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Madison Plains FFA educator wins biotech award

Madison Plains Agricultural Educator, Mrs. Mallory Zachrich was chosen as one of three statewide winners of the Ag Biotech Academy Program.

Sponsored by Ohio Soybean Council and DuPont Pioneer, each of the three winners will receive lab equipment valued at more than $3500.  These lab supplies will be used in the classroom and laboratory setting to ignite a passion for biotechnology in students and show examples of how biotechnology is being used in agriculture today.

Mrs. Zachrich has attended numerous professional development conferences to learn how to incorporate the equipment in the classroom and is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide students experience using high tech equipment not regularly found in a high school setting.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA inducts honorary degrees

On March 10th, Benjamin Logan inducted their Honorary Degrees. In order for a person to become an Honorary Degree member in an FFA chapter they must be a: farmer, school superintendent, principal, members of boards of education, chapter advisors teachers, staff members in agriculture education, business people, and others who have been rendered outstanding service. The Honorary Degree candidate may be elected to honorary membership by a majority vote of the members that are present at any regular meeting or convention. This year the following people and companies were inducted as Honorary Degree members: Farm Credit Union, Jamie Griffin, and Matt and Shawndel Wilson.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA has good showing at evaluations

On February 11th, many FFA members sent officer books, state and American degree applications and proficiency applications to be judged at the district level. Paige Miller (Reporter), Shyann Kick (Treasurer) and Hannah Schlegel (Secretary) each got gold level ratings on their officer books. They will receive an award at State Convention in May. State and American degrees were sent to state to be evaluated as well as the proficiencies. Memebers who submitted officer applications were:  Dustin Niehaus in Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication, William Hughes in Dairy Production, Morgan Hoxworth in Veterinary Medicine Placement, Matt Schlegel in Dairy Placement, Clay Armstrong in Ag Sales, Atlee Miller in Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Justin Lorentz in Grain Placement, Tristan Ramseyer in Diversified Livestock, Jason Jenkins in Dairy Plcement, Beth Klein in Equine Placement and Ag Servicec, Dustin Neihaus in Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication, Grayson Miller in Turf Grass Management, Elizabeth Overholt in Sheep Production, and Gretchen Straits in Beef Placement.… Continue reading

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Miami East participates in state FFA evaluations

The State FFA Evaluations were recently held at the Ohio FFA Center in Columbus, Ohio.  Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in various competitions.  Members became eligible for State Evaluations by placing at District Evaluations in February.

American FFA Degree – Emily Johnson, a graduate of Miami East High School, submitted an application to receive the American FFA Degree. Her application was approved and will be submitted to the National FFA Organization for review.  She will receive her degree at the National FFA Convention in November in Louisville, Ky.

State FFA Degrees – Juniors Madeline Davis, Colin Gump, Cody Reid, and Grant Hodge and Seniors Austin Rush, Andrew Kowalak, Laruen Williams, and Tanner Church submitted applications to receive the State FFA Degree.  Their applications were approved, and they will receive their Degrees in May at the State FFA Convention in Columbus.

Proficiency Awards – Members applied for a district and state proficiency award.Continue reading

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Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA does well at district evaluations

In mid-February, the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA Chapter sent their books to Lorain County JVS High School for district evaluations.

District evaluations is an all day event that Mrs. Betti attends.  At evaluations, the chapter’s officers’ books and all State and American FFA Degrees and proficiencies are judged and then they are sent on to the state department to be approved.

The Treasurer’s book, completed by Rebecca Enright, received a gold rating.  She placed 2nd overall in the district.  The Secretary’s book, completed by Katie Cramer, received a bronze rating in the district.  Rebecca will walk across the stage at the State Convention in May and be awarded for their books.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that a member can receive.  Kendra Hudson applied for state proficiency awards, with Kendra’s being diversified crops.  Kendra Hudson also applied for her American Degree.

