FFA News

Zane Trace FFA members compete in contest

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On the evening of Wednesday, February 8, members of Zane Trace FFA chapter traveled to Lancaster High School to compete in Agriculture Sales and Job Interview Career Development Events. Career Development Events are contests within the FFA which allow members to take part in difference aspects of agricultural jobs.

Agricultural Sales CDE is a contest in which team members develop an agricultural product, and sell it to the judges, who are posing as potential customers. This contest allows participants to learn a bit about marketing, sales, and product development. Zane Trace’s 2012 Agricultural Sales team included: Whitney Bellomy, Morgan Perhach, Nicole Jordan, and Heather Yeater. Morgan and Whitney developed and sold agricultural lesson plans, while Heather and Nicole concentrated on livestock supplies.

Job Interview CDE allows students to become familiar with the process of obtaining a job. The contest simulates an actual job interview, and also requires the participants to develop a resume, as well as fill out a job application.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA shares in leadership activities

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

The Miami East FFA Chapter recently hosted a State Leadership Night for its FFA member with the theme of “The Value of Me. The Value of We.”  Several members from Miami East FFA attended the activities.  State FFA Officers coordinated the workshops.  The FFA members enjoyed a pizza party prior to the event.

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were State FFA Vice President Brent Stammen  and District 5 President Devon Alexander.  During the activities, members completed team building activities, discussed the personal values of themselves and how they can utilize those natural talent more, and what opportunities exist that will allow them benefit their own personal abilities.

The highlight for the night was the awarding of 25 computer jump drives donated by sponsors of the statewide events. One of those 25 students earning the jump drive will receive $50 in Dekalb clothing. Miami East’s winner was freshman Brady Anderson.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA members leadership night

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On the evening of Monday, January 23, State FFA Officers visited Zane Trace High School to lead FFA Members from Zane Trace, Amanda, and West Elm High Schools, as well as guests in Zane Trace’s second annual Leadership Night. The state officers begun the evening by getting members up and active, leading them in a few activities that both got them moving and encouraged them to mingle with other member’s a guests. Later, the officers split student up into smaller groups for lessons titled “The Value of Me” and “The Value of We.”

Within the lesson titled “The Value of Me,” students identified their personal strengths and helped each other come up with ideas on how they can use their personal strengths to make a difference. The lesson titled “The Value of We” focused on teamwork and stressed the fact that everyone has something to bring to the table, and teamwork helps students to play off of each other’s strengths.… Continue reading

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State FFA president visits Zane Trace

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

Ohio State FFA President Jessica Shanahan spent the day of January 23 in the Zane Trace Agriculture classroom, leading the students in hands-on agricultural and leadership activities as well as getting to know some of the members. Jessica led six different workshops throughout the day while the students thoroughly enjoyed.

For each class, Jessica held a different workshop to help get the students involved more, challenge their minds and problem solving skills, as well as helping them discover more about the agricultural field and themselves.

Perhaps the most influential workshop Jessica lead challenged students to solve the world’s problems by asking them a simple open-ended question: What does the world need? Students answered her question on post-it notes, each coming up with at least ten answers. Next, students shared their answers, and chose one from the combined efforts of the entire class. From there, student developed a plan for the implementation of what the world needs.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA hits the lanes

By Stephanie Glass, chapter reporter

On Thursday, January 19 members of Zane Trace FFA Chapter met at Shawnee Lanes Bowling Alley for some chapter bonding. Members enjoyed a few games of bowling, pizza, and competition, of course. Prizes were given out to the night’s top scorers. Josh Harrington took home the top honors, receiving a Taco Bell gift card for his score of 210. Dakota Rinehart and Michael Merritt also showed their bowling skill, placing second and third in the contest and receiving McDonald’s Arch Cards for their efforts.

Through this activity, members worked to reach this year’s goals of getting members more involved and enthusiastic about the FFA, becoming close with one another, and supporting a healthy and active lifestyle.

