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ZT FFA Members Partner With Ross County Farm Bureau for Breakfast

Submitted by Zane Trace FFA Chapter on March 19, 2017

On Thursday, March 16th, Zane Trace FFA members volunteered to help serve nearly 300 guests who attended the Ross County Farm Bureau Farmers Care Breakfast. The event was held at the Ross County Service Center from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. Guests could purchase a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, ham, fruit and drinks for $2.00 or bring a canned good donation and pay $1.00.  The purpose of the breakfast was to educate patrons on the contributions made by Ohio’s farmers to the state and local economies and to increase awareness of Farm Bureau programs. The members enjoyed the opportunity to work with Ross County Farm Bureau to promote agriculture.

Pictured: Zane Trace FFA members Katie Mitchell, Savannah Boggess, Brittany Lott and Khiley Staples serve drinks to guests at the Ross County Farm Bureau Farmers Care Breakfast on March 16th.

Zane Trace Food Science Students “Bring Home the Bacon”

Submitted by the Zane Trace FFA Chapter on March 18, 2017

What started as a suggestion from a senior student during the Zane Trace FFA’s annual sausage breakfast culminated in the smoking of nearly 20 pounds of bacon last week by students in the program’s food science courses.  Senior Hunter Brower wondered aloud if the chapter could make bacon to go with the nearly 500 pounds of sausage they prepared for the breakfast. Food Science instructor Jennifer Johnston commented that her father, Larry Moore, had made bacon for his 4-H projects as a member in West Virginia and that he might be able to help them with the process of making their own. The food science students purchased four pork sides from Just Meats in Chillicothe and began the process of curing them on Feburary 21st.  Over the next three weeks the students monitored the meat to ensure that it was curing properly and staying at the proper temperature. During this time they learned how the chemicals in the cure react with the components of the meat over time to dry and preserve it.  

On March 14th the bacons were rinsed, trimmed and hung to dry in a smoker that students had built from an old filing cabinet.  Mr. Moore visited the school on the 14th and 15th to help guide students in their work and to show them the proper way to start the hickory wood fire and monitor the temperature of the smoker.  Throughout the day on March 15th students took turns making sure the internal temperature of the smoker stayed between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. After six hours of smoking, the bacons were ready to cool. Students sliced and fried their first pieces on March 16th and received rave reviews from ZT staff members and students who tried it. The project was such a success that students hope to cure additional bacons in the coming weeks.  The food science students wish to thank Mr. Moore, Just Meats and the staff at Zane Trace High School for allowing them to conduct such a hands-on project as part of their class and lab activities in food science.


Top Picture: The four smoked bacons that were made by students in the Zane Trace Food Science program.

Bottom Picture: Larry Moore demonstrates the function of a meat smoker to freshman students in Zane Trace’s ag program. The smoker was made by food science students to smoke four bacons that they had cured as part of their class and lab activities.

Zane Trace FFA Members Participate in CTE Showcase at Statehouse

Submitted by Zane Trace FFA Chapter on March 12, 2017

On Thursday, March 9th, five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter traveled to the Ohio Statehouse to participate in the Ohio CTE Showcase in the Statehouse Atrium. During the event the students set up a display highlighting the activities in the food science department and interacted with Senators and Representatives along with administrators and students from other CTE programs around Ohio.  The members answered questions about the food science program and handed out samples of food products they had made during the current school year through their classroom and lab activities.  These included maple syrup, protein bars and whole grain granola. The students enjoyed a catered lunch and tours of the statehouse during the event.  They also received an invitation to visit the office of Senate President Pro Tempore, Bob Peterson, who visited their booth earlier in the day. The students who participated include seniors Jacob Ratcliff and Kylie Lathey along with sophomores Katie Shelby, Gabby Wycinski and Cody Clark.

Pictured: Zane Trace FFA members Cody Clark, Gabby Wycinski, Jacob Ratcliff, Kylie Lathey and Katie Shelby pose with Ohio Senator Bob Peterson during the Ohio CTE Showcase at the Statehouse on March 9th.  

Strawberry Sale for CROP/CWS is a Sweet Success for ZT FFA!

Submitted by Zane Trace FFA Chapter on February 22, 2017

For the 12th year in a row the Zane Trace FFA Chapter held a strawberry sale during the month of February to raise money for one of the Ohio FFA’s official charities – CROP/CWS.  On February 14th students were visited by Andrew Gifford, Ohio’s director for CROP/CWS, who explained the work that the organization does in the United States and around the world to promote sustainable agriculture, clean water and disaster relief efforts.  Students then sold strawberries over the next two weeks to raise funds for CROP/CWS. The strawberries arrived on March 16th and a total of 550 flats were delivered to customers. Because of the efforts of the FFA members, a donation of $1,000 will be made to CROP/CWS and students will be able to assemble six clean up buckets with additional funds raised from the sale.  The Zane Trace FFA chapter is thankful to everyone who ordered berries and helped our chapter put the “living to serve” part of our motto into action.

