FFA News

2017-2018 State Officer Team

The 2017-2018 State Officer Team is:

President: Ryan A. Matthews, Fairfield

Vice President: Kacey Reinhart, Wayne Trace

Secretary: Koleson McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

Treasurer: Emily Mullen, Talawanda Butler-Tech

Reporter: Evan Callicoat, Northeastern

Sentinel: Marleigh Kerr, Anthony Wayne

VP at Large: Carley Coppler, Carey

VP at Large: Milan Pozderac, Fredericktown

VP at Large: Emma Sterwerf, Talawanda Butler-Tech

VP at Large: Lane Heil, Tri-Valley

VP at Large: Phillip Eberly, Northwestern-Wayne

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Session 5 photo highlights

The fifth and final session of the Convention was packed with highlights. The packed house heard from the band and chorus, talented soloists and State President Mary Bueller her impressive retiring address.  The new officer team was announced and more than 900 FFA members were aware their State FFA Degree.


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Session 4 photo highlights

There was plenty in the packed Session 4 including the Creed Speaking Presentation, officer awards, a keynote presentation from National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris, CDE winner announcements, the Prepared Speaking Presentation, the Agriscience Fair recognition, and the Ohio FFA Officer parent recognition.


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Session 3 photo highlights

Ohio’s top chapters were recognized, the crowd learned about developing your passion from keynote speaker Lamarr Womble, and the second set of proficiency winners were recognized in this session that kicked off the second day of Convention.… Continue reading

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Session 1 photo highlights

The 2017 Ohio State FFA Convention kicked off with a great first session. Ohio FFA donations were highlighted, school administrators were recognized, and the crowd heard an inspirational message from keynote speaker Amberley Snyder. The new officer candidates were also announced. They include:

President: Ryan A. Matthews, Fairfield and Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge

Vice President: Carley Coppler, Carey and Kacey Reinhart, Wayne Trace

Secretary: Milan Pozderac, Fredericktown and Koleson McCoy, Global Impact STEM Academy

Treasurer: Emma Sterwerf, Talawanda Butler-Tech and Emily Mullen, Talawanda Butler-Tech

Reporter: Evan Callicoat, Northeastern and Lane Heil, Tri-Valley

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89th Ohio FFA State Convention Schedule May 4-5


7:30 am: Set Up: Agriscience Fair, Proficiencies

8:00 am: Convention Registration – Celeste; National Chapter Interviews – Rhodes; Ag Mechanics Engineering CDE – Bricker

9:00 am: Career Show & Expo – Bricker; Agriscience Fair Interviews – Bricker; Proficiency Interviews – Bricker;  Ohio FFA Fights Hunger – ODOT

12:30 pm: Recognition Luncheon – Rhodes

1:00 pm: Grain Merchandising CDE Finals – Rhodes

1:30 pm: PRE-SESSION


5:30 pm: Honorary Degree Reception – FFA Center

6:30 pm: PRE-SESSION



8:00am:Registration – Celeste

9:00 am: Career Show & Expo – Bricker; Choir Practice – Bricker; Band Practice – ODOT

9:30 am: PRE-SESSION


1:00 pm: Talent Show – Celeste

2:30 pm: PRE-SESSION


4:00: Past Officer Reception – FFA Center

5:00: Band and Chorus Musical Presentation



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Introducing the 2017 class of Student FFA Reporters

Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is welcoming five student reporters that will be helping cover the 2017 Ohio FFA Convention May 4 and 5. Stay tuned for further convention coverage.

Emily Bookless is a sophomore at Ridgewood High School located in West Lafayette. She enjoys playing soccer and loves to participate in school clubs such as STATS and FCA. She has been affiliated with FFA for two years now and is currently serving as reporter for the Ridgewood FFA Chapter. She likes CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Sales, and Livestock Judging. Outside of school, she shows hogs and llamas. She is also involved with the Kamelid Kushers 4-H Club and the Coshocton County Junior Fair Board.

Kolt Buchenroth is a senior in the Kenton-OHP FFA Chapter and has served as the reporter, president, and is currently the vice president of his chapter. He is also active in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society, and various other school organizations.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA holds annual banquet

On Monday, April 3rd, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter held their annual banquet at Nazareth Hall. At the banquet, members and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner. Following dinner, multiple members received pins to place on their jacket for their participation in CDEs (Career Development Events).

Several chapter awards were presented, including:

  • Star Greenhand member: Reegan Kehres
  • Star Chapter member: Laura Caswell
  • Outstanding Junior member: Haley Schmersal
  • Outstanding Senior member: Camryn Buskey
  • 110% Award: Kalie Anderson
  • Mr. & Miss Volunteers: Patrick Miller and Hannah Mitchell

Additionally, the Les Disher Leadership Award is one of the highest honors that the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter bestows on its members, and this year Marleigh Kerr received the award.

At the end of the banquet, the 2016-2017 officer team gave Mrs. Short and Mrs. Bockbrader a gift, and the 2017-2108 officer team was installed.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA well represented at Spring Dairy Expo

Members of the Mowrystown FFA chapter recently traveled to Columbus to participate in state dairy juding as well as the state dairy handlers contest. Our high school judging team placed 23rd in the state, the middle school team placed 1st in the state, Audrey Ferguson placed 1st in dairy handlers, and Atlee Carr was 3rd. Audrey will move on to the national contest and Atlee will go to the Big E this fall.… Continue reading

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Wanted: Ohio FFA State Convention Student Reporters

Attention Ohio FFA Members:

The 2017 Ohio FFA State Convention is almost here. Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is on the search for three outstanding Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? Here’s your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets.

Student Reporters will assist in gathering information, shoot video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session through a video recap and much more.

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention May 4and 5.
  • Submit a video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected. 
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Miami East FFA notes successful state evaluations

The State FFA Evaluations were recently held at the Ohio FFA Center in Columbus, Ohio. Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in various competitions. Members became eligible for State Evaluations by placing at District Evaluations in February.

American FFA Degree – Emily Beal, Daniel Everett, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid and Hunter Sharp, graduates of Miami East High School, submitted an application to receive the American FFA Degree. Their applications were approved and will be submitted to the National FFA Organization for review. They will receive their degree at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, IN.

State FFA Degrees – Junior Alex DiNardo, and seniors Katie Bodenmiler, Carly Gump, and Alyssa Westgerdes submitted applications to receive the State FFA Degree. Their applications were approved, and they will receive their Degrees in May at the State FFA Convention in Columbus.

Proficiency Awards – Members applied for a district and state proficiency award.… Continue reading

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