This outing proved to be such a success that the officer team in lining up monthly activities for the chapter to participate in, continuing this new tradition. This evening proved that Zane Trace FFA has some phenomenal bowlers, as well and a large sense of competition.… Continue reading

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Liberty-Benton FFA celebrates National FFA Week

By Lauren Burner, chapter reporter

Liberty-Benton FFA will celebrate National FFA Week February 20-24, 2012. “I Believe” is this year’s theme, and it celebrates more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future. More than half a million nationwide members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels.

FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, they prepare for the more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and annually encompasses February 22, George Washington’s birthday. Liberty-Benton FFA members will celebrate National FFA Week by participating in the following activities:

Monday – Get in the Know Day – FFA Information distributed to staff

Tuesday – Boot into Action Day – Students wear cowboy and work boots to school

Wednesday – Dress for Success Day – Students wear FFA & agricultural related clothes to school

Thursday – Deliver the Goods Day – Students drive trucks to school

Friday – Power up Day – Students drive tractors to school… Continue reading

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Miami East job interview and ag sales FFA members competition

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview and Ag Sales Contests held at Minster High School in Auglaize County.

The Job Interview Contest consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and writing a thank you note.

Angelina Henger competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition.  She placed 6th in the district out of 13 contestants.

Corrine Melvins competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 7th out of 15 contestants in the district.

Shelby Roach competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest, placed 4th in the district out of 15 contestants.

Amy Hahn competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 3rd out of 16 contestants. Amy will receive plaques for placing in the top three.



The Ag Sales team #1 consisted of Jacob Eidemiller, Rebekah Eidemiller, Colin Hawes and Emily Johnson.… Continue reading

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Five new proficiency areas to be awarded at state convention

At the Ohio FFA Convention coming up in May five new proficiency categories will be awarded for the first time. They include:

Agricultural Education – Entrepreneurship/Placement – Relates to education and extension, including, but not limited to youth mentoring, agricultural education departmental assistants, PALS mentors and student coordinators, developing and conducting informational materials and presentations for civic organizations and school-aged youth, and students who are involved in SAEs surrounding educating the public about the broad topics of agriculture, agriculture education and the FFA.

Goat ProductionEntrepreneurship/Placement — Student owns the enterprise, or works for a business that involves the use of the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market goats and all goat products.

Agriscience Animal Systems Research – Research in the life processes, health, nutrition, genetics, management and processing of animal systems related to small animals, aquaculture, livestock, dairy, horses and/or poultry.

Agriscience Plant Systems Research – Research in the life cycles, classifications, functions, practices of plant systems related to crops, turf grass, trees and shrubs and/or ornamental plants.… Continue reading

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Miami East public speakers compete

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter

On Thursday, February 16, members of the Miami East FFA Chapter competed in the Sub-district Public Speaking Contest at Anna High School. Schools competing in the contest included: Botkins, Anna, Fort Loramie, Miami East, Houston, Jackson Center, and Fairlawn.  Miami East FFA had 5 members compete.

Meagan McKinney competed in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. She was given 30 minutes to prepare a chosen topic, present the speech, and then answer questions. She pulled a topic on soil conservation. She placed fourth out of six competitors.

Sarah Pyers competed in the Advanced Prepared Contest with her speech entitled, “Wind Turbines: Beauty or the Beast.” She wrote, memorized, presented, and answered questions about the renewable energgy from wind turbines and the role that agriculture has in the solution of the situation. She placed 3rd in the sub-district.

“World Food Crisis – Going to Bed Hungry but I’m not in Trouble” was the title of Sarah Kendra Beckman speech in the Beginning Prepared Speaking Contest.… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford/Pioneer students help our community

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter
Colonel Crawford/Pioneer students participated in multiple community service projects recently.  On January 12, the Antique Tractor Club held its annual banquet at The Hannah and William Crawford School.  Students in FFA were asked to help with serving meals to those attending this event and to help clean up at the conclusion of this event.  Wes Pollock, a member of FFA and Antique Tractor Club, made a presentation on behalf of the Ag program.  He told of some of the chapter’s recent activities, awards, and contests.

