Chapter News

River Valley FFA participates in 2020 Marion County Fair

By Kyla Stockdale, chapter reporter

Throughout these last few months with all the uncertainty going on, county fairs were starting to become a topic of concern regarding if they were going to happen. Being that our chapter is from Marion County, which happens to be one of the earliest fair that happens in the state of Ohio, our fair board members made the tough decision to cancel it. Although they still made a way for all of our 4-H and FFA members to get the chance to show off all of their hard work that they put in. Starting July 18 and ending on July 24, each exhibitor got the opportunity to present their animals on their specific show day. Whether some chose to not continue with their projects this year or if they did, everyone from our county and all fair board members were extremely proud of those individuals that had to make that tough decision.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Banquet was held virtually

By Chloe Shumaker, West Holmes FFA Reporter

This year the West Holmes FFA Banquet was held virtually over facebook from May 18th to the 22nd. Over those five days the virtual banquet was held to honor and recognize all the FFA members’ achievements over the past year, as well as recognize community members for their help and involvement in the FFA.

Special recognition was given to the following members: Kylie Ramirez – DeKalb Award, Lexi Ogi – Outstanding Senior Award; Jayme Pennell – Outstanding Junior Award; Cora Crilow – Star Chapter Farmer, Ally Ogi, Outstanding Sophomore Award; Alysa Pringle – Star Greenhand and Garrett Houin – Outstanding Freshman Awards. These members earned the highest amount of points in their respective grades from their involvement in activities throughout the year.

The chapter also recognized community members that have helped our chapter in many ways. Four individuals received the Honorary Chapter Degree, the highest award a chapter can give a non-member.

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Zane Trace FFA Chapter Receives Grant for Local Community

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter has been awarded a grant designed to help students and families in the local community. The grant is provided through the Ohio FFA Foundation’s Agricultural & Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP) which provides support to build sustainable relationships and programs that will benefit Ohio communities for years to come.

Originally introduced in 2013, ARCOP grants allow Ohio FFA chapters to apply for funding that aid community development projects. These FFA chapter ARCOP projects often benefit rural residents or low-income farmers and have a long-term impact on the community, either economically or through an improved quality of life. Participating FFA Chapters will work in collaboration with other local organizations to complete these projects which will cover agricultural topics varying from educational programs to awareness and promotion to economic development.

Members of the Zane Trace FFA will work with first and second grade students to grow fruits and vegetables for the school cafeteria.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members run for state FFA office

Two West Holmes FFA members ran for a State FFA Office as a part of the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration. On May 6th, Kylie Ramirez and Rebecca Sprang were announced as 2020-2021 state officer candidates. The interview process was different from following year’s due to Covid-19. They had practice interviews in April which they both attended. They also took a written test and a videoed a speech about their desire to serve on the 2020-2021 state officer team. Following that, they had a general interview on May 1st.

Both Kylie and Rebecca gave a quote on their experience throughout this process and things they gained. “ Even though the interview process was different this year it still gave me experiences, friendships, and skills that will last a lifetime, and I know that Ohio FFA is in good hands this year.” -Kylie Ramirez  “ Running for state office was full of challenges.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Hosts Annual Parent-Member Banquet

During the week of May 18th, the Miami Trace FFA chapter held their annual banquet electronically, posting new videos on their Facebook page daily. The Chapter recognized members, advisors, parents, and other community members that helped make the last year such a success. Many members were also recognized for having numerous achievements throughout the year.

