Zane Trace FFA Chapter Enjoys Successful State Convention

Submitted by: Zane Trace FFA, on May 7

The Zane Trace FFA Chapter enjoyed a successful two days at the Ohio FFA Convention on May 4th and 5th. During the convention many members were recognized for their work throughout the year and the chapter was honored as a gold rated chapter, which is awarded to the top 10% of FFA chapters in Ohio. Six members were recognized as proficiency finalists based on their project work outside of class. They included: Mariah Cox – 1st place in Integrated Research, Olivia Pflaumer – 1st place in Animal Research,Ann Shelby – 1st place in Food Science, Cody Clark – 2nd place in Plant Research, Cole Fyffe – 3rd place in Ag Mechanics and Alanee Fannin – 4th place in Home and Community Development. Seven students participated as Agriscience fair finalists and four were named first place winners. They included the team of Julia Everidge and Olivia Pflaumer in Social Science and the team of Gabby Wycinski and Katie Shelby in Food Science. Olivia Pflaumer was also honored as a star finalist in Agriculture Science and received a $300 award for her efforts. Pete Dunkle, a longtime supporter of the Zane Trace FFA, was awarded the Honorary State Degree and eight members received their own state degree, which is the highest degree the state can bestow on an FFA member. They included: Mike Bell, Olivia Congrove, Cassidy Corcoran, Kylie Lathey, Brittany Lott, TJ Pack, McKenzie Ray and Alexis Waltz .

In addition to this, Alanee Fannin, Ann Shelby and Sky Graves received gold officer pins and the chapter was recognized for donations made to Children’sHospital and CROP/Church World Services through charity fundraisers throughout the year which include the sausage breakfast. Kurumi Yamada and Micah Kelley represented the chapter in the Ohio FFA Band and twenty members participated in a service activity to pack meals for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank during their time at the convention. Over 70,000 meals were packed by FFA members during the event!  

The chapter also competed in the “Food For Thought” contest sponsored by Ohio Corn and Wheat growers. In the contest the members presented the work the chapter had conducted throughout the school year related to whole grain and healthy lifestyle education as part of the $500 Food for Thought grant program. The chapter placed 3rd overall out of 10 teams in the state contest.

In between the award sessions members toured the agriculture career show which included booths from agriculture colleges and businesses from around Ohio. They also enjoyed dinner at MELT restaurant and had fun as a group at Sky Zone indoor trampoline park.  A total of 46 members took part in the Ohio FFA Convention, the largest group that has ever attended from Zane Trace!  The chapter would like to thank the staff at Zane Trace High School and Pickaway Ross CTC for their support as well as Blackhawk Charters for their transportation for the event.