FFA members compete at state FFA convention

CASSTOWN — On May 5 and 6, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments and competed in several contests. While in Columbus, the members the convention’s Career Show, met FFA members from across the state, and enjoyed eating out.

Motivation speakers at the convention included Professional Motivational Speakers Tania Tozer, Vietnam War Veteran Dave Roever, Jones Loflin, and National FFA Eastern Regional Vice President Sydney Snider, and State FFA President Matthew Klopfenstein.

The highlight of the trip was the conferring of the State FFA Degree. This year, Miami East High School had five members receive such an honor. Seniors Katie Bendickson, Daniel Everett, Kelsey Kirchner, Hannah Wilson, and Junior Weston Hodge earned the degree. The degree requirements are based on their earned income from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, leadership experience, and FFA and community activities.

Emily Beal was recognized for being a Star State Farmer finalist. Beal owns and operates a herd of Boer goats of which she markets the kids to fellow breeders and showmen. She was a Top 4 in the state for the honor.

During the National Chapter Award results the chapter was named a Top 10 Chapter, out of over 320 chapters in the state. Additionally, the chapter placed in the Top 10 in the areas of Student, Chapter and Community Development. These results are from the chapter’s National Chapter Application. The application will now be sent to the National FFA for review and placing. Additionally, the chapter was recognized for being a Gold Medal Chapter. Members sharing informational presentations were Emily Beal, Katie Bodenmiller, Kelsey Kirchner, and Emma Linn.

Students were recognized for having outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs through the State Proficiency Award program. All students earned a cash prize and were recognized on stage with a plaque. Nathan Teeters was named the State Winner in the area of Agricultural Education. Katie Bendickson was named the named the State Winner in the area of Diversified Horticulture. Hannah Wilson was the state winner in Specialty Crop Production. They will now have their applications forwarded to National FFA for further competition.

Additionally in proficiency awards Katie Bendickson was named second in the area of Agricultural Sales — Entrepreneurship. Nathan Teeters placed third in the area of Agricultural Services. Zac Gordon placed second in the area of Turf Grass Management. Alyssa Westgerdes placed second in the area of Specialty Crop Production.

Past chapter officers submitted their year’s officer books. Katie Bodenmiller, Katie Bendickson, an Emma Linn were received state recognition for completing a Gold rated Chapter Secretary’s, Treasurer’s Book and Reporter’s Book, respectfully.

In the State Agriscience Fair members conducted a research project, created a display, and participated in an interview. Jessica Gillum and Kylie Blair placed 1st in their division with their research project, “Does Clean Water Mean Clean Soil?” They earned a bronze rating. Alyssa Westgerdes and Emma Linn earned a silver rating for their research in the public’s perception of production agriculture.

Daniel Everett participated in the State FFA Choir. Emily Beal was recognized on stage for being a 2015 National Proficiency Winner. Other recognition for the Miami East-MVCTC FFA included special recognition for the donation of monies to Children’s Hospital of Dayton.

Members attending were Nathan Teeters, Daniel Everett, Katie Bodenmiller, Jessica Copeland, Kylie Blair, Hannah Wilson, Weston Hodge, Katie Bendickson, Zac Gordon, Emma Linn, Alyssa Westgerdes, Emily Beal and Kelsey Kirchner. Additional members attending were Olivia Edgell, Riann Kingrey, Madeline Davis, Hunter Sharp, Cody Reid, and Levi Reid. Chaperones were Linda Westgerdes, Principal Todd Gentis, Jackie Winner and Wylena Hahn. Several parents and special guests joined the chapter during the convention to celebrate the accomplishments.

The Miami East Agricultural Education Department of a Satellite Program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.