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Mowrystown FFA represented by two American Degree recipients

On Saturday November 2nd, two members of the Mowrystown FFA had the honor of receiving their American Degree at the 86th National FFA Convention. Those outstanding members were Taylor Bratton, and Kyle Dunaway. Approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are handed out each year at the National FFA Convention. That number represents less than half of one percent of all FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. Congratulations Taylor and Kyle!… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members learn at National FFA Convention

On October 30th-November 2nd the West Holmes FFA Chapter travelled to Louisville, Kentucky for National convention. Members who attended were Clay Armstrong, Atlee Miller, Chris Sprang, Justin Lorentz, Eric Hanna, Jason Jenkins, Takoda Weaver, Dustin Neihaus, Carter Smith, William Hughes, Wyatt Mellor, Mandy Taylor, Beth Klein, Shyann Kick, Harlie Spurlock, Paige Miller, Lyndsey Davis, Payten Boring and Taylor Yerian.

On Wednesday the members went to Cincinnati to tour the LM animal farms. They learned how they took large bales and made them into smaller bags to feed to small animals. Next they went to Cargill, where they learned how the grain got put onto barges and sent down the Ohio River to New Orleans. Then they went to the first session of Convention where the Louisville basketball coach, Rick Pitino, spoke.

The first stop on Thursday was the Louisville Slugger Factory where the members learned how bats were made, and how they are made today.… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Alumni Receives $1,000 Grant

At the 2013 National FFA Convention the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter received a $1,000 Local Program Support from the National FFA Alumni Association. The National FFA Alumni Association offers grants to local FFA chapters to help them purchase needed items, such as computers, laboratory equipment, chapter supplies, official dress items, etc.

The Miami East FFA Alumni plans to use the grant monies received to support the learning efforts of the students enrolled in the Agricultural Education program at Miami East High School and the purchasing of the iCEV classroom curriculum. iCEV is an internet-based, curriculum source for agriculture students.

The overall objective for the iCEV Classroom Instruction and Independent Study program will allow online curriculum to be exposed to all students of the Miami East Agricultural Education Department. Specific goals include #1 – Utilize the iCEV online curriculum for instruction of 84 agriculture students. #2 – Utilize four student accounts so four students can complete independent study using iCEV.Continue reading

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Bloom Carroll FFA Attends the 86th National FFA Convention

A few weeks ago the Bloom Carroll FFA took a trip to Louisville, Kentucky for the 86th National FFA Convention. Louisville has a few attractions the chapter visited including the Louisville Slugger museum and the Lousivlle Zoo. On convention day the students listened to key note speakers and attended the career show. The national FFA officers did an amazing job to make sure all of the states that attended had a great time.  Rick Patino, the Louisville Cardinals basketball coach was the main key note speaker and it was a great honor and opportunity to have him at the convention. Brennan Costello, the central region Vice President inspired the entire room with his retiring address. I am now inspired to show my brave qualities because of him. The Bloom Carroll FFA chapter left with great stories to tell from the convention. Some members attended the convention for the first time and others had their last National FFA conventions as high school FFA members.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Earn Recognition at National FFA Convention

Audrey David AgriscienceFour members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter were recognized for their work in agriculture research during the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.  In the National FFA Agrisicence Fair, Audrey Hoey and David Glass received third place honors and a gold rating in the senior team division of the food science and technology category for their research involving anthocyanin levels in blueberries. Sophomore member Nathanael Freeman was awarded second place honors and a gold rating for his research involving alternative methods for power systems.  Sophomore Mariah Cox received a silver rating for her research on producing plastics from potato starch.    In the national FFA proficiency award competition, graduate member Audrey Hoey received runner-up honors in the area of Food Science and Technology.  The proficiency awards are based on the skills and competencies a student has developed through their supervised agriculture experience (SAE) program.  All four members enjoyed the experience of being national finalists in their award areas and the honor of standing on the stage during the National FFA Convention. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA announces November Member of the Month

The November 2013 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Kelsey Kirchner. She is the daughter of David and Kathy Kirchner of Conover. She is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Kirchner recently participated in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair with her partner, Katie Bendickson, in at the National FFA Convention in Louisville. The team placed 4th in the area of Food Science, Division 3. The team qualified for the National FFA Agriscience Fair because they placed first in the State Agriscience Fair in May.

Kirchner has also participated in the FFA’s State FFA Convention, FFA Camp, and Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event. Kirchner’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consistsKelsey Kirchner - dog treats (35) of Kelsey’s K-9 Kookies. She bakes and markets homemade dog treats at several local farmers markets and through social media.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. … Continue reading

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Preble Shawnee FFA Elects Officers

Knox Wilson is our 2013-2014 President. He is the son of Kerrick and Carole Wilson. He is a senior this year.  Lacey Hill is our 2013-2014 Vice President. She is the daughter of Chris and Lori Hill. She is a Junior this year.  Abbey Hill is our 2013-2014 Reporter. She is the daughter of Chris and Lori Hill. She is also a Junior this year. Adrianna Via is our 2013-2014 Treasurer. She is the daughter of Doug Via and Amy Bunger. She is a sophomore this year.  Next we have our 2013-2014 Student Advisor, Will Smith. He is the son of Scott and Ann Smith. He is a senior this year. Savannah Schneider is our 2013-2014 Secretary.  She is the daughter of Jimmy and Michele Schneider. She is a Sophomore. Next in our officer team we have our 2013-2014 Sentinel, Skyler Dougherty. He is the son of Skeeter and Shelley Dougherty.… Continue reading

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Anna FFA Chapter chosen as Number One Chapter in the Nation

The Anna FFA Chapter was chosen as the number one chapter in the Nation for chapter development at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY last week.

