FFA News

River valley FFA celebrated National FFA Week

By: Kayleigh Aiken 

National FFA Week started on February 22. The officer team had the room decorated in blue and gold and some green for our greenhands. On Tuesday the theme was tacky tourist and our activity was turkey bowling. Our chapter is competitive when it comes to turkey bowling. On Wednesday we had our greenhand breakfast. We were surprised at how many students came into school early kudos to them. The officer team prepared bacon and eggs for them. After breakfast all of the greenhands got their hands painted green for the entire school day. Wednesday our theme was to wear your chapter shirts or green for the greenhands, our activity was butter carving. Our winning butter carvings were a lamb, falling dominos, a human heart, butter blazer, shark on a rock, a bird, and lastly a hamster rat kangaroo. These students had a hard time carving but they did an awesome job.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Hosts Annual Greenhand and Chapter Awards Ceremony

On February 8th, 2022, the Northwestern FFA Chapter held their annual Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremony. The purpose of this ceremony is to award first and second year members for all their hard work in the program. There were many members of our chapter that received their Greenhand Degree. This is a degree given to first-year students who have demonstrated that they have a thorough understanding of the history and purpose of FFA and they have a supervised agricultural experience. Members also are required to recite the FFA creed and answer questions regarding the creed. The members who received this degree were, Mallory Bloom, Devan Bresson, Claire Bucholz, Brooklyn Buzzard, Adelynne Cassidy, Kaylee Cherry, Alberto Collado, Addy Connelly, Emma Connelly, Makenna Connelly, Nickolas Coots, Trig Dupre, Harper Flores, Braiden Franks, Cheyenne Friend, Caleb Frontz, Carsyne Frybarger, Samantha Herman, Kace Hixson, Chad Houck, Kate Johnson Jesse Kimble, Nevaeh Kirk, Danny McClure, Chet McNeil, Evan McKay, Arayah Nussbaum, Gabriella Riedel, Mia Rosales, Collin Rouse, Hayden Sigler, Kelsee Smith, Wesley Stoltz, and Garrett Way.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Members Competed in the District 1 Agriscience Fair

By: Mikalyn D’Amore, Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA 

On March 4, 2022, four Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA members competed over Google Meet, at the District 1 Agriscience Fair. The students presented their Agriscience Research Projects to a panel of judges. They were then judged and placed in their respective category. Ronald Bischoff, Makalya Tellier, and Nick Watcha competed in the Social Systems category and Mikalyn D’Amore competed in the Environmental Systems  category. Ronald Bischoff and Nick Watcha placed 1st, and Makayla Tellier and Mikalyn D’Amore placed 2nd in their prospective categories. Makalya Tellier said, “I am glad that I participated in the Agriscience Fair. It is a great experience, and it allows me to improve my public speaking skills.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Represent Chapter in FFA Speaking Contests

Zane Trace sophomore Sarah McGraw recently competed in the Ohio FFA Beginning Prepared speaking contest at Marysville High School.

While most Americans list public speaking as their number one fear, the prospect of presenting in front of others didn’t intimidate Zane Trace FFA members Sarah McGraw, Charley Clyne and Taylor Davis. This trio competed in the Sub-District FFA speaking contests on February 7th at Westfall High School. During the event McGraw placed first in Beginning Prepared, Davis 3rd in Creed Recital and Clyne 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Sarah McGraw advanced to the District 7 contest on February 16th at Amanda Clearcreek High School where she placed 2nd overall and earned a spot in the Ohio FFA State Speaking Finals, becoming only the fourth ZT FFA member to achieve this honor. On Saturday, March 5th at Marysville High School she put her speaking skills to the test with 19 other members who qualified from around the state.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter visited National Farm Machinery Show

