FFA News

Several Hiland FFA members attend Camp Muskingum

On June 2-6, 2014, FFA Camp Muskingum was held in Carroll County off the shores of Leesville Lake. Five Hiland FFA members; Brandon Stutzman, Tallie Troyer, Olivia Ward, Diane Yoder, and Kelsey Yoder decided to go and experience this annual event for the first time. There were over 288 students from the state of Ohio at this first out of five camp sessions. The camp theme this year was Indiana Jones. While the FFA members were there, camp offered many awesome opportunities such as fishing, high and low rope courses, sports, hiking, boating, and swimming. Paintball and sports tournaments with camp groups were also possible events to participate in during camp. There were State Officer

workshops that taught little lessons on different topics; acceptance of your peers, teamwork, making new friends, being the person, and leader they know you can be. These workshops worked like a charm and Hiland FFA members had a blast doing it with all new people.… Continue reading

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RG Drage FFA holds successful banquet

The RG Drage FFA Chapter recently hosted their FFA banquet. Our guest speaker for the night was Dustin Homan. Jarred Shellhouse, the Ohio FFA 2013-2014 State Treasurer, also gave a brief speech about oppertunities in the FFA. The first-year FFA members received their Greenhand Degrees at the banquet, the recipients were: Jessica Ake, Sydney Bartolet, Cameron Barton, Angela Casalinove, Brittani Combs, Cora Daniel, Brianna Fowler, Kristin Gilliam, Adriana Grimm, Samantha Hysong, Melissa Janis, Shelby Lambert, Andrew Marcelli, Heather Marsh, Jennifer McLaughin, Kasilyn Meadows, Carrie Miller, Jennifer Smith, and Laura Wood. The second-year FFA members also received their Chapter Degrees, the recipients are: Amber Buzaki, Hannah Eckenrode, Jayda Greenlee, Patrick Helwig, Kyall Kiko, Sierra Lightfoot, Garret Mills, Cassidy Peterson, Kelsey Reed, Elizabeth Smith, and Mark Toland. Mrs. Cindy Smythe, RG Drage school director, and Mrs. Racheal Ramsier, the former Agricultural Education instructor, this year’s Honorary Member Degree recipients. The Greenhand Degree recipients and Star

Chapter Degree recipients are given the chance to receive the Star Greenhand and Star Chapter awards determined by an application that consists of a review of the past years school, community, and FFA Chapter events as well as scholastic merit.… Continue reading

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National Trail FFA competes in national soils contest

The National Trail FFA Urban Soils Team got second in State Soil Judging early October this past year making them eligible to compete at National Soils for the 8th time on May 1st, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The team members included: Sean Drew, Carson Fort, Josh Baker and Becky Allen. The team placed 40th out of 57 teams in the home site judging contest. Scoring best among the team was Josh Baker. The team members also enjoyed their meals included the annual dinner at the Cattleman’s Café, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill and Shorty Smalls. The members also toured the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Stock Yards. The team enjoyed Oklahoma City and the sites.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace, Great Oaks attends State Convention

In early May, the Miami Trace FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center. This was the 86th Annual Ohio FFA Convention. The Chapter attended convention sessions, and listened to four guest speakers Harriet Turk, Cliff Cody, Eric Chester, and Jackson Harris, Southern Region National Vice President. These speakers entertained the crowd and gave inspiring messages that helped improve member’s leadership skills.

Chas Grover and Hannah Peterson, both Miami Trace Seniors, represented our chapter in the State FFA Chorus. Miami Trace excelled this year in State Career Development Events and Proficiency Awards. We had 4 state winning Career Development Event teams and 3 state top three Proficiency Award winners. The General Livestock Judging team received 1st out of 149 teams participating and 840 individuals. The team members include: Gus Mitchem(1st), Caleb Penwell(7th), Brock Wilt (22nd), and Caroline Hughes(31st). The Dairy Quality and Products team placed 1st out of 40 teams participating and 139 individuals.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA attends State Convention

State Convention? “What is that?” you wonder. Well, the answer from every single FFA member that has attended would be the same: a fun leadership experience for every FFA chapter in Ohio!

Held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Grant Mast, Tallie Troyer, Olivia Ward, Diane Yoder, Kelsey Yoder, and Rachelle Yoder, 6 members, from Hiland FFA chapter,  attended the 86th annual State Convention on May 1 and 2.

