May 3 and 4, 2018, members of the Northwestern-Wayne FFA Chapter traveled to the Ohio State Fairgrounds to attend the Ohio FFA State Convention. Arianan Borton, Jadeyn Berry, Kyle Piscione, David Miley, Jordan Melegari, Kaitlyn Praisler, Emily Finley, Taylor Dawson, Valerie Imhoff, Riley Stull, Lizzy Howman, Alex Borton, Brock Tegtmeier, Robert Stinementz, Hunter Kanzeg, Austen Wood, Cody Morrow, Cody Tegtmeier, Michael Nutter, MyKenzie Snyder, Jessie Bair, and Leeanna Ruegg all attended this event.
To start the morning off in Columbus, the members of the chapter participated in Ohio FFA Fights Hunger by helping to pack 90,000 meals for Mid-Ohio Foodbank. While in Columbus, the chapter was able to visit the Chadwick Arboretum and tour Ohio State University’s Ag Campus. They were able to learn more about the campus, as well as school on the visit. Members also attended various sessions, awards ceremonies, speaking presentations, and heard motivational speakers during the convention. Keynote speakers included Gian Paul Gonzales, Eddie George and National FFA Officer Erica Baier.
On Thursday, Emily Finley participated in the State Agri-Science Fair, where she received a silver rating for her project,“The Psychological Correlation Between a Food’s Color, Taste and Flavor”.
During the 4th session, the 2017-2018 officers received awards for earning gold ratings on their officer book. Claire Vaughan was awarded a Gold Rating on her secretary’s book for the year. David Miley was awarded a Gold Rating on his treasurer’s book, and Emily Finley was awarded a Gold Rating on her reporter’s book. Cody Tegtmeier was recognized during the ceremony for being 1st individual in the Milk Quality and Products CDE. This year, Northwestern’s Middle School Milk Quality and Products team competed, Arianna Borton was top individual, with Jadeyn Berry second, and Avery Garver fourth.
This year, two chapter members also received their State Degrees during the 5th and final session of convention. The members earned their State degree due to their hard work and dedication to their SAEs. This year, the recipients from the Northwestern FFA Chapter were Kyle Piscione and Emily Finley.
Ohio State FFA Convention is always a fun and memorable time for FFA members as well as a learning and motivational experience. Our members enjoyed attending this year’s convention and look forward to going again next year.