FFA News

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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Mohawk FFA Tours Area Ag Businesses

By Emily Daniel, chapter reporter

In early November, 25 Mohawk FFA members traveled to area agricultural businesses. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to the importance of agriculture in the community and also to show them the variety of careers available in the industry. Members who attended were: Jena Baum, Caleb Bollinger, Meghan Chaffee, Tori Chaney, Lydia Coldiron, Morgan Edgington, Kelsea Fleming, Olivia Johnson, Joanie Lininger, Kevin Lonsway, Chelsy Mattox, Sabrina McDermott, Austin Miller, Deon Morter, Katie Pinkston, Grant Price, Logan Reinhart, Jarred Shellhouse, Paige Sigler, Dominic Smith, Vanessa Stull, Bri Thiery, Darby Walton, and Austin Wise.

The day started by visiting Mennco Grain, a division of Mennel Milling, in Nevada. There, students experienced the grain industry first-hand, even sampling loads of grain as they came to the elevator. From there, they traveled to ag service agencies in Upper Sandusky, including Ag Credit, Farm Service Agency, Soil and Water, and the Natural Resources Conservation District.… Continue reading

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Logan Elm FFA sponsored “Thanksgiving Baskets”

Project generates 65 meals for families in their school district

The last part of the FFA motto is “living to serve”. The Logan Elm FFA recently lived this out by sponsoring a “Thanksgiving Baskets” project at the high school. Each of the 32 1st period classes received an empty basket with a list of items needed for a Thanksgiving meal and was challenged to complete at least one basket. The goal was to provide 32 complete meals to families in the Logan Elm school district for Thanksgiving. The outpouring of generosity from the Logan Elm students and staff was tremendous during this project. When the dust cleared, a total of 65 baskets were turned in. Each basket also has a $10 Kroger Gift Card for the family to put towards a turkey. These cards were purchased by the Logan Elm FFA, Mount Pleasant Church in Kingston, and E&R Enterprises. The bags were donated by Pickaway Ross.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA completes successful fruit sale

Fifty-five members of the Southeastern FFA participated in its annual fruit sale fundraiser, which was conducted from the beginning of October to the weekend before Thanksgiving. The members raised enough to help fund events such as the national FFA convention, state FFA convention, FFA Week activities and pay contest fees for various activities such as livestock judging, soil judging, parliamentary procedure, food science and many others. Funds raised will also assist students who plan to attend summer camp at FFA Camp Muskingum and allows the group to make donations to several charities within the community.

The members of the Southeastern FFA extend a great deal of appreciation to all those who supported the sale and are very much looking forward to participating in future fundraising events. The top ten FFA members in sales this year, in order of rank, were; Cory Knox, Ethan Waymire, Lindsey Dabe, Mitchel Shawhan, Kalie Entler, Kyle James, Miranda Bobst, Burke Stucky, Hayden Eriksen and Adam Shawhan.… Continue reading

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West Holmes competes at district contest

On November 26st, the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at district parliamentary procedure contest at Indian Valley High School. The contest requires the team to properly run a business meeting with the card provided that includes motions and abilities on it. Members also take a general knowledge test over parliamentary procedure. The Parli contest is a business setting that allows members to debate on motions that are given at random.  In the contest, the members competing consisted of Elizabeth Overholt, Mandy Taylor, Matt Schelgel, Audrey Ivers, Sam Krejci, Tawnya Eckerle, Dustin Niehaus, and Shyann Kick. The team placed 3rd, Good Job!

 

On November 20th, the West Holmes FFA sent members to Ridgewood High School to compete in Sub district Parliamentary Procedure contest. The senior team members consisted of Elizabeth Overholt, Mandy Taylor, Matt Schlgel, Audrey Ivers, Sam Krejci, Tawnya Eckerle, Dustin Niehaus, and Shyann Kick.… Continue reading

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Syngenta, retail partners honor FFA tradition through Blue Jacket Program

If the jacket fits:
· Community-centered program awards $500 dollars to local chapters and jackets to deserving students.
· Matching program responsible for more than $2.6 million in support of FFA since 2008.
· Iconic blue jacket turns 80 in 2013.

When one hears “FFA,” a vision of the organization’s iconic blue jacket springs to mind. Since introducing the distinctive garment in 1933, FFA has issued more than 4 million jackets to deserving young agricultural leaders. Today, more than half a million young people in all 50 states proudly wear it.