To begin the award portion of the banquet, there were numerous scholarships presented to senior FFA members. Miami Trace FFA Alumni presented  scholarships to Samantha Sever, Morgan Eggleton, Regan Hagler, Cole Enochs. The Wendt Group Scholarship was awarded to Aubrey McCoy, and Anita Pursell. Aubrey Schwartz, Grant DeBruin received the Steven Bennett Scholarship. Kylie Pettit was the recipient of the Mark Garland Scholarship. Anita Pursell received the Evans Family Scholarship. There were two recipients of the Justin Stuckey Scholarship: Dawson Wallace, Victoria Waits. The Farmer’s School Scholarship was awarded to Aubrey Schwartz, Kahlin Orso, Ben Speakman, and Corbin Hastings. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members received their State FFA Degrees

By Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Friday May 8th, 9 of the West Holmes FFA members received their State FFA Degrees during the Ohio FFA Celebration. These members were Megan Brannon, her SAE involves raising ducks, turkeys, and hogs for the fair.  Taryn Grassbaugh, her SAE involves raising and training horses.  Aubree Houin, her SAE, involves raising horses, hogs, and sheep for the fair. Jayme Pennell, his SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife area. Ethan Reining, his SAE involves working at Mast Trucking as a tire specialist and mechanic. Lucas Shaum, his SAE, involves working at Village Motors as a groundskeeper and lot boy. Rebecca Sprang, her SAE involves raising hogs, sheep, and dairy steers for fair. Chase Stitzlein, his SAE, involves working at Hi Hills Dairy and Cornerstone Dairy as a farmhand, as well as raising his own Holstein and Red Holstein cows. Addison Yates, his SAE involves working at Piars Mineral Ridge Dairy as a farmhand.… Continue reading

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National FFA Scholarships Awarded to Miami Trace FFA graduates

The National FFA Organization awarded scholarships to three Miami Trace FFA graduates.

Aubrey Schwartz was awarded the $1,500 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship. She plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in Agriculture Education at Wilmington College.

Morgan Eggleton is honored to receive the $1,000 AGCO Dealer Scholarship locally sponsored by Mayer Farm Equipment LLC.  Morgan plans on attending The Ohio State University where she will be majoring in Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

Lastly, Meri Grace Carson received a $2,000 scholarship from Beck’s Hybrids.  Meri Grace is currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky where she is pursuing a degree in Agronomy and Agriculture Economics.

This generous funding comes from individuals, businesses, and corporate sponsors to encourage excellence and enable students to pursue their educational goals. Scholarships support either two-year or four -year degrees as well as vocational programs and range in size from a $500 to full tuition for four years. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members recognized as State Proficiency Finalists

By Chloe Shumaker, chapter reporter

On Tuesday May 5th, 8 of the West Holmes FFA members were recognized as State Proficiency Finalists during the state proficiency award recognition during the Ohio FFA Celebration.  They were announced as finalists in early March and would have been on stage at State Convention if the COVID 19 situation had not occurred.

Jayme Pennell Placed 1st in the Environmental and Natural Resources Management category. His SAE involved planting pine and hardwood trees and creating water holes and food plots for wildlife.

Chase Stitzlein placed 1st in Dairy Production – Entrepreneurship.His SAE involved raising dairy cows, heifers, and feeders, as well as working on two dairy farms.

Ethan Drzazga placed 2nd in Agricultural Sales – Placement. His SAE involved being a salesman at Moore’s Country Store, he stocks shelves, assists customers and delivers products.

Brayden Shumaker placed 2nd in Agricultural Services. His SAE involves being an operator at Application Specialties.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni Sponsors Scholarships

By Libby Carpenter, Reporter

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter recently recognized graduates of Miami East High School that had been enrolled in Agricultural Education and members of the FFA Chapter. In order to qualify for the scholarship, the applicants completed an essay on “The Benefits of Agricultural Education” and been active in the FFA Chapter for at least one year. Each recipient received a cash scholarship to be used for their further endeavors.

Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair. He is a three time Top 4 in the State Proficiency finalist in three different areas (a chapter record) and was on the Dairy Cattle evaluation team. Michael said, “While farming and providing food is the essence of agriculture there is so much more to agricultural education than farming.  Agricultural Education involves a wide variety of activities.  There are many opportunities in Agricultural Education.”

Luke Gilliland is the son of Matt and Heather Gilliland.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Sponsors Coloring Contest

By Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

The Agricultural Literacy Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary. The event was held to celebrate National Agriculture Week.

