as well as the camp summer staff run each of these sessions of camp. This meant that the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Chapter’s very own Nick Brumfield, who is serving as the 2013-2014 State FFA Sentinel, spent the majority of the summer at camp, helping to run the different sessions including the final session. Fifth session of FFA camp takes place the second week of July each year, which fell from the 8th to the 12th this summer. The A-C FFA Chapter had 31 members attend camp this year, which is almost a full bus load, and with the Bloom Carroll FFA members who rode to camp with us, it was! The 5th session was also completely sold out this summer, with a total of 308 FFA members in attendance!… Continue reading

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Agricultural education teachers named to National FFA Organization’s board of directors

Two experienced and accomplished agricultural education teachers have been named to the National FFA Organization’s board of directors.

William Davenport of Connecticut has taught agriscience at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury, Conn., since 1986. He has also served as director of the Ellis Clark Regional Agriscience and Technology program since 2004. For more than 22 years, he has led the 328-member Woodbury High School FFA chapter as its advisor.

He has achieved an array of honors throughout his career, including being named the 2004 Connecticut state Teacher of the Year and one of the top 20 teachers of the year by USA Today in 2005.

Davenport earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut and received a sixth-year diploma in administration and supervision from Southern Connecticut State University.

Michael Womochil of Colorado has 34 years of teaching experience. He has been involved in developing curriculum and program standards, coordination between local agriculture programs and university teacher education programs.… Continue reading

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Princess For A Day Planned

Hear ye, hear ye! Calling all princesses to a day of pampering and learning how to be a princess. Miami East High School’s FFA and Pride In M.E. welcome young girls of all ages to attend a Princess For A Day Open House on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 2:30 to 4:30 at the Miami East High School Cafeteria.

A $10 cash per princess will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. All princesses are encouraged to dress in a princess dress as they learn everything it takes to be a princess, including: hair, make-up, nails, healthy snacks, walking the runway and much more. Each princess will be given a tiara. Girls of all ages are welcome with parental supervision.

Come help improve young girls’ self-esteem while making a donation to the March of Dimes. Contact Miami East High School with questions by calling 335-7070 ext. 3212 or 3008.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer Profile – Geoffrey Norris

Name: Geoffrey Norris

Home Chapter: Triway FFA

What state office do you hold?  District 3 President

What school do you attend and what year are you?  Triway High School, Senior

What do you hope to study when you go to college? Agribusiness and bioenergy

What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time? Hang out with friends and family.

Favorite sports team and why: Ohio State, I’ve grown up as a buckeye and will always be a buckeye.

Favorite Movie and why: Blind Side, because it teaches you that helping one person can go a long way.

Favorite CDE and why: Soil judging, because the soil is never same in any one area and always presents a challenge.

What is your biggest fear? Failure

What are your personal FFA goals for upcoming year?  To grow more in my leadership skills.

What is the best advise you have ever received?  Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently selected the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter of Casstown, Ohio, as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.

This is the 13th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 31 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). … Continue reading

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