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Zane Trace FFA Update November 2019

FFA Members Bring Home Pumpkin Show Hardware!

Members of our chapter enjoyed a very successful Circleville Pumpkin Show this year! For the first time ever our FFA chapter entered a pumpkin in the giant pumpkin weigh off. The pumpkin was grown   behind the school in a bed of compost close to our raised bed gardens. Several students took turns caring for the pumpkin but FFA President Laine Abbott was the one who had the honor of weighing in our entry in the contest. The pumpkin topped the scales at 178 lbs, which wasn’t close to the winning pumpkin’s 1,400 lb weight but was good enough for second place in the “Charlie Brown” pumpkin contest for first year growers under the age of 18! The Chapter received $150 from the Circleville Giant Pumpkin Growers Club for their efforts and members learned a lot about caring for specialty plants through the process. Members are already planning to grow a much bigger pumpkin next year!

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Norwayne FFA Benefit

This year marked 10 years for the Norwayne FFA’s annual fall benefit. In the past 10 years, the chapter has raised over $230,000 for families in need in the Norwayne community. This year, the chapter was able to raise over $25,000 for Mike Klingman and his family.

In March, Mike suffered a stroke caused by a brain aneurysm which has lead to struggles with speech and memory loss. Mike is currently back at work but the family does not know how much longer he will be able to continue his job. Mike’s children, Isaac and Ellie, have both been members of the FFA program and the Klingmans are big supporters of the Norwayne Bobcats and the FFA.

FFA members reach out to community businesses and individuals who are interested in donating anything from money to gift baskets to support the cause. This project allows FFA members to live out the FFA motto, “Living to Serve.”The benefit featured a volleyball tournament, live auction, silent auction, and dinner donations.

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Benjamin-Logan FFA members compete in job interview competition

Benjamin-Logan FFA members Maria Henderson, Sierra Baker, Emma Wenger, and Owen O’Brien competed in the job interview career development event on Tuesday November 11th at Ridgemont High School.
The students had to write a cover letter, create a resume, fill out a job application, be interviewed, and write a follow up letter. All of these skills are things that will help the students greatly in their future jobs and careers. The second competition took place on Nov. 19 at Highland High School.  At this competition, Freshman Owen O’Brien placed second. Congratulations to all participants.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team Competes

By Emma Sutherly, 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 Covington High School.

Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Justin Hawkins, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright.

Miami East students placed 4th out of 42 teams. The highest placing team consisted of Justin Hawkins, Rylee Puthoff, Isabella Waite, and Anna Broerman. Justin Hawkins was the highest placing individual from Miami East.

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 design a new package.  Also they completed an aroma identification section, responded to customer inquiry scenarios, identified sanitation errors in the food industry and common equipment used in a food production facility, and completed a taste sensory test and flavor identification.

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Benjamin Logan FFA serve food at local free meal program

Benjamin Logan FFA students Peyton Derr, Emma Wenger, Emily Roth, Ava Boysel, Bradey Ackley, and Chance Frater had the chance to serve food at Our Daily Bread. The students benefit in many ways from this opportunity of service. This experience allowed the students to help serve their community and share their time and talents. The students prepared and served meals to over 50 patrons.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter member receives FFA jacket from sponsor

Recently, Beck’s Superior Hybrids of Atlanta, Indiana donated an FFA jacket to a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jacket was made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.

Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80% of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude. This year there were 600 applicants statewide and 179 FFA jackets awarded.

Selected from Miami East-MVCTC FFA was Sumsaar Thapa.

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State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell visits West Holmes FFA

On October 24, State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell came to talk to all the ag classes. Wyatt talked about how important finances are and things that we can do to make money instead of losing money.  He also stressed the importance of setting goals and working towards your dreams! Thank you Wyatt for visiting and helping us learn more about opportunities in the FFA.

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalists

By Ally Ogi, chapter reporter

West Holmes FFA members Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell recently competed at National FFA Convention as National Proficiency Finalists. Logan competed in Ag Processing and Jayme competed in Wildlife Management. The members had to give a 2 minute introductory speech and go through a 15 minute interview with a panel of judges during their week at National Convention.

Logan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) involved working on his family’s dairy and yogurt processing operation. He is responsible for making, packing, and delivering the yogurt.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife habitat. He has planted over 1,600 trees, doubled the pollinators on his property, and increased the number of deer beds on the property from 0 to 6.

Though neither of them won 1st place in the nation, it was a great opportunity to meet business contacts and FFA members from around the country.

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Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students learn about floriculture / horticulture careers

Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students and Interior Design Students had the privilege of Beth Zsoldos visiting and giving them the opportunity to learn how to do a simple modern floral arrangement as well as discuss floriculture / horticulture careers. Students did so by starting with a small bowl, black floral foam, and flowers. The classes got to start from scratch and use their imagination all while under the instruction of Mrs. Zsoldos. The classes got a feel of modern floral design and the work needed for the profession. Mrs. Zsoldos does floral arrangements for big events and weddings as a freelance floral designer. She also works for Ohio State ATI. She was able to give the classes her input and advice for doing continued education in the floral and turf careers.
She explained to the classes the amount of open careers in the floral and turf industry. She informed the classes that there is also a new desire for welders and carpenters to make large things for florists to decorate.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event

By  Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Marion Local High School.

