Overview of FFA news from July 28, 2022

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Left to right: Kevin Daviduk (Amherst), Xander Blaylock (Midview), Kaylie Blank (North Ridgeville) and Haylei Ready (Elyria) attended the FFA’s national trip to Washington. (photo sent)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio – From June 27 through July 1, the Fayetteville FFA Chapter participated in the Ohio FFA Muskingum Camp in Carrollton, Ohio. Eight members of the chapter were present, and for three of them it was their first time. All participants learned to be a leader, to be a team player and to be open to new people and ideas. Members participated in team building activities and workshops hosted by the state’s FFA agent team and listened to guest speakers.

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MILLERSBURG, Ohio – Ten West Holmes FFA Chapter members attended Ohio Leadership Camp at Camp FFA Muskingum in Carroll County, June 25-28. The members present were Derek Miller, Alex Pringle, Alysa Pringle, Maren Drzazga, Garrett Fowler, Taelor Patterson, Andi Schuch, Becca Scuch, Claire Drzazga and Jenna Sheldon. Casey Ogi and Grady Hawkins also attended the FFA camp, June 22-25, and earlier this week, June 20-22, Sarah Irwin and Gabby Yates attended the camp.

Throughout the week, students attended six sessions on the characteristics of leadership. They were also able to meet the entire 2022-2023 State Officers team throughout the camp days. The camp also hosted a guest speaker, David Kahout, who gave a talk on Sitting in the Presence of Greatness.

The 2022-2023 West Holmes FFA Officer Team met at the high school on July 6 to kick off the annual Officers Retreat. The team was responsible for preparing meals during the trip with a budget of $150 for the next four meals; they have prepared a menu and a list of ingredients needed to cook the meals for the next two days. The team of officers wrapped up the retreat by deciding on shirt designs, cleaning up the farm room and planning events for the year.

The Chapter held its annual FFA Pork Roast on July 17th. This year the pig roast was held in the cafeteria at West Holmes High School due to the weather.

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INDIANAPOLIS — National organization FFA has announced the 16 finalists for its 2022 top achievement awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

A panel of judges will interview the finalists and select a winner in each award category for the FFA’s 95th National Convention and Expo, to be held in Indianapolis this fall. The four winners will be announced at the convention.

The finalists from Ohio and West Virginia are: American Star Farmer, Zane Hagemeyer of the Elmwood FFA Chapter of Ohio; American star in agribusiness, Haden Handley of the Buffalo FFA chapter in West Virginia; and American star in agricultural investment, Jacob Wuebker of the Versailles FFA chapter in Ohio.

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Oberlin, Ohio – Thousands of FFA national members from across the country gathered in Washington. Four Lorain County JVS FFA chapter members and students from the Greenhouse and Landscape Management program spent nearly a week at the conference. Participants included Kevin Daviduk from Amherst, Haylei Ready from Elyria, Xander Blaylock from Midview and Kaylie Blank from North Ridgeville. The cornerstone of the event is a civic engagement activity where students apply what they have learned in a hands-on activity.

The students gave back to the Meals of Hope organization where they had the opportunity to package food for those in need. They also learned about the history of the nation’s capital and visited sites such as Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ford’s Theatre, National Mall and the US Capitol.

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