Student reporters Stacie Seger & Devon Alexander share their thoughts on the 5th and final session of the Ohio FFA Convention.… Continue readingRead More »
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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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
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.
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 readingRead More »
In the second session of the Ohio FFA Convention, Highlights included:
• Honorary State FFA Degree recipients were recognized.
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 readingRead More »
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.
* Proficiency winners were announced.… Continue reading
1. Jake Watercutter, Anna
2. Katlin James, Fayetteville
1. Samantha Vermule, Delphos
2. Erin Holycross, Ridgemont
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
1. Kody Wolf, Carey
2. Brady Campbell, Waterford
1.Libby Bender, River Valley
2.Nathan Fortkamp, Ft. Recovery
1. Emily Lanning, Logan
2.Corey Decker, Indian Valley
Organic Ag-Ohio Only
1. Brian Keller, Ft. Recovery
1. Lindsey Koppin, Anna
2. Amanda Koch, Botkins
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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 readingRead More »
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 readingRead More »