On September 21st, 2019, 5 first year FFA members, or Greenhands, attended the state Greenhand Conference held annually in Versailles, Oh.
The theme for the conference was “First Down and Life to Go”. Students participated in a Career Development Roundtable Session where they rotated around and learned about the various Career Development Events FFA has to offer. Session speaker was Ty Eschenbaum, Holly McClay current State FFA President, Bethany Starlin State FFA Vice-President, Noah Smith State FFA Secretary, Haleigh Stoler State FFA Treasurer, Mackenzie Hoog State FFA Reporter, Justin Beckner State FFA Sentinel, Cyann Kendel State FFA Vice-President at Large, and Wyatt Kissell State FFA Vice-President-at-Large. Afternoon sessions the students attended include topics of FFA/ Leadership, Teamwork, goal setting, SAExploration, and Communication.
Students in Attendance included: Brie Ryan, Keyston Moses, Caden Johnson, Megan Collins, and Brayden Moore.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth, and career success training through agricultural education.
Valley View MVCTC FFA members participated in the Montgomery County Soils Judging Contest on September 5th and District FFA Soil Judging Contest on September 27th in Montgomery County. During the urban and rural soil judging contest students determine the slope, erosion or depth of topsoil, texture of surface soil, depth of soil, and natural drainage class of soil for 3 soil pits. With that information the students then determine the land class, best land use and recommended conservation practices or during the urban contest they determine limitations for homes, septic systems and other urban developments. This information gives the students practical hands on experience determining the limitations and possibilities for that soil. Also during the contest students are tested on their knowledge on how to use and find information in a soil survey book and given a written examination over general soil knowledge.
The Montgomery County results are as follows: The Urban Soils Team placed 3rd with Haley Hall being the highest placing individual at 5th.
FFA members who participated in the Montgomery County Contest include: Hayley Hall, Taylor Weaver, Abby Shartle, Andrew Shell, Sophia DeVillez, Chase Baker, Braydon Moore, Jackson Lang, Megan Collins, Logan Tays, Keith Kinner, Joe Golling, Mitchel Cotterman, Reina Frame, Cole Johnson, Carson Campbell, Harli Taylor, Sarah Cole, Reiley Phillips, Noah Johnson, Kendyll Grant, TC Griffith, Caden Johnson, Mickey Neal, and Bryanna Bishop.
The District results were as follows: The Urban Soils Team placed 3rd with Sophia DeVillez being the highest placing individual at 4th. The Agricultural Soils Team placed 17th with Megan Collins being the highest scoring individual at 29th.
FFA members who participated in the District Contest include; Sophia DeVillez, Taylor Weaver, Abby Shartle, Haley Hall, Chase Baker, Jackson Lang, Andrew Shell, Braydon Moore, Megan Collins, Keith Kinner, Cole Johnson, Carson Campbell, Joe Gulling, Mitchell Cotterman, and Logan Tays.
The FFA members who are moving on and competing at State Soils Contest include; Sophia DeVillez, Taylor Weaver, Abby Shartle, and Hayley Hall.
The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
16 members of the Valley View MVCTC FFA Chapter recently attended the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio.
While there, the members had a chance to see all the new science and technology used in agriculture today. There were over forty acres of educational booths and exhibits relating to animal science, plant science, and agricultural mechanics. Many businesses, colleges, and even Ohio FFA had booths at the event, including Wilmington College with alumni Taylor Thomas and State Reporter, Mackenzie Hoog. There were many things to do and see at the review, including various types of farming equipment, hands on activities about spreading of disease and DNA, virtual reality scenarios, and much much more.
The members that attended were Ryleigh Reno, Reina Frame, Jared Cummings, Grant Helsinger, Tyler Michael, Charity Moore, Harli Taylor, Nick Ernst, Sam Frazier, Andrew Shell, Taylor Weaver, Tanner Cordes, Keith Kinner, Cole Johnson, Chase Baker, and John Gilbert. The group was accompanied by FFA Advisor Betsy Martin.
Valley View-MVCTC FFA members participated in 4 invitational contest and the State Preliminary Contest. Students participated in the following contests General Livestock Judging, Equine and Nature Interpretation. General Livestock Judging teaches students to recognize quality and consumers by experience in identifying and understanding characteristics that affect production and quality. Equine teaches students the current horse evaluation, selection techniques and management. Nature Interpretation is designed to gain interest and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills as a result of natural resources instruction. In total 22 FFA members participated in the 3 contests held during the 4 invitationals and State Preliminary contest. The highlights of the contest include:
- Equine Judging Placings-
- 22nd/38 teams at Mercer County
- Livestock Judging Placings-
- 9th/61 teams at Mercer County
- 22nd/83 teams at Wilmington Aggies
- 1st place individual- Ryan Michael
- Nature Interpretation Placings-
- 19th/29 Teams at Marysville
Ryan Michael qualified for the State Livestock Judging Finals which were held on April 26th. Ryan placed 2nd place overall in the state of Ohio.
