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Zane Trace FFA Members Meet with Ohio Legislators

By: Oliva Hettinger, ZT FFA Reporter

On Wednesday, September 25th, five members of Zane Trace FFA chapter officer team joined over 200 other FFA members for the OLLC (Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference) meeting in Columbus. This meeting took place in the atrium of the Ohio State House and was sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Ohio FFA Foundation. During the event members learned about the legislative branch of government and how bills are brought before lawmakers for consideration. Members also had the opportunity to enjoy lunch with their local legislators and learn more about current agriculture issues in Ohio. Every member who participated came away with a better idea of the lawmaking process. ZT President Laine Abbott stated “It’s one thing to learn about the legislative process in class, but seeing it done in person and being with elected officials made the whole process more real.”  The Zane Trace FFA would like to thank Ohio Farm Bureau and Ohio FFA for their continued support of this program.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Sponsors Safety Poster Contest

CASSTOWN, OH – The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary.  The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Erin Baker, Anna Broerman, Carter Gilbert, Justin Hawkins, and Meadow Powers.

Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster.  FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom.  The results are as follows:

Mrs. Patty Gentis – Teaghan Rich

Mrs. Ashley Demmitt – Dylan Howell

Mrs. Amanda Riley – Oliver Magalnick

Mrs. Tammy Mumford – Hayden North

Each student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil.  The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize.  Congratulations to the winners!

Respectfully submitted by Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter.

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Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Members Excel at the Big E

The Big E — September 13-15, 2019 proved to be a hugely successful weekend for the Amanda-Clearcreek FFA at the Eastern Regional (Big E) Career Development Event contesst in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

The A-C Forestry CDE team consisting of Garrett Drake, Bryson L’Huillier, Jake Shamblin, and Trevor Spence placed first in their respective contest. The students were asked to diagnose forest disorders, manage forests, and forest inventory while applying approved silviculture practices. In addition to their first-place team win, Trevor Spence took home second place laurels, while Bryson L’Huillier placed fifth, and Jake Shamblin secured a seventh-place finish.

Aaron Sharp, senior, placed first in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE. This contest requires participants to use a randomly chosen topic from a pool of 125 possible topics. Then, contestants must research the topic for 30 minutes, and deliver a 3-5 minute speech in front of a panel of judges.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members Attend State FFA Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, September 21, 13 Miami East-MVCTC FFA first-year members attended the 2019 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.

The keynote speaker was Ty Eschenbaum from South Dakota and he shared his message about his personal fight with childhood cancer. Additional presenters for the conference included sessions by Ohio’s National FFA Officer Candidate Coleson McCoy, State FFA President Holly McClay, State FFA Vice President Bethany Starlin, State FFA Secretary Noah Smith, State FFA Sentinel Justin Beckner, State FFA Vice President-at-Large Chyann Kendel, State FFA Vice President-at-Large Wyatt Kissell, and State FFA Vice President-at-Large Alec Ogg. 

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West Holmes FFA Chapter competes in county soils competition

On September 12th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter sent 9 members to county soils in Ashland. Members examined soil slope, texture, depth and drainage, as well as the potential farming or building uses for the specified areas. They were tested on their knowledge of how to read a soil survey book and their general knowledge of soil and its characteristics. The chapter had two teams competing in the contest. The Urban team included: Leah Reining, Kyle Mowery, Samantha Kendall, and Emma Stitzlein. The Rural team: Ally Ogi, Cora Crilow, Chloe Shumaker, Amy Hughes, and Abby Waers. Members were able to go and learn a lot of new things about soil that they can use in the future.  Thanks to the Ashland and Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District Staff for making this event possible.

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The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Seatbelt Awareness Activity Held

On Wednesday, September 18, as part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seatbelt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seatbelts were checked.

All student drivers were inspected for wearing their seatbelt. They received “Smarties” for wearing their belts and “DummDumm” candies for not wearing their belts. They were reminded that, “Seatbelts are for Smarties.” Any student drivers or passengers not wearing their seatbelts were instructed to put on their seatbelt immediately.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seatbelt. Over 70 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 8% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt and 92% wearing the seatbelt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 5% of drivers were not wearing their seatbelt.