Picture: Andrew Gifford of CROP/CWS Ohio speaks to members of the Zane Trace FFA to kick off their annual strawberry sale charity fundraiser.  The chapter raised enough money to make a $1,000 donation to CROP and purchase $500 worth of supplies to assemble clean up buckets for disaster relief.

Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter takes the win at University of Findlay

Submitted by Tri-Village MVCTC FFA on February 21, 2017

The Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter is crowned University of Findlay Livestock Judging Champions.  Twelve team members, including 3 junior high members, traveled to Findlay, Ohio on Saturday, February 4th where they attended a judging clinic conducted by the Ohio State University judging team during the morning sessions. After lunch the members were tasked with evaluating 7 classes of various species including, sheep, swine, cattle and goats. Sophomore’s Brenden Durst and Jared Godown placed First and Second overall as individuals. Other team members were; Brittany Brewer, Bailey Towery, Michael Marcus, Corbin Holzapfel, Tyler Martin, Colton Thobe, Johnny Crawford, Gavin Lochard, Rorie Stump and Jenna Godown. This was the first contest of the year for Tri-Village. Tri-Village Agriculture Education is a Satellite Program of Miami Valley CTC.  

McClain FFA Member Puts the Pen to Paper

Submitted by Emily Jones, McClain FFA, on January 21, 2017

It all started with four animals in one pen and one man’s opinion.

Madison Schumacher, of the McClain FFA chapter, signed with Blinn College on January 18th. Schumacher will be attending Blinn on a scholarship to judge livestock on the collegiate level.

She has been on the chapter’s state General Livestock Judging team for two years. Through these contests, Schumacher has had the opportunity to learn and apply the livestock industry and production priorities through evaluation of breeding and market cattle, swine, sheep and goats. She has represented the chapter well in all contests. In both years that Madison has competed, her team won trips to judge livestock nationally. These contests were the World Beef Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the National Western in Denver, Colorado.

Over the summer, the chapter attended the Northwest Georgia Livestock Judging camp. As Schumacher prepared and gave reasons for various collegiate livestock judging teams, she made connections with the affiliates of Blinn College. These individuals showed interest in Madison and because of that, a trip was planned to go to Blinn College in Texas not even a month later.

“Not only is this scholarship a great opportunity for Madison, but it is also opening the door to endless opportunities for the younger members in the chapter,” according to Mr. Fitzpatrick, one of the McClain FFA advisors. As Madison judges on the collegiate level, she will have the opportunity to travel to stock shows throughout the United States. These shows are in the states of Louisville, Kansas City, Denver, Fortworth, and many more. This connection will also allow future members to possibly pursue their own dream in the livestock industry.

The chapter is very proud of Madison and would like to wish her the best of luck as she ventures to Texas and makes it her own opinion.

Ohio State Superintendent Visits Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on January 18, 2017

On Friday, January 6th, state superintendent Paolo DeMaria visited the Anthony Wayne High School Agricultural Education program. The purpose of this visit was to inform Mr. DeMaria about the many benefits of agricultural education, and all of the opportunities it has given the students at Anthony Wayne. The officer team prepared a presentation about all of the things our chapter offers including the diverse classes, activities and career development events throughout the year, and the skills that students gain by becoming an FFA member. It was an honor to have Mr. DeMaria select our chapter to gain a better understanding of FFA and agricultural education in Ohio as a whole. Louis Pawliski, a member of the FFA, said “It was great seeing that the community outside of agriculture is starting to take an interest in it and it was fun for us to be able to show our projects that we spend a lot of time on.”

Pictured above (Left to right): Haley Schmersal, Louis Pawliski, Marleigh Kerr, Kalie Anderson, Superintendent DeMaria, Camryn Buskey, Nicole McMullen, and Kelsey Arquette after the presentation about the Anthony Wayne agricultural education program.

McClain FFA Competes at Nationals

Submitted by Emily Jones, McClain FFA, on January 10, 2017

The McClain FFA chapter competed at the National Western Roundup in the general livestock judging contest. This national contest was held in Denver, Colorado on January 6th. The members that competed in this contest were Emily Jones, Allison Beatty, Madison Schumacher, and Ethan Cockerill.

More than 1000 youth from more than 32 states including Alberta, Canada attended the Western National Roundup January of 2017 in Denver, CO. The Conference, now in its 97th year, is held annually in early January, coinciding with the National Western Stock Show. This contest is aimed at leaving participants with the confidence that they have the opportunity to create unique experiences and thrive in their self-defined future through 4-H and FFA.