On Thursday February 17th, 22 members of the West Holmes FFA Chapter departed for the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. They traveled with Licking Valley FFA and Carrollton FFA. On Thursday, they toured Diefenbacher Greenhouse in Cincinnati and had dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Louisville. Then they visited the Louisville Expo Center to watch the tractor pull. On Friday, they toured the Farm Machinery Show and got to visit with some of the top machinery companies in agriculture.  After touring the show they ate lunch and departed back home. Members who attended were Kalan Bowling, Maison Carter, Haylee Conner, Garrett Fowler, Keith Hawkins, Justice Hendrix, Liberty Hendrix, Derek Miller, Pacee Miller, Madison Pearce- Lafery, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Hailey Richert, Dakotah Ringwalt, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Hayden Smith, Alexa Tate, Ashley Tate, and Quentin Vehrs.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Degree Ceremonies

Degree Ceremonies took place last night! The officers set up the session in the gym and invited parents of the kids who got the awards. We had 60 members attend the ceremony and they all got various awards. The first degree handed out was for the 8th graders in the AFNR test, we had 29 8th graders that received the first year discovery degree. The next degree handed out was for mostly freshmen, the second and first year high schoolers in FFA, those students were awarded the Greenhand FFA degree. Those students enjoyed adding their hand to the wall of green hands. The last degree is the highest degree that is given in a chapter is the Chapter degree, there were four members who were given that degree. Congratulations to the members who earned a degree and great job to the officers and advisors for planning a great evening!
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Celebrating FFA Week with Northwestern FFA

National FFA week is a busy week for every FFA chapter around the country. It is meant to be a week of celebrating the great and national organization that is the FFA. Northwestern FFA took time to celebrate the hard working members in several ways. To kick off the week, the school had spirit days. Our theme days were, Tuesday American day, Wednesday Groutfit day, Thursday Animal day, and Friday Farmer day. Each spirit day was in correlation to our Officer Opening Ceremonies.  During the week members wrote thank you cards to their supporters and made tie blankets to donate to the Pregnancy Care Center in Wooster, Salvation Army, and a local Veterans home. The chapter also held an assembly on Tuesday, with middle school students with fun activities to promote agriculture and FFA. On Wednesday, we held our first annual supporter luncheon. Officers sent out invitations to local supporters and invited them to a “Supporter Luncheon” held in the Ag Shop.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Members Participate in Bowling Night


On Tuesday February 1st, members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter met at Triway Lanes in Wooster for a night of bowling and pizza.  Jadeyn Berry, Hanna Wilson, Mallory Gilbert, Melanie Imhoff, Lauren Vaughan, Garrot Way, Chet McNeil, Kaylee Cherry, Sami Herman, Kirsten Boreman, Kate Johnson, Nevaeh Kirk, Makenna Connelly and Cheyenne Friend all attended. This event serves as a reward for members who have participated in the chapter’s fundraising throughout the year, although it is open to all members.  Any member who sold 10 or more cases of fruit received free bowling.  Everyone in attendance received free all-you-eat pizza. This annual event also serves as a time for younger members to get to know older members better.  The chapter would like to extend a thank you to Triway Lanes for the opportunity to bowl!… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Goes Tubing at Snow Trails with Local Chapters

On Monday, February 7, 2022, the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter traveled to Snow Trails to go tubing with other FFA chapters from around the area. Members who attended the event from Northwestern were Jadeyn Berry, Hanna Wilson, Mallory Gilbert, Lauren Vaughan, Hayden Cline, Melanie Imhoff, Westlea Stoltz, Kade Tegtmeier, Kaleb Badger, Chet McNeil, Case Hickson, Haley Caldwell, Taylor Wurst, Caeden Graham, and Kirsten Boreman. Along with the chapter, Smithville, Triway, The Wayne County Career Center, West Holmes, Hillsdale, Loundville, East Holmes, and Norwayne all attended. Members went tubing together, met new people, and enjoyed pizza! A total of 234 FFA members attended this event!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Agricultural Power Diagnostics Team Competes

Matthew Osting and Braden Zekas recently competed in the State Agricultural Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted by the University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima. Matthew and Braden are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than twenty minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.

