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Miami East FFA hosts state leadership night

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently hosted a State Leadership Night for its FFA members with the theme of “Passion.” Several members from Miami East-MVCTC FFA attended the activities. State FFA Officers coordinated the workshop.

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were Carley Coppler, State Vice President at Large from Carey FFA, and Kolesen McCoy, State Secretary from Global Impact STEM. During the evening members completed tasks to identify a personal passion they have and establish a timeline for their passion.

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Liza Bair, Natalie Bair, Elizabeth Bair, Michael Bair, Daniel Baker, Erin Baker, Arielle Barnes, Ethin Bendickson, Adam Bensman, Kylie Blair, Sarah Blocher, Makayla Brittain, Anna Broerman, Jakob Brunke, Madison Calvert, Libby Carpenter, Keagan Carsey, Abigail Covault, Coleman Demmitt, Josie Desautels, Alex DiNardo, Ryan DiNardo, Kelsea Drake, Carter Gilbert, Luke Gilliland, Kaitlyn Hawes, Justin Hawkins, Rachael Hodge, Savannah Holzen, Megan Honeyman, Alex Isbrandt, Kearsten Kirby, Saige Lacey, Abbey Lauck, Tyler Laycox, Kami Martin, Lane Mergler, Cole Mergler, Morgan Nosker, Paige Pence, Meadow Powers, Sydney Preston, Kaitlyn Rohrbach, Grace Slone, Jimmy Sutherly, Jacob Sweitzer, Brailyn Tarcea, Caleb Taylor, Emily Thimmes, CJ Vanpelt, Leann Vernon, Isabella Waite, Seth Wells, Jarrett Winner, Lauren Wright, and Emma Younce.

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Miami East FFA’ers bring top yields for chapter corn contest

Recently, members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in Plant and Animal Sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Paige Pence. Her corn was predicted to yield 312.3 bushels to the acre with a 35,000 seed population per acre. Her corn was a Channel product. Second place went to Kearsten Kirby who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 283.6 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.

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Carsey named Miami East FFA Member of the Month for February

The February 2017 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Keagan Carsey. Keagan is the son of Ryan and Casandra Carsey of Troy. Keagan is a sophomore at Miami East High School and a second year agriculture student enrolled in Plant and Animal Sciences.

Keagan was chosen for his participation in the County Public Speaking Career Development in the area of Extemporaneous Public Speaking. Keagan will compete at the upcoming event by randomly choosing an agriculture topic from a list of agriculture issues, preparing a speech in just 30 minutes, then presenting and answering questions. Keagan also attended the National FFA Convention and was the 2016 Miami County Fair King. Keagan’s Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising goats, shoring them, and marketing their fiber and a blacksmithing business in which he makes and markets metal works.

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

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Chili cook-off at Miami East January FFA meeting

At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to provide their recipe and were evaluated on taste.

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was a tie between the team of Aliegha Ulsh and Blake Snyder with their bean-based red chili and Ashley Hawkins and Bailey Buck with their tomato based chili. The People’s Choice Winner was Emma Linn and Alex Isbrandt with their stewed tomato chili. Additional contest participants included Jessica Copeland, Zach and Colton Kowalak and Carly Gump.

All winning teams and participants received an FFA T-Shirt . Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff of Les Kinder, Richard Hague and Hannah Ivey.

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Miami East FFA competes in county, district contests

Recently members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently participated in the 2015 FFA County and District Novice Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Events. The County Competition was hosted at Miami East High School and the District competition was hosted at National Trail High School.

Participating was Novice Period 4 were team members Chair Anastasia Kilbourne, Vice Chair Kearsten Kirby, Brandi Abner, Kyle Baker, Blaine Brokschmidt, Josie Desautels, Kelsea Drake, Austin Ferryman, Jessica Hicks, Korey Lauck, Kirsten Overholser, Blake Snyder, and Andy Wargo. They earned first place. They advanced to the District Novice Parliamentary Procedures Career Development Event.

Participating in Novice Period 5 – Team Blue were team members Chair Chloee Thomas, Vice Chair Savannah Holzen, Elizabeth Bair, Ryan DiNardo, Luke Gilliland, Saige Lacey, Kaitlyn Rohrbach, and Brailyn Tarcea. They received a gold rating.

