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Madison Plains FFA gets visit from Ohio State student

A visitor from The Ohio State University came to help the Madison Plains FFA chapter in a student teaching activity. David Jenner, Northeastern FFA alumni is majoring in Agricultural Education at The Ohio State University.

During his time in the FFA Jenner was a very active participant. He received his State Degree, and this fall he will receive his American Degree at the 89th annual National FFA Convention. Jenner said he can see that the ag industry growing, more people are needed to educate the upcoming generations entering the industry.

He wants to give back to the organization that helped him become the person today. When asked what message he wants to leave for the chapter members, Jenner replied with a very simple, yet meaningful message, “Don’t take the FFA for granted.” He explained the significance the organization has made in his life and encourage everyone to get involved and allow the FFA to do the same for them.

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Hiland FFA reflects on officer retreat

During the summer, the Hiland FFA officer team went to Camp Muskingum and rented a cabin for one night. Throughout the retreat the officers were divided up and had a choice of either cooking lunch, supper, or breakfast. The officers needed to clean up after the meal was finished. Another activity was stacking cups on top of one another while only using rubber bands and no hands were allowed to be used or they would be disqualified. There were four groups of two and each person had hold of one end of the rubber band. The rubber bands were tied together so that it would hold a plastic cup for the the students to continue their tower. At the end of the game the group with the tallest tower won. The officers wrote activities that they do in their free time on balloons (one activity per balloon) to see how the officers can involve their officer duties in their busy schedule.

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Fort Recovery awards vocational scholarships

Three students from the Fort Recovery High School were recently awarded Fort Recovery Vocational Scholarships of $400 each.

Students receiving this scholarship were Nate Knapke, Leah Kunk, and Adam Schmitz. This award is presented to seniors from Fort Recovery who were taking a vocational program through Fort Recovery High School or Tri-Star Career Compact.

To become eligible for the scholarship, the student must be nominated by their employer, teacher, or guidance counselor and show an interest in pursuing secondary education at a college, university, or technical school.

The scholarship committee would like to thank many local businesses and community members for donating to the scholarship fund over the years. This year’s donors were: A1 Ag Services Inc., Farm Credit Services Inc., Fort Recovery Industries, Green’s Quality Meats LLC., Hastings Auto Sales, Jutte Enterprises, Klingshirn & Sons Trucking, LeFeld Welding and Steel Inc., Mike Kahlig and Son Inc., Nature’s Corner, Reinhard Dairy Products, St.

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Buckeye Valley-DACC students experience FFA success

Two Buckeye Valley-DACC FFA members have been recognized for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.  SAEs provide students the opportunity to maintain long term, self determined experiential learning projects that directly relate to classroom concepts.

After being declared state winners in May, Curtis Harsh and Sarah Lehner had their projects forwarded to the National FFA Organization for further review.  Sarah, a Buckeye Valley junior, had her dairy production entrepreneurship project returned and rated gold. Curtis’ beef production entrepreneurship project was rated gold, and selected as one of four national finalists to be judged at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana this October.

Curtis is a 2015 Buckeye Valley graduate currently attending Iowa State University majoring in animal science.

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Hiland FFA enjoys Camp Muskingum

The Hiland FFA Chapter this past June sent five members to Ohio FFA Camp at Camp Muskingum. The FFA members were registered and hiked to the cabins to find their bunk. Once campers found their sleeping area they competed in the Grassy Games, which is where the members play games to get to know each other.

Later the first night campers went with their groups, and had to work together to complete a Low Ropes Course. On day two there was a High Ropes Course, which is a team building activity, has rock climbing, and ziplining.

Hiland FFA at camp 2016During camp there was an event called the International Waters, which is where the members played in the water like take part in a sand castle building contest, drip, drip splash (played like duck, duck goose), water slide, dodgeball game, and many more games. The attendees could purchase ducks during camp. The ducks are put into a drawing, and if their duck is selected they have the opportunity to pie a State Officer, a staff member, or an advisor in the face.