Both 4-H and FFA members between the ages of 14 and 19 have the opportunity to qualify for Roundup by winning their home state’s contest or being chosen as a state delegate. The competitions held at Western National Roundup include horse and livestock judging, livestock quiz bowl, hippology, horse demonstrations and public speaking, parliamentary procedure, family consumer sciences presentations, skill-a-thon, and bowl, consumer decision making, public speaking prepared and impromptu, parliamentary procedure, and meats identification. Workshops are offered throughout the week which provides a learning experience for the youth exposing them to topics ranging from communication and team building to leadership development. Youth participants develop a mastery of their respective subject matters, but more importantly, gain life-long skills. Such skills as public speaking, professionalism, and good sportsmanship along with the memories and new friendships will outlast the trophies and ribbons that were won.

The McClain FFA chapter placed 9th in the nation at this event. Madison Schumacher placed 4th in the swine division and 9th individually in the nation. This placing allowed Schumacher to receive an animal science scholarship to Colorado State.

Ohio FFA Leadership Night

Submitted by Kelsey Arnett, Lynchburg-Clay FFA Reporter, on December 27, 2016

All five Highland County FFA Chapters (Fairfield, Greenfield-McClain, Hillsboro, Lynchburg-Clay, and Mowrystown) hosted an Ohio FFA Leadership Night on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Hillsboro High School.

The Ohio FFA Leadership Night was open to all FFA members in Ohio. The curriculum for the event was prepared and presented by the following Ohio FFA Officers: Meredith Oglesby, Ohio FFA Vice President; Lauren Grover, State FFA Reporter; and Ryan Matthews, Vice President At Large. Throughout the event, FFA members interacted with other members and focused on developing their personal goals. FFA members learned about leadership and were challenged to meet new people and engage in conversation.

After the leadership portion of the event, the FFA members enjoyed a delicious Subway sandwich. The group then traveled to the Highland County YMCA where the members were able to swim, play basketball, watch movies, and play various card and board games.

In total, there were nearly 220 FFA members representing 10 different FFA chapters that attended the Ohio FFA Leadership Night. The FFA Chapters would like to thank Hillsboro FFA for holding the event, the Ohio FFA officers that ran the event, all FFA members in attendance, and the Highland County YMCA.

Pictured above: Members of the Lynchburg-Clay FFA Chapter that attended the Ohio FFA Leadership Night in November.

Marysville FFA Continues With Their Biggest Fundraiser Of The Year!

Submitted by Taci Welch, Marysville FFA Reporter, on December 20, 2016

Marysville FFA had yet again another successful year with their fruit sale. Each member had a goal to sell at least $250 of fruit over the time period of November and December months. The chapter offered fruit as well as many other things this year such as jerky, nuts, flowers and much more! At the end of the school year the chapter celebrates all their accomplishments with a annual banquet held in March. This fundraiser helps with many things such as the awards given out at banquet, field trip costs and more. It was a very successful year for the chapter and their fruit sale.

Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter Donates to Children’s Hospital

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on December 19, 2016

On Thursday, December 15th, the Anthony Wayne FFA officer team went to the Toledo Children’s Hospital. They took multiple blankets and toys to donate to the children who cannot go home for the holidays. For a little under a month, the chapter collected donations of fleece for blankets, toys, and money to purchase extra items. Throughout three workdays, members made all of the fleece blankets to do be donated. The shop class at Anthony Wayne High School also donated hand made wooden planes and the family consumer science class donated blankets. While at the hospital the officers received a tour of the children’s hangout room and library, as well as the teen hangout room. Marleigh Kerr said “It was really fun to get to work with members to make the blankets and then to see the joy of the people at the hospital when we delivered the toys and blankets. Overall it was super rewarding and a great experience.”

Pictured above: The Anthony Wayne FFA officer team with the items that they donated to the Toledo Children’s Hospital.

McClain FFA Christmas Extravaganza 

Submitted by Emily Jones, McClain FFA, on December 16, 2016

The McClain FFA chapter held Children’s Christmas on December 13th. This event allows children from Greenfield Elementary to visit the school’s auditorium to have a Christmas experience with the officer class. The students get to interact with Santa’s elves, eat homemade cookies, and get a picture with Santa.

The students are able to donate to our chapter. The money that is donated allows the chapter to adopt ten children for Christmas. The officer team buys Christmas presents for those ten children.  This event is a great way to give back to the youth in the Greenfield community.

The McClain FFA chapter would like to thank the parents and students for their continued support throughout the years.