In recognition of the jacket’s honored tradition and to support the FFA, Syngenta and its retailer partners launched the FFA Blue Jacket Program in 2008. At the community level, the program contributes a jacket and $500 annually to a local FFA chapter that participating retailers designate. The Blue Jacket Program also contributes a portion of its total donations to national FFA programs.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Consignment Sale

The Miami Trace FFA held the annual Consignment Sale on Friday, November 31. This year, the auction was managed by Schrader Auctions. Nic Cummings, a graduate of Miami Trace FFA, was instrumental in connecting with the Miami Trace FFA Alumni in an effort to expand the potential of the traditional sale. Schrader Auctions have been involved in farm, ranch, timberland, and real estate sales in 38 states. The sale was held at Fayette County Fairgrounds. The sale grossed over $640,000. Schrader Auctions committed 1% of the gross earnings to the Miami Trace FFA Alumni.

The Miami Trace FFA Alumni puts its earnings to good use throughout the school year and the summer. For instance, the Alumni provide many scholarships for Miami Trace FFA seniors. Also, they give money so that FFA members can attend FFA camp and Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. during the summer. The Alumni also help cover transportation costs for field trips.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA recieves visit from State FFA Officer

On Wednesday, November 7, Zane Trace FFA members received a visit from State FFA officer and District 7 FFA President Leanna Bachman. Leanna spent the day with members, teaching the Agricultural Education classes and getting to know the members, as well as a bit about how Zane Trace FFA operates. Leanna taught a collection of different lessons. Her lessons included subjects such as the importance of affective communication, and a lesson that underlined the impact that words can have, especially uplifting words.

“It was great to have Leanna in class with us for a day,” said Audrey Hoey, Zane Trace’s Vice President. “She is very wise and had a lot to share. Her lessons definitely had an impact on me, and I’m grateful that she was able to come and spend time with us.”

Zane Trace FFA Members now share a close and personal friendship with Leanna, and look forward to seeing her at future FFA Functions.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA competes in Parliamentary Procedure Contest

On Nov. 20, Hiland FFA members participated in the Sub-District 8 Parliamentary Procedure Contest, held at Ridgewood High School. The Hiland Senior Team placed fourth overall. Members who participated were: Megan Hippert, Jessica Davis, Rachelle Yoder, Taylor Raber, Brandon Kozak, Grant Mast, Lee Shetler, and Preston Shamp.

Members who participated took a knowledge-based test on parli pro and then performed a meeting in front of three judges. Members had to do abilities that were assigned to them, and debate on main motions. The point of the Parliamentary Procedure CDE (Career Development Event) is to learn how to run a business meeting properly. FFA members demonstrate their knowledge about Parliamentary Procedure at each monthly meeting.

The purpose of Parliamentary Procedure is to help members to discuss and handle matters of the chapter. It also helps meetings to be run smoothly.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA discovers its true colors

On Wednesday, November 17, many members traveled to Amanda-Clearcreek for their annual leadership night. Leadership Night is an FFA event that encourages members to get out of their comfort zone in order to grow as leaders and more successfully serve their chapter and others.

The theme of this year’s leadership night was “True Colors”. The night launched with a personality quiz for each member which sorted them into a personality type characterized by colors. After the members in attendance learned of their true colors, the state officers continued to lead them in activities that taught them to more successfully lead based on their personality type.

Leadership Night was in high attendance this year, not only from members of Zane Trace FFA, but from members all around Southern Ohio. This lead to many opportunities for members of our chapter to network and get to know other members.

“I’m not really a social person, and I get kind of nervous about meeting new people,” said Kaitlyn Beard, a Freshman member who attended Leadership Night.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA held the annual Greenhand Lock-In

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

On November 16-17th, 2011 the West Holmes FFA held the annual Greenhand Lock-In in the High School gymnasium. At this lock-in, the freshmen members participated in a fun and educational evening geared to preparing them for success in their FFA careers.

The evening started out with icebreakers prepared by the seniors and officers with added participation from the state officers in attendance Casey Schlauch, Adam Rine, and Nicole Stiener. Casey and Nicole are currently serving the Ohio FFA as District officers, and Adam is the Ohio FFA Sentinel.

After the icebreakers, the freshman members broke into groups with the state officers to participate in their workshop.  The workshop allowed members to create their own ‘FFA Jacket’ where they put where they wanted to be in FFA and what they want to do, which allowed them to be creative and put specific goals they had set for the year.Then… Continue reading

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