A special appreciation goes to coaches and helpers for the training of the team. The lead coach was Denny Zerkle, Lost Creek Repair. The team also had practice sessions with Jarrett Winner and Family, Brent and Christine Pence of Lynn Allen Farms, Apple Farm Service in Covington, Mr. Dan Schmeising at Upper Valley Career Technology Center, Bobcat of Troy, HG Violet Equipment in Delphos, and Farmers Equipment in Urbana.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members take Greenhand quiz

On February 15th, 29 members took the Greenhand quiz. This quiz is about the history of the FFA, the organization, and the FFA creed. The team placed 14th out of 152 teams. Individually, Ian Barr was 50th, Andi Schuch was 73rd, Jenna Sheldon was 137th, Alex Pringle was 174th, Garrett Fowler was 185th, Haylee Conner was 301st, Gabby Yates was 348th, Quentin Vehrs was 368th, Lexy Starner 370th, Alexa Tate was 385th, Colby Long was 489th, Casey Ogi was 592nd, Maddie Williamson was 715th, Justice Hendrix was 741st, Brody Gindelsburger was 820th, Jewel Brown was 910th, Keith Hawkins was 1,002nd, Madison Pearce Laferty was 1,074th, Zora Starner was 1,299th, Ava Eberhard was 1,422nd, Hailey Richert was 1,460th, Miley Snow was 1,562nd, Blazedyn Mullins was 1,858th, Drake Yoder was 1,918th, Hayden Smith and Lakensey Guthrie were 2,038th, Lily Plant was 2,111th, and Elijah Williams Dixon was 2,737th. There were 2,779 individuals in the contest.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Competes in District Ag Sales Contest

On Tuesday, March 1, 2022 members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the District 3 Ag Sales contest held at Northwestern High School. Jadeyn Berry, Dugan McLaughlin, Ava Stoller, Kade Tegtmeier, Taylor Wurst, and Mallory Gilbert all participated. The ag sales contest teaches FFA members about the aspects of selling a product, as well as marketing techniques.  Participants are scored on their ability to overcome objections during a sales presentation, a customer relations practicum, and a written test pertaining to marketing. 
The team placed 1st overall in the district, with Tegtmeier placing 1st, Stoller 3rd, and McLaughlin 4th individually.  The team will be advancing to the state contest held on March 14th. Good luck at State!… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Competes in the District Public Speaking Contest


On Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, three members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the District Public Speaking contest held at Glen Oak High School. 
Taylor Wurst participated in the Advanced Prepared Speech Contest. She prepared a 5-7 minute speech to present at the contest, as well as answered  questions about her topic. Her topic was “Drug Use in Horses.” Throughout her speech, Wurst explained different medications used in horses and their effects. Following her presentation there was a questioning period of 5 minutes. In the contest, she placed 1st.
Kayla Cutter participated in the Beginning Prepared Speech Contest. Her 4 to 6 minute speech topic was, “Body Language of a Leader.” She explained different types of body languages and how they are presented in leaders. Following her presentation there was a 5 minute questioning period about her speech. She placed 2nd.Kelsee Smith competed in the FFA Creed speaking contest. This contest is based on a member’s knowledge of the FFA Creed, as well as their ability to present the creed.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members visit Snow Trails

On Monday February 7th West Holmes FFA members went to Snow Trails with 9 other chapters for the annual snow tubing event. Members include: Dyllan Bender, Kalan Bowling, Ian Barr, Maison Carter, Cora Crilow, Hailey Conner, Laina Croskey, Maren Drazga, Ethan Feikert, Garrett Fowler, Olivia Gerber, Brody Gindlesburger, Keith Hawkins, Justice Hendrix, Liberty Hendrix, Garrett Houin, Sarah Irwin, Amy Hughes, Jimmy Lesiak, Derek Miller, Pacee Miller, Ally Ogi, Casey Ogi, Taelor Patterson, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Leah Reining, Natalie Rohr, Torrie Savage, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, Ashley Tate, Quentin Vehrs, and Elijah Williams-Dixon. The members then snow tubed for 2 hours and ate pizza. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC March FFA Member of the Month

The March 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Matthew Osting. He is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. His parents are John and Duanna Osting of Troy.

