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Logan Elm FFA sponsored “Thanksgiving Baskets”

Project generates 65 meals for families in their school district

The last part of the FFA motto is “living to serve”. The Logan Elm FFA recently lived this out by sponsoring a “Thanksgiving Baskets” project at the high school. Each of the 32 1st period classes received an empty basket with a list of items needed for a Thanksgiving meal and was challenged to complete at least one basket. The goal was to provide 32 complete meals to families in the Logan Elm school district for Thanksgiving. The outpouring of generosity from the Logan Elm students and staff was tremendous during this project. When the dust cleared, a total of 65 baskets were turned in. Each basket also has a $10 Kroger Gift Card for the family to put towards a turkey. These cards were purchased by the Logan Elm FFA, Mount Pleasant Church in Kingston, and E&R Enterprises. The bags were donated by Pickaway Ross.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA completes successful fruit sale

Fifty-five members of the Southeastern FFA participated in its annual fruit sale fundraiser, which was conducted from the beginning of October to the weekend before Thanksgiving. The members raised enough to help fund events such as the national FFA convention, state FFA convention, FFA Week activities and pay contest fees for various activities such as livestock judging, soil judging, parliamentary procedure, food science and many others. Funds raised will also assist students who plan to attend summer camp at FFA Camp Muskingum and allows the group to make donations to several charities within the community.

The members of the Southeastern FFA extend a great deal of appreciation to all those who supported the sale and are very much looking forward to participating in future fundraising events. The top ten FFA members in sales this year, in order of rank, were; Cory Knox, Ethan Waymire, Lindsey Dabe, Mitchel Shawhan, Kalie Entler, Kyle James, Miranda Bobst, Burke Stucky, Hayden Eriksen and Adam Shawhan.… Continue reading

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West Holmes competes at district contest

On November 26st, the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at district parliamentary procedure contest at Indian Valley High School. The contest requires the team to properly run a business meeting with the card provided that includes motions and abilities on it. Members also take a general knowledge test over parliamentary procedure. The Parli contest is a business setting that allows members to debate on motions that are given at random.  In the contest, the members competing consisted of Elizabeth Overholt, Mandy Taylor, Matt Schelgel, Audrey Ivers, Sam Krejci, Tawnya Eckerle, Dustin Niehaus, and Shyann Kick. The team placed 3rd, Good Job!


On November 20th, the West Holmes FFA sent members to Ridgewood High School to compete in Sub district Parliamentary Procedure contest. The senior team members consisted of Elizabeth Overholt, Mandy Taylor, Matt Schlgel, Audrey Ivers, Sam Krejci, Tawnya Eckerle, Dustin Niehaus, and Shyann Kick.… Continue reading

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Syngenta, retail partners honor FFA tradition through Blue Jacket Program

If the jacket fits:
· Community-centered program awards $500 dollars to local chapters and jackets to deserving students.
· Matching program responsible for more than $2.6 million in support of FFA since 2008.
· Iconic blue jacket turns 80 in 2013.

When one hears “FFA,” a vision of the organization’s iconic blue jacket springs to mind. Since introducing the distinctive garment in 1933, FFA has issued more than 4 million jackets to deserving young agricultural leaders. Today, more than half a million young people in all 50 states proudly wear it.

In recognition of the jacket’s honored tradition and to support the FFA, Syngenta and its retailer partners launched the FFA Blue Jacket Program in 2008. At the community level, the program contributes a jacket and $500 annually to a local FFA chapter that participating retailers designate. The Blue Jacket Program also contributes a portion of its total donations to national FFA programs.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Consignment Sale

The Miami Trace FFA held the annual Consignment Sale on Friday, November 31. This year, the auction was managed by Schrader Auctions. Nic Cummings, a graduate of Miami Trace FFA, was instrumental in connecting with the Miami Trace FFA Alumni in an effort to expand the potential of the traditional sale. Schrader Auctions have been involved in farm, ranch, timberland, and real estate sales in 38 states. The sale was held at Fayette County Fairgrounds. The sale grossed over $640,000. Schrader Auctions committed 1% of the gross earnings to the Miami Trace FFA Alumni.