Anthony Wayne FFA Member Receives $1000 Grant

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on December 16

Anthony Wayne FFA member Maggie Burkett recently received a $1000 grant from the National FFA Organization for her supervised agricultural experience (SAE). In her SAE, Maggie uses the manure from two horses she owns and composts it. The manure composts in large pallets that are 5’ tall and 4’ wide during the winter. When the manure is finished composting, Maggie packs it into 10 pound bags and sells them for $2 each in the spring. She has multiple customers who have requested that she continues this business because they like using the natural fertilizer for their gardens. She began this SAE in the winter of 2015, which was when she began taking an agriculture course at Anthony Wayne High School. With the grant that she received, Maggie plans to purchase a Stall Butler. This will help her to separate the manure more efficiently than she can by hand, make it more organic, and expand her business throughout her years in FFA. Maggie said “I am super grateful for the CCOF Foundation for choosing to give me a grant to expand my SAE! The idea to start this came when my dad had told me that the City of Toledo would no longer be allowing anyone to dump manure on the frozen ground, so we started to compost it! My favorite part of this entire project is the feedback I get from my customers. ”

Pictured above: Maggie Burkett packs bags of composted manure to sell to her customers. With this SAE grant, she will increase the organic matter of the compost, while also being more efficient.

Marysville FFA Hosts 2nd Annual Leading The Herd Event

Submitted by Taci Welch, Marysville FFA Reporter, on December 13, 2016

Marysville FFA hosted their 2nd annual Leading The Herd workshop at the Union County Fairgrounds on November 17th at 5pm. Schools from the surrounding district were invited and many showed up to join the fun! Two FFA state Officers were also apart of this event and provided a leadership workshop for the students. Afterwards students went around to different animals and were taught the basics of how to judge these general livestock animals. Animals include Goats, Sheep, Pigs and Cattle. Professionals were brought in for the clinic to help students understand what to look for in each animal. At the end of the night all students had gotten a chance to judge all given species of the animals provided, as well as interact with the State Officers that came. It was a great state wide event that the Marysville FFA is glad to call their own. We are thankful to have such a welcoming community when it comes to hosting events right here in Marysville.

Anthony Wayne’s Degree Ceremony

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on December 9, 2016

On December 5th, the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter held their annual Greenhand and Chapter degree ceremony. There were 36 Greenhand degrees and 15 chapter degrees awarded to our members. Six greenhands, Harrison Short, Norah Li, Heidi Gasser, Keaton Grabarczyk, Tayler Common, and Reegan Kehres, presented the FFA Creed. The Ohio FFA State President Mary Buehler was the guest speaker at the Degree Ceremony. She delivered a message to our members and guests about taking every opportunity that you can in order to find your passion. Members and guests also enjoyed cake and punch refreshments to honor the hard work of our members who earned degrees. Greenhand Heidi Gasser said “The degree ceremony was a great learning experience and I enjoyed it.”

Pictured above: Six Greenhand FFA members presented the FFA Creed during the degree ceremony.  

McClain FFA Moves on to Districts

Submitted by Emily Jones, McClain FFA, on November 26, 2016

The McClain FFA chapter had two teams compete in the Sub-District Parliamentary Procedure Contest. The contest was held at Peebles High School on November 22nd.

The contestants mock a chapter meeting in order to demonstrate their knowledge of parliamentary law and various parliamentary procedures. The contest also includes a test over the general knowledge of parliamentary rules.

The chapter had a Novice Parliamentary team and an Advanced Parliamentary team. The Novice team was composed of Meg O’Connor, Harley Penwell, Katie Graham, Dakota Bland, Justin Hall, Thomas Rutherford, Beckley Smith, and Haley Hinkle. This team placed first in their contest. The Advanced team was composed of Madison Schumacher, Courtney Dodds, Kendall Pollard, Heidi Rolfe, James Looney, and Emily Jones.  This team placed second in their contest. Both teams will be moving on to the District Parliamentary Procedure contest. The chapter is very proud of the accomplishments of both teams and wish the members the best of luck in the upcoming contest.

Pictured above (left to right): Harley Penwell, Haley Hinkle, Dakota Bland, Justin Hall, Meg O’Connor, Katie Graham, Beckley Smith, and Thomas Rutherford.

Pictured above (left to right): Heidi Rolfe, Emily Jones, Madison Schumacher, Kendall Pollard, Courtney Dodds, and James Looney.

District One Job Interview CDE

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on November 21, 2016

On Thursday, November 17th Marleigh Kerr, Madelynn Manngold, Reegan Kehres, and Nicole McMullen competed in the District One FFA Job Interview Career Development Event. This is a highly competitive event where students must prepare a cover letter and resume, complete an application and a follow up letter. They also interview for a specific job. Reegan Kehres placed second in Division One and Marleigh Kerr placed fourth in Division Four. This is one of the many events that prepare members for real life situations.  Marleigh Kerr said “It was a great experience and I’m very happy to have participated.”

