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Miami East-MVCTC December 2021 FFA Member of the Month

Anthony Putnam

The December 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Anthony Putnam. He is a senior and fourth year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Anthony recently competed in the District FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Event where he was a strong competitor. He and his brother participated in the fruit sales fundraiser and were the highest selling family. He plans to apply for the State FFA Degree.

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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Utica FFA Participates in Subdistrict and District Job Interview and Food Science CDE’s

By: Brianne Priest, 2021-2022 Utica FFA Reporter

The Sub district job interview and food science CDE was help on November 1st at Johnstown High School. Students who participated in Food science identified aromas, completed triangle taste tests, complete the math portion, as well as the analysis and safety/sanitation parts of the contest.  Our food science team placed 2nd overall. Our participants were: Kenneth Davenport, Sam Farley, Georgia Gamble, and Audriana Wigle.   

In the job interview CDE students had to create a cover letter and resume, complete an application, go through an interview and follow up the interview with a letter. Three of our participants qualified to move on to the district competition.  Audrianna Wigle, Brianne Priest and, Bella Ellis placed first in their division (age group). Our 2nd place individuals were Arthur Hollenback, Lindsay Gray and Olivia Dixon. Our 3rd place individual was Melinda Wesley.   

The district competition for both these contests was held on 11/15 at Zane Trace High School. … Continue reading

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Utica FFA Attends the National FFA Convention

By: Brianne Priest, 2021-2022 Utica FFA Reporter

Oct 26th-Oct 30th, 2021, 17 of our chapter members went to the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. We had a blast while we were there. On our trip out to the convention we had a chance to tour Central State University and learn about their agriculture program, as well as how they became a land grant college.  

On Thursday we spent the whole day at the convention.  We were able to check out the career show and the shopping mall, as well as attend 2 of the sessions. We were able to see members from across the country receive various FFA awards. During the evening session, we saw Amanda Annett win first place in the national with her beef placement proficiency, we are all so proud of her and were so excited to celebrate her success.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Inducts New Members

On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter awarded 32 new members their Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is awarded to first year members of the FFA, and is the first award that can be received. Each member awarded received a pin to be worn on their FFA jacket and a certificate of achievement.  

In order to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree the members must be enrolled in an agriculture class, have plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, learned and explained the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute, Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and uses of the FFA Jacket, Colors, and Emblem, and demonstrated an understanding of the FFA’s history, chapter constitution and by-laws. The Greenhand FFA Degree is the first of four degrees that an FFA member can earn.

The students earning the degree were Haley Barnes, Hale Beck, Wyatt Black, Blake Boggess, Adrien Comer, Wyatt Cotrell, Clayton Couser, Julia Couser, Evan Demmitt, Lydia Durst, Rhylee Eicchorn, Caysen Gates, Katelyn Hall, Peyton Harper, Bryce Haught, Violet Hazard, Lacie Henry, Myah Jefferis, Jacqueline Kadel, Haley Lane, Abigail Maxson, Connor Maxson, Lillian McClain, Cora Moore, Kat Niswonger, Wesley Penny, Karley Prosser, Dalton Schreadley, Jackson Shane, Caleb Staley, Kamden Wolfe, and Aliana Wissman.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in District Job Interview Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Brookville High School. The Event consisted of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and writing a form thank you letter.

Gretchen Stevens competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 9th in the district. There were 24 participants. 

Isaac Beal competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. He placed 4th in the district. There were 23 participants. 

Alaina Helsinger competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 7th in the district. There were 18 participants. … Continue reading

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Twin Valley South MVCTC FFA members attend the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo

This year the Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Chapter had the opportunity to take a four-day trip to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. TVS was able to take 16 members and we traveled with Preble Shawnee. At convention, members are able to see FFA in a whole new way and at a whole new level. We had the opportunity to attend 3 sessions and listen to inspirational speakers. We also toured Tuttle Family Orchards and the Indianapolis Zoo and got to learn about them as well.
Not only was the trip very educational and inspirational, we were able to spend time with our friends, make new ones, see new things, go to the career show and expo and have a great time at the World’s Toughest Rodeo. We also celebrated member Sydney Flory on earning her American FFA Degree, something only ½ of 1% of all FFA members will ever achieve.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter hosted trap shoot

On November 13th, the West Holmes FFA chapter hosted a trap shoot at Silver Dollar Sportsmen’s Club in Wooster. Team 1 placed 6th and team 2 placed 11th out of 18 teams from 10 different schools. . Individually Emma Stitzlein was the high scoring girl with a 41 and Alexa Tate was the second high scoring girl with a 37, they were both just out of the top 5 shooters overall. Logan VanSickle was our high scoring boy with a 36 and then Ian Barr with a 35. Other shooters included Garrett Houin with a 32, Kalan Bowling with a 28, Amy Hughes with a 27, Justice Hendrix with a 25, Keithe Hawkins with a 20, Jenna Sheldon with a 15, and Quentin Vehrs with a 8. Congrats to Hillsdale for having the winning team and top shooter in Mark Able. Thanks to Silver Dollar for hosting! 