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Zane Trace FFA members attend Camp Muskingum

During the week of June 6th – 10th five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter traveled to Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio for the first session of Ohio FFA Summer Camp.

During their time at camp the members were divided into different camp chapters to help them get to know some of the other 280+ FFA members from around Ohio who attended.

The different camp chapters also participated in an Olympics themed competition in which teams received points for participation in sports tournaments, speaking competitions and other contests held during the week. When not involved in these activities students took part in various leadership building events including a high ropes course, obstacle challenges and group meetings.

Senior members also had the opportunity to serve the Carrollton community during their time at camp as they partnered with Carroll County MRDD to conduct a sports themed day at camp for adults in the MRDD programs. 

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Urbana FFA hosts productive officer retreat

The 2016-2017 Urbana FFA officer retreat was held on June 1st and continued through the 2nd. After taking officer photos, goals were set for the upcoming school year. The focus was on chapter and team goals while setting up percentages for improvement. The picnic table for fair was sanded and finished by several officers, and others helped clean out and transfer items from Mr. Wilhelm’s shop for the school renovations. A lunch of BBQ chicken, beans, coleslaw and macaroni salad was prepared by the team. Plans for the new school year were made, officer meetings were planned, and events were scheduled. AET was updated as far as dates and meetings. The importance of uploading photos and keeping up to date were stressed. Students then broke out to work on personal duties like officer books, articles, receipts and disbursements, and correspondences. Lots of work was diligently completed and the team headed out for Indian Lake.

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Miami East members attend Ohio FFA Camp

In early June, six members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, Carrollton, Ohio. Members attending included: Katie Bodenmiller, Daniel Everett, Jessica Gillum, Couy Moreland, Morgan Moreland, and Alex Zapadka. There were over 230 campers in attendance with additional State FFA Officers, FFA Camp Staff, and dozens of FFA Advisors from across the state.

The 2016 theme was an Olympic-themed week of “Gold Jackets, Gold Medals.” During the week members also participated in various sports tournaments involving softball, sand volleyball, basketball, tetherball, horse shoes, ping pong, and corn hole. Additional competitions included group presentations on recycling, reciting of the FFA Camp Creed, rifle, shotgun, and archery. Each morning, before breakfast, campers had the opportunity to plunge into the lake or take a sunrise walk.

During the first day members met fellow members in their camp country, camp rules, and participated in a dance.

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West Muskingum FFA announces awards, installs officers at banquet

The 48th annual West Muskingum FFA Banquet Was held May 13th, 2016.  Dinner was provided by the FFA Chapter, North Valley Bank, and the families of the students in the West Muskingum FFA. After the meal, President Evan Iden installed State Representative Brian Hill as our 2016 Honorary Chapter Degree Recipient. Representative Hill helped our school to secure partial funding with Zane State College to upgrade our agricultural facility.

We awarded our Fruit Sale Awards from the 2015 fruit sale. 1st Place went to Madisyn Farus;2nd Place to Joey Suchland; 3rd Place to Ryan Davis; 4th Place to Karrie Kokensparger and 5th Place to Alexis Jenkins. We recognized our career development participants from the school year, presenting them with certificates to signify their participation. As a chapter earned District Plaques for placing 5th place or higher in CDE’s during the year. Those were earned for District Forestry, District Urban Soils, Wildlife Identification and Nature Interpretation.

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Dale Minyo speaks, members recognized at Benjamin Logan FFA banquet

The Benjamin Logan FFA recently held their annual banquet to showcase their accomplishments from the past year.

The members and their families listened to Dale Minyo and his speech on “The World is Run by Those Who Show Up” and Mary Buehler, Ohio FFA State Vice President, about getting involved in FFA activities as much as members can in her speech, “Shoes.”