Anthony Wayne FFA’s Chapter Photo

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on November 15, 2016

On Monday November 7th, the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter held their first ever chapter photo. This photo was taken courtesy of Savannah Anderson, an Anthony Wayne High School graduate. The photo was designed to encase the different activities that our FFA members are involved in, and to show the diversity of our chapter. Members wore outfits that ranged from band uniforms to official dress. Lauren Swartz said “I think the chapter photo was a good experience because it shows how much the students at Anthony Wayne are involved in.”

Picture above: Anthony Wayne FFA members wearing outfits to represent their interests outside of FFA.

Marysville FFA Travels to Indianapolis for the 89th annual FFA Convention

Submitted by Taci Welch, Marysville FFA Reporter, on November 8th, 2016

Marysville FFA Members traveled to Indianapolis for the 89th Convention and Expo October 19th- 21st. States from all over attend this convention, the one thing they all have in common is being dressed in their blue corduroy jackets and wearing them with pride and joy. This is the biggest trip of the year that members have the opportunity to go to, with approximately 35 members from Marysville attending. Four of those members competed in the Career Development Event, Nursery and Landscaping, at the national level throughout the convention. They ended up placing 17th in the nation! Members of the team included, Morgan Kessler, Issac Knowles, Ryan Cook, and Grant Kessler. Throughout the trip members listened in on many guest speakers such as Diana Nyad a long distance swimmer’s story of never giving up,  as well as national officer’s retiring addresses. Many members that went can agree that going to National Convention is definitely a life changing experience.


Marysville FFA Members Take A Night Out On The Town To Learn Proper Etiquette

Submitted by Taci Welch, Marysville FFA Reporter, on November 8, 2016

Marysville FFA members participated in their 4th annual etiquette dinner on October 11th at 6pm. This event took place at our local Marysville Bob Evans. Many students signed up to participate and had a great night. This dinner wasn’t like any normal one, students were asked to dress in casual business attire. Throughout the night the “host” of the dinner being one of the Marysville FFA advisors Mrs. Anderson, directed students on proper ways to eat their food. Being an FFA member often means you go out to eat a lot, especially on trips and conventions. Dressed in our Official Dress during these events we find it important to present ourselves in a proper way. Proper etiquette would be very essential in one’s life. We are proud to say that members made leaps of growth throughout the night. This event was a great chance for students to learn how to properly present themselves when at an interview or business meeting.


Marysville FFA Embraces Diversity

Submitted by Taci Welch, Marysville FFA Reporter, on November 8, 2016

Members of the Marysville FFA gathered together on October 11th, sporting their school extra- curriculum uniforms. Members felt it was important for everyone to know that no matter what you do you can still be an FFA member. Students came from curriculum activities such as bowling, student council, track, choir, basketball, football and much more.


Anthony Wayne FFA Members Make School History

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 26, 2016 

During the week of October 18th-22nd, six Anthony Wayne FFA members attended National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and made school history. While at National Convention, the Agricultural Communications career development event team consisting of Marleigh Kerr, Jacob Gase, and Drake Moore placed 8th in the country and earned a gold rating.This was the first Anthony Wayne FFA career development event team to compete at the national level. The team members completed two communication quizzes, a written paper, three practicums, and a team presentation event. The Anthony Wayne team focused their communication team event on Whitehouse Specialty Crops, which is owned by Wade Smith.

Anthony Wayne FFA also had three agriscience fair participants. Hailey Velker and Sumner Lonseth placed 2nd in the country in Plant Systems Division 4 and Claire Sample placed 8th in Social Systems Division 2. Sumner and Hailey tested the correlation between seed storage temperature and seed germination rate, while Claire evaluated the correlation between student organization membership and community service involvement amongst Anthony Wayne High School students. These students were the first ever Anthony Wayne FFA members to earn gold ratings and place in the agriscience fair at the national level.
While at National Convention, Cody Perry, Kathryn Barney, and Willy Lemle, three Anthony Wayne High School graduates, also received their American FFA Degrees. This is the highest degree bestowed upon members by the National FFA Organization.

Caption: Hailey Velker, Jacob Gase, Marleigh Kerr, Drake Moore, Claire Sample, and Sumner Lonseth made school history at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana when they competed and earned gold ratings at the national level.
Caption: Cody Perry, Kathryn Barney, and Willy Lemle received their American FFA degrees at National FFA Convention this year. This is the highest degree that may be earned by FFA members.