On February 11, the annual farmers share breakfast was held at Wynford High School From 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The event was sponsored by local farmers and the Crawford County Farm Bureau. The meal shows the community how much farmers received which is about 50 cents for the products used to make this breakfast.  Generally, in restaurants this meal would be $6.00-$8.00. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA holds basketball tournament

On February 4, 2012, the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter held their annual FFA basketball tournament. National Trail, Twin Valley South, and Eaton attended, bringing both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Placing 1st in the Varsity tournament was Eaton. Coming in 2nd place was Preble Shawnee. Twin Valley South placed 3rd with National Trail following them in 4th. In the Junior Varsity tournament, Eaton came in 1st place, Twin Valley South in 2nd, Preble Shawnee in 3rd, and National Trail was 4th. First, second, and third place teams received trophies. The event was sponsored by the Preble Shawnee FFA Alumni. All members who attended and participated in the games had a great time!… Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford FFA members compete in speaking contest

By Jessica Millenbaugh, chapter reporter

Members of the Pioneer/Colonel Crawford FFA participated in the county public Speaking contest held at Colonel Crawford on Tuesday January 31st.

Freshman members recited the FFA Creed.  The FFA creed was written in 1930 by EM Tiffany.  The freshman members presented the creed to two judges who score them on memorization of the creed, their power of expression, and their responses to questions about the creed. Tony Gwirtz and Cheyenne Johnson were the freshman students who participated in this contest.

The member going on to the sub-district contest is Cheyenne Johnson, as she placed 3rd in the contest.

Sophomores and upper classmen can do either the Beginning Prepared, or Advanced Prepared contests.  These students write and memorize an agriculturally related speech, 6 to 8 minutes long, and present it to the judges.  Rebecca Enright placed 4th in the Advanced Prepared contest and will move on to sub districts.… Continue reading

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Miami East to celebrate FFA week with activities

By Dani Sands, chapter reporter
The week of February 21 to 25 the Miami East FFA Chapter will be celebrating National FFA Week. The intention of the week is to celebrate FFA’s accomplishments while informing students, staff, and community members about the activities of the FFA.

Miami East FFA Chapter is proud of it’s over 50 years of success. Currently there are 83 FFA members countless activities at the local, state, and national levels. A favorite FFA activity is the annual Ag Day in which chapter members educate elementary students about where their food comes from. Another favorite is attending the National FFA Convention in October.

The chapter officers for 2011-12 are: President Angelina Henger, Vice President Meagan McKinney, Secretary Emily Johnson, Treasurer Amanda Bartel, Reporter Dani Sands, Student Advisor Corrine Melvin, Sentinel Jacob Eidemiller, and Chaplain Kendra Beckman. Their advisor is Mrs. Marie Carity.

The FFA has planned several activities for the week.… Continue reading

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Arlington FFA Alumni Farm Toy Show

On Sunday February 19, 2012 the Arlington FFA Alumni is hosting its 2nd Annual Farm Toy Show at Arlington High School.  The show will open at 8am and run until 3pm.  The show has expanded to 44 dealer tables and moved into our new gymnasium.  We will also have a concession stand available for customers to purchase refreshments while at the show.  There will be a $2.00 admission charge for adults and children 12 and under are free.  We will have a 50/50 raffle which will be drawn at 1pm.  Come and enjoy a growing farm toy show!… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA held State Leadership Night

On February 1, 2012, the Preble Shawnee FFA chapter hosted their first state Leadership Night. The theme was “The Power of Me, The Power of We”. Several members from Clermont North Eastern, Talawanda, and Edgewood FFA Chapters joined us for the evening. State officers Jessica Shanahan, Caitlyn Black, Caroline Weihl, and Shelby Faulkner also attended.

To begin the evening, the state officers gave each member a colored sticker. The color of your sticker determined which group you would be in for the evening. Before breaking up into groups, everyone chanted “The Power of Me, The Power of We” together. We also played a couple of games that got us moving around and interacting with new people. Then, we split up into our groups.