The chapter recognized many members for their achievements. Star Freshman awards were awarded to Christian Blumenschein and Landon Wenger. Sarah Seeley and Marissa Miller received the Star Greenhand for their accomplishments. Kaylene Harpest received the Star Junior award for her achievements. The chapter awarded Erica Wilson with the Star Chapter Farmer award, Grace Barger with the Star Chapter Agribusiness, and Jessie Griffin with the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. Kaylene Harpest, Marissa Miller, and Sarah Seeley were recognized for receiving gold rating on National Chapter. Adam Black, Saul Boysel, Noah Henry, and Kaylene Harpest were recognized for receiving their State Degrees and will be recognized on May 6th in Columbus.

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Success at State Convention for Anna FFA

The Anna FFA Chapter made a trip to Columbus for the annual State FFA Convention on May 5th and 6th. The two day event was extremely busy for the students and advisors of the Anna FFA Chapter with various presentations, interviews and award ceremonies to be attended.

Four members of the Anna FFA Chapter were named finalists in their Proficiency areas.  The proficiency awards are based on the students’ SAEs. Shaun Wenrick was first in Landscape Management in the state. Kristin Grimes placed fourth in Small Animal Production. Mary Buehler placed third in Vegetable Production. Casey Guisinger placed third in Diversified Horticulture. The Anna FFA was proud to see its members receive recognition for their SAEs at state convention this year.

Shaun was also named as one of two state finalist for the State Star in Agribusiness award. This is an award recognizing only the elite FFA members of Ohio. Shaun went through an interviewing process and won the Star State award.

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25 Mt. Gilead FFA’ers travel to State Convention

The Mount Gilead FFA chapter took 25 members to the 88th annual FFA State Convention May 5th and 6th. To start off their time at convention, members toured at the Ohio State University OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center and the Byrd Polar Research Center. While their members learned about the various opportunities to pursue a college degree in agriculture and environmental sciences.

Later at the Ohio Expo Center, several members received awards. Mt. Gilead FFA was well represented with Bailey Gompf winning 1st place in Diversified Livestock Production, and was the runner-up in

Diversified Agriculture Production. She also placed 3rd in Beef Production Entrepreneurship. Tyler Beck finished 2nd in Forest Management and Products. Derek Barker was 3rd place in Swine Production Entrepreneurship. All of them are multiple year state finalists with their SAE projects. In total the three have had 11 state proficiency top four finishes, three State Degrees, and three American Degrees.

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Hiland FFA members note a busy State Convention

On a crisp early morning in May, Nikyta Engstrom, Natalie Lovell, Hunter Mast, Tallie Troyer, and Diane Yoder of the Hiland FFA Chapter went to State Convention, held in Columbus. On the first day of their trip, the members helped out at the Ohio FFA community service project. The Ohio FFA Fights Hunger project involved  the FFA members by having them pack food into boxes and sent them to people in need of food. The process of making the food was: first the package of cheese, macaroni, and soy protein went into the bag, and someone weigh it to a certain amount. Next, someone sealed the bag, and put an expiration date on it. In Ohio, there are 1,951,880 food problems, and Ohio is 1 out of 8 states that has food insecurity rates higher than the average. During the convention 88,000 meals were prepared for the hunger project. Thanks to Pioneer Seed, Ohio Corn & Wheat, United Country Real Estate, and Ohio Poultry Association the event was a huge success.

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Anthony Wayne FFA awards 1st Annual Les Disher Leadership Award

Les Disher was a man of integrity who invested a great amount of time into Anthony Wayne FFA members. He believed in agriculture and the importance of building leaders through the FFA. Everything in his life emulated an excellence leader. As a result, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter recently honored Disher for his service.

Over the years, Les has helped coach the Anthony Wayne FFA Meats Career Development Team and judged local carcass contests. He also assisted students with their sheep projects, employed students to assist with landscaping, and chaperoned FFA conventions. He was an Anthony Wayne FFA and Ohio FFA honorary degree recipient. He truly helped students live out the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. His legacy will live on through the many students he impacted. As a result, this year the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter started the Les Disher Leadership award.

