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Highlights from Session 5

Session 5 was the grandest of them all at the 83rd  Ohio FFA Convention and was highlighted with laughter, recognition of achievements and and few tears. Session 5 included:

* A touching tribute to long Steve Gratz from the many past state officers he worked with through his years of service to the Ohio FFA.

* A dynamite retiring address from State President Amy Jo Frost who encouraged all FFA members to lean on each other for support. She sang with some great backup singers telling the crowd of 6,022 to “Lean on me.”

* LA Comedian turned Highland County farmer Drew Hastings entertained the crowd with his misadventures of a city boy on the farm.

* State FFA Degrees were handed out.

* The new state officer team was announced.

* Excellent performances from the FFA Band and FFA Choir.



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2011-2012 State FFA Officer Team

President: Jessica Shanahan, Mechanicsburg

Vice President: Brent Stammen, Versailles

Secretary: Benjamin Nething, Southeast

Treasurer: Aaron Miller, Amanda-Clearcreek

Reporter: Caitlyn Black, Bloom Carroll

Sentinel: Shelby Faulkner, A.B. Graham

District 1 President: Caroline Weihl, Otsego

District 2 President: Ryan Roberts, Wellington

District 3 President: Marie Arnold, Smithville

District 4 President: Diana Stacey, Old Fort

District 5 President: Devon Alexander, Anna

District 6 President: Morgan Wade, Buckeye Valley

District 7 President: Sierra Jepsen, Amanda-Clearcreek

District 9 President: A.J. Helterbrand, Hillsboro

District 10 President: Katerine Gaskins, Sheridan

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Highlights from 4th Session

The Fourth Session (and the talent show that proceeded it) gave many more Ohio FFA members the opportunity to shine. Here are some highlights:

* The Secretary’s Award

* The Treasurer’s

* The Reporter’s Award

* Tiffany Rogers, the National FFA Eastern Region VP, shared the importance of being yourself.

* The CDE winners were recognized.

• Kathleen Seeley, Benjamin Logan, was named the Agriscience Student of the Year.

• Ashley Siferd, Cory-Rawson, was named Ohio’s top Agri-Entrepreneurship award winner.
• Participants in the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair were recognized.
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Highlights from the Third Session

The Third Session of the Ohio FFA Convention was packed with highlights including:

* 5,374 guests were registered at the Convention.

* Jodi Hassan, with the Ohio FFA Alumni Association, provided an update of how the organization is working for students.

* Lucy Whitehead, with the National FFA Alumni Association, announced that the FFA, Carhart, and Tractor Supply Company worked with Harvest for America to get nearly 1 million pounds of food to those in need. Top chapters in Ohio for this effort were Upper Sandusky, Felicity Franklin and Evergreen (the top chapter) that donated 21,289 pounds of food.

* The top chapter in Ohio was Ridgemont. Other top chapters included: Wauseon (chapter development), Norwayne (community development), and Miami East (student development).

* Ohio farm boy and former state officer Rick Metzger gave the keynote address highlighting the four rules to success; drink from the fountain of happiness, steal time for kindness, swear to do your best, and lie down at night and be thankful that you live in the U.S.… Continue reading

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Ohio FFA Convention: Session 2 Highlights

In the second session of the Ohio FFA Convention, Highlights included:

• Honorary State FFA Degree recipients were recognized.

• Bethany Carison, Edgerton, won the Creed Speaking Contest and presented the State FFA Creed.
• Stacie Seger, Ft. Loramie, won the Prepared Public Speaking Contest and presented her speech on water quality issues at Grand Lake St. Mary’s.
• 2010 national FFA winners from Ohio were recognized.
• Adam Kroeger, Delphos, was named Ohio Star in Agribusiness.
• Nathan Fortkamp, Ft. Recovery, was named Ohio Star in Agricultural Placement
• Brady Campbell, Waterford, was named Ohio Star Farmer
• Ashley Currie, Liberty Benton, sang for the crowd as a FFA Talent act.
• The keynote speaker, former national FFA officer Trent McKnight, spoke about getting up every time you fall down.
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Student Reporters Go Behind the Scenes at Convention

Prior to convention, the Ohio FFA state officers work vigorously to plan a convention that runs professionally and smoothly. After their performance in the first session it was evident that their hard work paid off. Much goes on behind stage, however, that most FFA members are not aware of.

