FFA fares well in evaluations


CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton. Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.

Three 2015-16 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Katie Bodenmiller submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a gold rating . Katie Bendickson submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a gold rating. Emma Linn submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.

Seniors Katie Bendickson, Daniel Everett, Kelsey Kirchner and Hannah Wilson and Junior Weston Hodge applied for the State FFA Degree. All applications were reviewed and submitted to the state evaluation for further review.

Kelsey Kirchner applied for the District 5 Star State in Agribusiness Award for her business enterprise. Emily Beal applied for the District 5 Star Farmer Award for her goat production. Their applications will be reviewed in late February.

Graduates Madeline Davis, Colin Gump, Grant Hodge, and Cody Reid applied for the American FFA Degree. Their applications were reviewed and submitted to the state further evaluation.

Several students applied for proficiency awards. These awards recognized outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience programs in their respected area of specialty. All applications were reviewed and advanced to state competition.

Katie Bendickson applied in the area of Agricultural Sales — Entrepreneurship for her enterprises, Katie’s Christmas Cheer, Floral Arrangements, and Mum Sales.

Katie Bendickson also applied in the area of Diversified Horticulture for involvement in the design and marketing of horticultural items such as Christmas wreaths, chrysanthemums, and floral arrangements.

Zac Gordon applied in the area of Turf Grass Management for his job placement at and ownership of his ownership of lawn care and snow removal businesses.

Kelsey Kirchner applied in the area Agricultural Processing for her business, Kelsey’s K-9 Kookies. Kelsey processes and markets her homemade dog treats at farmers markets and through social media.

Nathan Teeters applied in the area of Agricultural Education for his involvement in the Grain Rescue Tube coordination and multiple trainings for all Miami East Local School District’s Fire Departments.

Nathan Teeters also applied for the Agricultural Services award for his job placement in research at Buckeye Ag Testing.

Alyssa Westgerdes applied in the area of Specialty Crop Production. She raised and marketed mums to family and friends.

Hannah Wilson applied in the area of Specialty Crop Production for mum sales. Hannah utilized farmers markets to sell her fall mums.

Students will now await review at the state evaluation the end of February at the Ohio FFA Center. If selected as one of the top four in the state the student will be interviewed at the State FFA Convention in May.

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