FFA News

Fort Loramie FFA members participate in Forestry Field Days

By Amanda Seger and Tommy Meyer, chapter reporters

Forestry field days were put on and organized by the Shelby County Soil and Water. This year it was held in Fort Loramie hosted by Denny Zigenbushe. The Fort Loramie FFA volunteered members to help run the sessions. Fort Loramie FFA members helped with several different stations such as assisting and teaching the youth how to use a hand crank apple peeler, and a hand crank corn shucker. Members also helped with face painting, making glitter pinecones, and a Jr. Cruise Tour, which taught kids about the types of trees around them and general knowledge of each tree. Each member that participated was able to interact with the community and share information about nature.

The Fort Loramie FFA is a satellite program of the Upper Valley Career Center.

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Genoa attends Parliamentary Procedure contest

By Madison Sheahan, chapter reporter
On November 27 the Genoa FFA chapter Parliamentary Procedure teams competed in the sub-district Parliamentary Procedure competition. The chapter had a Senior team and the novice team. The senior team had all of the chapter officers plus two members. This included: Rachael Weber-President, Nick Keller-Vice president, Seth Morrison-Treasurer, Marissa Crosby- Secretary, Madison Sheahan-Reporter, John George-Sentinel, Kevin Witt-Student advisor, plus Dakota Sheahan and Nathan Moore-members. Both the senior team and the freshman team moved on to compete at the distract competition, which took place on December 6 at Ayersville High School. The make-up of our teams changed due to wrestling meets and basketball games. Each team had several practices in the mornings before school. The senor team took sixth and the freshman team took fourth. Parliamentary Procedure is used to run meeting and conduct business. Students learning these skills will benefit local governments, organizations and businesses with their knowledge.… Continue reading

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FFA alumni sponsors basket bingo

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 27th  at 2:00pm in the Miami East High Cafeteria. This is a change in location from previous years. Beautiful and functional Longaberger Baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature. Doors will open at 1:30.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards win a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.… Continue reading

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Ft. Loramie fruit, peanut, and barbeque sauce sales successful

By Amanda Seger, chapter reporter

The Fort Loramie FFA Chapter’s annual fruit, peanut, and barbeque sauce sale has recently come to an end. This sale serves as the organization’s major fundraiser and luckily for the chapter, this year’s sales have been one of the most successful.  The Fort Loramie FFA chapter reached their goal of $20,000 by selling over $23,000 worth of fruit, peanuts, barbeque sauce, and Jack Links Beef Jerky. The proceeds from this fundraiser benefit local chapter activities, leadership conferences, conventions, donations, and entry fees for career development events.  2012’s top sellers were 1st place, Katelyn and Amanda Seger selling $1,896 worth of fruit, 2nd place was Darrin Seger selling $1,582 worth of fruit, 3rd place was Laura and Nathan Poeppelman selling $904 worth of fruit, 4th place was Trey Manger selling $875 and 5th place was Andy and Kevin Meyer selling $785. Members donated the extra fruit to the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen.… Continue reading

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Greenville members receive Greenhand Degree

By Sheiann Mead, chapter reporter

Twenty four members of the Greenville FFA Chapter received the Greenhand FFA Degree, the first high school degree awarded to members of the National FFA Organization.  This honor recognizes demonstrated knowledge and achievements in agricultural awareness, leadership, and career development and community service programs.   To be eligible for this degree, you must be a first year member, know the creed and motto, understand the code of ethics, and know how to properly wear the FFA Jacket, know the meaning the FFA Emblem and Colors, and have knowledge of the organization’s history

The members received the Degree at a special meeting held for inducting the new Greenhands into the Greenville FFA Chapter.  Each recipient receives a Bronze FFA emblem pin and a certificate from the local chapter. Those receiving the Greenhand degree this year included  Sam Ball, Kyle Carlisle, Daniel Cline, Kamryn Coppock, Kelsey Crandall, Noah Ellerman, Bryan Flory, Bradley Garber, Brady Garber, Nelson Roberts, Hannah Smith, Judge Welbaum, Nicole Garland, Sara Gibboney, Dylan Kolb, Dalton Mayer, Olivia McDade, Aaron Miniard, Spencer Monnin, Victoria Nader, Ryan Ramsey, Patrick Schmitmeyer, Jena Snyder, and Matthew Wooten.… Continue reading

