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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Donna Meller named alumni association outstanding member

Donna Meller of the Pettisville FFA  Alumni  Affiliate was awarded a clock trophy for being named the Outstanding Member of the Ohio  FFA  Alumni  Association  during the Ohio FFA Alumni Convention held in Columbus, Ohio on  Jan. 28, 2012.   The FFA Alumni Association is an organization that  supports  and  serves  agricultural  education programs  and  the  FFA  in  Ohio and across  the  nation.

Donna has supported the FFA by being an active life member of the Pettisville Alumni for  7 years.    She has donated items to the local auction for 8 years, and served as the recipe contest chairman for 6 years.   She team teaches the Environmental Science class with the ag teacher,  which includes using the ag departments’ greenhouse.

She has met with local ag  teachers and has assisted them with their students’   research,  she also includes them in the local science fair so they can qualify for regional science fair and coaches the FFA members with their science research. 

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West Holmes FFA competes at landscaping contest

On January 25th, the West Holmes FFA sent members to compete at the State Nursery Landscaping contest. During the contest, members are required to read blue prints, identify annual, deciduous, and evergreen plants, read seed labels, and take a general knowledge test on the horticulture and landscaping industry. The team placed 22nd out of 35 teams. Individually Mitch Ling placed 54th, Corbin Wright 101st, Madee Brewer 109th, Grayson Miller 129th, Logan Brannon 168th, and Maggie Raber 238th. Congratulations on a job well done to the Nursery Landscaping team. The Ohio Nursery Landscape Association sponsors this contest.

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West Holmes FFA strawberry sale

The West Holmes FFA is holding its second annual strawberry sale running from February 1 through February 28. Fresh Florida strawberries are being sold by the quart, 1/2 flat and full flat. Strawberries will be delivered the week of March 12th.

If interested contact the West Holmes FFA at 330-674-6085 and ask for the AG department.

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Preble Shawnee FFA holds recruitment event

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter held their annual 8th grade recruitment event. This event is designed to educate 8th graders about the FFA program. The six activities each demonstrated a different aspect of the curriculum, as well as, the FFA experience as a whole.

One of the courses in the curriculum for next year involves welding. Layne Brown and Darian Rader were in charge of the welding activity. At this station, students used graham crackers and icing to practice making different types of welds.

As first year members, you are required to take the Food Science and Natural Resources class. This class is a building block for all other courses that are offered in this program. The first subject that is covered in this class is soils. Therefore, Tabby Blevins came up with an activity to briefly touch on the basics of soils. Students used Oreo cookies, chocolate and vanilla pudding, gummy worms, and sprinkles to represent the soil layers.

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West Holmes FFA recruits eighth graders

The West Holmes FFA held eighth grade recruitment on Thursday the Jan. 26 and Friday the Jan. 27. On these two days, the chapter introduced the idea of FFA to the eighth graders who are preparing to schedule their freshman year of classes. Thursday the Chapter Officers and Greenhand Officers went to the middle school and held an assembly, which officers introduced themselves and taught them a little about the FFA and why they chose to be in FFA.

They also played “That’s me” a game that shows the similarities that the eighth graders and the members in FFA can relate to. The next day eighth graders had the opportunity to come down to the Ag Room and see a little bit of the inside of our program.  Members spent time preparing presentations ranging from record keeping to contests. Each eighth grader came down and rotated through each station. At the end of the day, the chapter hopes to promote agriculture education to younger students in the West Holmes School district and gain potential members.

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Miami East FFA sponsors coloring contest

By: Dani Sands, chapter reporter

The Ag Promotions Committee of the Miami East FFA Chapter recently sponsored a coloring contest at Miami East Elementary.  Students in first grade were given a farm picture to color.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Demmitt: Connor Dalton
Mrs. Simmons: Talia Stace
Mrs. Richters: Dylan Williams
Mrs. Kirk: Carter Van Horn

Each student participating received a pencil and bag of candy.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a collectable FFA bear and a giant pencil.  This contest is an annual event. Congratulations to the winners!

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