Matthew was selected because he is a member of the state qualifying Agricultural Power Diagnostics Career Development team. He is also receiving the State FFA Degree at the upcoming State FFA Convention. His Supervised Agricultural Experience includes job placement on a Lynn Allen Farm, a local feed, hay, and livestock farm.

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 member 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 accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participate in District 2 Tractor Troubleshooting

On February 9th, the West Holmes FFA chapter had 3 members participate in the District 2 Tractor Troubleshooting contest. Members were Logan VanSickle and Quentin Vehrs, Wyatt Myers was the alternate. They placed 3rd in the district. This event is where a piece of equipment is purposefully disabled and it is up to the teammates to troubleshoot the piece of equipment and get it up and running in as little time as possible, they work on 5 tractors. They are scored on accuracy and safety. They also take a general knowledge test.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA update

Sausage Breakfast Survives the Ice Storm!

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter continued working the entire first week of February to get ready for the 44th Annual Sausage Breakfast. The work nights on February 1st and 2nd were beyond successful. After all this hard work, an ice storm hit on February 4th and the breakfast was sadly postponed. The chapter kept their heads up and continued working for the big day to come. On February 11, many members woke at 2:30am to serve the long awaited meals. After a tiresome morning, the chapter concluded that a total of 604 meals were served. Along with these meals, the chapter has made $4,795 for Nationwide Children’s Hospitals, Junior Fair Board, and the Pete Dunkle Scholarship Fund. Many students were grateful for the opportunity to serve the Zane Trace community, and they cannot wait for this again next year!

ZT Elementary Students go Hog Wild for Pork Lessons

Sophomores Lily Rose, Sadie Swepston, and Ellie Doles teaching a class of engaged students about pigs.
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Ben Logan student competed in Creed Speaking

On Tuesday February 8th Lylli Kelley competed in Creed Speaking for the public speaking CDE. The purpose of the Creed Speaking Career Development event is to provide FFA members the opportunity to develop oral communication skills, confidence, and the ability to appear before groups through Agricultural Public Speaking activities. The Creed CDE is available to 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, as they become members of the FFA.… Continue reading

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MVCTC EBITA Department February 2022 Student of the Month Recognized

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Department is proud to announce the February Department’s Career Tech Student of the Month Lainey Roberts (Eaton).

Lainey Roberts (Eaton) is a senior in Veterinary Science.  Dr. Christa Nealeigh, Instructor, shared that Lainey has been a star student in promoting, supporting, and participating in FFA.  Lainey is always an active member and is outstanding at encouraging other students to become involved in FFA.  Lainey was great support to our current FFA Reporter and helped her finish and receive a Gold Rating for her MVCTC FFA POA Reporter book.  Lainey has also been diligent in completing her application for her FFA State Degree.  It was a difficult year to fulfill all of the requirements due to COVID in 2021, but Lainey was able to complete and has submitted her application for her State Degree.

Congratulations to Lainey on her outstanding representation of MVCTC and her career technical program. … Continue reading

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Ben Logan FFA student participated in Agricultural Power Career Development Event

On Friday February 11th Owen O’Brien and Kane Gibson participated in the Agricultural Power Career Development Event at the John Deere Training Center.

Owen O’Brien is a junior and Kane Gibson is a sophomore. FFA member Owen O’Brien said “This was a great learning experience and I will be able to use these skills the rest of my life.”

The purpose of this Career Development Event (CDE) is an extension of the Agricultural Education classroom and laboratory. Additionally, this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students’ employ in this CDE are the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians.… Continue reading

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