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Benjamin Logan FFA hosted Leadership Night

The Benjamin Logan FFA hosted Leadership Night on December 2. State FFA Officers Holly McClay, State President, and  Noah Smith, State Secretary, were able to coordinate the event for the members. A combination of 56 students from North Union FFA, OHP-Graham FFA, and Benjamin Logan FFA attended the leadership night hosted at Benjamin Logan High School, and together collected a total of 46 sets of hats and gloves to donate to the Benjamin Logan Elementary School Students. Holly and Noah led many activities that was meant to teach the students about followership and what makes a good follower. Following the leadership activities some of the students stayed and learned line dances from Holly and Noah. Benjamin Logan High School and Middle School students also had the privilege of Holly McClay joining them Monday and Tuesday for a state officer visit where she talked about how we can use our beliefs to leave our mark on the world.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA December 2019 FFA Member of the Month

The December 2019 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Justin Hawkins. He is the son of Darla and Randy Hawkins. He is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Justin was a recent member of the District FFA Food Science and Technology Career Development Team. Justin was the highest placing individual from Miami East at the District competition. Justin has attended FFA Camp, assisted with the Cruise-in for Suicide Prevention event, and is the Co-Chair of the Safety Committee in which he helped with the fall seatbelt awareness event. Justin’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of a large vegetable garden.

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.Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan AFNR students “soil your undies” soil test

The Benjamin Logan AFNR students participated in an odd but helpful soil test these past two months. The students each got a pair of white cotton underwear and they buried them around the Benjamin Logan land lab and field. The students left the underwear in the ground for two months. The object of this test is to see how healthy the soil is by seeing how much of the underwear are left. The less of the underwear that are left the healthier the soil. This is because of the microbial activity.
This past week the students dug up their underwear and were able to evaluate the health of the soil. The area by the creek had the most microbial activity. This project was found on modern farmer (https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/soil-my-undies-challenge-has-farmers-burying-underwear-in-their-fields/). This is a good test that the students can do back at home on their own ground.
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Benjamin Logan FFA members competed in the sub-district food science career development

FFA members Emily Roth, Matt Black, Kaiden Weaks, and Bradey Ackley competed in the sub-district food science career development event on Tuesday November 11th at Ridgemont High School.

For the competition the students had to identify equipment, they had to take a test on the food science topic, the students had to identify customer inquiries. The  students also had to identify food safety and sanitation issues, and identify aromas as well as a triangle taste test. These activities are designed to show the students capabilities in the food science side of agriculture. Food Science is one of the fastest growing areas in agricultural science.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter inducts new members

On Monday, November 25, 2019, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter awarded 34 new members their Greenhand FFA Degree. The Greenhand Degree is awarded to first year members of the FFA, and is the first award that can be received. Each member awarded received a pin to be worn on their FFA jacket and a certificate of achievement.  Noah Smith, State FFA Secretary of the Ohio FFA Association, was the guest speaker.

In order to receive the Greenhand FFA Degree the members must be enrolled in an agriculture class, have plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, learned and explained the FFA Creed, Motto, Salute, Mission Statement, Code of Ethics and uses of the FFA Jacket, Colors, and Emblem, and demonstrated an understanding of the FFA’s history, chapter constitution and by-laws. The Greenhand FFA Degree is the first of four degrees that an FFA member can earn.

The students earning the degree were Madison Avey, Lauren Barnes, Isaac Beal, Sydney Brittain, Luke Brunke, Keyara Davis, Ashlee Deaton, Ella Demmitt, Katelynn Dill, Dottie Everett, Alex Fergerson, Ethan Fine, Megan Gilliland, Kylie Haught, Caleb Hostetter, Trevor Karnehm, Keira Kirby, Trenton Maxson, Jillian Niswonger, Matthew Osting, Ethan Paulus, Annabelle Penny, Abigail Purtee, Mason Richhart, Adilyn Richter, Sera Rush, Kendal Staley, Sumsaar Thapa, Spencer Triplett, Alivia Wade, Dylan Williams, Elijah Willmeth, Dustin Winner, and Braden Zekas.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA competes at the District Food Science CDE

On November 12, the West Holmes FFA sent 6 members to the District Food Science CDE at Plymouth High School. The team placed 4th out of 5 teams. The members that participated were Natasha Averbukh 11th, Kylie Ramirez 15th, Maddie Stitzlein 16th, Samantha Kendall 21st, Chloe Shumaker 22nd, and Cora Crilow was 23rd out of the 23 participants. Food science is a competition where you answer questions about food safety, preparation, and marketing. Some of the practicums involved food safety and customer inquiry, food analysis, equipment ID, quality assurance, GMP’s, triangle taste tests, and aroma ID.Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Update November 2019

FFA Members Bring Home Pumpkin Show Hardware!