The Miami Trace FFA Alumni puts its earnings to good use throughout the school year and the summer. For instance, the Alumni provide many scholarships for Miami Trace FFA seniors. Also, they give money so that FFA members can attend FFA camp and Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. during the summer. The Alumni also help cover transportation costs for field trips.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA recieves visit from State FFA Officer

On Wednesday, November 7, Zane Trace FFA members received a visit from State FFA officer and District 7 FFA President Leanna Bachman. Leanna spent the day with members, teaching the Agricultural Education classes and getting to know the members, as well as a bit about how Zane Trace FFA operates. Leanna taught a collection of different lessons. Her lessons included subjects such as the importance of affective communication, and a lesson that underlined the impact that words can have, especially uplifting words.

“It was great to have Leanna in class with us for a day,” said Audrey Hoey, Zane Trace’s Vice President. “She is very wise and had a lot to share. Her lessons definitely had an impact on me, and I’m grateful that she was able to come and spend time with us.”

Zane Trace FFA Members now share a close and personal friendship with Leanna, and look forward to seeing her at future FFA Functions.… Continue reading

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Hiland FFA competes in Parliamentary Procedure Contest

On Nov. 20, Hiland FFA members participated in the Sub-District 8 Parliamentary Procedure Contest, held at Ridgewood High School. The Hiland Senior Team placed fourth overall. Members who participated were: Megan Hippert, Jessica Davis, Rachelle Yoder, Taylor Raber, Brandon Kozak, Grant Mast, Lee Shetler, and Preston Shamp.

Members who participated took a knowledge-based test on parli pro and then performed a meeting in front of three judges. Members had to do abilities that were assigned to them, and debate on main motions. The point of the Parliamentary Procedure CDE (Career Development Event) is to learn how to run a business meeting properly. FFA members demonstrate their knowledge about Parliamentary Procedure at each monthly meeting.

The purpose of Parliamentary Procedure is to help members to discuss and handle matters of the chapter. It also helps meetings to be run smoothly.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA discovers its true colors

On Wednesday, November 17, many members traveled to Amanda-Clearcreek for their annual leadership night. Leadership Night is an FFA event that encourages members to get out of their comfort zone in order to grow as leaders and more successfully serve their chapter and others.

The theme of this year’s leadership night was “True Colors”. The night launched with a personality quiz for each member which sorted them into a personality type characterized by colors. After the members in attendance learned of their true colors, the state officers continued to lead them in activities that taught them to more successfully lead based on their personality type.

Leadership Night was in high attendance this year, not only from members of Zane Trace FFA, but from members all around Southern Ohio. This lead to many opportunities for members of our chapter to network and get to know other members.

“I’m not really a social person, and I get kind of nervous about meeting new people,” said Kaitlyn Beard, a Freshman member who attended Leadership Night.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA held the annual Greenhand Lock-In

By Audrey Ivers, chapter reporter

On November 16-17th, 2011 the West Holmes FFA held the annual Greenhand Lock-In in the High School gymnasium. At this lock-in, the freshmen members participated in a fun and educational evening geared to preparing them for success in their FFA careers.

The evening started out with icebreakers prepared by the seniors and officers with added participation from the state officers in attendance Casey Schlauch, Adam Rine, and Nicole Stiener. Casey and Nicole are currently serving the Ohio FFA as District officers, and Adam is the Ohio FFA Sentinel.

After the icebreakers, the freshman members broke into groups with the state officers to participate in their workshop.  The workshop allowed members to create their own ‘FFA Jacket’ where they put where they wanted to be in FFA and what they want to do, which allowed them to be creative and put specific goals they had set for the year.Then with the small individual jackets, they created a large jacket.… Continue reading

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A-C FFA sends two teams to national competition

By Hannah Robinson, chapter reporter

The Amanda-Clearcreek FFA chapters’ Agricultural Communications and Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Events teams were recently able to compete at the National level at the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The teams had to win their respective state CDEs to be eligible to participate in the national events.

Our first team placed 16th, earning a Silver Rating, in the National FFA Agricultural Communications Career Development Event. Members of the team were: Sierra Jepsen, Nick Brumfield, and Allyson Davis. Mr. Scott Sharp, A-C FFA Advisor, coached the team. Sierra placed 9th individually in the nation earning a gold rating and a $400 scholarship, while Nick placed 14th individually also earning a gold rating, and Allyson earned a bronze rating. “This event supports student development of sound communication principles to become strong assets to the agriculture industry in the future,” said Melissa Dunkel, CDE education specialist.… Continue reading

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Miami East December 2012 FFA Members of the Month

By Rebekah Eidemiller, chapter reporter

The December 2012 Miami East FFA Members of the Month are Rian Kingrey and Olivia Edgell both of Fletcher.