A 6-week chicken feed trial, with a built-in service learning project and FFA awareness goal, led to the Anna FFA receiving this prestigious national award. Members of the 144-member chapter sought to increase FFA awareness amongst local businesses and organizations while giving back to the community. In their animal science class, members raised broiler chickens while conducting feed trials, observed the chickens being harvested and then donated more than 190 pounds of shredded chicken to the local Veteran’s Day luncheon hosted by the Anna Local Schools, feeding nearly 100 veterans and 500 students.

“What we feel is important about this chicken feed trial and bringing it to the students of Anna is that students are able to connect with the start-to-finish process of food production,” describes Sarah Heilers, Agricultural Education teacher at Anna High School.… Continue reading

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Ft. Recovery Ag Engineering team wins state contest

The Ft. Recovery FFA Agricultural Engineering Team recently placed 1st in the state out of 60 teams.  The Agricultural Engineering Team had to complete an extensive exam on the agricultural industry that included welding, mechanics, hydraulics, construction, electricity, mechanical power, concrete, and environmental safety, as well as an hands-on portion at the Ohio State Univeristiy.  The Agricultural Engineering Team members were Mitch Lennartz, Bryan Schoenlein, Alex Stammen, and Kaleb Timmermen.  Mitch Lennartz placed 1st  individually out of 223 individuals.  Congratulations to the Ft. Recovery FFA Agricultural Engineering Team for their great success.  The team advanced to the recently held National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.… Continue reading

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Appreciation dinner put on by Preble Shawnee FFA

The Preble Shawnee FFA held their 3rd Annual Appreciation Dinner at Ron’s Pizza on Monday October 21st. Administrators, Mrs. Strickland from the Board of Education and several support staff were present at the Appreciation Dinner. The evening started with the officer team presenting the chapter’s Program of Activities and highlighting some of the favorite activities. The evening concluded with Wendell Meyers from Sinclair Community College as the keynote speaker. Meyers spoke on the articulation agreement between the agricultural education department and Sinclair. Agricultural Education students are earning college credit and a $3,000.00 scholarship to Sinclair.… Continue reading

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Paint Valley and Zane Trace FFA members work hard for National Convention funds

Both the Paint Valley and Zane Trace FFA chapters area attended the FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky from October 30th – November 1st.   FFA members from these chapters have been working to pay their way to National Convention for the past couple of months.  On Friday, September 27th they had the opportunity to earn money by selling ribeye steak sandwiches and cupcakes during the football game between Zane Trace and Paint Valley.  The game was held at Zane Trace and the ZT members set up prep tables, a serving area and grills to conduct the fundraiser.  Mr. Peters, the Paint Valley FFA Advisor, helped members to grill the steaks the right way while Mrs. Johnston, the Zane Trace FFA Advisor helped the students who were wrapping and selling the sandwiches. Together the two chapters sold 250 ribeye sandwiches at $5.00 each and profited just over $600.00.

The two chapters would like to thank Kroger of Chillicothe for providing the buns and condiments for the sandwiches and Mrs.… Continue reading

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State FFA Officer visits Mount Gilead Chapter

October 15, 2013 The Mount Gilead FFA Chapter had a visit from State FFA Officer Tre Plowman! Tre is formally from Cardington FFA Chapter and is now the State Vice President.  When Tre visited he played games that teach leadership and team work. He also showed us some magic tricks. It was a lot fun! Thanks for being part of MG FFA, Tre!!

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA sponsors coloring contest

The Agricultural Promotions Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC 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. Rhea Kirk – Lacie Henry

Mrs. Carmen Richters – Madison Garrett

Mrs. Mary Simmons – Bryce Haught

Mrs. Betsy Borchers – Keara Stace

Each student participating received a pencil, agricultural color pad, and candy.  The first place picture in each homeroom was awarded a collectable FFA bear.  This contest is an annual event. Congratulations to the winners!… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery holds homecoming tailgate

The Fort Recovery FFA recently held a tailgate party for the community prior to the Ft. Recovery Homecoming Game.  This event was held in the Mary Help of Christians grass lot, across from the football field, and in the school’s bus barn.  Students from all grades could participate in a Punt, Pass, and Kick contest; have tattoos put on; and listen to the DJ’s music.  Members made hot dogs and had chips and cookies for all that came.  The event was organized by the junior FFA members and was a huge success.  A special thanks goes out to Mr. Hobbs for being the DJ, Mary Help of Christians for letting us use their grass lot, and everyone else that helped make the event possible.… Continue reading