We would like to congratulate all the FFA members who took their time to fill out the applications and for doing such a great job.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne FFA holds successful eighth grade open house

The Anthony Wayne High School held an 8th grade open house one evening in early March.

The AW FFA officers spent this time talking to the 8th graders about what classes they’re taking during their freshman year and how to be apart of the FFA can help them throughout the rest of their lives. The officer team also introduced parents to the FFA organization while they were taking a tour of the ag classroom, shop and greenhouse.

During the tour, a display of items from the variety of classes were laid out on the tables along with projects that past students had made for science fair. Overall, this was a great learning experience for the upcoming freshmen and their parents about the agricultural programs at the Anthony Wayne high school.… Continue reading

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Tractor Troubleshooting and Public Speaking see Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA

The Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter saw students compete in both Tractor Troubleshooting and Public Speaking CDE’s recently. Details on each event are as follows.

Tractor Troubleshooting

Four members of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter recently competed at Wynford High School in the county Tractor Trouble Shooting contest.

Competing were a team of Wes Pollock and Jesse Sellman and another of Curtis Hatcher and Wyatt Caldwell. Also, the freshman Adam Widman, Kyle Rowlinson, Kyle Hudson, and Garrett Hensley went to observe.

Two malfunctions were placed on four different pieces of equipment, and the students were expected to figure out the problem.

There were 6 stations total that included a written test, tool identification, and 4 troubleshooting stations.  Curtis Hatcher and Wyatt Caldwell placed 1st for Crawford and overall and are moved onto districts. The other team of Wes Pollock and Jesse Selman placed 2nd overall in the contest out of 6 teams.Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC Ag Sales team competes

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the State Agricultural Sales Contest held at Tolles Technical Center, Plain City.  They earned this honor because they placed in the Top 2 Teams in the District Contest in February.

The Ag Sales team consisted of Rebekah Eidemiller, Lauren Williams, Olivia Edgell, and Tanner Church. The team members each completed a test on agricultural sales, order taking practicum, and demonstrated their ability to sell an agricultural product.

A special thank you to Emily Johnson, former FFA member, for her assistance in training for the competition. Additionally, the members of the team wish to thank Jackie Winner for chaperoning the competition trip.

The team placed fifteenth in the state. Eidemiller was the highest placing individual from Miami East, placing 19 in the entire contest out of 75 contestants. Congratulations.… Continue reading

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Greenville FFA members take part in Public Speaking CDE

Thomas Shaw, Victoria Nadar, Jack Garland, and Hannah Grisez  represented Greenville FFA in the Public Speaking Contests that was held on January 30th, 2014.  They each spoke at the District 5 Sub-district Public Speaking Contest held recently at Tri-Village High School.  Garland and Grisez participated in the Creed Contest while  Shaw participated in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest and Nadar participated in the beginning prepared speaking contest.

The Extemporaneous Speech Contest consists of researching and writing a 5 to 7 minute speech on an agricultural topic in 30 minutes. The contest is designed to stimulate the interest of the FFA member in agriculture and leadership by giving them an opportunity to speak before an audience. Shaw placed 2nd in this sub district contest and went on to the district 5 finals where he placed 1st in the district. He then progressed to the state semifinals where participated in the final 4 where he then  placed 3rd in the State of Ohio.… Continue reading

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Southeastern FFA raises over $200 for Dayton Children’s Hospital

Members of the Southeastern FFA led a campaign during National FFA Week to raise funds for Dayton Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser was centered around a pie-in-the-eye event, similar to Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.

For every $5 donated, a student or teacher was entered into a drawing for a chance to throw a pie in the face of one of the chapter officers. Officers who earned at least $50 towards their jar were eligible to earn a pie at the choice of the donor whose name was drawn.