- 2018-19 Treasurer Keith Kinner, Reporter Ansley Kozarec and Secretary Kelsey Wight submitted officer books for district evaluations. They all earned a gold rating and will be recognized at the 2019 Ohio State FFA Convention.
- Junior Members Mackenzie Hoog, Tyler Michael, and Haley Hall will receive their State FFA Degrees at the 2019 State FFA Convention.
- Graduate students Mike Boyle, Mercedes Woodson, and Jordan Johnson were recognized as 2019 American Degree Candidates.
- Mr. James Martin was inducted as the 2019 Honorary Degree Member.
- Shawn Baker and Mike Jones were recognized for their support throughout the past school year.
- Ten members were awarded the Greenhand Degree.
- Five members were awarded the Chapter Degree.
- Ryan Michael will compete in the State Livestock Judging Finals.
- The FFA Chapter was awarded a Gold Rating.
Scholarship is an important aspect in each student’s school career. The students in each class with the highest GPA were honored with the Scholarship Trophy and Certificate. These students were John Gilbert- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Ansley Kozarec- Livestock Selection, Chase Baker- Agriculture Mechanics, Mackenzie Hoog- Agriculture Business, and Taylor Thomas- Agriculture Capstone.
Honorary Chapter FFA Degree
Valley View MVCTC FFA Chapter is honored to have the opportunity to recognize local community members who are helping to advance the agricultural education program and the FFA Chapter, who have rendered outstanding service our students. This year we recognize Mr. James Martin. Valley View MVCTC would not be able to do special projects without all community members there to help along the way.
The star greenhand is awarded to the chapter’s most active first-year member who has plans for a strong supervised agricultural experience program and has demonstrated leadership within the FFA. This year’s Star Greenhand is Charity Moore. The star chapter farmer is awarded to the FFA member with the top production agriculture SAE program. The award recognizes achievement in both career and leadership development. This year’s Star Chapter Farmer is Ryan Michael. The Star Chapter in Agribusiness is awarded to The FFA member with the best non-production entrepreneurship agribusiness SAE and proven leadership skills. It recognizes a member for pursuing a career in agribusiness. This year’s Star Chapter in Agribusiness is Mackenzie Hoog. The Star Chapter in Ag Placement is awarded to The FFA member with the best placement SAE program and proven leadership skills. The member’s placement experience can include paid labor hours or unpaid labor hours. This year’s star chapter ag placement is awarded to Keith Kinner. The chapter began the Lead like Levi award to honor Levi Montoya’s memory and award a student who is not afraid to pursue new career development events, organize FFA activities, and chooses to keep FFA a top priority. This year’s recipient is Mackenzie Hoog.
Recognition of Sponsorship
Blue and Gold Sponsors – Tom & Judy Keating, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Neff’s Lawn Equipment, Boyle Mechanical, Honor of Trudy (Bussard) Burnett, Brubaker Grain, Lucky Montoya Auction Co. LLC, Live Like Levi, Promotional Spring and Cheryl Frame, Richard Hummel, Memory of Bob Gebhart Gold Sponsors – John Friedline Insurance, Baker Family, Greg, Lindsay, Avery, Owen, & Wade Griffin, Brian & Becky Landis-Kinner Silver Sponsors – Lynn & Jackie Avery, Jeff & Michelle McDonald, Sally C. Holtzmuller Bronze Sponsors – Kevin & Roxanne McCloskey, Simplicity Salon
Chapter Proficiency Awards
FFA Members applied to be recognized for their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. The following students were selected in their respective categories.
- Poultry Production Entrepreneurship- Haley Hall
- Beef Production Entrepreneurship- Grant Helsinger
- Diversified Crop Production Placement and Forage Production PLacement- Tyler Michael
- Swine Production Entrepreneurship- Taylor Thomas
- Swine Production Placement- Ansley Kozarec
- Agriscience- Sydney Cooper
- Agriscience Animal- Reina Frame
- Grain Production Placement and Agriculture Services- John Gilbert
- Forestry Production Entrepreneurship- Chase Baker
- Agriculture Sales Entrepreneurship- Mackenzie Hoog
- Goat Production Entrepreneurship- Kelsey Wight
- Goat Production Placement- Charity Moore
- Equine Production Placement- Keith Kinner
2019-20 Chapter Officers Installed
The 2019-20 chapter officers were installed. They are as follows: President- Mackenzie Hoog, Vice President- Tyler Michael, Secretary- Ansley Kozarec, Treasurer- Keith Kinner, Reporter- Charity Moore, Sentinel- Taylor Weaver, Student Advisor- Grant Helsinger, Vice-President of Strengthening AGriculture- John Gilbert, Vice-President of Building Communities- Chase Baker, Vice-President of Growing Leaders- Harli Taylor FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success” through agricultural education.