Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter attended to 89th Ohio FFA State Convention. The event was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. It was open to FFA chapters from all parts of the state and gives recognition to those who have accomplished great tasks within their state and community in the past year. It is a celebration of the Ohio FFA’s growth and achievements and a leadership experience for those in attendance.
The Ohio FFA State Convention consists of leadership workshops, a career show, and sessions that include award recognition and motivational speakers. Speakers discuss leadership topics such as how to make an impact in your community, ways to make your journey in FFA better, and even important life lessons (like how your decisions can affect those around you).
This year was an especially successful and important year at convention for the Fredericktown FFA chapter. Many members were recognized on the state level for their accomplishments.
Three of the officers were given gold ratings this year. Courtney Ballinger received a State Gold Secretary Award. Jessica Small was awarded the State Gold Treasurer Award and Caity Gaddis was awarded a State Gold Reporter Award. In order to receive any of the three awards mentioned above, members must serve in one of the offices and keep the necessary records and receive a gold rating when the books are evaluations by the District and State FFA. They must show outstanding qualities of leadership in their position and complete all of the tasks and duties that are a part of their role.
Additionally, three members competed in the State Agriscience Fair. Maribeth Pozderac, Alexa Jones, and Georgie Caputo took their agriscience projects to State Convention to take part in this event. Participants in this activity are required to use the scientific theory to conduct a test or experiment regarding an aspect of agriculture. They must do research before the trials, form a hypothesis, test their hypothesis, and complete records on their findings. Contestants present their findings to judges with a display, which includes an agriscience board that summarizes the results. Maribeth and Alexa both received Silver ratings and Georgie received a bronze rating on their projects.
Four of our members received their State FFA Degrees which were: Jacob Lotz, Jessica Small, Courtney Ballinger, and Dalton Canter. Fredericktown’s Environmental and Natural Resource team was recognized for being National champions.
Ryan C. Matthews was recognized for his year of service to the Ohio FFA Association as he retired his position of State Vice-President At Large. And he had the privilege of turning his position over to another one of Fredericktown’s members, Milan Pozderac who was elected to the same position.
Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.