COLUMBUS — On Thursday, May 2, a selected 16 members, including one of the 8th grade members, departed from the Preble Shawnee High School to head to the 91st Annual Ohio State Convention held in Columbus.
Members toured the OSU Waterman Dairy Farm and the OSU Turfgrass Facility and learned a great deal about dairy cattle and the inner workings of the turfgrass business. They sat through sessions featuring guest speakers such as Chris Koch and Mandy Harvey and recognized FFA members for their accomplishments throughout the year.
On Friday, May 3, Shelby Abrams, Lexi McCain, Carter Roell, and Megan Roell were awarded their State FFA Degree on stage. In order to be eligible, members must earn $2,500 through their Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects, have logged 25 hours of community service, have completed 3 years or more of Agricultural Education, and have participated in at least 10 activities above the chapter level.
Riley Bone placed fourth in the state for Ag Mechanics and Repair Entrepreneurship SAE. Riley has restored a John Deere A, a Ford 2n, and a Farmall H in his years of Ag and plans to start his 4th tractor next year. He interviewed at Convention on Thursday to determine his final placing in the State. Congratulations on your outstanding achievement!
Our 2018-2019 FFA Secretary (Kaydee Newton), Treasurer (Carter Roell), and Reporter (Shelby Abrams) were also recognized and awarded on stage for their Gold Rated Officer books. They put in countless hours into upholding the duties of their officer positions and completed their officer books for evaluation.
Overall, members had an enjoyable time at the 91st State FFA Convention. They learned many aspects of what it takes to become a leader as well as aspects of agriculture. Congratulations to all of our members on their hard work and dedication!