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Holmes County Home Clean- Up

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 15 members from the West Holmes FFA chapter visited the Holmes County Home for community service to help prepare for the upcoming Auction. Members who participated include: Chloe Shumaker, Cora Crilow, Blaine Winkler, Taryn Grassbaugh, Bree Houin, Jayme Pennell, Jared Miller, Lexi Ogi, Emma Stitzlein, Tyler Eichelberger, Kadan McDougale, Maria Steiner, Dakohta Ringwalt, Addison Yates, Garrett Houin. Members weeded the gardens, trimmed bushes, picked up sticks, and cleaned sidewalks. The members worked from 9am – 12pm and were thanked with pizza and drinks when they were done.

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ZT FFA Member Olvia Pflaumer Competes at Eastern States Expo

Zane Trace FFA graduate member Olivia Pflaumer recently traveled to West Springfield, Massachusetts to compete in the Eastern States Expo’s FFA Star Award Program. Oliva represented Ohio as a candidate in the Star in Agriscience category. To qualify for this opportunity Olivia conducted research over honeybees, education practices and water quality over the past six years of her FFA membership and completed the Star Battery application along with her American Degree application in February. She was selected to compete from the 18 states that compose the Eastern Region of the FFA. During the trip Olivia explored the unique agriculture of western Massachusetts along with learning more about the natural resources of the Berkshire Mountains. As a finalist for the award Olivia received a $150 prize sponsored by Farm Credit of America and the Eastern States Exposition.  Olivia is a junior at The Ohio State University majoring in Agriculture Education and plans to use the knowledge gained through this travel opportunity to benefit her students in the future.

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Zane Trace FFA Recognized in National Chapter Program

 By Olivia Hettinger, Zane Trace FFA Reporter

The Zane Trace FFA chapter will be recognized as a three star chapter at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this fall. Only the top 10% of all FFA chapters in the nation are recognized for this honor each year. This will be the chapter’s 6th year receiving this award. There are many things the ZT FFA has done to be recognized for this award. Some examples are the annual sausage breakfast where a large percentage of the money is donated, Pioneer Pantry which is an in-school pantry filled with items that students who are in need of are allowed to take home. The chapter also recently built a blessing box outside of the school, along with Pioneer Pacers, a running club for grades three through five. Elementary lessons about agriculture are also taught by FFA members. The Zane Trace FFA also has a positive social media presence, and takes yearly trips to the National FFA Convention.

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Zane Trace FFA Attends Farm Bureau Meeting

By Olivia Hettinger, Zane Trace FFA Reporter

On Thursday, August 29th, five members of the Zane Trace FFA visited the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ross County Farm Bureau at St. Mary’s Family Life Center in Chillicothe. Students participated in setting up food for dinner, and helping to put food away after. Members listened to guest speaker Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau as he gave an update on Ohio Farm Bureau policies. Zane Trace graduates Cody Clark and Olivia Congrove were also recognized for receiving scholarships through the Ross County Farm Bureau.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Cruise-In

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be hosting a Cruise-In on Friday, September 27 from 4 to 7pm. This event is open to cars, trucks, and tractors.  The Cruise-In will take place in the west parking lot of Board Office/Old High School at 3825 North State Route 589, Casstown, Ohio. Registration is from 3:30-4pm and awards will be at 6:30pm. Sponsors of the event are Minster Bank and Troy Sports Center.

This Cruise-In is open to the general public and students. Entry fee is $10 for General Entry and $5 for students. Prizes will be awarded for various classes of cars, trucks, and tractors. Refreshments will be available and a 50/50 will be conducted. All proceeds will be donated to suicide prevention in memory of Hunter Sharp. For further information please contact the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at 335-7070 ext. 3212.

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Princess For A Day Planned

Hear ye, hear ye!  Calling all princesses to a day of pampering and learning how to be a princess. Miami East High School’s FFA Chapter welcomes young girls of all ages to attend a Princess For A Day on Saturday, September 28, at the Miami East High School Cafeteria.  Princesses are asked to arrive at 2:30, 3:, 3:30 or 4. No reservations are needed.

$10 cash per princess will be accepted at the door. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.

All princesses are encouraged to dress in a princess dress as they learn everything it takes to be a princess, including: hair, make-up, nails, healthy snacks, walking the runway and much more. Each princess will be given a tiara.

Girls of all ages are welcome with parental supervision.

Come help improve young girls’ self-esteem while making a supporting to the March of Dimes and the fight against pre-mature births.

Contact Miami East High School with questions by calling 335-7070 ext.

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West Holmes FFA Chapter American degrees

The West Holmes FFA Chapter is proud to announce that 6 graduate members of the West Holmes FFA will receive their American FFA Degree at National FFA Convention on November 2. This is the highest member an FFA member can achieve in the organization, given to only about 3% of FFA members each year.