Members of our chapter enjoyed a very successful Circleville Pumpkin Show this year! For the first time ever our FFA chapter entered a pumpkin in the giant pumpkin weigh off. The pumpkin was grown   behind the school in a bed of compost close to our raised bed gardens. Several students took turns caring for the pumpkin but FFA President Laine Abbott was the one who had the honor of weighing in our entry in the contest. The pumpkin topped the scales at 178 lbs, which wasn’t close to the winning pumpkin’s 1,400 lb weight but was good enough for second place in the “Charlie Brown” pumpkin contest for first year growers under the age of 18! The Chapter received $150 from the Circleville Giant Pumpkin Growers Club for their efforts and members learned a lot about caring for specialty plants through the process. Members are already planning to grow a much bigger pumpkin next year!… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Benefit

This year marked 10 years for the Norwayne FFA’s annual fall benefit. In the past 10 years, the chapter has raised over $230,000 for families in need in the Norwayne community. This year, the chapter was able to raise over $25,000 for Mike Klingman and his family.

In March, Mike suffered a stroke caused by a brain aneurysm which has lead to struggles with speech and memory loss. Mike is currently back at work but the family does not know how much longer he will be able to continue his job. Mike’s children, Isaac and Ellie, have both been members of the FFA program and the Klingmans are big supporters of the Norwayne Bobcats and the FFA.

FFA members reach out to community businesses and individuals who are interested in donating anything from money to gift baskets to support the cause. This project allows FFA members to live out the FFA motto, “Living to Serve.”The benefit featured a volleyball tournament, live auction, silent auction, and dinner donations.… Continue reading

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Benjamin-Logan FFA members compete in job interview competition

Benjamin-Logan FFA members Maria Henderson, Sierra Baker, Emma Wenger, and Owen O’Brien competed in the job interview career development event on Tuesday November 11th at Ridgemont High School.
The students had to write a cover letter, create a resume, fill out a job application, be interviewed, and write a follow up letter. All of these skills are things that will help the students greatly in their future jobs and careers. The second competition took place on Nov. 19 at Highland High School.  At this competition, Freshman Owen O’Brien placed second. Congratulations to all participants.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team Competes

By Emma Sutherly, Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Reporter

Recently the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Food Science and Technology Team competed in the District 5 Contests hosted by Covington High School.

Food Science and Technology Contest contestants included Elizabeth Bair, Natalie Bair, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Libby Carpenter, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Justin Hawkins, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright.

Miami East students placed 4th out of 42 teams. The highest placing team consisted of Justin Hawkins, Rylee Puthoff, Isabella Waite, and Anna Broerman. Justin Hawkins was the highest placing individual from Miami East.

During the contest the team members were asked to complete a product development scenario in which they calculated the nutritional facts for a new food product and design a new package.  Also they completed an aroma identification section, responded to customer inquiry scenarios, identified sanitation errors in the food industry and common equipment used in a food production facility, and completed a taste sensory test and flavor identification.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA serve food at local free meal program

Benjamin Logan FFA students Peyton Derr, Emma Wenger, Emily Roth, Ava Boysel, Bradey Ackley, and Chance Frater had the chance to serve food at Our Daily Bread. The students benefit in many ways from this opportunity of service. This experience allowed the students to help serve their community and share their time and talents. The students prepared and served meals to over 50 patrons.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter member receives FFA jacket from sponsor

Recently, Beck’s Superior Hybrids of Atlanta, Indiana donated an FFA jacket to a member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jacket was made available through a special project of the Ohio FFA Foundation. The Blue Jackets Program was founded to help new FFA members earn their first FFA jacket. Participating FFA members pledge to meet the Blue Jacket Program requirements and the jackets will be awarded to them.

Requirements of the Blue Jacket Program include attending two FFA events, completion of 10 hours of community service, submission of satisfactory plans for a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program, service on an FFA Program of Activities committee, completion of a high school agricultural education course, and attendance at 80% of the FFA chapter meetings. Additionally, the members selected agree to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude. This year there were 600 applicants statewide and 179 FFA jackets awarded.