The Job Interview Contest consists of designing a resume and cover letter, completing a job application, performing an interview, and composing a typed follow-up thank you note.

Kearsten Kirby competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 8th in the district. There were 28 participants.

Rylee Puthoff competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 4th in the district. There were 22 participants.

Gretchen competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 7th in the district. There were 25 participants.

Isaac Beal competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 4th in the district. There were 21 participants.

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L-S FFA Chapter traveled to National Convention

By Alyssa Alford

The WL-S FFA Chapter traveled with Urbana and Ridgedale to National Convention on October 30, 2019. On the first day, the members went to opening session where they listened to the Keynote speaker, Bob Goff. His message was, “0% drama, 100% kindness.”  Also, in the first session, we celebrated 50 years of Women being allowed in FFA.

The next day we arrived at  Traders Point Creamery where we toured the property and learned more about how they operate. The next stop was Lincoln College Of Technology. They explained that you could get 13 certifications in less than 2 years. There was electric and automative programs and much more. Lastly, we went to the National FFA Center and we learned more about the history of the organization and ways our former members have paved the way for us. At the end of the night, the chapter attended Buckeye Bash.

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Norwayne FFA Chapter attends 92nd National FFA Convention

The Norwayne FFA Chapter took a trip to the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We brought 13 members in our school vans and stayed in a house that we rented. On the way to Indianapolis, we toured Abbott’s Candy Factory and got to see how they made their chocolate and caramel. We also got to learn about how their small food business ran their day-to-day operations and factory. There were two sessions during the convention that our members attended as well.  Those sessions involved a motivational speech given by Bob Goff and also a retiring address from one of the National FFA officers. Being asked how they thought about the trip, Tim Gunkelman said, “I had such a blast at National Convention, especially at Buckeye Bash. I had fun meeting new members across the United States. It was definitely a trip to remember!”

Our members also got to tour Fair Oaks Farms.

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Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.

The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.

Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn.

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Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended 92nd National FFA Convention

By Maddox Rigel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Reporter
On Nov. 2 the Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention. This year marks the 50th anniversary since women were allowed in the FFA organization. Members attended several sessions and got to walk around the expo center. They had the opportunity to hear author and speaker Bob Goff. The chapter also got to see country artist Brett Young and attend Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo. Members Haley Back, Chyann Kendel and Kayla Stiver received their Amercian degree award Saturday morning.
We’d also like to congratulate member Chyann Kendel for being top four in the Nation for her Diversified Livestock proficiency. This is the first National finalist our chapter has had in our 55 year history.
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Benjamin Logan Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted Board of Education and Administrators at Appreciation Dinner

Benjamin Logan High School Career Technical Education Teachers and Students hosted the Benjamin Logan Board of Education and Administrators at the Annual Board/Administration Appreciation Dinner. Teachers from the various subject areas presented the following updates: Agriculture teachers have been researching the Ohio Agribusiness Association credential for their students as assistance to meeting graduation requirements. Additionally, Global Economics and Food Markets has been added to the course offerings. Teachers were pleased to note enrollment continues to rise.
The business department announced the offering of a new Business Marketing class to go along with the other business pathway courses of Business Foundations, Marketing Principles, and Financial Accounting. They also highlighted a few updates about the Career Connections program. This year we have 27 students who will be participating in our internship program throughout more than 7 partner sites. These students will also be completing their Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal that evaluates their workplace readiness skills.

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More Ohio highlights from the 2019 National FFA Convention

By Matt Reese and Kolt Buchenroth

Heading into the 2019 National FFA Convention, the organization announced a record-high student membership of 700,170 and, in the next year, Kolesen McCoy will be representing each of those members as only the third National FFA President from Ohio.

“It has been a mix of emotions and a roller coaster of a ride for sure. It is a very humbling experience. As soon as a heard my name called, I was shocked and overwhelmed with the excitement I had to go on this journey for the next 365 days with five amazing people at my side to be able to serve the 700,000 members across the country,” said McCoy from the Global Impact Stem Academy in Clark County. “And I can say that when I look at the five people around me there is a consistent message. They are not here for themselves, if that makes sense.

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Miami County FFA Members Attend National Convention

The 92nd National FFA Convention is the largest event hosted by the National FFA. 32 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Sydney Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Savannah Holzen, Katelynn Dill, Keira Kirby, Evan Massie, Jillian Niswonger, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Samuel Sutherly, Sumsaar Thapa, Alivia Wade, Dustin Winner, and Lauren Wright. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Emily Hornberger, Malia Johns, Jackson Kimmel, Tyler Kress, Webb Kress, Tyler Leffew, Erica Pratt, Cammy Shook, Carter Tinnerman, Justin Thomas, Kelsie Tomlinson, Darby Welbaum. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.

Almost 70,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2019-20 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Bob Goff.

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Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy elected National FFA President

At the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, it was announced that Ohio FFA’s Kolesen McCoy was selected as a National FFA Officer and will serve at National FFA’s President. McCoy retired from office as State FFA President in May of this year, and has since undergone a competitive process to represent FFA’s 700,000 plus members on the six-person team. McCoy is a member of the Global Impact STEM Academy FFA Chapter and is student at The Ohio State University majoring in agribusiness and applied economics.

OCJ’s Matt Reese caught up with McCoy earlier in the week about the interview process.

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