We are fresh off of the Ohio FFA State Convention, which never fails to reinvigorate the spirit and the hope for the future of Ohio agriculture. The event once again highlighted the immense talent, dedication and drive of Ohio’s young people in many ways, from the fantastic retiring address from State President (and national officer candidate) Amy Jo Frost to the ingenuity and work ethic of the many proficiency winners.
Also, the event marked the unofficial kickoff of our new FFA page on the Web (http://ocj.com/ffa) that serves as a forum for FFA reporters around the state to post their chapter news and a way to highlight and recognize the many great FFA-related events throughout the year. As a part of our massive effort to pack this full of all things FFA, we relied on the help of some FFA students for Convention this year. Stacie Seger (Ft. Loramie), Eileen Gress (Triway), and Devon Alexander (Anna) did a fantastic job of getting interviews, providing their “behind-the-scenes” insights and sharing the students’ perspective of convention. Along with their extensive duties for us, these students were also very involved with Convention in other ways. Devon was selected as a state officer, Eileen competed in the talent show and sang the national anthem and Stacie won the Prepared State Speaking Contest. Be sure to check out some of their videos and writing about the event. They truly did a great job and are surely in for bright futures. The OCJ/OAN staff certainly had fun working with them, and I am pretty sure they had a good time as well. Thanks to them for the help and thank you Ohio FFA for another great state convention.