The recipient of this award was senior Jacob Gase.

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Mt. Gilead FFA recognizes members at annual banquet

The Mount Gilead FFA chapter recently held its annual FFA Banquet. There were over 350 members, parents, teachers, administrators and community members present at this year’s event.  During the banquet, member elected new officers for the 2016-2017 year, gave out Honorary Member Awards, Top Class Awards, recognized the top CDE participants and teams, Dekalb Award recipient, awarded the Star Chapter Greenhand, Chapter Star Farmer, Chapter Star in Agricultural Placement, 4 year membership recipients, 110% Award winner, Proficiency Awards, American Degrees, State Degrees, and Booster Scholarships.

Dylan Pangborn received a Gold Rating on the chapters Treasurer’s Book and will be recognized at the State FFA Convention. Top Class Awards were awarded to Freshman Joseph (Xavier) Nells, Sophomore Molly Trapani, Junior Andrew Gardner, and the top Senior was Lauren Miller.

The following individuals were recognized as being four year members: Ben Hayes, Taylor King, Dustin McAvoy, Lauren Miller, Michael Mollohan, Jason Robinson, Tim Scaff, Sawyer Shipman, and Bobby Starlin.

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Miami Trace FFA excels at Ohio FFA Convention

The Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, recently attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center on May 5th and 6th. The Chapter attended convention sessions, and listened to four guest speakers Tiana Tozer, Dave Roever, Jones Loflin, and Sydney Snider, Eastern Region National VP . These speakers entertained the crowd and gave inspiring messages that helped improve member’s leadership skills.

Miami Trace excelled this year in State Career Development Events, State Degrees, and Proficiency Awards. The chapter had four teams place within the top five in the state in Career Development Events this year. The teams include the Agronomy Team, the Grain Merchandising  Team, the Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team, and the Nature Interpretation Team. The thirteen State Degree recipients were Thomas Bondurant, MaKayla Eggleton, Hannah Ellenberger, Gavin Harper, Todd Peterson, Marissa Sheets, and Clare Sollars. Proficiency Award winner recipients were Riley Evans – 1st in Poultry Production, Kameron Rinehart- 3rd in Home and Community Development, and Brock Wilt – 3rd in Nursery Operations.

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Arlington FFA has good showing at State Convention

Eight members of the Arlington FFA Chapter traveled to State Convention May 4th-6th. During the trip they toured the Radnor Grain Elevator, and The American Whistle Corporation, as well as the Ohio State University Plant Pathology Lab and Waterman Dairy Farm. On May 5th and 6th, they attended convention sessions that had inspirational speakers and were recognized for their accomplishments over the past year. The chapter received commendations for raising $467.28 for Nationwide Children’s  Hospital as well as for raising $200 for CROP/CWS World Hunger Relief through their peanut sales during football games. They also attended a session where Colton Kidd was awarded his State FFA Degree. Colton is the son of Craig and Becky Kidd. The State Degree is the highest honor the State FFA can bestow upon its members. Colton Kidd is the first Arlington FFA member to receive this award since 2010. To earn the State Degree, you must earn and have productively invested at least $1,000 or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time.

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2016-2017 Ohio FFA Officer team announced

President: Mary Buehler, Anna

Vice president: Meredith Oglesby, Hillsboro

Secretary: Josie Montoney, Amanda-Clearcreek

Treasurer: Evan Smith, Bloom-Carroll

Reporter: Lauren Grover, Hillsboro

Sentinel: Johnathon Cottingim, Preble Shawnee

Vice President at Large: Ryan Matthews, Fredericktown

Vice President at Large: Maggie Hovermale, Stoneridge

Vice President at Large: Trisha Seckel, River Valley

Vice President at Large: Kameron Rinehart, Miami Trace

Vice President at Large: Ryan Matthews, Fairfield

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