A roundup of FFA news for the week of May 31, 2012:


MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Thirty-three members of the West Holmes FFA attended the 84th annual state convention May 3-4 in Columbus.

Members Travis Campbell, Garrett O’Donnell, Aaron Clark, and Shane Gardner had proficiency interviews to start the morning, and the other members went to the Columbus Zoo.

All members then attended the first session, led by State President Jessica Shanahan, and during the second session of the convention, West Holmes FFA Adviser Jaime Chenevey received one of the Honorary State FFA Degrees.

Later during the convention, Aaron Clark was named the Star in Agriculture Placement, and proficiency award winners were announced. Shane Gardner placed second in agricultural services and Clark was first in diversified agriculture and second in diversified crop production.

After the closing ceremonies of Day One, the FFA chapter toured the OSU campus.

During the next day’s awards presentation, chapter member Garrett O’Donnell placed third in fruit production and Travis Campbell was announced the winner in outdoor recreation.

After that session, chapter members toured the OSU meat lab.

During the fourth session, Casey Schlauch, Becca Chamberlin and Elizabeth Overholt were awarded for their officer books.

The state FFA band and chorus entertained the audience during the convention, and West Holmes FFA’ers Mandy Taylor, Travis Campbell, Haylee Mackey, James Friend and Bailey Boughman participated.

At the end of the convention, new officers were announced, and member Casey Schlauch was elected as the District 8 President.

West Holmes FFA’ers earning their State FFA degrees included: Schlauch, Elizabeth Overholt, Brandon Bowles, Chris Patterson, and Corey Phillips.

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WELLINGTON, Ohio — The Wellington FFA chapter had 18 members attend the 84th Ohio Convention. At the second session members watched as Erik Fehlan, who qualified top four in the state, win first place for the state for the accounting proficiency.

Also at the second session students went to the honorary degree dinner to watch Fred Gott and Coleen Gott Wright receive their honorary degrees.

At the fourth session all three officers, secretary, treasurer, and reporter, were recognized for receiving gold ratings on their officer books.

At the fifth session the chapter had four members receive their State degrees; Sarah Doehr, Deanna Forbush, Erik Fehlan, and Madison Bremke.

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BERLIN, Ohio — Hiland FFA participated in the District 8 FFA ag sales contest. The contest was held at West Holmes. The members were Mac Cordle, Cameron Cordle, Ethan Spencer, and Zachary Wilcoxon.

Mac Cordle placed fifth as individual and they placed fifth as a team. The purpose of this contest is to get students to demonstrate their skills in sales by participating in many activities based on the total sales process.

For the contest, kids will be scored on different things such as sales demonstration, which shows the team’s ability to properly sell an Ag related product to customers and include the sales transaction with the sales invoice and also proper change. They will also be scored on approach, demonstration, handling customer objections and closing the sale.

Points will be scored individually and as a team. The students made their own agriculture product to sell including the label, brochure, and business cards. Their product was homemade horse treats.

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WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio — Recently the Miami Trace FFA chapter attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center.

The Agronomy team received first place and team member. Individual placers were Evan Schaefer, first; Judith Straathof, second; Landon Gibbs, fourth; and Rachel McClish, fifth. The dairy foods placed fifth.

The dairy cattle judging team placed third. Team member Barbara Sears placed fifth and Sam MacGregor placed ninth. The general livestock team placed seventh.

The equine team placed second and individual team members placing were Abbie Noble placed 9th individually.

The meats team placed second and individuals Tanner Mick placed second; Mikayla Mick placed third; and Kayla Clyburn placed seventh. The Parliamentary Procedure team was recognized for winning state. The team consists of Landon Gibbs, Sarah Peterson, Emily Ratliff, Tanner Mick, Daniella Straathof, Jamie Payton, and Molly Garringer.

Natalie Miller was second in the state for the Greenhand quiz CDE and Evan Schaefer was third in the state for grain merchandising.