 District 1 Dairy Cattle CDE

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 21. 2016

On Thursday October 13th, six Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in the District One FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Career Development Event. The members had to evaluate four classes of dairy cattle, scoring them on how well they appear to produce milk and calves. They also had to complete a written test, and evaluate pedigrees to rank cattle. The Anthony Wayne Dairy Cattle judging team placed 9th overall. Patrick Miller led the team, with other team members of Tayler Common, Lila Common, Claire Sample, Kelsey Arquette and Micah Arquette. Kelsey Arquette said “It was a great learning experience for new contestants and freshman who are just starting CDEs”. Overall it was a very successful competition and our members look forward to competing in the future.

Pictured above: The Dairy Cattle Judging team Kelsey Arquette, Tayler Common, Lila Common, Patrick Miller, Claire Sample, and Mikah Arquette after competing in the D1 Dairy Cattle CDE.

Hertzfeld Virtual Field Trip

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter
On October 12th and 13th, the Discovery Education Channel hosted a virtual field trip about Hertzfeld Poultry Farms, a local farm in Waterville, Ohio, in the agriculture classroom at Anthony Wayne High School. Andrew Lum and Reegan Kehres, two students in the Agriculture, Foods, and Natural Resources course, were featured on the broadcast. They did an experiment about the heat production difference between LED and incandescent light bulbs. At Hertzfeld farms, they have switched to LED light bulbs in order to reduce their carbon footprint and become more efficient.  Reegan Kehres said “It was a fun but nerve racking experience.” This is the second year that the virtual field trip has been hosted at Anthony Wayne, but the first time they have featured our students.

Pictured above: Reegan Kehres and Andrew Lum were part of the Hertzfeld Poultry virtual field trip in the agriculture classroom at Anthony Wayne High School. This was filmed by Discovery Education, and the archived video may be found on their website.

Endangered Species Field Trip

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 20, 2016

On Wednesday October 12th, the Anthony Wayne High School Wildlife and Natural Resources class took a field trip to Oak Openings Metropark and Penta Career Center. At Oak Openings, the students walked one of the trails with two nature guides. The guides pointed out different species of plants and animals, some that were endangered and some that were not. After leaving Oak Openings, the students visited the Penta Career Center small animal care program. At Penta, they received a short presentation about Hellbenders, which are an endangered species. The students then went to the room where the Hellbenders are kept. They went through the full procedure which included washing their hands, changing their shoes, and putting on a lab coat in order to protect the Hellbenders from outside germs. Once the students were finished looking at the Hellbenders, they got to see some of the other animals that the students have at Penta. The field trip was very beneficial to the Wildlife and Natural Resources students because they got to see endangered species in person. Madison King said “It was a really fun experience and I enjoyed seeing the Hellbenders.”

Pictured above: Wildlife and Natural Resource students took a tour of the Hellbender room at Penta Career Center and a tour of Oak Openings to learn more about endangered species.

John Deere Kids Events

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 11, 2016
On Saturday October 8th, six Anthony Wayne FFA officers assisted with the Fall Kids Day at Kenn Feld in Napoleon, Ohio. The officers assisted kids with painting pumpkins and gourds as well as making living necklaces. They also supervised the kids while they played on mini John Deere gators. There were bunnies for the kids to pet and they could enjoy cookies and apple cider. Louis Pawliski said “The John Deere event was a hit. We had fun working there and would love to go back.” This is the second time that the officers have helped at this John Deere dealership.

Caption: Kalie Anderson, Nicole McMullen, Haley Schmersal, Marleigh Kerr, and Louis Pawliski enjoyed climbing on a John Deere Tractor in front of the dealership after the event.

State Soil Judging Champions

Submitted by Emily Jones on October 11, 2016

The McClain FFA chapter was represented at the State Agricultural Soil Judging contest on October 8th by Ethan Cockerill, Bryn Karnes, Eric Anderson and Emily Jones. This team evaluated the soil through an understanding of basic soil differences to determine suitable soil and water conservation practices and the proper treatments for the soil. Out of the forty five teams that participated, McClain’s team placed first. Ethan Cockerill was the high individual in this contest, placing first out of one hundred and sixty two individuals. The team qualifies to move on to the National Land Judging contest in Oklahoma in May of 2017. We are proud of these accomplishments and wish the best of luck to all of the team’s members.

