MIAMI COUNTY — 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 percent 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.
This is the 17th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention on Oct. 26, in Indianapolis.
The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application.
Katie Bendickson, Maci Krites, and Alyssa Westgerdes will compete and be recognized for a being a National Proficiency Finalists. They have placed in the Top 4 in the nation in their respected areas. Bendickson is a finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship for her businesses of Katie’s Christmas Cheer and Katie’s Floral Sales. Krites is a finalist in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication for her business, Maci’s Weld Art, using basic welding materials and marketing them through social media and at local farmers markets. Westgerdes is a finalist in the area of Specialty Crop for her production and sales of chrysanthemums. They will interview for the title of National Proficiency Winner on Oct. 26. Each will receive a cash prize, plaque and recognition on the main stage at the Oct. 27 convention.
In the National Agriscience Fair, Kylie Blair and Jessica Gillum are national finalists. They will compete in Division 4, Environmental Services/Natural Resources Systems with their research project, “Does Safe Water Mean Safe Soil? A Comparative Study Of Townships In Miami County, Ohio.” They will interview and defend their research on Oct. 25.
Emily Beal, Daniel Everett, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid, and Hunter Sharp will receive the American FFA Degree on Saturday, Oct. 28. Their applications were forwarded to the National FFA because they have been successful leaders, been involved in various community service activities, earned at least $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, and been active members of the FFA.
The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2017-18 officer team. The officers are: Kylie Blair, President; Emily Thimmes, Vice President; Liza Bair, Secretary; Alex Isbrandt, Treasurer; Rachael Hodge, Reporter; Emma Younce, Sentinel; Alex DiNardo, Student Advisor; Dylan Hahn, Chaplain and Kearsten Kirby, Historian. Their adviser is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.