_facebook_107476882_The pie throwing event was held on a tarp-covered corner of the high school gym with three officers getting a pie (one earned enough to get two pies). The campaign earned $227, which has been donated to Dayton Children’s and is a part of a statewide charity of the Ohio FFA Association.… Continue reading

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Seeking student reporters for the 2014 Ohio FFA Convention

Attention Ohio FFA Members:

It’s that time of year again and the Ohio Ag Net & Ohio’s Country Journal is looking for three Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters at the 2014 Ohio FFA State Convention. You’ll get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff that includes Matt Reese, Dale Minyo and Ty Higgins. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? Here’s your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com.

Student reporters will:

  • Assist in gathering award winner information
  • Shoot video of newsworthy items and people
  • Share their commentary of what happened in each session through a video recap

To be considered:

  • You must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA Convention May 1st and 2nd
  • Submit a video sharing your qualifications and why you should be selected no longer than two minutes.
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Buckeye Central FFA hosts pulled pork meal and pie auction

The Buckeye Central FFA recently held their annual pulled pork dinner.

Over 350 people enjoyed a delicious meal served by FFA members.  Buckeye Central FFA advisor, Mr. Pope said, “This was the best turnout in recent memory.”

As part of the evening entertainment, the urban soil judging team, made up of senior Sam Robertson, junior Ray Stall, and sophomores Derek Kalb and Jarret Shook, took turns auctioning off homemade pies that they had made.  The pies varied from apple to pecan, and strawberry to “possum pie”.

The money raised from the auction will go towards their trip to Oklahoma City for the National Soil Judging contest in early May.

The team raised over $2,000 from the pie auction thanks to the generosity of the following buyers:

Rietschlin Electric, Ron and Lisa McGinnis, Brian Kalb, Roger Marquart, Roger Auck, Fike’s Fur Shop, Ackerman Farms, Geissman Farms, Don Phenice, Joe and Phyllis Shook, Cruise in Car Wash Bucyrus, Owen Diesch, Roger Daniel, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op Monnet, Shook Farm and Industrial Repair, Bob Taylor, Niese Farms, Sarah Kalb, and Ag Credit of Bucyrus.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC stays busy with multiple CDE’s

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter has been staying busy with their participation in multiple career development events.

A member of the chapter recently competed in the District 5 Public Speaking contest held at the New Bremen High School in Auglaize County.

Isabelle Trevino-1Isabelle Trevino (pictured left) competed in the Advanced FFA Creed Speaking Contest. Isabelle recited the FFA Creed and answered questions. She earned a Gold Rating and placed 2nd overall. Isabelle went on to compete at the State FFA Public Speaking Contest. Congratulations to Isabelle.

Kolin Bendickson and Colin Hawes recently competed in the District Agricultural and Industrial Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. Tractors for the competition were supplied by North Star Hardware and Implement and Koenig Equipment from Greenville. Kolin and Colin are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors.… Continue reading

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Trevino selected as ME-MVCTC’s March FFA Member of the Month

The March 2013 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Isabelle Trevino (pictured). She is the daughter of Rosalinda Gonzales of Troy. Isabelle is a sophomore and first year member of the FFA.

Isabelle recently competed in the State FFA Public Speaking Contest in the Advanced Creed Speaking Division. She placed sixth in her heat. She qualified for the state competition after placing in the top two at the sub-district and district speaking contests in February. Isabelle has also participated in the parliamentary procedures contest, participated in the fruit sales fundraiser, and earned the Greenhand FFA Degree. Her plans for a Supervised Agriculture Experience program is raising and marketing fall mums.

Every month of the school year the Miami East 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. Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA donates to Dayton’s Children’s Hospital

Recently, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter raised and donated $450.00 to Children’s Hospital of Dayton. 

The FFA raised the money through several school-wide projects during FFA Week. Activities included students’ pay-to-wear-a-hat-to-class day and Pie-In-The-Eye for the 2013-14 Chapter FFA Officer Team.  Each of the officers took a pie in the eye.