To start off, the officers are provided with dressing rooms. Colin Barclay, the 2010-2011 state Sentinel, says that it is a necessity because he needs to make sure that his hair looks good before each session. The males on the team refer to their dressing room as the “Man Cave.” There are two rules to the Man Cave. One, the state officer boys are always right, and two, if you think that they might be wrong, refer to rule number one. So, if you have a question or problem, ask the boys of the state officer team because they will know the answer!… Continue reading

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Highlights from the First Session 83rd Ohio FFA Convention

At the first session:
* State FFA Advisor Ike Kershaw talked about the significant expansion in FFA educational opportunities for students.
* A check was presented to the Children’s Miracle Network at Nationwide Children’s Hospital from the Ohio FFA for $31,155.
* CROP/Church World Service received a check for $10, 251 from the Ohio FFA.
* The audience heard about the virtues of chocolate milk as a delicious sports drink.
* Keynote speaker Chad Hymas talked about an accident that led to his paralysis that crippled his body but not his potential. He shared his emotional and powerful story with the FFA students.
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2011 Profiency Results


Wildlife Management

1. Jake Watercutter, Anna
2. Katlin James, Fayetteville

Veterinary Medicine

1. Samantha Vermule, Delphos
2. Erin Holycross, Ridgemont

Vegetable Production

1. Mallory McDevitt, Wapakoneta
2. Adam Pulley, Ridgewood

Turf Grass Management

1. Clayton Miller, Elida
2. Matt Thompson, Ridgewood

Swine Production Placement

1. Tonya Fender, Lynchburg-Clay
2. Tyler Armstrong, Wapakoneta

Swine Production Entrepreneurship

1. Brady Campbell, Waterford
2. Douglas Seger, Ft. Loramie

Specialty Crop Production

1.Vicki Nofziger, Pettisville
2.Dara Howser, Western Brown

Specialty Animal Production

1. Levi Criswell, Elgin
2. Trevor Corboy, Eastern Brown

Small Animal Production & Care

1. Kayla King, Pettisville
2.Lara Staples, Western Brown

Sheep Production

1. Kody Wolf, Carey
2. Brady Campbell, Waterford

Poultry Production

1.Libby Bender, River Valley
2.Nathan Fortkamp, Ft. Recovery

Outdoor Recreation

1. Emily Lanning, Logan
2.Corey Decker, Indian Valley

Organic Ag-Ohio Only

1. Brian Keller, Ft. Recovery

Nursery Operations

1. Lindsey Koppin, Anna
2. Amanda Koch, Botkins

Landscape Management

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Miami East May FFA members of the month

By: Danielle Sands

The May Miami East FFA members of the month are Victoria Kinney, Kyle Roeth, Kaylee Schaefer, and Rick Thimmes. All are past chapter officers and 2011 graduates of Miami East High School.  Their leadership in the Miami East FFA Chapter will be missed.

Victoria Kinney is the daughter of Robert and Lora Kinney of Piqua. She is the past president and secretary of the Miami East FFA. She has participated in public speaking and food science contests. She has attended FFA Camp and State Convention.  Her Supervised Experience Program consists of market goats and market chickens. She plans on attending Ohio University and majoring in Education.

Kyle Roeth is the son of Mark and Paula Roeth of Troy. He has earned his State FFA Degree because of his strong Supervised Agricultural Experience program, Roeth’s Beef. He has attended FFA Camp and competed in the general livestock judging contest.… Continue reading

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Road to Convention: Stacie Seger

The week of State Convention is finally here! I have been anxiously awaiting State Convention since March 19th when I placed as a top speech finalist in the Senior Prepared speaking contest.  The placings   will be announced on stage with the 1st place winner presenting his or her speech in front of the entire convention. I have been striving  to present my speech on the big stage since freshman year when I watched another FFA member receive the honor. I have been presenting my speech a couple times a week to be ready if they call my name for 1st place. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

My FFA chapter is also putting the last minute touches on our agenda for the trip. We will be taking a tour of the Crew Stadium where we will learn about the turf industry and what it takes to prepare the field for a soccer game.… Continue reading

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