During the trip they stopped and toured the Oakland Nursery; they enjoyed some fun at Cabala’s and SkyZone as well. At the sessions, they heard from great speakers who gave inspiring stories and lessons that could relate to everyone in their everyday lives as well as FFA lives.

RaKayla Burke, a former FFA student from Hiland, received her State Degree. Grant Mast, a current FFA member and a junior here at Hiland, received his State Degree as well. This ceremony was held as the fifth and final session of the convention.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members place 2nd in state contest

Seven members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently earned state Runner-Up honors in the Animal Behavior, Welfare and Husbandry career development event.

The team consisted of Mariah Cox, Nat Mavis, Ashley McCullough, Olivia Pflaumer, Ann Shelby, Haylee Vollmar and Kim Wolfe.

During the competition students were evaluated on their knowledge of animal habitats, behavior norms, social systems and health for seven different species of both domestic and wild animals.  Students completed a written test, animal welfare audit and oral presentation over a selected species as part of the event.

This was the first year for these students to participate in the animal welfare, behavior and husbandry contest and they are very excited to have placed so well!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MCVTC FFA members place at State Agriscience Fair

On Thursday, May 1st, ten members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter participated in the State Agriscience Fair in Columbus. Members conducted a science research project related to the agricultural field. They constructed a display board and demonstrated their understanding of the scientific method during an interview.

Earning a gold rating and third place was a freshman team, consisting of Emma Linn and Alyssa Westgerdes. Their research was “The pH of Peppers” They tested the pH of various peppers to before and after cooking. They were recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention with a certificate and cash prize.

ME-MVCTC Agriscience Fair 2014 2Also receiving a Bronze Rating where the teams of Rian Kingrey and Olivia Edgell with their research project, “What’s Poppin’?”, Daniel Bodenmiller and Kendra Beckman with their project “Is Your Vitamin C Purple?”, Kelsey Kirchner and Katie Bendickson with their project “Why Dye?” and Lindsey Roeth and Casey Copeland with their project, “Water: Killer or Helper?”Continue reading

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National Trail FFA holds Parent-Member Banquet

The National Trail FFA Chapter recently performed a spectacular Parent-Member Banquet. This year’s banquet attendance of over 380 people was the greatest attendance in National Trail FFA Banquet history. The members started with dinner and afterwards pulled off a very successful awards ceremony filled with the member accomplishments this past year. Star Greenhand is awarded to a freshman who shows outstanding effort, dedication, and grades. The winner this year was Shania Jordan.  Star Chapter is awarded for the sophomore who shows the greatest effort, dedication and grades; the winner this year was Dawn Richardson. The Parliamentary Procedure Team was recognized for getting first place in the County and received a gold rating. They proceeded on to place first in the District 5 finals and placed second in the State Semi-Finals. Another team recognized at banquet was the Urban and Rural Soil judging teams. Both teams were very successful this year. The Urban Soils team earned the right to compete at the National Soils Career Development Event in Oklahoma. 
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Buckeye Central FFA members attend National Soils Contest in Oklahoma

In late April, Sam Robertson, Jaret Shook, Derek Kalb and Ray Stahl took flight on a journey of a lifetime as they flew to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  to take part in the National Urban Soil Judging Contest.

In the Homesite Evaluation contest, a team from Indiana took first place at the contest and the Buckeye Central FFA Chapter placed 44th out of 57 teams.

“The soil was a lot different in Oklahoma compared to Ohio,” Kalb said. “We studied really hard in the classroom and we tried to compete our best at the National level. Overall this was a trip that I won’t forget.”

When judging the Homesite Evaluation testing, the team was looking for soil that  is suitable for lawn and gardening, sewage systems and and digging basements.

When the team arrived at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport they next traveled to their favorite restaurant in Justin, Texas, the Lonesome Spur Diner.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA announces May Members of the Month

The May 2014 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Kendra Beckman, Kolin Bendickson, Rebekah Eidemiller, Colin Hawes, Kelly Rindler, Lindsey Roeth, and Lauren Williams. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.

Kendra Beckman is the daughter of Mark and Kim Beckman. She will be attending Wright State University majoring in sports medicine. She has served as chapter president, treasurer, and chaplain. She competed in the Agricultural Communications competitions.