Children’s Hospital of Dayton was selected because Children’s Hospital is an official charity of the Ohio FFA and many of the students at Miami East Local Schools have received services and care at Children’s of Dayton. Most recently, FFA member and chapter officer Colin Hawes and his sister were cared for at Children’s Hospital of Dayton.Continue reading

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Buckeye Central FFA members do well in District Job Interview

Students from the Buckeye Central FFA Chapter recently traveled to Bellevue High School to compete in the District Job Interview Contest.

The Job Interview Contest is a prestigious contest that is based on the contestants social skills, resume letters and covers, and how they present themselves at the contest.

Only members who got first place will move onto the state competition.

Four members of the BC FFA Chapter were sent to the contest.

Sam Robertson competed in the senior division and received third place.

Paul Heydinger took fourth place in the junior division.

Aaron Niedermeier received sixth place in the sophomore competition.

Freshman, Alex Fike took eighth place in his competition.

“This is a great contest to prepare us for our futures,” Robertson said. “These are skills that will help us receive high positions in jobs later on after high school.”… Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA’s Ketring places eighth in the state

The Preble Shawnee FFA Chapter recently held a chapter job interview contest.

Rod Shockey, Charlie Biggs and Tom McQuiston served as the judges for the event. Top students from the chapter contest competed in the district job interview contest.

Our Division I candidate was Savannah Lynch, Division II was Kaitlyn McGarvey, Division III was Abbey Hill, Division IV Tyler Roell, and Division V Brian Ketring.

At the contest, students had to prepare a cover letter and resume, complete an application, go through an interview and write a follow-up letter.

Ketring advanced to the state contest where he placed eighth in the Division V state contest.… Continue reading

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Tractor Supply Sees Growth During Second Annual FFA Scholarship Program

Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Foundation recently announced the results of their second annual Growing Scholars program. From February 14-23, Tractor Supply customers across the country donated $447,671, an increase of more than 20 percent from 2013 donations. This year’s donations will result in 334 scholarships awarded to FFA members in their pursuit of a college degree.

The Growing Scholars program was supported nationally by each of the more than 1,245 Tractor Supply stores as part of National FFA Week. Tractor Supply customers supported local FFA chapters and their members by purchasing an FFA emblem for $1 at store registers during the checkout process. Ninety percent of funds raised are being utilized to fund scholarships for FFA members, with the remaining 10 percent benefitting state FFA organizations.

“We have very loyal and giving customers, and to see an increase in support for our Growing Scholars program is a tribute to the kind of customers that shop at our stores,” Tractor Supply President and CEO Greg Sandfort.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA takes part in Job Interview and Ag Sales competition

 

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview and Ag Sales Contests held at Saint Henry High School.

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

Lindsey Roeth competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 4th in the district out of 13 contestants.

Haley Etherington competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd out of 12 contestants in the district. She earned a plaque donated by the District 5 FFA Chapters.

Emily Beal competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest, placed 3rd in the district out of 13 contestants. She earned a plaque donated by the District 5 FFA Chapters.

Kyle Webb competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 11th out of 14 contestants.Continue reading

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Farmer donates $2,500 to ME-MVCTC FFA via Monsanto

Mr. Jeff Knoop of Fletcher, Ohio presented $2,500 to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter through the Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow America program through the Monsanto Fund. Mr. Bill Bower, representing Monsanto, presented the funds at an all-school assembly at Miami East High School.

Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow America program allowed farmers in 1300 counties in 39 states to nominate a non-profit organization in their community. Mr. Bower stated that, “Monsanto is able to support agriculture and youth through programs like America’s Farmers Grow America and the Monsanto Fund.”

Mr. Jeff Knoop selected the Miami East FFA Chapter because he was a former student of the Agricultural Education program and hopes the funds will encourage youth to become active in production agriculture. Mr. Jeff Knoop and his family are dairy and grain farmers.

The Miami East FFA Chapter plans to use the funds to support an education trip to Fair Oaks Dairy and Swine Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana.… Continue reading

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