These members who will receive their degrees are Marissa Lamp, Thane Kaufman, Juanita Miller, Jake Napier, Sarah Sprang, and Leon Williams.

In order to achieve this degree, the members have to obtain their State Degree, completed 540 hours of in school instruction, earned at least 7,500 dollars, worked 2,250 hours outside of school, have a satisfactory scholastic record, and complete 50 hours of community service. These members have worked really hard and put time and effort into what they do. Congratulations to these past members!

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Monroeville FFA booth earns award at the 2019 Huron County Fair

This year the Monroeville FFA booth at the 2019 Huron County Fair focused on renewable energy. The booth was titled Exploring Renewable Energy and displayed three types of renewable energy: hydroelectricity, solar power, and wind energy. The booth showed what each of these involved and the advantages and disadvantages of each energy source. The booth ended up receiving the second place award.

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2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA September Member of the Month

The September 2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Isabella Waite. She is the daughter of Jeff and Valerie Waite. She is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Isabella had a very successful 2019 Miami County Fair. She exhibited several items in the Horticulture Division of the FFA Shop and Crop Building. Her cherry tomatoes were first place and named Reserve Horticulture entry. Additionally, Isabella participated in the Minnesota-Ohio Leadership Exchange program in the summer of 2019. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of raising 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.

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Utica FFA summer and fair recap

Utica FFA at the Hartford Fair

By Abby Paxton, Utica FFA Reporter 2019-2020

The Utica FFA Chapter had an awesome week at the Hartford fair. Just because the fair didn’t start till Saturday for most, the Utica FFA Chapter was up at 8am on Thursday setting up and cleaning the FFA barn getting ready for the week. On Sunday, in the FFA Barn the Ag Education projects were judged. Our chapter received 109 A’s, 11 B’s, and 4 best of show ribbons! Multiple students showed different animals through FFA at the Hartford Fair. We had members participate in the market turkey, rabbit, hogs, steer pool, and dairy feeder shows. All our FFA members did great at this fair. And don’t forget about our annual FFA Challenge held at the natural resources area. The four Chapters battled in several activities while tons of excited fans cheered across the pond. The activities included a natural resource test, bean-bag toss, canoe tug-a-war, a canoe race, and each chapter built a recycled boat to race across the lake and back.

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Zane Trace FFA Members Enjoy Busy Summer

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter has stayed active over summer break.

In June three members attended the first session of Ohio FFA Camp at Camp Muskingum in Carrollton, Ohio. The students met fellow FFA members from around Ohio and enjoyed fishing, leadership workshops and service projects throughout the week.

In July the members of the officer team met for their summer workshop. During the event the officers planned the FFA schedule for the upcoming school year, learned the responsibilities of their individual offices and prioritized chapter events. They also experienced an authentic Indian meal and worked as a team to climb rock walls at Vertical Adventures climbing in Columbus.

In August several members participated in the Ross County Fair. The officer team prepared a booth highlighting the chapter’s activities and members exhibited their livestock projects. The chapter also took part in Jr. Fair Night where Olivia Hettinger placed 5th in the Apple Pie contest and the team of Brenden Naumovski, Laine Abbott and Hallee Scott participated in the round bale roll.

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River Valley FFA officer retreat

On the 14th and 15th of July, the 2019-2020 River Valley FFA officer team went to Indian lake for their annual Officer Retreat. Not only did we plan for the upcoming year, we also discussed our future goals for the chapter, followed with a great dinner and swimming in the lake. We had a great time getting to know each other, doing some team bonding activities and getting some group pictures. As an officer team, we are ready to serve our chapter to the best of our ability and can’t wait to see what the future year of the River Valley FFA chapter holds.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA 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.

This is the 19th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 31 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA).

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Learning to do through SAE programs

By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporter

From growing crops to managing a herd of livestock, students have a range of projects for their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE). These projects allow students to engage in real-world agricultural activities and gain career ready skills outside of the classroom.

From the inspiration of her agricultural education instructor and with the help of her grandpa, Lauren Wright, from the Miami East MVCTC FFA Chapter, markets and manages one acre of sweet corn.

“My SAE experience has made me realize what an awesome community that I live in. The support from family, friends, and community members has been so supportive in many ways,” Wright said.

Wright set the goal to make the business the best it can be.

“I have started working towards this goal by fixing every error that has popped up so far and by sometimes just being one step ahead,” Wright said.

She really enjoys the opportunity to meet new customers at her house or at the farmer’s markets.

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