On May 3 and 4, the Miami Trace FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Convention held at the Ohio State Expo Center in Columbus.
The chapter attended convention sessions, attended a career/trade show and listened to four guest speakers: Gian Paul Gonzales, Eddie George, Greg Ibach and Erica Baier, National FFA vice president. These speakers entertained the crowd and gave inspiring messages that helped improve members’ leadership skills.
In addition to gaining valuable leadership and career skills, the Miami Trace FFA Chapter was fortunate enough to receive several awards and recognitions. Haylee Anders, Grant DeBruin, Taylor Moore and Lydia Zwoll represented the chapter in the State FFA Chorus. In the State FFA Band, representatives were Blake Bradshaw, Grant DeBruin, Lahni Stachler, Quinton Waits and Victoria Waits.
Miami Trace excelled this year in State Career Development Events and Proficiency Awards. The district had three state winning Career Development Event teams this year. The Advanced Parliamentary Procedure team was recognized for winning state. The team consists of Garrett Hagler, Meri Grace Carson, Abbi Pettit, Adam Ginn, Aubrey Schwartz and Kylie Pettit. These members will compete at the national level in October in Indianapolis, Ind. The following eighth graders were recognized for winning the state Middle School Poultry Evaluation contest, as well as Middle School Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Libby Aleshire, Bryce Bennett, Drew Black and Connor Collins.
FFA Proficiency awards are based on a student’s level of dedication to their individual supervised agricultural experiences. This year, four members were honored as finalists in their respective divisions. In Swine Production- Entrepreneurship, Meri Grace Carson was named second place in the state. Rebecca Heckathorn was also named state runner-up in the area of Agricultural Sales-Placement. Garrett Hagler, 2018 graduate, was named the state winner in the Beef Production-Entrepreneurship for his SAE of owning and operating a small cow/calf herd on his family’s farm.
Todd Peterson, graduate of Miami Trace, was named the Ohio Star Farmer and the state winner in the area of Diversified Grain Production, Entrepreneurship proficiency area. These awards were based on Todd’s outstanding supervised agricultural experience (SAE) were he owns and rents over 300 acres of corn, soybean and wheat production. Todd will represent Ohio at the National FFA Convention in October.
Receiving the State FFA Degree is the highest honor the Ohio FFA Association can bestow on its members. This gold charm of the State FFA Degree is given to members that excel in leadership, academics, community service and their FFA endeavors. This year, Miami Trace had 10 members receive this degree. Those members were Ryan Arledge, Meri Grace Carson, Tori Evans, Preston Huff, Cole Karnes, Abbi Pettit, Trevor Pursell, Andrea Robinson, Seth Simonson and Madison Wallace.
Other awards included officers who received Gold Star ratings on their officer books. Meri Grace Carson and Abbi Pettit received the reporter’s book gold pin, and Tori Evans received the treasurer’s book gold pin. Also, Khenadi Grubb received a silver rating for her Agriscience Fair Project.
As a chapter, Miami Trace FFA received a gold rating in the state, were named a Top 10 Chapter in Ohio, and was a finalist in all three areas of the National Chapter Application: Strengthening Agriculture, Building Communities and Growing Leaders. These honors were based on the chapter program of activities that are carried out each year.
The Miami Trace FFA Chapter would like to congratulate all members for their hard work over the past year and wish all students participating in upcoming national contests good luck.