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?????Fredericktown FFA participates in the Knox County Envirothon Training

Recently the Fredericktown FFA sent eight chapter members to participate in the Knox County Envirothon Training. This event was held at the Arial-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon. Those who participated were: Alexa Jones, Kaid Benson, Haley Rook, Maribeth Pozderac, Macy Thorne, Marissa Simmons, Nikki Frazier, and Emily Rook. Presenters from the Knox Soil & Water Conservation District and Regional planning, the Natural Resources & Conservation District, and the Ohio State University presented the training sessions at this event. Participants for this activity had the opportunity to learn more about the different aspects of a natural environment by attending different stations that each dealt with a different environmental topic. Topics included wildlife and invasive species, soil analysis, current environmental issues, and forestry. Teams were allowed 30 minutes for each station and rotated between stations. Each station was lead by an adult volunteer who would explain a few key parts of their topic and give a short demonstration of it. After that, the teams answered questions regarding what was discussed for each topic to test their knowledge and help them prepare for the Area 3 competition coming up. All of the teams did well and the participants learned much about their environment. Ten of them will be advancing to the Area 3 competition while the other five will be alternatives. The Fredericktown chapter had two teams with a total of eight members. One team consisted of Kaid Benson, Alexa Jones, Maribeth Pozderac, and Haley Rook. The other team included Nikki Frazier, Macy Thorne, Marissa Simmons, and Emily Rook.

 

Fredericktown hosts their Annual Awards Banquet

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter hosted their annual awards banquet. This event is to give all FFA members with the awards that they have earned throughout the year. The banquet recognizes members and special people who have helped influence the Fredericktown FFA chapter.

This year there were 14 people that received their Greenhand Degree. They were: Audrey Bouton, Fisher Brake, Nikki Frazier, Owen Furnis, Tayla Martin, Emma Reed, Sadie Sanders, Andrea Smith, Natalie VanMeter, Malaya Smith, Makayla Scott, Emily Rook, Katie Mull, and James Grubaugh.

The Greenhand FFA degree is given to those who completed their first year as an FFA member, and that have completed the necessary items which include plans for their SAE, learning the FFA history, and demonstrating the appropriate skills.

The Star Greenhand award is given to one first year members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and other qualities in the chapter and are the top Greenhand members overall. The member to receive this award was Emily Rook.

The Chapter FFA Degree is earned by participating in the second or third year of FFA, and agricultural classes, and have demonstrated the necessary requirements, and the appropriate skills. These members were also very active in their SAE records. Those members were: Kaid Benson, Alanna Diehl, Rachel Matthews, Falon Smith, Steven Tumbleson, Zach Vogelsang, Cody Corry, Lily Jeffers, Macy Thorne, and Jesse VanAtta.

Some members were recognized with a Star Chapter Farmer award. This year, those members were Kaid Benson and Macy Thorne. These members demonstrated outstanding qualities as an FFA member and leader in the chapter and for being the outstanding Chapter degree member.

Members that were recognized for achieving the State FFA Degree was: Alexa Jones and Marissa Simmons. They will be officially awarded at the Ohio State FFA convention in May.

Holly McClay was recognized at the banquet for her year of service to the State FFA Association since she is currently the Ohio FFA Vice-President. And still is also a State President candidate for this coming years team. As well as Maribeth Pozderac who is also running for a position on the new years State Officer Team.

Awards were given to members for their leadership in the chapter. Up to three members from each class, Ag I through Ag IV, are given the leadership award for setting a good example for other members by demonstrating their skills as a leader. This year’s winners were Nikki Frazier (Ag I), Andrea Smith (Ag I,) Steven Tumbleson (Ag 2) , Marissa Simmons (Ag III), Jake Sanders (Ag III), Ethan Smith (Ag III), Maribeth Pozderac (Ag IV), Alexa Jones (Ag IV), and Haley Rook (Ag IV).

Members also received an award for maintaining their grade point average in all of their classes. The scholarship award is given to the person with the highest GPA in each class or those over a 4.0. Those recognized were selected to receive a special scholarship awards. Those members were: (Ag I) Audrey Bouton, Katie Mull, Makayla Scott, Natalie VanMeter, (Ag II) Macy Thorne, Steven Tumbleson, (Ag III) Marissa Simmons, and (Ag IV) Rachael LaBenne. Special FFA awards are available to juniors and seniors who are eligible to win more honorable awards. The Outstanding Junior/Nelson Beam was awarded to Marissa Simmons and William Manning. The Outstanding Senior/Ebersole Award goes to Kyrsten Andrews and Alexa Jones. The Outstanding Overall Senior was awarded to Maribeth Pozderac and Haley Rook. The Fredericktown FFA Alumni scholarship was awarded to Alexa Jones.

