Miami Trace receives national recognition

By Amanda Swigert - Ag Educator/FFA Advisor

On Oct. 19-22, the Miami Trace FFA will be attending the 89th National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Not only will we be taking students to participate in sessions, watch award ceremonies, and tour Indiana, we have many members being recognized at the national level.

Our Agronomy team will be competing for a national title; there are six Miami Trace graduates that will be receiving their American FFA degrees; we are in the running for top FFA chapter in the nation; and Riley Evans is a national finalist, running for a national title with his poultry SAE project.

Our Agronomy team competed in May at the state level and was named as the Ohio FFA champions. This allowed them to advance on to the national level. The Agronomy team consists of: Cody Clyburn, Garrett Hagler, Nicholas Elrich, and Todd Peterson. Participants in the Agronomy CDE possess a great deal of knowledge of seeds, insects, soils and crops. They must also show skills in solving complex problems related to crop production.

Up next will be our six recipients of the American FFA degree. The American FFA degree is awarded at National FFA Convention each year to less than 1 percent of FFA members. The American degree is the organization’s highest honor. Along with their degree, each recipient will receive a gold American FFA Degree key. The Miami Trace FFA recipients are: Cassidy Elam, Heather Johnston, Natalie Miller, Caleb Penwell, Jacob Rose, and Evan Schaefer. Evan Schaefer is also being recognized as a Star American Farmer Finalist.

The Miami Trace FFA is proud to have one finalist in the proficiency category. Riley Evans received first at the state level with his poultry SAE project in May. This allowed him to compete at the national level with his project. The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honors FFA members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Entrepreneurship proficiency awards, which is the division Riley will compete in, are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related enterprise. Riley raises and markets locally-produced chicken and eggs.

For the first time in the history of the Miami Trace FFA, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, the chapter will be recognized for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award. The Miami Trace FFA chapter filled out an application that showcases the chapter Program of Activities and submits it for review. Ten finalists were selected for the National Model of Excellence Chapter Award, with the Miami Trace FFA chapter being one of them. In October, two chapter members will be interviewed for the honor of being recognized as the top chapter in the nation.

The Miami Trace FFA chapter would like to congratulate all their members on achieving this level of recognition and good luck in October during the competition process.

By Amanda Swigert

Ag Educator/FFA Advisor