Members of the Ag Literacy Committee challenged the students in third grade and were given a farm-themed picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:

Ms. Katie Mason – Ava McGaharan

Ms. Elizabeth Fields – Josie Shane

Ms. Megan Noll – Alivia Johnson

Ms. Stephanie Blackton – Claire Antonides

Each student participating received a prize complements of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and Culver’s.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a special prize of an official FFA T-shirt.  Congratulations to the winners!

Members of the Agricultural Literacy Committee involved in the project were Luke Brunke, Katelynn Dill, Kylie Haught, Jillian Niswonger, and Alivia Wade.Continue reading

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Milton-Union MVCTC FFA Chapter Elects New Officer Team

By Kelsie Tomlinson, chapter reporter

As our school year comes to an end, we would like to recognize our new 2020-2021 officer team for the Milton-Union MVCTC FFA chapter. Our new officers include:  President– Emmie Bohse, Vice President- Darby Welbaum, Secretary- Tayor Falb, Treasurer- Tyler Kress, Reporter– Kelsie Tomlinson, Sentinel- Tyler Leffew, Student Advisor- Carter Tinnerman, and Historian– Cammy Shook. These new officers will each receive a new FFA jacket and an officer pin to display on their jacket. The new jackets were donated by Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home. Congratulations to all and we cannot wait to see what you do next year!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA members recognized during virtual Ohio FFA Celebration

Due to the closures of school and cancellations of all Ohio Department of Education activities, the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention moved to a virtual, online format. During the week of May 4, several members of the were recognized for their accomplishments at the state level.

The highlight of the celebration was the recognition of Ohio FFA State Degree recipients. FFA members may apply as a junior, senior or graduate with over $3,500 in earnings from their Supervised Agricultural Experience, participation in FFA chapter and state activities, and community service. Members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter earning the 2020 degree were Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Libby Carpenter, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, and Lauren Wright.

Several members were recognized for having outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs through the State FFA Proficiency Award program.  In the area of Poultry Production Michael Bair was named the state winner for his production and marketing of pasture-raised chickens.

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Benjamin Logan FFA members read books via Facebook to kids

The Benjamin Logan FFA would have been hosting a petting zoo for our elementary students, sadly due to our current situation we were not able to do that so we came up with the next best thing. Many of our students have been working on videos for the Benjamin Logan FFA Facebook Page. In each of the videos our students are in their barn reading one of their favorite books to some of their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. We hope that everyone that sees these videos are enjoying them.
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Benjamin Logan FFA members recognized during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration

Benjamin Logan FFA  members would have had the privilege of participating in the 2020 Ohio FFA State Convention on Thursday, April 30th thru Friday May 1st; due to the current situation the event has been canceled.  Instead, Ohio FFA is excited to recognize members and commemorate another year of student success via social media channels during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration, May 4-8!Daily video announcements will highlight member accomplishments including: addition, awards and recognition posts beyond those listed will be shared throughout the week. Members and their friends and family can invite others to stay up-to-date by responding to the Facebook event: 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration.  Watch for more details about the online event in the coming weeks. Recognition results shared originally via social media during the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will also be posted on at a later date.   (

Many Benjamin Logan FFA Members would have been walking across the State FFA Convention Stage.… Continue reading

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May 2020 FFA Members of the Month

The May 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Michael Bair, Ethin Bendickson, and Kearsten Kirby. They are all retired chapter officers and will soon be graduates of Miami East High School.
Michael Bair is the son of David and Annette Bair of Troy. Michael has served as a Chapter Officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and for three years has had three proficiencies in the Top 4 in the state. He plans to pursue a sustainable agriculture internship and return to expand his family’s organic dairy and poultry farm.
Ethin Bendickson is the son of Derick and Kris Bendickson of Troy. He served as a chapter officer, earned the State FFA Degree, and attended the State and National FFA Conventions. He has obtained fulltime employment with Sunrise Cooperative as a special placement program through the Ohio FFA Foundation.
Kearsten Kirby daughter of Kenny and Jenni Kirby of Piqua.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Work to Solve World Hunger