The chapter also recognized Terri Rook as their Honorary Chapter Degree member of the year.

Congratulations to all of those who received awards!

 

Fredericktown FFA Members compete in State Dairy Cattle Contest

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter took place in the annual spring CDE contest, and this time they competed in the Dairy Cattle portion.

The Dairy Cattle CDE is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to select quality dairy cattle. They were challenged with pedigree evaluation, sire selection, linear evaluation, and a written test.

The team placed 37th overall, and the members of the Fredericktown chapter that went were: Audrey Bouton, Andrea Smith, Sadie Sanders, Emily Rook, and Haley Rook.

 

Fredericktown FFA takes 15th place team in State Nature Interpretation

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in one of the multiple annual spring Career Develeopment Event’s. They competed in the Nature Interpretation contest.

The Nature Interpretation event is designed to help stimulate an interest in nature interpretation and allow FFA members to demonstrate their knowledge of natural resources. Participants do so by taking a 10-question written general knowledge test and identifying various types of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. They also complete two practicum’s that could include any of the following: identifying animal calls and equipment, reading nature signs, determining water quality, and controlling problem plants and animals. The purpose of these activities is to give members the opportunity to show their understanding of the natural resource instructions they receive as a part of the agriculture class curriculum.

The team placed 15th overall in Ohio, and the members were: Owen Furnis, Nikki Frazier, Haley Rook, Maribeth Pozderac, Kyrsten Andrews, and Fisher Brake.

 

Fredericktown FFA Competes in State General Livestock Competition

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA took part in the state contest for spring CDE’s. This contest was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH. Fredericktown’s General Livestock team was the one of the teams that participated.

The General Livestock Competition is designed to help members recognize quality livestock animals and their traits. Participants place several animals in classes according to their appearance, movement and other characteristics. They may also need to consider records and data.

The animals classed can be any species of livestock, including swine, cattle, and sheep. Members may be asked to evaluate an animal’s classes based on their market qualities or based on their characteristics in regards to breeding. Competitors also determine which animals to keep and which should be sold in the keep or cull classes.

Another part of the contest is answering written questions about the classes. Each member scored based on how well they answer the questions and how they did in the scoring part of the contest. A team’s score is a combination of the top four contests. Teams must have at least four members.

The members that competed in the contest were: Macy Thorne, Lilly Jeffers, Alexa Jones, and Kaid Benson. The team placed 98th.

 

Fredericktown FFA Members Compete in State Equine Judging Contest

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter competed in a spring contest called equine management. This particular contest was at the state level.

The Equine Management CDE is designed to give participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about horses and their care. Members evaluate and rank horses based on their conformation, performance, breed characteristics, and other qualities. They may also be asked to identify various types of equipment, nutrients and equine breeds. A tem consists of about four members with the top three scores being used to determine a team’s score.

The team placed 79th overall, and the members were: Malayla Smith, Rachael LaBenne, and William Manning. Congratulations to all of those who competed.

 

Fredericktown FFA Participate in District Contest

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA sent three members to compete at the District 7 FFA Public Speaking Competition. The event was held at Amanda-Clearcreek High School.

This competition includes many separate division contests. The categories were Creed Speaking, Beginning Prepared Public Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Participants in the Prepared and Creed Speaking competitions were separated into beginning and advanced groups.

For the Creed Speaking event, members are to recite the FFA creed and then answer questions from the judges. Contestants in the Prepared Public Speaking Contest are to write a five-to- seven-minute speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges before answering oral questions. The speeches may be on agriculture-related topic. Finally, those who are involved in the extemporaneous portion of the event pick an agricultural topic, which will determine what subtopic they will be asked to speak on. Members draw a subtopic from their category and are given 30 minutes to research and create the outline for a four-to-six minute speech. They are then asked questions by each of the judges in regards to the topic on which they spoke.

The members that represented the Fredericktown FFA were Emily Rook (Creed), Maribeth Pozderac (Extemporaneous), and Macy Thorne (Beginning Prepared).

Macy Thorne was in the Beginning Prepared Speaking section, and took 6th place. Emily Rook was in the Novice Creed Speaking section, and took 7th place. Maribeth Pozderac took part in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking competition where she took 5th place.

 

Fredericktown FFA goes to District Sales Competition

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA sent a team of three to compete in the District Seven FFA Ag sales Contest. The event was held at Amanda Clearcreek High School.

Team members were Maribeth Pozderac, Haley Rook, Marissa Simmons, and Kyrsten Andrews.