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Town painted pink by Miami Trace FFA for charity

Paint the town Pink was a great hit for the Miami Trace FFA! The chapter hosted the Paint the Town Pink walk on Saturday October 12, 2013. There were approximately 120 community members that participated in the walk. They walked from TSC to Kroger and back, a total of 3 miles.  Also, Miami Trace FFA members painted pink ribbons on car windows on Friday at the Miami Trace Homecoming football game for donations. Earlier in the week, Miami Trace FFA members went to local businesses to collect donations and paint pink ribbons on their windows. In addition, a Powder Puff football game will be held on October 18 at 3:00 pm at Miami Trace High School. This is a football game for girls in which all participants will wear a Paint the Town Pink t-shirt. Pink t-shirts can still be purchased by any community member for $10 at Pettit’s gas station 1.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA graces Antique Festival Parade

The West Holmes FFA participated in the Antique Festival Parade recently. Members who rode on the float were Taylor Yerian, Paige Miller, Carter Smith, Grayson Miller, Chris VanSickle, Beth Klein, Lexi Kinstle, Lyndsey Davis, Takoda Weaver, Ashton Haines, Gabe Armstrong, Eric Hanna, Jarrett Brooks, Tim Cox, Ethan Fair, Mystique Martin, and Harlie Spurlock. The float was awarded Best Youth Float. Fair Queen Mandy Taylor and Fair King Clay Armstrong rode in the bed of the truck. The trailer was donated by Turf Master LTD. and the truck was donated by Kerry Taylor.… Continue reading

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West Holmes members help with 5th grade farm tour

On Wednesday September 25th the West Holmes FFA Officer Team and Juniors and Seniors helped with the 5th grade farm tour. The Farm Tour is sponsored by the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District and is held at the Tom Miller Farm in Berlin. Members who participated were Clay Armstrong, Jace Freewalt, Morgan Hoxworth, Terry Medley, Wyatt Mellor, Atlee Miller, Tristan Ramseyer, Alex Snow, Chris Sprang, Bryce Williamson, Kayla Bird, Shyann Kick, Lexi Kinstle, Beth Klein, Kara Leadbetter, Grayson Miller, Elise Neville, Dustin Niehaus, Harlie Spurlock, Mandy Taylor, Hannah Schlegel, Jason Jenkins, and Paige Miller. Most of the junior and seniors were group leaders, taking around each class of the 5th grade to their designated stations. Grayson Miller, Paige Miller, and Atlee Miller did a presentation on equipment safety.  They taught the 5th graders the importance of wearing a helmet, safety around tractors, and turning signals.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery members learn at Farm Science Review

IMG_1270Ninety-nine students loaded up on two buses recently and made the trip to London, Ohio for the 51st annual Farm Science Review.

The Farm Science Review featured an 83-acre agricultural show containing nearly 1,700 commercial exhibitors representing the entire spectrum of agriculture.  Students could interact with various agricultural companies and organizations and view the latest advancements in agriculture. Representatives were there from many tractor, seed, and truck dealerships. Also taking part were many colleges, insurance agencies, and associations. The students could play educational games, talk with representatives, watch demonstrations, and gather information on the agriculture industry.

The students and FFA advisors would like to thank the Fort Recovery school board, administrators, and teachers for making this educational trip possible. They would also like to thank the chaperones who accompanied the chapter on their trip.… Continue reading

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Mowerystown FFA represented at OLLC

OLLC 006On the 25th of September, the Mowrystown FFA Chapter took the long trip to the State House for the Ohio Legislative leadership Conference, better known as OLLC! The Chapter was one of the few in the state of Ohio to participate.  Two hundred FFA members were in attendance, five of which were from Mowrystown; Tori Walker, Kylie Douglas Courtney Cummings, Rikki Morris, and Reannen Kiley. That morning the members had the opportunity to speak to Ohio Legislators, other FFA members, and agricultural education instructors.  Three Agricultural lobbyists spoke to the members of Ohio FFA about ways to lobby, not only for agriculture but for any topic. This conference is just one more example of how FFA teaches today’s youth that is they focus more on their desire to make a difference they can, and they have the opportunity to change agriculture for the better.… Continue reading

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Big numbers gathered in Louisville

Attendance at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Exporose to 62,998, up from 56,176 attendees last year when the event was held in Indianapolis.

Students, teachers and guests stayed in 136 hotels for 39,247 combined room nights within a 75-mile radius of Louisville throughout the week, infusing more than $40 million into the local economy.

“We’re thrilled with the reception and outstanding hospitality that has been extended to us by the city, everywhere from Kentucky Exposition Hall all the way through downtown and beyond,” said Mandy Hazlett, senior convention manager with the National FFA Organization. “Our students and guests greatly enjoyed the comforts the city of Louisville has offered and are looking forward to returning next year.”

The 87th National FFA Convention & Expo returns to Louisville next year Oct. 29-Nov. 1.… Continue reading

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