MONROEVILLE — The Monroeville FFA chapter attended the 90th annual FFA Convention in Columbus on May 3 and 4. The chapter started out their trip by eating at BD’s Mongolian Grill. After the chapter was done eating we went to our first session at the Convention center. A keynote speaker, Gian Paul Gonzalez, who found himself on the speaking circuit due to his success with the “All In” speech from the New York Giants Superbowl championship season, spoke some encouraging words at the convention.
His speech was about how to never give up what's important to you and to strive to bring kindness. He spoke about how to set goals and work hard to achieve them. After the chapter spent a few hours at the Convention center we checked in our hotel.
The rest of the evening was reserved for dinner and chapter bonding time at Magic Mountain. The chapter did various activities, like golfing, go karting, laser tag and the arcade. When the chapter got back to the hotel, the students went swimming for a while.
The next day the chapter went to Texas Roadhouse for lunch before we went to the convention center. Back at the convention center for Session Four we enjoyed keynote speaker, Erica Bier, National FFA Secretary. Her words of encouragement were never let anyone get in the way of your goals, and to never give up on your goals because you don’t think you are worthy. While we waited on the fifth session to start we ate lunch and shopped at the FFA shopping mall and career fair.
The fifth session was full of excitement as the new State FFA Officers were announced and four Monroeville FFA members received their FFA State Degrees. These students were Amelia Dalton, Amelia Opper, Macy Schafer, and Hogan Schied. They received a certificate and a gold charm for their jackets. After the students received their awards the whole chapter was rounded up and we took a chapter picture. After the pictures were done we hit the road back home.
On April 26, the Monroeville FFA had their 88th annual FFA banquet. The banquet started with opening ceremonies by the 2017-2018 officers and President Amelia Ruggles welcomed all the guests. Kirsten Stieber then gave the Invocation and the meal of smoked pork, cheesy potatoes, smoked green beans, coleslaw, dinner rolls, dessert and drinks were enjoyed by all. A big thanks to Heath Cleary for taking the time to prepare the delicious smoked pork and beans, we would like to give the assist to Courtney Cleary for the delicious Coleslaw.
While the friends and family of the FFA members were eating, a slideshow prepared by our gold rated reporter Macy Schafer was presented. The slide show consisted of the different events and memories the chapter went through that year. After everyone was done eating many awards were presented to the members congratulating them on their accomplishments throughout the year.
Also announced at the banquet are the Agriculture Scholarships which will be formally presented at graduation: The George Raymond Latteman Memorial Scholarship and the Leroy Bauer Memorial Scholarship will go to Hogan Scheid. Hogan will be studying Agriculture Management at Terra. The Monroeville FFA Alumni Scholarship will go to Kennedy Brooks, she will be studying Ag communication or Animal Science at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.
The special class awards this year were awarded to Star Greenhand, Outstanding Sophomore, Star Junior, and Star Senior these are given to students that go above and beyond and put time and effort into making the FFA better. The Star Greenhands are Garrison Holher, and Lexy Schafer. The Outstanding Sophomores are Ethan David and Isaac Cleary. The Star Juniors are Amelia Opper and Macy Schafer. The Star Seniors are Kennedy Brooks and Amelia Ruggles. The highest honor the State can give a member is the State FFA Degree. This year receiving their state FFA degrees are Amelia Dalton, Amelia Opper, Macy Schafer, and Hogan Scheid. These members will receive their golden charms at the Ohio FFA State Convention.
Each year the chapter gives an Honorary Chapter FFA Degree to a person that devotes a lot of their time to helping the Monroeville FFA Chapter be better for it members, this years recipient is Health Cleary. The last two years Heath has volunteered his time and talents to ensure our banquet attendees were well fed. We would like to thank Brian Watt for his continued support of the FFA through his donations as well as retired FCS instructor Deb Harwood who came back for one more round with the FFA members at their banquet.
Thanks to Mr. Moore and the Board of Education members who spent the evening with us, their support is greatly appreciated. The last event of the evening was to announce the 2018-2019 Chapter Officers.
This years officers are President- Macy Schafer, Vice President- Amelia Opper, Secretary- Mason Kluding, Assistant Secretary- Grant Opper, Treasurer- Ethan David, Assistant Treasurer- Clay Krueger, Reporter- Lexy Schafer, Sentinel- Isaac Cleary, Student Advisor- Garrison Hohler, Historian- Kylee Brooks, Parliamentarian- Kadan Martin, and Chaplin Eli Ott.
— Lexy Schafer, reporter
Western Reserve FFA
COLLINS — The Western Reserve FFA Chapter held their annual banquet on April 19. Here they reflected on the accomplishments and the past year in the chapter. Many members along with their families, alumni, and supporters of the Western Reserve FFA Chapter were there to celebrate. President, Jenna King, opened the evening with a few words and thanks for everyone. Greenhand member, Colton White provided a reading of the FFA Creed. The Western Reserve FCCLA then provided a great meal and while people ate they could watch a slideshow made by reporter McKenna Woodruff. Western Reserve’s Principal Mrs. Border then gave some facts and some background on farming families.