At the 2012 National FFA Convention Rian and Olivia competed in the National Agriscience Fair with their project entitled, “How Clean Are Your Hands.” The girls placed third in the nation in the area of Food Science, Division 3. They earned a cash prize and certificate for their accomplishment.

Rian Kingrey is the daughter of Brad and Tanya Kingrey. She is a sophomore and second year member of the FFA Chapter. Rian has attended the State and National FFA Conventions. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of raising meat chickens.

Olivia Edgell is the daughter of Brian and Jamie Edgell. She is a second year member of the FFA and sophomore. She has attended FFA Camp and competed in Soils Judging. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience program consists of show market lambs at the county fair.… Continue reading

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PS FFA Held Cardboard City

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter held a Cardboard City on the 20th of November. This event was to help raise homelessness awareness.  Students used cardboard to built “houses” out of boxes. They also participated in leadership games such as the human knot. This event was held outside the Ag Department. Preble Shawnee FFA Alumni members prepared soup for students to eat for dinner.… Continue reading

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Visit from an Ohio FFA State Officer

By Rebekah Eidemiller, chapter reporter

Recently, Ohio FFA State President Shelby Faulkner came to visit the members of the Miami East FFA Chapter. She spent the day in their classroom teaching them about personal values and FFA opportunities with the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources classes. In the Animal Science classes and the Business Management classes she taught a lesson on using personal strengths but understanding personal weaknesses.

Shelby is taking a year of leave from The Ohio State University where she is majoring in Agricultural Education. She is a graduate of Graham High School and has earned her American FFA Degree. She will spend one year serving the members of the Ohio FFA Association via camps, conferences, and conventions.

Shelby’s visit was a result of the “purchase” of Shelby at the 2012 Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum Children’s Hospital Benefit Auction. The Miami East FFA Chapter made a donation to Children’s of Dayton and Shelby conducted a chapter visit.… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Advances to District Contest

The Preble Shawnee FFA Parliamentary Procedure teams participated in the sub-district contest. The Chapter had a novice team and an advanced team. The novice team received first place with the members: Austin Brewer, Jacob Kamm, Katelyn McGarvey,   Kerriston Wilson, Ady Via, Savannah Schneider, Rachel Jones, and Peyton Roberts. The advanced team placed second with the members: Joan Anderson, Courtney Roberts, Alyssa McQuiston, Danielle Prater, Darian Rader, Lacey Hill, Abbey Hill, and Drew Hill. These outstanding performances allow both teams to advance to the district parliamentary procedure contest.

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Miami East FFA inducts new members

By Rebekah Eidemiller, chapter reporter

On Monday, November 26, 2012, the Miami East FFA awarded 27 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.  Shelby Faulkner, State FFA President of the Ohio FFA Association, was the guest speaker.

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.

Members receiving their Greenhand FFA Degree included Emily Beal, Katrina Bendickson, Cody Calicoat, Trent Church, Hannah Davis, Madeline Davis, Braxton Donaldson, Haley Etherington, Daniel Everett, Chase Fulghum, Kayden Gustin, Eliza Hershberger, Johnny Inman, Jordan Inman, Bradley Jenkins, Kelsey Kirchner, Miranda Maggart, Haleigh Maggert, Stephanie Millhouse, Dylan Moore, Sydney Oakes, Levi Reid, Samantha Sands, Hunter Sharp, Seth Tamplin, Nathan Teeters, and Hannah Wilson.… Continue reading

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We Engage at The National FFA Alumni Convention!

At the 2012 National FFA Alumni Convention, held October 24-26 in Indianapolis, Ind. hundreds of FFA Alumni members from nearly every state came together to work toward their common goal: supporting and advocating for FFA and agricultural education and celebrating the FFA Alumni successes while planning future growth.

Energetic sessions, engaging conversations, recognition of distinguished members and supporters, informative workshops, outstanding tailgate and benefit auction and entertaining performances only begin to describe the Alumni’s National Convention.

