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FFA chapters receive thousands from Ohio Small Grains Checkoff

Eleven Ohio FFA chapters were chosen to receive a $500 grant to participate in the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program’s (OSGMP) nutritional-awareness campaign, “Food for Thought Challenge.”

Introduced at the annual Farm Science Review, Food for Thought is a statewide competition among FFA chapters to increase awareness about the nutritional value of a diet with whole grains, among other healthy behavior changes, in their schools and communities. Participants will create a campaign that will promote small grains in any way they choose. Participating FFA chapters submitted campaign entries in September and were selected in October based on the originality of their campaign ideas.

FFA chapters selected to participate in the Food for Thought challenge include:

• Cory-Rawson

• Cedarville

• Eaton-MVCTC

• London

• Madison-Plains

• McComb

• Mowrystown

• North Union

• Ridgedale

• Riverdale

The selected chapters met on November 10th at the Ohio FFA center to kick off the contest.

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Miami East FFA raises funds for Heifer International

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide 2 cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The generous donations of members of the Miami East School Community is making this happen.

The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three.

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Mowrystown serves food at fall carnival

In early November, current and alumni members of the Mowrystown FFA served the food at this year’s Bright Elementary Fall Carnival.

Alumnus and members spent the evening serving chili, hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, and desserts they had made the day before. The chapter made about $1000 dollars and would like to thank everyone who came and the members for helping.

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District Job Interview sees Miami East-MVCTC FFA’ers compete

Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.

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

Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.

Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.

Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.

Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.

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Madison Plains FFA members awarded highest honor

Three graduate members from the Madison Plains FFA chapter recently received the highest degree attainable in the FFA, the American Degree.

The three were recognized at the 87th annual National FFA Convention in Louisville Kentucky. The Degree requires the recipients to meet specific extensive requirements. This year’s recipients included Roger Mason, Rachel Garrison, and Ethan Fryer. These three members combined made a total community economic impact of $98,000 over their four years of agriculture education. And dedicated over 9,509 hours of their time to their home chapter.

The Madison Plains FFA Chapter is very proud to see its members go so far and would like to congratulate them on their hard work.

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Sydney Snider: 2015 National Officer

Ohio FFA just capped off an incredible year of success at the National FFA Convention with the announcement that Sydney Snider is the 2015-2016 Eastern Region Vice President on the 2015-2016 National FFA Officer Team.

Listen to her comments about national office here:

Sydney Snider full interview on National Officer 11-2-15

Joel Penhorwood caught up with Sydney after she qualified in the top tier of candidates before the final announcement on Saturday. Here is the interview:

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Gerfen brothers competing for top proficiency awards

Brothers Nole and Clay Gerfen from the Ridgemont Chapter are both finalists for National Proficiency awards. Nole is a finalist in Diversified Livestock and Clay in competing in Diversified Agricultural Production. Their projects are separate but there is quite a bit of teamwork with the brothers that are both competitive at the highest level of the national FFA proficiency competition.

Here is more from the brothers.

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Ohio’s National Agriscience Fair results

Ohio also had a solid showing in the National Agriscience Fair.

Holly Schmenk, Patrick Henry, was first place in Food Products and Processing Systems Division 1.

Kolbie Brandenburg and Abigail Fulton, Felicity-Franklin, were second in Animal Systems Division 3.

Grace Lach, Bloom Carroll, was third in Plant Systems Division 1

Jarrett Crowthers and Jenna Jackels, Edgewood-Butler Tech, were third in Plant Systems Division 3

Rebecca Helt, Global Impact STEM Academy of Ohio FFA Association, was third in Social Systems Division 2.

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Wippel named American Star Farmer

Austin Wippel, of the Westfall FFA Chapter in Ohio was named the American Star Farmer at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The American Star awards — including the American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience — are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a supervised agricultural experience. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning or operating an agricultural business, working or serving in an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.

Here is more from Wippel.

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Zowalak named Miami East Member of the Month

Zach KowalakThe October 2015 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Zach Zowalak. He is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Zach recently participated in the district urban soils Career Development Event. He also attended the State Greenhand Conference, Covington FFA Children’s Hospital Fundraiser Dodge Ball Tournament, and Emergency Responders Farm Safety Training program. Furthermore, Zach participated in the chapter’s trapshooting event and FFA Freshman Family Welcome Night

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 student 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.

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Zane Trace FFA students take fourth at Big E

Four students from the Zane Trace FFA were very excited to hear news that they were invited to compete in the 2015 Food Science CDE at the Eastern States Exposition. The Eastern States Exposition is “New England’s Great State Fair.” It is the largest agricultural event on the east coast, held in West Springfield, Mass. The fair includes something from every New England state.

Students attending were Ann Shelby, Mariah Cox, Nathaneal Freeman, and Olivia Pflaumer. Their day started early Friday morning, with a plane ride out to Boston, Mass. The students were able to explore Boston by going to Old North Church, walking the freedom trail, visiting the Boston Science Museum, and eating at an incredible Italian restaurant. It was a long day exploring Boston with their competition the next day, so everyone headed back to their hotel in Springfield to be ready in the morning.

On Saturday morning the Food Science competition started at 8:30 and was set to end at noon.

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Miami East recognized by National FFA

The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process.  In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.

Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter was named a Models of Innovation Finalist in the area of Student Development for the National Chapter Award Program. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is a Top 10 in the nation in Student Development. Two chapter members will now present at the National FFA Convention in Louisville to be named the National Winner in Student Development and will be recognized on stage.