Participating in Novice Period 5 – Team White were team members Chair Michael Bair, Vice Chair Ethin Bendickson, Daniel Baker, Madison Calvert, Megan Honeyman, Thomas Miller, Jesse Nick, Anna Puthoff, and Aliegha Ulsh.

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Miami East FFA announces November Members of the Month

The November 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month Kylie Blair and Jessica Gillum.  Both are sophomores and second years members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Kylie is the daughter of Sonya Foster and Marty Blair. Jessica is the daughter of Kevin Gillum and Julie Kreiger.

At the 2016 National FFA Convention Kylie and Jessica participated in the National Agriscience Fair with their Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources Systems project entitled, “Does Clean Water Mean Clean Soil? A Comparative Study of Townships In Miami County, Ohio.” The team qualified for the national competition after placing first in the state competition in May 2017. The team placed sixth in the nation and earned a gold rating.

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 student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. 

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Miami County FFA members succeed at National Convention

“Transform: Purpose To Action” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. 27 members of the Miami East-MVCTC and Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA chapters were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis. Those members included from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Elizabeth Bair, Liza Bair, Ethin Bendickson, Kylie Blair, Keagan Carsey, Jessica Copeland, Luke Gilliland, Jessica Gillum, Jessica Hicks, Rachael Hodge, Weston Hodge, Savannah Holzen, Kearsten Kirby, and Abbey Koontz. From Milton-Union-MVCTC FFA were Daniel Albaugh, Destanie Brown, Joel Cress, Dylan Cross, Abby Hissong, Emily Hornberger, Jacob Hornberger, Webb Kress, Jessica Leffew, Eryn Oldham, Kamron Paulus, Liz Renner, and Rachel Thompson. Also joining the members during the trip was the Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its members.

More than 64,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention. Previous conventions were held in Kansas City, Missouri and Louisville, Kentucky.

Convention activities included attending several convention sessions were members where inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2015-2016 National FFA Officers and motivational speakers author, and long-distance swimmer Diane Nyad, and retired NFL player and now farmer Jason Brown.

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Puthoff named Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month

The October 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Anna Puthoff. She is the daughter of James and Cheryl Puthoff of Conover. She is a sophomore and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Anna recently participated in the county and district rural soils Career Development Event. Her scores helped the team place in the top 20 teams in the district. Anna also attended the State Greenhand Conference at Versailles High School.

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 student 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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Big ears means big yields in Miami East FFA corn contest

Members from the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter were recently challenged to participate in the annual Chapter Corn Contest. The rules of the contest were to bring in one ear of corn and earn a corn-related prize. All participants got a can of soda pop because corn syrup is a major ingredient. Overall winners were presented an FFA T-shirt from the FFA Chapter.

A winner is chosen based on the predicted yield of the corn. The grand prize winner was determined by the highest yield estimate, based on plant population per acre. Agriculture Education students in plant and animal sciences took time in class to figure the predicted yield of corn ears as part of their continuing education of agronomy.

The overall winner was Kearsten Kirby. Her corn was predicted to yield 327 bushels to the acre with a 34,000 seed population per acre. Second place went to Alyssa Westgerdes who presented an ear of corn that is predicted to produce 279 bushels per acre with a 30,000 seed population per acre.

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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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Miami East FFA Alumni sponsors upcoming basket bingo

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 31st at 2 p.m. in the Miami East High School Cafeteria. Please enter through the east door of the high school (door #14). Doors will open at one o’clock.

Beautiful and functional Longaberger Baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards win a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.

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Miami East FFA raises funds for Heifer International

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, along with a friendly herd of (plywood) cows, is seeking greener pastures for cows in third world countries. Presently, the FFA members at Miami East High School are soliciting donations for Heifer International. The goal of the Heifer International: Greener Pastures Program is to generate $1,000 that will provide 2 cows ($500 each) to be given to the impoverished families in poor, third world villages. The generous donations of members of the Miami East School Community is making this happen.

The program is designed to have six creatively decorated plywood cows stay a night or two in the yard of a community member. The community member will then make a donation to the FFA’s fundraising program to: 1) have the cows removed, 2) tell the FFA whose yard to put the cows in next, and/or 3) purchase insurance that the cows will not return to their yard or any combination of the three.