This event consists of a test, sales presentation and practicums. The exam is a series of online questions regarding sales related topics, including the sales process, role of sales in the agriculture industry, customer service, and visual presentation of products. For the sales presentation, members chose agricultural products and developed a company to sell the items. Teams could create an informational board and other visual aids such as a business card, a model of the objects being sold and appropriate paperwork. Each contestant had 12 minutes to present and attempt to sell their product to the judges.

The goal of participation in the competition is to teach students various marketing techniques that they can utilize in the future to become profitable. Teams are made up of four member’s individual scores.

The team took 6th overall in the district.

 

Fredericktown FFA takes 1st in County Public Speaking Contests

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent three members to compete in the Knox County Public Speaking Contest. The event was held at Centerburg High School.

This competition includes many separate division contests. Categories were: Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Beginning Prepared Speech, and Novice Creed Speaking. Public Speaking and Creed speaking competitions were separated into beginning and advanced groups.

For the Creed Speaking event, members are to recite the FFA creed and then answer questions from the judges. Contestants in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking contest are to write a five to seven minute speech that they must memorize and recite for the judges before answering oral questions. The speech may be on any agriculture related topic. Finally, those who are involved in the extemporaneous portion of the event pick an agricultural topic, which will determine what subtopic they will be asked to speak on. Members draw a subtopic from their category and are given 30 minutes to research and create the outline for a four to six minute speech. They are then asked questions by each of the judges they spoke on. Maribeth Pozderac took 1st place in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking section, with her speech called “Solving the U.S. hunger Crisis through Agriculture Production.”

Macy Thorne competed in the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking section, and took 1st place with her speech called “The Future Farmers Growing Corn, Beans, and Leadership.” Emily Rook took 1st place in the Novice Creed Speaking.

Congratulations to Thorne, Rook, and Pozderac, who all qualified for the district contest.

 

Fredericktown FFA sends 4 teams to Mount Gilead Invitational Contest

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA chapter sent four teams to compete in events at the Mount Gilead Spring Career Development Event Invitational. The four different contests were General Livestock Evaluation, Equine Management, Nature Interpretation, and Wildlife Management.

The General Livestock Competition is designed to help members recognize quality livestock animals and their traits. Participants place several classes of animals according to their appearance, movement, and other characteristics. They may also need to consider records and data. The classes can be any specie of livestock animal including swine, cattle, and sheep. Members may be asked to evaluate classes based on their market qualities or based on their market qualities or based on the characteristics in regards to breeding. Competitors also determine which animals to keep and which should be sold in keep or cull classes. Another part of the contest is answering written questions about the classes. Each member is scored based on how well they answer the questions and how they did in the scoring part of the contest. A team’s score is a combination of the top four contestants. Teams must have at least four members.

The Livestock Team placed 24th out of over 50 teams. Members were: Kyrsten Andrews, Maribeth Pozderac, Haley Rook, Nikki Frazier, and Owen Furnis.

The Equine Management CDE is designed to give participants the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about horses and their care. Members evaluate and rank horses based on their conformation, performance, breed characteristics, and other qualities. They may also be asked to identify various types of equipment, nutrients and equine breeds. A tem consists of about four members with the top three scores being used to determine a team’s score.

The Fredericktown Equine Management team did very well, despite being without a third member. They placed 22nd overall. They were Rachael LaBenne and William Manning.

The Nature Interpretation event is designed to help stimulate an interest in nature interpretation and allow FFA members to demonstrate their knowledge of natural resources. Participants do so by taking a 10-question written general knowledge test and identifying various types of mammals, birds, and other wildlife. They also complete two practicum’s that could include any of the following: identifying animal calls and equipment, reading nature signs, determining water quality, and controlling problem plants and animals. The purpose of these activities is to give members the opportunity to show their understanding of the natural resource instructions they receive as a part of the agriculture class curriculum.

The Wildlife Management Contest also identification activities and practicum that deals with the ability to recognize various signs of wildlife and determine proper procedures for management. It focuses more on the knowledge of wild animal species than Nature Interpretation.

The members on the Nature Interpretation and Wildlife were: Kyrsten Andrews, Maribeth Pozderac, Haley Rook, Nikki Frazier, and Owen Furnis. They placed 5th in the Wildlife section and 4th in the Nature section.

 

Fredericktown takes 6th place in District 7 Ag Power Contest

Recently, the Fredericktown FFA competed in the District 7 Ag Power and Diagnostics contest. This Career Development Event is an extension of the Ag Ed classroom and laboratory.

This CDE serves as an authentic assessment that is designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in agricultural and/or industrial power equipment. The skills these students employ in this CDE is the same skills required by agricultural and industrial technicians. The team must take an online general knowledge exam, and work together in four different diagnostic stations during the competition. The team took 6th place overall, and the members who went were Kaid Benson and Steven Tumbleson.

Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.





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