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Anthony Wayne FFA hold Track and Field Day

The Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter recently held their first meeting of the school year. Prior to this meeting there was a Track and Field day for students to attend. Each officer had a team and students choose which team they wanted to be on. They then competed in different activities to see who won. These activities included an obstacle course, a hanging donut to eat off of the string, greased watermelon contest, and corn on the cob eating contest. There were also two team activities, one was called udder toss where there was a latex glove filled with water and students tossed the glove as if it was a balloon. The other activity was called egg scrambler, and in this activity one student was blindfolded and the other student tried to direct them to find the most eggs. Finally there was one team activity where teammates dressed up one team member with newspaper and masking tape.

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Good showing at Holmes County Fair for Hiland FFA

The Hiland FFA Chapter participated in the Holmes County Fair this year more than ever before. For example, the FFA Chapter ran the main and side fair gates all day Friday with parent assistance. Hiland also nominated two of their own for the Fair King and Queen Contest, the nominees were Aaron Nisley and Morgan Troyer. Aaron and Morgan won the Attendants position in the Holmes County Fair King and Queen Court.

Hiland FFA Chapter had a booth as always, but this year, the theme was “FFA Is Out Of This World.” Hiland’s side was appropriately decorated with planets, stars and a cow jumping over the moon to capture the Outer Space atmosphere. The booth contained projects that the FFA members made themselves during the school year. Specifically, cornhole boards, work benches and, something never

before seen at the Hiland FFA Chapter Fair Booth, concrete stepping stones crafted by the structural engineering class.

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Eaton FFA hosts Ag STEM Day at Preble County Fair

In August, 31 students from both the YWCA and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Hamilton were bussed into the Preble County Fair. The Eaton FFA Chapter organized an Ag STEM Day at the Preble County Fair for those students with $2,500 in grant money the chapter received when they applied for a grant from the Agricultural and Community Outreach Program.

With this money, the chapter was able to set up eight informational stations around the fair for the students to go to, which included service animals, horses, poultry/rabbits, beef, agricultural equipment/ GPS technology, pigs, goats/sheep, and dairy. After the students traveled to the eight stations, they were treated to lunch at the Community Christian Church tent. After lunch the students played barn games.  Finally, students got on the bus home and received a gift bag full of goodies and informational booklets.  Students also received a picture of themselves on a tractor that was taken at the agricultural equipment and GPS technology station.

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Zane Trace FFA represented at Ross County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Ross County Farm Bureau’s 97th Annual Meeting was held in late August at the Brick in Frankfort with a Meet and Greet/Candidate’s Reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The Zane Trace FFA chapter was represented by members Kevin Daubenmire, Taylor Stacy, Karlee Daubenmire, Olivia Pflaumer, and Nathaniel Freeman.

This marked the fifth year for the chapter to attend the event, during which current agriculture issues are discussed and voted upon by county Farm Bureau members.

Stacy says she enjoyed the meeting because of the good food and the opportunity to meet new people. Other members liked to see how the meeting was run and the business they attended to.

After the meeting, a raffle was held, and the FFA members assisted in handing out the prizes. Three of the Zane Trace students were winners of a few of the raffle prizes as well. This was an excellent experience for them, and they hope to be able to continue to go.

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Miami East FFA members attend State Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, September 12, 12 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Greenhands attended the 2015 State Greenhand Conference hosted by the Versailles FFA Chapter.  The theme was “First Down and Life To Go,” and the conference offered workshops for the first-year agricultural education students to learn about opportunities in the FFA, setting goals, developing communication skills, and working in teams. Additionally, attendees rotated through various Career Development Events that FFA members can get involved in during their FFA membership.

Presenters for the conference included sessions by Sydney Snider, National FFA Officer Candidate, Matthew Klopfenstein, Ohio State FFA President, Lesley Shanahan, Vice President at Large, Ryan Goddard, Vice President at Large, Michaela Kramer, Ohio State FFA Secretary, Sarah Landis, Vice President at Large, Robby Thiel, Ohio State FFA Sentinel, Mary Buehler, Ohio State FFA Vice President, and Aaron Klohn, Ohio State FFA Reporter. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the state of Ohio and learn more about FFA.

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West Holmes FFA’s Lorentz receives gold rating

The West Holmes FFA chapter is pleased to announce that Justin Lorentz has received a gold rating at the national level for his proficiency project. The gold rating is the second highest rating an applicant can receive nationally.

Justin specializes in turf grass management where he is the proud enterprise owner of Lorentz Lawn Care and Landscaping. This business involves the planting and maintaining of turf for outdoor beautification, providing a lawn mowing service; and improving recreational areas. In the future he plans to work with sport fields or golf course management.

He first started out working five lawns but now has expanded to 32 lawns. He has hopes to get up to 100 lawns in the future. Justin first had to deal with evaluations, which is a process every proficiency applicant must go through, he was first checked through districts, and then state where he was awarded 1st place.

He plans to attend ATI when he graduates to pursue a career in Turf Grass Management and Landscaping.

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Ice cream social welcomes back Benjamin Logan FFA members

The Benjamin Logan FFA officer team held an ice cream social on August 17th for not only the new FFA members to get to know their officers, but for the current members to get to know the new freshmen.

All the members that attended had the chance to enjoy some delicious ice cream and a couple hours of interaction before school starts.

BL_FFA_IceCreamSocial_2015_2Grace Barger, Benjamin Logan FFA president, commented, “I felt that we made it easier on the parents of our members by being able to inform them about all that we will be doing in the upcoming year.”

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