This year marked the return of the FFA Dance and a Tailgate that hosted the Live Benefit auction. This was the first year since 1985 that the national FFA Alumni convention did not include a silent auction but the tailgate, the dance and the Alumni Nation booth gave attendees many ways to stay engaged, connect with students and companies and rekindle friendships.

At the business session, Jim McCray of Illinois was selected as the President-Elect, Richard Daniel of North Carolina was elected to the Southern Region and Ron Lynch of Illinois was elected to represent the Eastern Region.… Continue reading

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Southeastern hosts Ohio FFA Leadership Night

Over seventy FFA students from four schools gathered together for Ohio FFA Leadership Night. This event is conducted by the Ohio FFA Association and the Ohio FFA officers to engage students in learning more about leadership, communication and teamwork.

Ohio FFA District 6 President Jordan Stacy was one of the presenters and the theme for this year’s Leadership Night is “The Man in the Mirror.” Joining Stacy in conducting the event at Southeastern were; Ohio FFA District 10 President, Kayla Starlin, Ohio FFA Treasurer Erin Wollett and Ohio FFA Reporter Daniel Zimmerman. Ohio FFA Leadership Night is sponsored by Monsanto, Dekalb, Asgrow and Sunrise Cooperative.

While students were learning more about themselves and leadership through this event, they also had the opportunity to network with other FFA members and learn from each other about activities in the program. Some may develop friendships that last through their high school years and beyond.… Continue reading

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Miami East Food Science and Technology Team Competes

By Rebekah Eidemiller, chapter reporter

Recently the Miami East FFA Food Science and Technology Team and Agricultural Communication Team competed in the District 5 Contests hosted by Miami East High School.

In the Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Kolin Bendickson, Daniel Bodenmiller, Alex Brewer, Lindsay Brookhart, Tanner Church, Matt Davis, Rebekah Eidemiller, Amber Elsass, Colin Hawes, Stevee Hazel, Andrew Kowalak, Corrine Melvin, Brandon Nales, Sarah Pyers, Shane Richardson, Kelly Rindler, Lindsey Roeth, Austin Rush, Jenifer Slone, Devin Staley, and Macaleh Thompson.

The team placed first out of 30 teams. The highest placing individuals from Miami East were Kelly Rindler and Tanner Church, who placed 1 and 2 respectfully in the contest. There were more than 120 individuals in the 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 design a new package.… Continue reading

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Miami Trace FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Competes at National FFA Convention

Members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter in Ohio were one of 44 teams participating in the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Molly Garringer, Sarah Peterson, Tanner Mick, Emily Ratliff, Jamie Payton, and Daniella Straathof competed with 257 other members from across the country. The team, led by advisor Tracy Dendinger, was awarded a Silver emblem.

The team received the fourth best test scores out of the 45 teams that competed. The members of the team became accredited parliamentarians for receiving high scores on the Parliamentary Procedure Test. As accredited parliamentarians, each member of the team can judge a Parliamentary Procedure competition.

The National FFA Parliamentary Procedure CDE tests students’ ability to effectively communicate ideas during a meeting. Components included a general knowledge exam of parliamentary law, a ten -minute demonstration of parliamentary procedure, oral questions, written minutes of the demonstration as well as a team problem solving activity.… Continue reading

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Miami East High School Celebrates Healthy Lifestyles Week

Miami East High School went “healthy” during the week of November 12 with activities sponsored by the Miami East FFA Chapter.  This project was made possible due to a $500 grant by the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Group.

The Healthy Lifestyle Committee sponsored a Food For Thought Log in which students and staff would record all the food and drink that they partake of during a day. During study halls, students received a healthy snack for keeping their log updated. Snacks included an apple, orange or banana, a low-fat whole grain snack bar, or water and a non-fat yogurt. About half of the high school participated in this activity. A special thank you goes to the Dannon Company for their donation of yogurt.

Additionally, the high school attended a Healthy Lifestyles Fair during lunch. Displays were provided by the Upper Valley Medical Center Sports Medicine, Miami County Family Abuse Shelter, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Excellence in Dentistry, Girls on the Gun, Miami Valley Hospital, March of Dimes, Miami East Schools Nurse Jeanelle Adkins, and the Miami County Health District.… Continue reading

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