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Spotlight on Youth - Oct. 31, 2012
Fort Recovery FFA members attend National Convention
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter is making plans to attend the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., this week. Over 55,000 FFA members representing all 50 states, and more than 7,400 FFA Chapters are expected to be in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.  

The Ft. Recovery FFA Chapter will have seven students Catlin Gehret, Zach Guggenbiller, Megan Rammel, Emily Schoenlein, Aaron Sutter, Aaron Will and Stacy Will receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earned or productively invested $7,500 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  

Gehret is the daughter of Pat and Ginny Gehret, Guggenbiller is the son of Daryl and Cathie Guggenbiller, Rammel is the daughter of Roger and Marilyn Rammel, Schoenlein is the daughter of Gene and Ginny Schoenlein, Sutter is the son of Frank and Lisa Sutter, Aaron Will is the son of Joe and Evelyn Will, and Stacy Will is the daughter of Mark Will.

Planned educational tours include Anheuser-Bush, Gateway Arch and Museum, Monsanto Chesterfield Research Center, Purina Longview Animal Nutrition Center, Southside Landfill & Crossroads Greenhous. Other places and attractions visited will include a hypnotist show and The Band Perry and Brantly Gilbert concert.  

The Fort Recovery FFA recently held a tailgate party for the community prior to the Ft. Recovery Homecoming Game. This event was held in the Mary Help of Christians grass lot, across from the football field, and in the school’s bus barn. Students from all grades could participate in a Punt, Pass, and Kick contest; have tattoos put on; and listen to the DJ’s music. Members made hot dogs and had chips and cookies for all that came. The event was organized by the junior FFA members and was a huge success.

Miami East FFA hosts annual fruit sale
CASSTOWN, Ohio — The annual fruit fundraiser is now taking place at the Miami East FFA Chapter. The Miami East FFA will be selling Washington Red Delicious Apples, Washington Golden Delicious Apples, Ohio Red Delicious Apples, Ohio Golden Delicious Apples, Navel Oranges, Tangelos, Pears, Pineapples, Pink Grapefruit, Mixed Fruit, and Peanuts. The fruit is sold in full and half boxes. 

The chapter also offers a variety of cheeses, including Colby, Swiss, Marble, Pepper Jack, and Horseradish, ring-bologna, large and small fruit gift baskets, and BBQ sauces. Additionally, FFA is offering Jack Link’s beef steaks in original or teriyaki flavors. You will receive 12 – 1 ounce steaks for $15.

Miami East FFA chapter will be selling from now through Nov. 14. Delivery will be the first full week in December. To purchase fruit from the Miami East FFA Chapter, call 937-335-7070 ext. 3212.

National FFA awards America Star winners
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Amid celebration of 3,247 FFA members earning their American FFA Degrees after demonstrating the highest level of commitment to FFA and making significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences, four FFA members were named best of the best.

The National FFA Organization announced the four winners of the prestigious American Star Awards Saturday morning at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. The four FFA members learned of their new high honor during the eighth general session of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo, each winning over three other national finalists in the four American Star Awards categories: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience.

The American Star Farmer winner is Clayton Carley of Cissna Park FFA Chapter in Illinois. The American Star in Agribusiness winner is Bradley Weaver of Dawson County FFA Chapter in Georgia. The American Star in Agricultural Placement winner is Kurt Parsons of Porterville FFA Chapter in California. The American Star in Agriscience winner is Taylor Runyan of Atoka FFA Chapter in Oklahoma.

The American Star Awards honor FFA members who have developed the organization’s most outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their supervised agricultural experience; demonstrated outstanding management skills; and earned the American FFA Degree – the organization’s highest level of accomplishment. Eligible FFA members must also have met other agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements. A panel of judges who ultimately name the top candidate in each area interviews each finalist.

Each winner of the four categories receives a total reward of $4,000 while the 12 national finalists in each division receive a $2,000 reward.