Team 2 from left to right; Ian Barr, Garrett Houin, Kalan Bowling, Keith Hawkins, Quentin Vehrs, and Justice Hendrix.
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West Holmes FFA graduates received their American FFA Degree

On October 30th, nine West Holmes FFA graduates received their American FFA Degree, the highest degree an FFA member can recieve. Members were; Ethan Drzazga, Macin Hager, Anna Irwin, Laura Irwin, Lexi Ogi, Kylie Ramirez, Brayden Shumaker, Tierra Slaubaugh and Chase Stitzlein. The American Degree is the most prestigious award given to anyone in FFA, it is a very challenging degree to achieve, but its rewards are worth it. In order to get this degree applicants must have obtained the Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, and State Degree; they also must have been involved in FFA for at least three years, must have graduated at least one year prior to the National Convention, invested a total of $7,500, have good leadership skills, completed 50 hours of community service activities, and maintained a “C” or higher GPA. They represent 1% of the FFA membership. Congratulations to all members who received their American Degrees.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter traveled to National Convention

The West Holmes FFA chapter traveled to National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 26 through October 30th.  Sixteen FFA members attended the convention. The 16 members who attended National Convention were: Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Garrett Houin, Derek Miller, Jess Miller, Pacee Miller, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Bree Pringle, Leah Reining, Andi Schuch, Becca Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Chloe Shumaker, Alexa Tate, and Quentin Vehrs.

On Tuesday, the chapter departed from the school to start off on a river boat ride with BB River Boats in Cincinnati. On the ride they ate dinner and danced. They spent that night in Kentucky before the first full day. 

On Wednesday, the chapter started their day in Kentucky. They toured the University of Kentucky. After that, they departed for Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held. Then they watched how they made red hot candy at Schimpff’s Confectionery. To finish the day they got to eat at a Japanese Steakhouse in Indianapolis. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in district food science

On November 3rd, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in district food science at Plymouth High School. Members included Cora Crilow and Alysa Pringle who scored a 106, Ally Ogi scored 93, and Leah Reining scored 90.  Food science is a competition where you answer questions about food safety, preparation, and marketing. Some of the practicums involved food safety and customer inquiry, food analysis, equipment ID, GMP’s, taste tests, and aroma ID. Thanks to Plymouth FFA for hosting and congrats to our members.  … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in job interview contest

On November 11th, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 job interview contest at Bellevue. Ally Ogi placed 1st in the Senior division. Maren Drzazga placed 1st in the sophomore division. Alysa Pringle placed 4th in the junior division. Lexy Starner placed 4th in the freshman division. Ally and Maren will now compete in the state contest. Before the contest members created a cover letter and resume. During the contest they filled out a job application, went through an interview, and wrote a follow up letter.Thank you to Bellevue for hosting! 

On November 4th, 12 West Holmes FFA members participated in the chapter job interview contest. In the freshman division Lexy Starner was 1st, Garrett Fowler 2nd, Alexa Tate was 3rd, and Gabby Yates was 4th. In the sophomore division Maren Drzazga was 1st and Derek Miller  2nd. In the junior division Alysa Pringle was 1st, Becca Schuch was 2nd, and Garrett Houin was 3rd.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members participated in the food science and technology career development event

Benjamin Logan FFA members Micah Ackley, Paityn Anspach, Kelsey Chambers, and Addison Huffman recently participated in the food science and technology career development event hosted at Ridgemont High School. To stimulate learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing a good working knowledge of sound principles used in a team decision-making process. FFA member Addison Huffman said “Food science was a great opportunity while we got to travel to another school and be in a type of competition.”… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA members participated in the job interview event

Benjamin Logan FFA members Owen O’Brien, Justin Elliot, Emily Musser, Libby Siefring, and Maria Henderson recently participated in the job interview career development event hosted at Ridgemont High School and Urbana High School. The Ohio Job Interview CDE is designed for FFA members to practice and demonstrate the skills needed in seeking employment in all areas of agriculture. Each part of this event simulates real world experiences that students will have when seeking employment in the future. FFA member Owen O’Brien said that “This CDE has taught me a lot the past three years on how to be a better communicator.”… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member Receives FFA Jacket from Memorial Fund

Connor Maxson has received a complementary jacket from the financial donations of friends and family of William “Bill” Sutherly. Mr. Sutherly was a lifelong farmer in the Miami East Schools Community and passed away in 2021. His family and friends have made financial contributions to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in his memory.

Connor is the son of Scott and Katrina Maxson of Conover. Connor is a first year member of the Miami East FFA Chapter. He completed an essay and will be receiving his FFA Jacket for use at FFA activities, Career Development Events, and various conferences and conventions. Connor has already participated in the Soils Career Development Event and is preparing for the Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event.