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Bigs and Littles

By Stephanie Leaman, chapter reporter
At the beginning of the school year the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter contemplated on some ways to get the incoming freshmen involved in the chapter. One of the ideas was to set up bigs and littles. In the past this had been set up but it was unorganized and wasn’t put to use all that much. So this year we decided to try it again and so far it has been really helpful to the freshmen students. At the first meeting of the year every freshmen was paired up with an upper classman. The students sat by each other and got to know one another during that first meeting. Throughout the year there have been many activities that the bigs and littles have done together. At the conclusion of the November FFA meeting, the bigs and littles played whiffle ball in the school’s gymnasium. After the December meeting bigs and littles got to make ornaments and decorate a tree that was put in the classroom. … Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Coat drive

By Stephanie Leaman, chapter reporter
This winter the Anthony Wayne FFA teamed up with the Anthony Wayne FCCLA and hosted a winter wear and sock drive. The drive was held in December and was very successful. There were boxes put in the main office at the school and also in the agriculture classroom. Over 90 coats were collected during this drive, along with additional winter clothing. A few chapter members helped sort the clothing and they were taken to Hope United Methodist Church in Whitehouse, Ohio where the church hosts a clothing closet. The coat drive was very successful this year and the FFA chapter hopes to have an even more successful drive next year.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA & FFA Alumni Prepares for Annual Pork Dinner

By Stephanie Leaman, chapter reporter
The Anthony Wayne FFA chapter is preparing themselves for the annual pork dinner which is held each year in January. This is an event where the FFA alumni hosts a dinner at the Anthony Wayne High School. At the dinner there is great food served and a silent auction where all the proceeds go to the alumni. Items that are usually in the silent auction include equipment, baskets made by the agriculture classes, and other donated items. The FFA chapter members volunteer shifts at the dinner, whether it is serving food, picking up trash, or cleaning off tables. The pork dinner is a great way for the alumni to make money and it is also a good way to get involved in the community.… Continue reading

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Madison Plains competes in Parliamentary Procedure Contest

Madison Plains advanced and novice parliamentary procedure teams recently placed first out of 8 FFA chapters at the southern sub district FFA parliamentary procedure contest, both teams are now eligible for the district contest. FFA Parliamentary Procedure teams conduct a mock chapter meeting to demonstrate their knowledge of basic parliamentary law and the correct use parliamentary procedures.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members help hurricane victims

Several members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently learned how to fully embody the FFA motto of “Living to Serve” through their Hurricane Sandy Relief Project. Throughout the month of November, the members who were a part of the Leadership class worked closely with the CROP Church World Service foundation to provide victims of Hurricane Sandy with clean up buckets and blankets in the wake of the storm.

The members in the class separated into three different committees, and each committee was designed to accomplish a different goal. One committee was designed to work with preschool through second grade students to educate them on hurricanes and to collect coins to purchase items for the clean up buckets. Another worked with third through fifth grade, collecting items to fill the buckets, and the final committee worked with high school students, raising money to purchase blankets.

Through efforts involving a bake sale and providing hospitality at the basketball tip-off classic, the high school committee raised $700.00 which is enough money to purchase one hundred and forty blankets.… Continue reading

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Greenville 2013 officers installed

By Sheiann Mead, chapter reporter

Recently the Greenville FFA held a special ceremony for the installation of the 2012 officers of the Greenville FFA Chapter. The 2012 FFA President Alyssa Garber, and Sentinel Molly Magato installed the new 2013 officer team into office. The new 2013 officers installed were President; Patrick Garber, 1st Vice President; Emily Vanhorn, 2nd Vice President; Thomas Shaw, Reporter; Sheiann Mead, Secretary; Rachael Schmitmeyer, Sentinel; Olivia McDade,  Treasurer; Kiara Davidson, And student Advisor; Dylan Kolb.

State FFA District 5 Secretary, Craig Berning, brought greetings from the Ohio FFA Association and the State FFA Officer Team and was introduced as the featured speaker for the evening and he addressed members and parents in attendance.  His comments directed to the members attending encouraged each of them to continue to make and pursue their goals, both in their personal lives and as FFA members.  He told them that many good things will come to them through their involvement in the FFA if they would set their goals high and work hard to achieve those goals.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford Scholarship Luncheon

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
The Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter had their first Scholarship Luncheon for CC FFA members on Dec. 19.  Anyone in the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter that has a 3.2 quarterly GPA or higher, had lunch provided by the chapter.

The Scholarship Luncheon was created because the chapter needed more scholarship activities for the National Chapter Award, and as a chapter we wanted to promote higher education and good grades.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA helps local food pantry

During the month of December, Mowrystown FFA members help out at the Bright Local Food Pantry. The Bright Local Food Pantry is run by several churches in Highland County as well as our FFA Chapter.