Each group went into a classroom with the state officer who was in charge of them. There were two stations for the groups to participate in. At one station, members were given a variety of objects and were asked to pick one that they felt best represented their personality.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA honors wildlife specialist

On February 1, 2012 Doug Steinbrunner, a wildlife specialist, from the Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District came to speak to the Ag Science II students in the Greenville FFA. Steinbrunner was asked to speak so that the students could learn more on wildlife habitat, and what we can do to protect it.

This topic went along the lines of the wildlife unit currently being studied in this class. During the time that Steinbrunner spoke he informed the class on different types of native grasses, native wildlife, and other things that we can work on conserving and promoting here in Darke County and around the area.

One important program that the students were spoke to about was the CP-33 program. The CP-33 applies to many people living throughout Ohio, and other parts of the United States as well. It is where the government pays for land owners to plant wild grasses, have trees fallen, and let other wild plants to grow naturally and abundantly.… Continue reading

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St. Henry FFA participates in bowling activity

Members of the St. Henry FFA woke up early on February 3 in the morning to bowl before school at Pla-Mor Lanes. At 6:30 a.m., the members put on their shoes, typed in their names, and dominated the lanes.

Some members displayed extreme skill, while others found themselves in the gutter quite often. Members also enjoyed a breakfast of eggs, sausage, hash browns, and a pastry.

A huge thank you goes out to Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater and also to all of the attending members.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA fairs well in evaluations

By: Dani Sands
The Miami East FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.  Several members of the chapter worked extra hard on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) record books to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Several current officers submitted their officer books for review.  Amanda Bartel, 2011-12 Miami East FFA Treasurer, received a Gold rating for her Treasurer’s Book (100 out of 100 possible points).  Emily Johnson, 2011-12 Miami East FFA Secretary, received a Gold rating on her Secretary’s Book (100 out of 100 possible points).  Danielle Sands, 2011-12 Miami East FFA Reporter, received Gold Rating on the chapter’s scrapbook (100 out of 100 possible points).

Applying for the State FFA Degree were seniors Jake Eideimiller, Meagan McKinney, and Amanda Bartel and junior Emily Johnson. Their application will be reviewed at the State Evaluations in March and then be approved at the Ohio FFA Board of Directors Meeting in March. … Continue reading

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Taylor McNamara receives Career Pathways grant

The National FFA Organization (FFA) announced that Taylor McNamara of West Liberty, Ohio was selected to receive a Career Pathways grant in the amount of $1,000 to initiate or improve McNamara’s career development experience known as a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). To be eligible, the student must be in grades 7-11, have an SAE and be a member of FFA. McNamara is a member of the Benjamin Logan FFA chapter and was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide.

McNamara’s grant for Animal Systems SAE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to is present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, person growth and career success through agricultural education.… Continue reading

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St. Henry FFA attends leadership night

Members of the St. Henry FFA recently attended a leadership night put on by the Coldwater Young Farmers on January 19 at Coldwater High School.  FFA Members from Coldwater, St. Henry, Parkway, Maria Stein, and Fort Recovery all attended this event.

The hosts of the evening included the State FFA Officers. Students were divided into groups and sent to four different stations.  While in groups, they discussed different topics and designed new ideas to get others involved in chapter activities.

After the group sessions, members were treated to pizza and pop. FFA member attending were Brad Rindler, Kaitlin Schmitmeyer, Zach Siefring, Zach Sealscott, Michaela Stammen, Michaela Siefring, Colt Huston, Heather Arling, Ryan Broering, Isaac Lefeld, Eli Nieport, Brad Dirksen, Danielle Speck, Jordan Steinbrunner, Jason Moeder, Alex Schmitmeyer, Clayton Bruggeman, Janel Broering, Kenzie Bruggeman, Spencer Schulze, Jordan Clune, Tyler Lefeld, Isaac Marchal, Lydia Stachler, Brandon Lefeld, Leah Rose, Aaron Marchal, Derek Broering, and John Broering. … Continue reading

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