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Northwestern FFA Earns 2 Star Chapter

During the National Convention, on October 28, 2021 Northwestern FFA was awarded a 2 Star National Chapter Award. This application was filled out last year by Valerie Imhoff and Riley Stull, who were the Chapter’s President and Vice President. During the spring, the application was submitted to the state to be judged. The application scored high enough to go on to be judged at the National Level. During the summer, the application is judged at the National Level where it is given its final placing that is announced at convention.  The National Chapter Award has three categories that chapter lists our events under. These categories are Growing Leaders, Building Communities, and Strengthening Agriculture. The Chapter events that were highlighted in the Growing Leaders category were hosting our summer officer retreat, having members participate in at least one Career Development Event a year, and attending the National Convention Viewing Party. The events in the Building Communities category were participating in the Wayne County Fair Recycling, participating in Operation Chirsitmas Child, and organizing a Feed a Farmer event.… Continue reading

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Mowrystown FFA President succeeds at NAILE

In Louisville, Satterfield had an outstanding time with his Tamworth. Bobby won Reserve Champion Tamworth at the North American Livestock Exhibition in Louisville. This show is very big and full of very experienced Livestock kids. Satterfield was very satisfied with his awards. Bobby is the Mowrystown FFA President and we are very proud of him! Congrats!… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Attends National FFA Convention

On October 26-October 30, 2021, 12 members from the Northwestern Wayne FFA Chapter traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention. They traveled on a charter bus with West Holmes, Licking Valley, and Smithville FFA Chapters. Members that attended were Ava Stoller, Melanie Imhoff, Haley Caldwell, Kara Burgan, Mallory Gilbert, Miranda Smith, Maddy Yasch, Hanna Wilson, Jadeyn Berry, Zoey Dudte, Lauren Vaughan, and Rylee Dawson. On Tuesday, members traveled to a dinner boat in Kentucky. During the evening, the group of students were able to enjoy a dinner along the Ohio River, bond with members from other chapters, tour the boat, and participate in a dance party. Following the dinner boat the members departed to the hotel. On Wednesday, the members toured the University of Kentucky, where they had the opportunity to tour the campus, learn about some of the opportunities they offer, and enjoy lunch on campus. After the visit, they toured Churchill Downs.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team Competes

By Kendal Staley, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Reporter

Recently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team competed in the District 5 Contests hosted by Twin Valley South High School.

Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Adi Richter, Isaac Beal, Emma Sutherly, Braden Zekas, Dottie Everett, Samuel Sutherly, Chloe Gump, Ethan Paulus, Jayden Gates, Katelynn Dill, Matthew Osting, Jillian Niswonger, Anthony Putnam, Luke Brunke, Sydney Brittain, Annabelle Penny, Kendal Staley, Evan Massie, and Spencer Triplett.

Miami East students placed 2nd out of 29 teams. They qualified for the state competition in December. The highest placing team was Adi Richter, Isaac Beal, Braden Zekas, and Jayden Gates. Adi Richter was the highest placing individual from Miami East. She placed second. Isaac Beal was the third overall high individual in the entire contest.

During the contest the team members were asked to complete a product development scenario in which they calculated the nutritional facts for a new food product and designed a new package. … Continue reading

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National FFA Convention through the eyes of a delegate

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

After a year of distanced and virtual delivery methods, the National FFA Delegate Experience returned to Indianapolis, Ind. during the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo. 

The Delegate Experience begins a few months before national convention at the conclusion of the State Officer Summit in Washington, D.C. Each state association selects two leadership delegates who will be responsible for facilitating committee work at national convention. 

During the kickoff session in July, those leadership delegates designate which committee they will serve on and assign leadership roles within them. This year, Jake Zajkowski, Ohio FFA State President, led the Supervised Agricultural Experience Committee as the 1st Vice Chair at the National FFA Delegate Experience in Indianapolis just ahead of National Convention. 

“It’s been exciting to lead this national discussion on work based learning experiences over the last 4 months. How FFA members get involved in agricultural jobs and career experiences will continue to evolve as our organization does,” Zajkowski said. … Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Attends National FFA Convention

Forty-five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana October 27th – 29th. Their trip began with a day full of agriculture related tours. Students learned about agriculture marketing, seed genetics and logistics at Beck’s Hybrids and gained knowledge in agritourism and adapting to new business opportunities at Kelsay Farms and Tuttle Orchards. On Wednesday evening the group enjoyed a fun competition at Top Golf. On Thursday, the members arrived early at the convention in their official dress for a full day of business sessions and the career show. The students heard inspiring messages from keynote speakers and retiring National FFA Officers. They also enjoyed the opportunit to see their own chapter recognized on the National stage as a Three star chapter and a Model of Excellence Finalist as one of the top 10 chapters in the country. On their last day of the trip members stretched their comfort zones by taking on the challenges of a zipline course through the treetops of Eagle Creek State Park or the rock climbing walls at Climb Time Indy.… Continue reading

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