Three members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter recently participated in the Ohio Youth Institute of the World Food Prize. The event brought together students from around Ohio to share the research they had conducted over methods to eliminate hunger and food insecurity for a particular country of their choosing. Freshmen members Macy Long, Grace Jenkins and Madeline Marlo each spent months learning the demographics, climate, government and challenges facing food production, health and sanitation of their chosen regions. They then selected a specific issue that threatened the food safety and security of their country and proposed a feasible solution to the issue in their research paper.

On Monday, April 20th sixty-five students from the eight participating high schools joined together for a virtual Ohio Youth World Food Prize Institute through an online Zoom meeting. Students shared their research with other participants along with professionals from the fields of agriculture, public policy and education. … Continue reading

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District Officer Training

By: Georgia Gamble, 2020-2021 Utica FFA Reporter

On March 11th, the newly elected Utica FFA Officer team for 2020-2021 attended the District Officer Training Event held at Fairfield Union High School. The attendees included Emily Hill (President), Kenneth Davenport (Vice President), Olivia Dickson (Secretary), Matt Swafford (Sentinel), Todd Orr (Student Advisor), Abby Paxton (Treasurer), and Georgia Gamble (Reporter).The training session was run by the Ohio FFA officer team which kicked it off with a few icebreaker games. Many of the attendees enjoyed the games and commented how fun they were. The officer team then introduced themselves, and divided the students into groups based on their newly elected positions. In these breakout sessions, the officers learned the responsibilities of their positions and how to best benefit their chapter. The training event concluded with everyone coming back together and having some delicious cookies and a tasty pop.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA Holds Virtual Banquet

The Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA banquet was held virtually during the week of March 30, 2020 on the chapter’s social media accounts. Each day, the officers announced a number of new award winners. Highlights of the week included star greenhands Jaden Moosman and Megan Burke, and star chapter member Lily Fries. The outstanding junior was Jake Zajkowski while the outstanding senior was Reegan Kehres. The Les Disher Leadership award recipient was Patrick Miller. Top scholars in each grade were 8th grade, Summer Muhlenkamp; 9th grade, Nick Wacha; 10th grade, Anna Wright; 11th grade, Genevieve Mackey; and 12th grade, Reegan Kehres. The 110% award went to Winn Sharp. Mr. Volunteer was awarded to Oliver Aldridge, and Miss Volunteer was awarded to Vesta Miller. The week wrapped up with awarding the Honorary Chapter FFA Degrees to community members DJ Gase and Andrew Teet. Finally, the announcement of the 2020-2021 officer team took place. The officers include President Jake Zajkowski, Vice President Oliver Aldridge, Secretary Anna Wright, Treasurer Mikalyn D’Amore and Reporter Vesta Miller.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC April FFA Member of the Month

The April 2020 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Ashlee Deaton. She is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Ashlee recently competed in the Marysville Invitational Poultry Evaluation Invitational Competition. She helped the team place in the Top 15 teams out of almost 50 teams. In the State Animal Behavior and Welfare Career Development Event Ashlee placed 35 out over 275 contestants. Additionally, Ashlee competed in the District 5 Agricultural Sales Career Development Event. She helped with the Princess For A Day to benefit the March of Dimes. Her plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience program is breeding rabbits.

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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Benjamin Logan FFA competes in the Agricultural Power state competition

The Benjamin Logan FFA got the privilege to compete in the Agricultural Power state competition held at the University of Northwestern in Lima, Ohio. The team of Bradey Ackley and Matt Black competed and worked as a team to diagnose and repair problems in various diesel engines. They placed 10th in the state of Ohio and both students were awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to attend the University of Northwestern this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students’ employ in this CDE is the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians. This was a great experience for the students and we are excited to see what next years’ competition holds.… Continue reading

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