Amanda-Clearcreek FFA News
March of 2020
by Audrey Butterbaugh, Reporter
Next FFA Meeting
The next FFA meeting will take place on Monday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center. The Ag Challenge following the meeting will be “Tug of War.” Five male and five female members will be needed from each grade level. Freshmen will go against sophomores while juniors will go against seniors. The grade level left standing will be the winner!
Ag Breakfast: The March Ag Breakfast will take place Friday, March 6th at 6:15 a.m. at Frisch's. All members are welcome to attend. Come enjoy fellowship and a good meal.
Mulch Sale: The A-C FFA Chapter’s annual mulch sale will be starting this month. The chapter again will be selling 2 cubic foot bags of mulch. The chapter will be selling 5 different types of mulch this year. So, be on the lookout for FFA members selling mulch in the next few weeks! If there are ever concerns about mulch, please contact an FFA advisor, and they will try to help you.
Upcoming CDE Contests
County & District 7 Public Speaking CDE: Public speaking CDE categories, Senior Prepared Speaking (Morgan Anderson), Beginning Prepared Speaking (Sara Sharp), Creed Speaking (Hannah Saum), and Extemporaneous (Kiley Holbrook), competed at the County Public Speaking Contest on March 5th and District 7 Public Speaking Contest on February 12th. Morgan Anderson placed first in the county and second in the district, Sara Sharp placed second in the county and third in the district, Hannah Saum placed first in the county and second in the district, and Kiley Holbrook placed first in the county as well as first in the district. Morgan Anderson, Hannah Saum, and Kiley Holbrook will be competing at the upcoming State contest on March 7th!
District 7 Ag Sales CDE: The four person team, consisting of Morgan Anderson, Cole Bryan, Sara Sharp, and Sydney Sharp competed at the District 7 Ag Sales CDE Contest on February 12th. Together, the team earned a respected first place in the contest. As for individual placings, Sara Sharp placed first in the district, Sydney Sharp placed second in the district, Morgan Anderson placed sixth in the district and Cole Bryan placed seventh in the district.
Greenhand Quiz CDE: On February 25th, freshmen members took an online test that questioned their knowledge of FFA history and parliamentary procedure. The team consisted of Emily Buckley, Kayden Kern, Autumn Parry, Karlee Parry, Hannah Saum, and Alex Williams. This is the BIGGEST contest in the FFA. The team placed 8th in the state out of 100 teams. Good work to all of the participants for diligently studying and putting in the work!
Ag Breakfast: The February Ag Breakfast took place Friday, February 14th, at 6:15 a.m., at Frisch’s. All members were welcomed to attend and socialize with their peers.
February FFA Meeting: The most recent FFA meeting took place on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the 3-12 Cafetorium. During this meeting, officer elections were held, and a new officer team was elected. The 2020-2021 officer team consists of Morgan Anderson as President, Stephanie Bowers as Vice-President, Olivia Hutchison as Secretary, Sara Sharp as Treasurer, Audrey Butterbaugh as Reporter, Timothy Smith as Sentinel, and Cole Bryan as Student Advisor. The A-C FFA Chapter is very eager to see where this new officer team leads the chapter!
Top Fall Fund Raiser’s Trip: Members who sold 25 or more boxes of fruit were able to go to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend the National Farm Machinery Show. The trip began on February 14th and ended on the 16th. On the 14th, members left for Louisville and made one stop on the way. The chapter stopped at the Louisville Mega Caverns in Louisville, Kentucky, where members were able to take a tour of the caverns on an enjoyable wagon ride. After the day’s events, the members went back to the hotel and then went to see a movie at a local mall in Louisville, Kentucky. On the 15th, members spent half of the day at the National Farm Machinery Show where they were able to look at various types of farm equipment, tools, supplies, and even watch the tractor pulls. After eating dinner, everyone went back to the hotel where they spent the night swimming in the pool, playing cards, and talking to friends. Lastly, on the 16th, the day was spent traveling back home, before stopping at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, where members bought various food items from around the world. Members had a memorable and exciting weekend. Thank you to all the members who sold fruit to help with the financial costs of the fun activities we do! Our chapter would also like to thank the chaperones who attended the trip with the members. Thank you to Beth Poling, Mr. Tilley, Mr. Sharp, Auggie Smith, Joel Spires, Haley Wilson, and Julie Wymer.
212º Leadership Conference: On February 22nd and 23rd, members enjoyed an overnight stay at Union Local High School, interacting throughout six sessions about how to become a better leader, improving skills and managing time well. During these sessions, the school provided lunch and dinner. After the sessions, Union Local FFA Alumni held a square dance, provided pizza, and even helped the members learn how to square dance. Finally, they had a dodgeball tournament, mechanical bull rides, a hypnotist and provided ice cream. Many friendships and memories were created. The 212º Leadership Conference was a great learning experience for all members who attended.
State FFA Degree Recipients: The State FFA Degree is given to the top members of the State FFA Association. To receive a State FFA Degree, members must meet the requirements listed in the Official FFA Manual. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree a state can bestow on its FFA members. The recipients will be announced soon.
American FFA Degree Recipients: The American FFA Degree is awarded to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than 1 percent of FFA members; therefore, it is one of the organization’s highest honors. Our chapter had two applicants attempting to receive this degree: Cole Kleinline and Noah Smith. Both have been approved at the state level. The final acceptance and approval for their applications will be announced soon. If their applications get approved, they will be earning their degrees at the National FFA Convention this coming fall.
Proficiency Awards: Proficiency awards are earned by FFA members who have gone above and beyond when working with their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. These awards take an immense amount of hard work and time. From our chapter there were three members who earned these awards: Cierra Andrews, Cort Kleinline, and Aaron Sharp. Cierra Andrews placed top four in the state from our county as well as the top placing in the district for her Accounting SAE Project. This earned her a gold rating. Cierra also earned another first place rating in the district for her Veterinary Sciences SAE Project. Additionally, Cort Kleinline earned a 4th place rating in the district for his Sheep Production SAE Project. Finally, Aaron Sharp placed 2nd in the district for his Accounting SAE Project, receiving an honorable mention rating. Congratulations to these three individuals!
2020-2021 Amanda-Clearcreek FFA Officer Team
Left to right: Timothy Smith (Sentinel), Audrey Butterbaugh (Reporter), Olivia Hutchison (Secretary), Morgan Anderson (President), Stephanie Bowers (Vice President), Sara Sharp (Treasurer), and Cole Bryan (Student Advisor)