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State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell visits West Holmes FFA

On October 24, State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell came to talk to all the ag classes. Wyatt talked about how important finances are and things that we can do to make money instead of losing money.  He also stressed the importance of setting goals and working towards your dreams! Thank you Wyatt for visiting and helping us learn more about opportunities in the FFA.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA National Proficiency Finalists

By Ally Ogi, chapter reporter

West Holmes FFA members Logan Schlauch and Jayme Pennell recently competed at National FFA Convention as National Proficiency Finalists. Logan competed in Ag Processing and Jayme competed in Wildlife Management. The members had to give a 2 minute introductory speech and go through a 15 minute interview with a panel of judges during their week at National Convention.

Logan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) involved working on his family’s dairy and yogurt processing operation. He is responsible for making, packing, and delivering the yogurt.  Jayme’s SAE involves reclaiming 11 acres of farmland to create a wildlife habitat. He has planted over 1,600 trees, doubled the pollinators on his property, and increased the number of deer beds on the property from 0 to 6.

Though neither of them won 1st place in the nation, it was a great opportunity to meet business contacts and FFA members from around the country.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students learn about floriculture / horticulture careers

Benjamin Logan Agricultural Education students and Interior Design Students had the privilege of Beth Zsoldos visiting and giving them the opportunity to learn how to do a simple modern floral arrangement as well as discuss floriculture / horticulture careers. Students did so by starting with a small bowl, black floral foam, and flowers. The classes got to start from scratch and use their imagination all while under the instruction of Mrs. Zsoldos. The classes got a feel of modern floral design and the work needed for the profession. Mrs. Zsoldos does floral arrangements for big events and weddings as a freelance floral designer. She also works for Ohio State ATI. She was able to give the classes her input and advice for doing continued education in the floral and turf careers.
She explained to the classes the amount of open careers in the floral and turf industry. She informed the classes that there is also a new desire for welders and carpenters to make large things for florists to decorate.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event

By  Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Marion Local 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.

Kearsten Kirby competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 8th in the district. There were 28 participants.

Rylee Puthoff competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 4th in the district. There were 22 participants.

Gretchen competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 7th in the district. There were 25 participants.

Isaac Beal competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 4th in the district. There were 21 participants.… Continue reading

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L-S FFA Chapter traveled to National Convention

By Alyssa Alford

The WL-S FFA Chapter traveled with Urbana and Ridgedale to National Convention on October 30, 2019. On the first day, the members went to opening session where they listened to the Keynote speaker, Bob Goff. His message was, “0% drama, 100% kindness.”  Also, in the first session, we celebrated 50 years of Women being allowed in FFA.

The next day we arrived at  Traders Point Creamery where we toured the property and learned more about how they operate. The next stop was Lincoln College Of Technology. They explained that you could get 13 certifications in less than 2 years. There was electric and automative programs and much more. Lastly, we went to the National FFA Center and we learned more about the history of the organization and ways our former members have paved the way for us. At the end of the night, the chapter attended Buckeye Bash.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Chapter attends 92nd National FFA Convention

The Norwayne FFA Chapter took a trip to the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We brought 13 members in our school vans and stayed in a house that we rented. On the way to Indianapolis, we toured Abbott’s Candy Factory and got to see how they made their chocolate and caramel. We also got to learn about how their small food business ran their day-to-day operations and factory. There were two sessions during the convention that our members attended as well.  Those sessions involved a motivational speech given by Bob Goff and also a retiring address from one of the National FFA officers. Being asked how they thought about the trip, Tim Gunkelman said, “I had such a blast at National Convention, especially at Buckeye Bash. I had fun meeting new members across the United States. It was definitely a trip to remember!”

Our members also got to tour Fair Oaks Farms.… Continue reading

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Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.

The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.

Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn.… Continue reading

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Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended 92nd National FFA Convention

By Maddox Rigel, Twin Valley South-MVCTC FFA Reporter
On Nov. 2 the Twin Valley South Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention. This year marks the 50th anniversary since women were allowed in the FFA organization. Members attended several sessions and got to walk around the expo center. They had the opportunity to hear author and speaker Bob Goff. The chapter also got to see country artist Brett Young and attend Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo. Members Haley Back, Chyann Kendel and Kayla Stiver received their Amercian degree award Saturday morning.
We’d also like to congratulate member Chyann Kendel for being top four in the Nation for her Diversified Livestock proficiency. This is the first National finalist our chapter has had in our 55 year history.
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