by MattieGrace Hamilton, Reporter
“ Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role- always the goal”
Our next monthly FFA meeting will be held on March 21st at 7:00 P.M. in the Ag Center. The Ag challenge for this meeting will be Tug-Of-War. Each grade level will choose students to represent them in a test of strength. Will the Junior class finally be defeated?
New Officers Elected!
On February 18th the montly FFA Meeting was held in the Ag Center at 7:00 P.M. Officer elections were held that night. The new 2016-2017 A-C FFA Officer team is as follows:
President- Lexie Kougher
Vice-President- Carlie Krile
Secretary- Mallory Seitz
Treasurer- Emma Dearth
Reporter- MattieGrace Hamilton
Sentinel- Austin J. Smith
Student Advisor- Billy L’Huillier
The Ag challenge for the February meeting was the Scavenger Hunt. The Juniors came in 1st place. Everyone is looking forward to a great year with the new officers.
Ag Breakfast: Ag Breakfast will be held at Frisch’s in Lancaster on Thursday, March 3rd at 6:15 A.M. The next Ag Breakfast will be held at Frisch’s in Lancaster on Friday, April 1st at 6:15 A.M. We hope to see all of our FFA members there!
March 5th - The Ag Sales CDE contestants will compete in the state contest held at Marysville High School. This team consists of Lexie Kougher, Carlie Krile, Emma Dearth, and Hunter Lehman. The main goal of this contest for each participant is to be able to sell an Ag related item to the judges. This year the Ag Sales team is selling apples to a judge hoping to receive the highest score as a team and place as high as they can against the competing schools.
March 5th - The State Public Speaking CDE will be held. The A-C FFA chapter has 3 individuals that have qualified for the state contest. Josie Montoney will be participating in the Prepared Speaking category. In this category, the contestant will be required to write a 6 to 8 minute speech on any Ag related topic and present it to a panel of judges. The judges then have 5 minutes to ask about the topic. Kaci Morin will be participating in the Advanced FFA Creed category. In this category, the contestant is required to memorize the FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany. They will then need to present it to a panel of judges. The judges will have 5 minutes to ask questions. Lastly, is Jalynn Fausnaugh who will be participating in the Beginning FFA Creed category. In this category the contestant will also need to memorize the FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany. They will need to present it to a panel of judges. The judges then have 5 minutes as well to ask the contestant questions about the creed. Good luck to Josie, Kaci, and Jalynn as they make our chapter proud at the State Public Speaking contest.
March 15th the District Ag Mechanics Skills CDE will be held at Teays Valley High School. This CDE tests the students knowledge of agricultural mechanics. The team is yet to be finalized.
Officer Training: The new officers of the chapter will be sent to the District 7 Officer training on March 9th at Fairfield Union High School, accompanied by their assistants. During the officer training, the officers and their assistants will learn new skills to implement in their chapter duties. They will also meet with different officers from District 7 FFA chapters.
A g Breakfast: Ag breakfast was held at Frisch’s in Lancaster on February 5th at 6:15 A.M
Contests: February 9th the County Public Speaking contest was held at Bloom-Carroll High School. Josie Montoney competed in the Prepared Speaking category, where she received 1st place. Damascus Cummings competed in the Extemporaneous speaking category, where he earned 2nd place. MattieGrace Hamilton competed in the Beginning Prepared speaking category, where she placed 2nd. Kaci Morin competed in the Advanced Creed Speaking category, where she placed 1st. Jalynn Fausnaugh competed in the Beginning Creed Speaking category, where she earned 2nd place. For these participants to move on to the District contest, they have to place 1st or 2nd place. As you can see, the Public Speaking participants worked hard and advanced to Districts. The District Public Speaking contest was held at Amanda-Clearcreek on February 23rd. Josie Montoney placed 1st, Damascus Cummings placed 3rd, MattieGrace Hamilton placed 4th, Kaci Morin placed 1st, and Jalynn Fausnaugh placed 2nd. Josie, Kaci, and Jalynn will participate at the State Contest.
The District Ag Sales CDE was held at Pickaway Ross on February 17th. Our team consisted of Lexie Kougher, Carlie Krile, Emma Dearth, and Hunter Lehman. As a team, they placed 2nd in the district contest. Now they will participate in the State contest on March 5th.
The District Ag Power Diagnostics CDE at Franklin Equipment on February 27th. The team consisting of Cody Roark and Tyler Hopper placed 9th.
Top Fall Fundraiser’s Trip: The members of the chapter that sold 25 or more boxes of fruit were eligible to go on the trip to Louisville, Kentucky from February 12th through the 14th. During the trip, they visited the Louisville Slugger Factory, The Frazier Historical Museum, and the Truck and Tractor Pulls. In addition, they had many other great memories from the trip such as visiting the National Farm Machinery Show, swimming at the hotel, shopping at the mall, and going to see some movies at a nearby theatre. The students on the trip were: Mason Lindsey, Tyler Hart, Jacob Green, Austin J. Smith, Tre King, Billy Colburn, Riley McClure, Dustin Bresler, Cole Kleinline, MattieGrace Hamilton, Rachel Hizey, Sarah Doner, Mallory Seitz, Emma Dearth, Carlie Krile, Jessica Poling, and Tierra Tooill. Without the 7 chaperones that came with the students, the trip would not have been the same. Thank you to the chaperones: Mr.Sharp, Mrs.Montoney, Linda Crile, Tom McClure , Matt Kleinline, Scot Ross and Ms. Flinn for taking time out of their schedules to accompany the students. Special thanks to Scot Ross for driving the bus and making it possible for us to go.
212º Leadership Conference: The 212º Leadership Conference was held at Union Local High School on February 20th through the 21st. This was an overnight leadership activity that many students were involved in. They learned new leadership skills that would help them grow in our chapter and many other aspects of life. Throughout the night the students participated in bubble soccer, laser tag, and they watched a hypnotist perform on fellow students. It was a great learning experience for the students and they had a great time. Macy Adams, Curtis Butterbaugh, Emma Dearth, Sarah Doner, Blair Farmer, Sierra Foster, Jacob Green, Sophia Horn. Cole Kleinline, Carlie Krile, Billy L’Huillier, Hunter Lehman, Mason Lindsey, Derek Lutz, Jenifur Mead, Joce Palombo, Cheyenne Swisher, Katie Vickroy, Alexis Welch, Mallory Seitz, Sarah Streets, Nelson Craycraft, Cody Roark, Lexie, Kougher and Riley McClure were the participants of the 212º Leadership Conference.
National FFA Week: National FFA week was February 22nd- 26th. In honor of National FFA Week, our chapter had different Ag related themes for each day.
Monday - Merica’ Monday (Patriotic Shirt day)
Tuesday- Dress like an Ag teacher day & Drive your truck to school
Wednesday- FFA Shirt day
Thursday- Official Dress or Jacket day
Friday- Flannel Friday & Game Night
Friday February 26th many students participated in Game Night from 6 P.M to 9 P.M. There were board games, card games, dodge ball, dancing, basketball and delicious pizza. Everyone had a great time socializing with each other and making a lot of great memories.