Twice a year Mowrystown FFA is in charge of the food pantry. During our month, we are responsible for working for a few hours each Saturday. Our chapter is also in charge of stocking the food pantry during our assigned month. The students enjoy donating their time to a good cause.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA adopts a family for Christmas

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

This year, the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter in partnership with Pioneer will be adopting a family for Christmas.  In our community, many families are impacted by domestic violence.

Turning Point is an intervention program that provides shelters and assistance for families dealing with domestic violence.  This year, our chapter will adopt a family to help make their families Christmas, a Christmas they will never forget.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA donates to food pantry

By Sheiann Mead, chapter reporter

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 the Greenville FFA donated fruit and canned goods to the Grace Resurrection Center. Pictured from left to right are Thomas Shaw, Mr. John Guttadore, Sharon Sellers(representative from Grace Resurrection Church), Emily Vanhorn, and Sheiann Mead.… Continue reading

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County Parlimentary Procedure Contest

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

On November 20th the County Parliamentary Procedure contest took place.  The Colonel Crawford, Buckeye Central, and Wynford FFA chapters all participated in the contest hosted by Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter.

All students from freshmen to seniors have been learning and reviewing parliamentary procedure.  Parliamentary procedure is the proper way to run a meeting.  Students must learn the opening ceremonies, rules of motions, and closing ceremonies.

The judges were Mrs. Tate, Ms. Guinther, Mr. Schwartz, and Mr. Stuckman. There were 11 teams out of the three schools. Crawford had two freshmen teams, the first freshman team placed 2nd and the second freshman team placed 4th.  The sophomore team placed 6th, the junior team placed 5th and the senior team placed 4th.  Everyone had a great learning experience. We would like to thank our judges once again for their help.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA donates to Toys For Tots

By Sheiann Mead, chapter reporter

On Tuesday December 18, 2012, Greenville FFA Officers went to K-Mart with money from their chapter to purchase toys to donate for the local Toys for Tots program. Pictured above from left to right are: Sheiann Mead, Emily Vanhorn, Patrick Garber, Rachael Schmitmeyer, and Thomas Shaw.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford pancake breakfast

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

On December 1st the Colonel Crawford /Pioneer FFA hosted the Antique Farm Machinery Association Benefit Breakfast in the Colonel Crawford High School cafeteria. This was the first time Colonel Crawford has hosted the benefit breakfast.

The CC FFA chapter helped set up, serve and clean up after the breakfast for the Farm Machinery Association.  They also got over 20 sponsors for the silent auction that went on during the breakfast.  All of the proceeds go towards the Millard Ag & Expo Building that houses hogs, goats, and alpacas during the fair. This breakfast will help pay for that building and help to make the fair a better place.

The Colonel Crawford FFA chapter would like to thank the local businesses for their donations. We earned just over $2300 dollars toward the new building. Doners were Autozone, O’Reilly, Burkarts, Producers, J+F, Creative Corners, Bakers, Family Video, The Boutique, Oberlanders, West-side Feed, C & B Country Meats, Trinity Monuments, Micheals Pizza, Trinco Auto Service, Pelican House, Creative Options, Lucius Farm, Hord Livestock, Custom Monograming, Crossroads, and Wyandot- John Deere.… Continue reading

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Mohawk FFA Hosts Poverty Awareness Event

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

This year the Mohawk FFA held a new activity to bring attention to the struggles of homelessness and poverty.  The activity, called Bring Your Own Box, encouraged students to camp out in a cardboard box to stimulate the challenges of being homeless.  Members raised $1000 in donations from local businesses to sponsor the event and to purchase gifts for families around the community in need during the holidays.  Students also collected nearly 200 pounds of canned food that was donated to the Sycamore Food Pantry.

At the camp out, students heard from Sycamore Mayor Matt Boucher and his wife Jennifer about the importance of being involved within your community and helping those in need. There were also activities planned throughout the evening to demonstrate the struggles that those in need face.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA raffles half court comfy seats

Hard bleacher seats prevent you from going to basketball games? Mowrystown FFA members have found the solution! During all home basketball games, members sell raffle tickets to sit in a love seat at the half court line.

Tickets are sold before and during JV games and the winner is announced before the start of the varsity game. We were able to get a couch donated by Cole’s Furniture. This has been a great fundraiser for our chapter!… Continue reading

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