Pictured left to right: Bryn Karnes, Emily Jones, Ethan Cockerill, Eric Anderson and Mr. Fitzpatrick

McClain FFA Urban Soil Judging 

Submitted by McClain FFA on October 10, 2016

The McClain FFA chapter had four members compete in the State Soil Judging contest on October 8th. This contest emphasizes the soil and its limitations as a homesite. The homesite uses that are highlighted in this contest are the foundations for buildings, lawns and landscape plantings, septic tank absorption fields and sewage lagoons.  The team is composed of Ethan Johnson, Mathew Barton, Madison Schumacher and Sunny Bland. They placed fourth out of forty three teams. The team qualifies to attend the National Land Judging Contest in May of 2017.

Urban and Agricultural Soil Judging

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 6, 2016

On Tuesday September 27th, fourteen Anthony Wayne FFA members competed in the District 1 Agricultural and Urban Soil Judging CDE. The agricultural soils team consisted of Haley Schmersal, Madison King, Nicole McMullen, Dylan Stall, Kelly Rice, Morgan Fairchild, Patrick Wright, and Taylor Harman. The urban soils team consisted Kennedy Shartzer, Paige Miller, Lily Hassan, Carter Holck, Laura Caswell, and Maggie Burkett. The ag soils team placed 6th in their division and the urban soils team placed 8th in their division. Haley Schmersal placed 11th as an individual in the ag soils division and and Laura Caswell placed 17th as an individual in the urban soils division. Dylan Stall said “It was my first year competing and I learned a lot about types of soil. ” It was a successful competition and we plan to compete again next year.

Caption: The Anthony Wayne Agricultural and Urban soil judging teams participated in the District 1 contest in Henry County on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference  

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on October 3, 2016

On Wednesday September 28th, four Anthony Wayne FFA officers attended the Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference. To begin the conference, several representatives from Ohio Farm Bureau taught the FFA members about lobbying, bills, and government relations. After listening to the speakers, FFA members participated in an activity that taught them about the roles of legislators and lobbyists. Once the activity was complete, members were released for a break and self-directed tour of the Ohio Statehouse before lunch. District 2 Senator Randy Gardner joined the Anthony Wayne FFA members for lunch, and shared about his journey to the senate. His aide also shared advice about pursuing a career in government. After lunch, Senator Gardner gave the Anthony Wayne FFA members a tour of the state house, that concluded with a visit to the senate chamber where the students sat in the senator’s personal chair.  The conference ended with remarks from Senator Troy Balderson, Ohio FFA President Mary Buehler, and Ohio FFA Vice President-At-Large Ryan Matthews. Kalie Anderson said “I learned a lot about lobbying and I got to meet Senator Gardner.”


Caption: Senator Randy Gardner met with Anthony Wayne FFA Officers Nicole McMullen, Kalie Anderson, Marleigh Kerr, and Haley Schmersal at the Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference. He took the Anthony Wayne FFA members on a special trip to the Senate floor during the conference.

FFA Chapter Hosts Blood Drive

Submitted by McClain FFA on October 2, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28th the McClain FFA held a blood drive at McClain High School. Our local FFA program teamed up with the American Red Cross to help make this event possible. We were able to have 49 students and staff members donate blood. That means that our community saved roughly 147 lives. While the donation process was happening there were individuals asking the donors why they decided to give.  A few of the responses that were given included “Every time I donate, I feel like someone’s hero” and “Every time I come in here I imagine a little kid on a bed and he needs my blood.” We appreciate all of the donors and encourage others to donate in the future.

Pictured above: Mr. Dodds

 McClain FFA Receives Donation

Submitted by McClain FFA on September 29, 2016

The Zoetics Program had another great year and their veterinary, animal health reseller and distributor customers selected the McClain FFA Chapter for a donation. The Zoetics Industry Support Program encourages the development of FFA Chapters nationwide. The program contributed over $1.3 million to local FFA chapters. The McClain FFA would like to thank The Greenfield Vet Clinic for their generous donation of $307 on September 14th, 2016.

Pictured above are President Madison Schumacher, Doctor Sims, and Vice President Mathew Barton.

Sunshine Fieldtrip

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on September 26, 2016

On September 20th, several Anthony Wayne FFA members took a field trip to the Sunshine facilities in Maumee. To begin the field trip, the classes toured Sunshine’s barn and greenhouse, while learning about volunteer opportunities. After the tour, the classes split up and began different activities. The Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources II and Genetics classes worked with the residents of Sunshine to build their own hydroponics systems out of gallon jugs. They will be growing basil and lettuce in these systems. Madelynn Mangold said “My favorite part was helping the residents and seeing the smiles on their faces when they knew that they were going to be able to grow their own food by hydroponics”.  The Equine & Vet Science and Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources II students cleaned horse stalls in the barn. They also painted and washed ponies to help desensitize the animals so that they are safe for the Sunshine residents. After returning to Anthony Wayne, several students worked to take apart old pallets and cut wood for Sunshine residents to use to create pallet yard art. This new collaboration has been a great opportunity for FFA members to be involved in their community while learning more about Sunshine.