Kolin Bendickson is the son of Derick and Kristin Bendickson. He will be attenging Ohio State University-Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster majoring in Agribusiness. He served as chapter sentinel and participated in the Tractor Trouble Shooting Contest. He earned his State FFA Degree.

Rebekah Eidemiller is the daughter Eric Eidemiller and LaDonna and Allen Mays. She will be attending Bowling Green State University majoring in Communications Disorders. She served as chapter reporter and twice earned a gold rating on the chapter scrapbook.… Continue reading

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA announces 2014-2015 officer team

Now that a new year in the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapter has started, the new officers were elected and put into office. After much debate, the new officers for 2014-2015 are: President – Devon Mullen, Vice President – Adrian Wymer, Secretary – Susan Householder, Treasurer – Sydney Stinson, Reporter – Josie Montoney, Sentinel – Austin Stai and Student Advisor – Kaylee Reed. These individuals were chosen by their peers to represent the A-C FFA chapter throughout the next calendar year by being elected at the February meeting.

Being an officer can be lots of work and requires dedication. As President, Devon not only resides over chapter meetings but also represents the Amanda-Clearcreek chapter at functions such as school board meetings. As Vice-President,  Adrian is in charge of all committee work. He also helps Devon when needed. Susan is in charge of keeping the minutes of every chapter meeting and for keeping track of activity attendance by the membership.  … Continue reading

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Crowd greets Anthony Wayne FFA banquet

The Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter held its annual banquet at the Monclova Elementary school in mid-April. Over 250 FFA supporters and members attended this banquet.

At the banquet, the guests enjoyed a delicious dinner provided by D&J Catering. Afterwards they listened to a variety of awards that were handed out to FFA members that went above and beyond in the FFA Chapter.

There were two honorary degree recipients this year, Lonnie and Tracy Perry. The students received outstanding ratings for various works, varying scholarships or a monetary amount that will be used toward their college expenses provided by the AW FFA Alumni and previous fundraisers.

There was a total of 13 students who received these scholarships. After the awards were handed out, District 1 President, Andrew Teet spoke to the crowd about “striking while the iron is hot.” This was followed by senior officer retiring addresses from Lucas Froelich, William Lemle, and Maddison Binkley.… Continue reading

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Teays Valley FFA holds annual banquet

On Thursday, April 24th, 500 people attended the Teays Valley FFA  44th annual Banquet. The members of the chapter received awards and scholarships for their participation and their success in the FFA. Two scholarships that were awarded were; the Gerald Burgoon Memorial Scholarship and the Teays Valley Young Farmers Scholarship. The recipient of the Gerald Burgoon Scholarship was Joseph Clark. The recipients of the Teays Valley Young Farmers Scholarship were Harley Collopy, Emily Hager, Emily Justice, and Callen Ett. Over the course of the night, over $3,000 was awarded to senior members who will be graduating in May.

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Anna FFA president attending Yale in the fall

Like many people his age, an outgoing high school senior from western Ohio is moving onto a new step in his life in the form of college. Unlike many of those around however, he will not be attending a local or state school, but is instead enrolling in an Ivy League institution.

Dominic Becker, a senior at Anna High School in Shelby County and the departing Anna FFA chapter president, will be attending Yale in the fall.

“It was a little daunting at first, just the thought of being around some of the smartest kids in the world,” Becker said. He plans to study economics and political science while at the prestigious university.

“Where my interest in going to an Ivy League school started was, at the start of my sophomore year, I was invited to a conference held in Columbus that was hosted by a handful of Ivy League schools,” he said.… Continue reading

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Marion Local FFA brings awards home from State Convention

Last week at the 85th State FFA Convention, several Marion Local FFA members were recognized as being among the top in the state, as they were gold rated officers, finalists in their proficiency award area, or a state degree recipient. The chapter took a total of 36 members to the convention which was held at the state fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio .  Members left Thursday morning and toured the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg.

Eight Marion Local FFA members competed as finalists in nine different proficiency award areas.  The proficiency award program recognizes students from across the state that have outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs.  Students complete a 20 page application that focuses on the hours they have worked, skills they have attained, and activities complete on a daily basis.  This award program is very competitive.  Students’ applications are evaluated on the district level which includes 40-50 schools and then on the state level. … Continue reading

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Parent Member Banquet recognizes Miami East FFA members

The Miami East FFA Chapter recently held its 55th Annual Parent Member Banquet. Over 300 parents, members, and guests were attendance at Miami East Junior High Auditoria.  Highlights of the evening were:

–       In 2013, the chapter was ranked in the Top 10 out of 315 chapters in the National Chapter Application. Also we placed in the Top 10 Chapter in the areas of Student Development, Chapter Development and Community Development. Our application was then sent on for national judging and we were named a 3-Star National Chapter at the National FFA Convention.