Brooke Mossbarger received the reporter’s book gold pin, and Daniella Straathof received the secretary’s book gold pin. Hannah Peterson was recognized for being the top individual in the agriculture communications CDE.

Chapter members who received their State Degrees were, Emily Ratliff, Daniella Straathof, Charlie Hiser, Jennifer Frost, Charlie Miller, Melissa Ritenour and Tori Wilt.

The chapter placed 38th in the state.


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Students from Zane Trace traveled to the Ohio FFA convention May 3. Members took part in Agriscience Fair, the FFA Career Show, touring grocery stores, rock climbing, hearing from many speakers and meeting other FFA members from all around Ohio.

The group took a tour of Giant Eagle Market Place in Upper Arlington. Students had the opportunity to try many foods such as buffalo, crepes, sandwiches, and salted caramel.

Students also learned a bit about healthy living and where their food comes from. The students traveled from Giant Eagle back to the fairgrounds, where they celebrated the achievements of their gold-rated officers Stephanie Glass, Audrey Hoey and Amber Ginter, as well as agriscience fair winners.

During sessions on Friday, David Glass and Sarah Cox both received proficiency awards in the food science category. Members also heard from the National FFA President as well as State President Jessica Shanahan.

Convention concluded with the recognition of David Glass, Audrey Hoey and Heather Yeater, who received their state degrees for all of their hard work throughout the years.

Also at convention, 23 students competed in the Ohio AgriScience Fair. Twelve students received a gold rating. The teams of David Glass and Audrey and Stephanie Glass and Jessie Proehl placed first and third in the Food Science and Products category, respectively.

This is David and Audrey’s third consecutive year with a win at the state level, and they will again advance to the National level in the fall. Sarah Cox and Eva Bugg both placed first in their categories of Plant Systems and Natural Resources.

Zane Trace also had two teams placing second within their categories. The second place teams include: Maleah Calhoun and Lauren Smith in Social Systems, and Hunter Hardman and Camden Everidge in Animal Systems.

Sarah Cox, Eva Bugg, David Glass and Audrey Hoey will all compete next fall in Indianapolis in the National AgriScience Fair.

On May 14 the chapter celebrated its annual banquet. This year, the banquet included many special guests, including FFA State Treasurer Aaron Miller.

It also included chapter favorites such as the year in review slideshow, and an installation of new officers for the coming year.

Zane Trace’s lone retiring officer, Vice President Sarah Cox, was honored with a scholarship to be put toward her degree in bioengineering.

Members honored the staff of WKKJ and WBEX radio stations with an honorary degree award. This is a prestigious award which is given out each year to supporters of the FFA.

The award was accepted by Kristina Wolford, who was in attendance at the banquet. This year’s banquet was surely a success, with high attendance and an award given out to all members.


PLYMOUTH, Ohio — Plymouth FFA members recently travel to the state FFA convention in Columbus to receive state degrees, participate in leadership development seminars and browse the Ohio FFA Career Show.

Sixteen people attended the trip to convention, including 12 students and four chaperones. The students participated in more than just state convention — they also visited many educational and entertaining stops along the way.

Their first stop was at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. At the dairy student’s took a full tour of the farm and learned about dairy production from milking, to the cheese and ice cream making process.

At the first session, the chapter received its CROP award for donating at least $200 toward fighting world hunger.

During the second session, Alumni member Leonard Felty was honored with his honorary state FFA degree. He has assisted the chapter for more than 20 years and through four different ag teachers during that time.

Since his retirement he has put forth extra time towards our chapter, bettering the chapter itself, the community, and improving the lives of everyone around him. He is found at nearly every FFA activity from assisting with the chapter’s 30-acre field, to picking up trash for Adopt-A-Highway, delivering food for our banquet and meetings, selling-unloading-and helping sort fruit.

During the fourth session Florenzie Ratliff received her gold scrapbook award. During the fifth session Taylor Foster and Megan Burrer received their State FFA Degrees.


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