Top Left: Anthony Wayne FFA members (Left to right: Madelynn Mangold, Ava Siwa, Jensen Sharp, Carley Winslow, Luke Gunn, Aubrey Armstrong) along with two Sunshine residents built hydroponic systems together.

Top Right: Maggie Burkett, Miranda King, Megan Eisinger and Autumn Atamanick painted a pony to help descentifize it for Sunshine residents.

Bottom Left: FFA members took a tour of the greenhouses and raised gardens at Sunshine.

Bottom Right: Kayleigh Roberts disassembled pallets for Sunshine residents to create scarecrows and snowmen pallet art.

Back-to-Back Champions

Submitted by McClain FFA on September 25, 2016

The McClain FFA chapter had teams compete in both the Urban and the Ag Soils CDE at the district level on September 22nd. The Urban team placed first out of seventeen teams. The Ag team placed first out of twenty one teams. The top four members from each team will move on to the state competition on October 8th. Our chapter is very proud of all of those who competed and of those who will continue to compete at the state level.

Students on Social Media

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on September 16, 2016

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter is doing something new. Each week a different student posts on our social media accounts. This post highlights an activity that the students have completed during the school week. The students posting range from seventh grade to twelfth grade. This allows our followers to see what our classes are all about. This past week, Marleigh Kerr posted about the agribusiness field trip to Majestic Oaks Winery. Jensen Sharp said “I really think it is a great way for people to learn what we are doing in class. It was very fun to take pictures of people and see their cute smiling faces!”. Check out last week’s post below and don’t miss out on next week’s post! Follow us on our social media listed below.

Instagram: @AnthonyWayneAgEd

Twitter: @AnthonyWayneFFA

Faceboook: Anthony Wayne FFA

Pictured above: Last week’s Anthony Wayne Ag Ed social media post included this photo along with this caption: Hi I’m Marleigh Kerr a senior in the agribusiness class, today our class along with the genetic of animals and plants class took a field trip to Majestic Oaks Winery! There they learned about different marketing strategies used as well as got a tour of the grape vines.

McClain FFA and Fifth Thirds Bank

Submitted by Emily Jones, McClain FFA, on September 20, 2016

Fifth Thirds Bank graciously donated $500 to the McClain FFA Chapter. The  chapter does various events throughout the year such as recreational, community service and career development events. This donation will help us greatly throughout the year in everything that we participate in. We attribute much of our success to local businesses like Fifth Thirds Bank who are supportive of all of our events.

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Pictured from left to right: Whitney Blazer, Mathew Barton, Madison Schumacher, Angela Hays, Manager Barb Barton, Jenifer Paris, Chad Hodson, Olivia Monroe, Kendall Pollard, Emily Jones and Sunny Bland

Fulton County Livestock Judging Competition

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on September 13, 2016

On September 6th, six Anthony Wayne FFA members attended the Fulton County livestock judging competition at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. During the event the competitors were required to rank different species of livestock ranging from cattle to swine. They judged the animals based on their muscle quality as well as structural correctness. This event gave members a look into what it takes to properly evaluate the animals for market. The Anthony Wayne FFA team consisting of Nicole McMullen, Tayler Common, and Lila Common placed first in the high school team division. Tayler also placed second as an individual in the high school division. Tayler Common said “It was very fun and I learned a lot about livestock”. Overall, it was a successful competition, and was an excellent opportunity for students to begin preparing for the FFA general livestock contest in the spring.

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Caption: Six Anthony Wayne FFA members (Lila Common, Tayler Common, Josh Mattei, Patrick Miller, Kayleigh Roberts, and Nicole McMullen) participated in the livestock judging contest at the Fulton County Fair. Before the contest, they used the animals at the fair to learn more about proper evaluation.

Sunshine Walk, Run, and Roll

Submitted by Haley Schmersal, Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter, on September 12, 2016

On Saturday September 10th, sixteen FFA members volunteered at the 19th annual Sunshine Walk, Run & Roll. Sunshine is a supportive community for people with disabilities located in Maumee, Ohio. During the 5K walk, FFA members helped push wheelchairs as well as walk with the members of Sunshine. This was the first year that the Anthony Wayne FFA chapter participated in the Sunshine Walk. The Anthony Wayne FFA donated $600 to the event, making them a silver sponsor. Freshman FFA member Heidi Gasser said “We had fun even though we got rained on and made lots of new friends.”  We hope to participate in the walk next year and have even more volunteers from our chapter.

Pictured above: Brian Lum, Andrew Lum, Louis Pawliski, and Lexi Fries with members of the Sunshine community prior to the walk.