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District Job Interview sees Miami East-MVCTC FFA’ers compete

Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 FFA Job Interview Career Development Event held at Preble Shawnee High School.

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

Emily Beal competed in the Division 4 (senior year) interview competition. She placed 2nd in the district. She earned a plaque sponsored by the District 5 FFA Chapters. There were 22 participants.

Katie Bodenmiller competed in the Division 3 (junior year) interview competition. She placed 12th in the district. There were 16 participants.

Emily Thimmes competed in the Division 2 (sophomore year) contest and placed 5th in the district. There were 21 participants.

Kyle Elifritz competed in the Division 1 (freshman year) contest and placed 13th in the district. There were 19 participants.

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Zowalak named Miami East Member of the Month

Zach KowalakThe October 2015 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Zach Zowalak. He is the son of Mark and Gretchen Kowalak. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Zach recently participated in the district urban soils Career Development Event. He also attended the State Greenhand Conference, Covington FFA Children’s Hospital Fundraiser Dodge Ball Tournament, and Emergency Responders Farm Safety Training program. Furthermore, Zach participated in the chapter’s trapshooting event and FFA Freshman Family Welcome Night

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 student 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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Miami East 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.

Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter was named a Models of Innovation Finalist in the area of Student Development for the National Chapter Award Program. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is a Top 10 in the nation in Student Development. Two chapter members will now present at the National FFA Convention in Louisville to be named the National Winner in Student Development and will be recognized on stage.

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Miami East FFA members attend State Greenhand Conference

On Saturday, September 12, 12 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Greenhands attended the 2015 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.

Presenters for the conference included sessions by Sydney Snider, National FFA Officer Candidate, Matthew Klopfenstein, Ohio State FFA President, Lesley Shanahan, Vice President at Large, Ryan Goddard, Vice President at Large, Michaela Kramer, Ohio State FFA Secretary, Sarah Landis, Vice President at Large, Robby Thiel, Ohio State FFA Sentinel, Mary Buehler, Ohio State FFA Vice President, and Aaron Klohn, Ohio State FFA Reporter. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the state of Ohio and learn more about FFA.

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Farm Credit Services donates FFA jackets to Miami East

Recently, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America donated FFA jackets to two members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. The jackets were 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.

Selected from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Lane Davis and Zac Gordon. Lane Davis and Zac Gordon are first year FFA members and freshmen at Miami East High School.

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Miami East takes part 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 – Kolin Bendickson and Daniel Bodenmiller, graduates of Miami East High School, submitted an application to receive the American FFA Degree. Their applications were approved and will be submitted to the National FFA Organization for review.  They will receive their degree at the National FFA Convention in November in Louisville, Ky.

State FFA Degrees – Juniors Emily Beal, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid, and Hunter Sharp and Seniors Olivia Edgell, Riann Kingrey, Miranda Maggart, and Allyson Supinger 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.

Star State FFA Degree – Senior Madeline Davis is a Top 4 Star State Candidate in Agribusiness.

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA fairs well in evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at the Greene County Career Center in Xenia.  Several members of the chapter worked extra hard on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) record to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2014-15 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Emily Beal submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a gold rating . Kelsey Kirchner submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a gold rating. Casey Copeland submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a gold rating. Emily, Kelsey, and Casey will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.

Seniors Riann Kingrey, Olivia Edgell, Miranda Maggart, and Allyson Supinger and Juniors Emily Beal, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid, and Hunter Sharp applied for the State FFA Degree. All applications were reviewed and submitted to the state evaluation for further review.

Madeline Davis applied for the District 5 Star State in Agribusiness Award for her business enterprise.

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“Basket Bingo” to be hosted by ME-MVCTC FFA alumni

The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Basket Bingo on Sunday, January 25th at 2 p.m. in the Miami East Junior High Auditeria. Doors will open at 1:30 and guests should enter through the east door of the junior high.

Beautiful and functional Longaberger baskets will be the prize for the 20 games, with the grand prize being a retired basket feature.

Tickets are $20 for the 20 games and a raffle entry. There will also be raffles, extra games, and concessions sales offered. All winning tie-breaking cards win a consolation prize of a Longaberger product.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter at (937) 335-7070 ext. 3212 or by purchasing them at the door.

All funds raised will be donated to the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter in support of their community activities and leadership development.

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