Member, Alex Linder presented Chapter Degrees to the following recipients: Cody Benesh, Wesley Breedlove, David Fincham, Rachel Herbkersman, Willia Holzmiller, Haley West, McKenna Woodruff, Morgan Spettle, Kaleb Farmer and Reba Runkle.
Member, Morgan Spettle then presented all first year members with their Greenhand Degrees. Recipients included: Terry Brady, Jake Kramer, James Dunn, Hayden Huntington, Ethan Nolan, Emily Stevens, Colton White, Tara Adkins, Wyatt Baker, Dayne Brayden, Kyle Brown, Dakota Pleska, Adam Lewis, William Rogers, Shalyn Stewart, Isabella Watson, Brayden Nichols, Jonathan Fisher, Harley Johnson, Austin Sansom, Joscelyn Turner, Dalton Webb, Kaden Boswell, Aaron Buchanan, Hannah Cooley, Jasmine Edwards, Elijah Gadd, Damian Henning, Memphis Hoff, Alex Linder, Josh Pippert, Lane Wetzel, Skyler Wilson, Xamara Woodford and Brandon Wright.
Advisor, Mr. Mark Starkey, presented Mrs. Ann Todd with the honorary member this year for the Western Reserve FFA.
Vice President, Brookelyn Hiesser presented members with Chapter Proficiency Awards. Proficiency winners are as followed:
Ag Mechanics Repair- Ian Irish
Ag Services- Ian Irish
Beef Reproduction/Placement- Rebecca Krisha
Beef Reproduction/Entrepreneurship- Colton White
Diversified Livestock Production- Colton White
Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management- Rachel Herbkersman
Equine Science/Entrepreneurship- Rachel Herbkersman
Equine Science/Placement- Rachel Herbkersman
Forest Management Products- Colton White
Food Science Technology- Rebecca Krisha
Sheep Production- Emily Stevens
The top sellers in the fruit and cheese sale, and strawberry sale were rewarded a gift certificate to the “Blue” FFA Catalog. The top sellers of the fruit and cheese sales were 3rd place Brookelyn Hiesser, 2nd place Jenna King, and 1st place Reba Runkle. The top sellers in the strawberry sale were 3rd place Rebecca Krisha, 2nd place Xamara Woodford, and 1st place David Fincham. We then recognized all FFA members who participated in CDE events. This consisted of 27 individuals accounting for 57 entries into CDE events.
Adviser, Mr. Mark Starkey then presented Star Awards and we installed new officers for the next year. The officers consist of President Rebecca Krisha, Vice President McKenna Woodruff, secretary Haley Wes, treasurer Rachel Herbkersman, reporter Alex Linder, sentinel Wesley Breedlove, student advisor Ethan Nolan and parliamentarian David Fincham.
Closing ceremonies were conducted where door prizes were handed out and a salute to the nations flag was given. The banquet was then adjourned by President, Rebecca Krisha. Congratulations to all members of the Western Reserve FFA on a great year.
— Alex Linder, reporter
New London FFA
NEW LONDON — May 12 was the date of the New London FFA annual banquet to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the chapter’s 81st year.
Linda and Bill Daniel, owners of Brad’s BBQ, and Holly and Ray Barber were made honorary chapter members for going “above and beyond to help grow the FFA program.”
Chelsie Lyons was congratulated for earning her American FFA Degree, which she will receive at the National Convention in October. This is the highest honor an FFA member can receive and puts her among the top 2 percent in the nation. Chelsie graduated last year and just finished her freshman year at LCCC.
Nadia Barber received the Star Discovery Award, Hannah Spoerr received the Star Freshman Award, Natalie Ferguson received the Star Sophomore Award and Melvin Deppen received the Star Junior Award. Gracyn Shupp was named Star Senior and received the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award for excellence in leadership, scholarship, supervised experience and extreme dedication to the FFA. Kotiana Barber received the 110 percent Award for putting forth the most effort for the chapter.
At the State Convention Gracyn Shupp was honored with a $450 scholarship to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Melvin Deppen received his State FFA Degree, which is given to only the top 1 percent of all Ohio FFA members
This year’s officers are Emily Dalton, president; Cassidy Lay, vice president; Kotiana Barber, secretary; Gracyn Shupp, treasurer; Natalie Ferguson, reporter; and Braelyn Hicks, sentinel. Next year’s officers are Kotiana Barber, president; Natalie Ferguson, vice president; Hannah Spoerr, secretary; Trent Yates, treasurer; Taylor Stevens, reporter; and Melvin Deppen, Sentinel/EHOVE representative.