–       For 2014, the Chapter is ranked in the Top 10 in the state. And, we are a Top 10 in all three areas of development. We will now compete to be #1 at the State Convention.

–       In 2013, National FFA Convention graduates Amanda Bartel, Jacob Eidemiller, and Meagan McKinney earned the American FFA Degree.

–       At the 2013 State FFA Convention we had 6 students compete in the State Agriscience Fair.… Continue reading

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National FFA Organization partners with 8 Major League Baseball teams for ‘FFA Day at the Ballpark’ to raise funds, community awareness

FFA members, their friends and family members and FFA supporters can catch a Major League Baseball game this summer and take advantage of specially discounted ticket rates, help raise funds for FFA and heighten awareness of the organization.

FFA Day at the Ballpark games will be in June and July from Washington, D.C., to Washington state:

•    7:10 p.m. Friday, June 14: Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle
•    7:10 p.m. Friday, June 20: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Field in Kansas City
•    1:10 p.m. Sunday, June 22: Cincinnati Reds vs. Toronto Blue Jays at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
•    1:15 p.m. Sunday, June 22: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis
•    7:10 p.m. Friday, June 27: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee
•    7:05 p.m. Friday, July 11: Philadelphia Phillies vs.… Continue reading

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Buckeye Central FFA attends State Convention

On Friday, May 2, members of the Buckeye Central FFA Chapter traveled down to Columbus, OH for the 86th Annual Ohio FFA State Convention.

The theme for the convention was Ignite FFA, following this past years National FFA Convention theme.

BC FFA had three students competing for proficiency awards.  Proficiency awards are based off of the students SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience).

This year, 2013 graduate of Buckeye Central, Andy Stockmaster, placed second with his proficiency in Poultry Production, senior Adam McGinnis placed third in Small Animal Production and Care, and senior Sam Robertson placed third in Emerging Agricultural Technology, and fourth in his Diversified Crop Production proficiency.

“I was glad I got top four in the state,” McGinnis said. “There are improvements I could have made but I’m glad I placed at the State level.”

BC’s State Champion soil judging team returned from Oklahoma Friday, just in time to walk across the stage to be recognized and receive their banner for first place in the state for Urban Soils.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA holds 56th annual banquet

On April 12, 2014 the Hiland FFA Chapter held its 56th annual FFA banquet. It was at the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek. Rachelle Yoder, 2013-2014 president, called the banquet hall to order, followed by the invocation and dinner, opening ceremonies and the officer introduction.

The program continued with the introduction of guests and FFA Degrees.

Chapter Degrees were awarded to Nikyta Engstrom, Morgan Gingerich, Stacey Regan, Javan Scheufler, Preston Shamp, Lee Shetler, and Tanner Ward. After members receive their Greenhand and Chapter degrees, they have the opportunity to apply for the State Degree. Grant Mast in May will receive his State Degree.

Amanda Yoder, graduate from the Hiland class of 2011, received her American Degree, the highest degree a member can obtain, this past November at National Convention. Her SAE was both entrepreneurship and job placement, raising dairy feeders and hogs and working at the East Holmes Veterinary Clinic. Approximately 3,500 American Degrees are handed out each year.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC competes at State FFA Convention

Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments and competed in several contests.

While in Columbus, the members the convention’s Career Show, met FFA members from across the state, and enjoyed eating out.

Motivation speakers at the convention included Professional Motivational Speakers, Harriet Turk, Cliff Cody, and Eric Chester, National FFA Southern Regional Vice President Jackson Harris, and State FFA President Maddy Buschur.

The highlight of the trip was the conferring of the State FFA Degree.  This year, Miami East High School had eight members receive such an honor. Seniors Tanner Church, Lauren Williams, Andrew Kowalak and Austin Rush and Juniors Colin Gump, Cody Reid, Grant Hodge, and Madeline Davis earned the degree. The degree requirements are based on their earned income from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, leadership experience, and FFA and community activities.Continue reading

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