Firelands FFA Members Attend Annual State Convention
Firelands FFA had 21 members attend the 89th annual Ohio State Convention. The convention took place May 4th and 5th at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The members in attendance represented Firelands High School and showed their spirit in many uplifting ways. Prior to convention, the Ohio Ag Interns asked Firelands to be trainers for the Ohio FFA Fights Hunger event. Firelands students helped trained and organized members from all over the state and ultimately packed over 89,000 meals for the less fortunate. This earned the chapter the “FFA Fights Hunger” award, which Sophia Pohorence crossed the stage to receive. Firelands FFA sends multiple students to FFA Camp Muskingum each year, where the opportunity to donate money to a Children’s Hospital is available. The chapter donated 250 dollars earning them the “Children’s Hospital” award. Evan Born represented Firelands FFA as he crossed the stage to receive this award. Finally, the last award that the Firelands FFA Chapter received as a whole was the “Gold Rated Chapter” award. This award is only given to the top 10% of chapters based on the National Chapter application, which the Vice President (Grace Habeck) worked very hard to complete with the help of other members. President Sean Miller and Vice President Grace Habeck crossed the stage to receive this award.
Five Firelands FFA Proficiency Applications were selected at Top Four in State. After setting up displays in the Hall of Champions and interviewing with expert judges the following results were announced: Emily Holcomb – 1st place in Ohio Fruit Production, Megan Brandich – 1st place in Ohio Goat Production, Emily Holcomb – 2nd place in Ohio Ag Processing (maple syrup production SAE), Clayton Spiegelberg – 3rd place in Ohio Vegetable Production, and Megan Brandich – 3rd place in Ohio for Accounting. Macey Butchko was chosen as a state finalist for Ohio FFA Talent. She earned 5th overall at the talent contest and entertained nearly 10,000 people during the final session!
Brandon Palmer was recognized as a state finalist for Ohio Star State Agribusiness. Brandon was also an Ohio finalist for Star American in Agribusiness (Firelands first ever). The Firelands FFA Officer were again rated gold and crossed the stage to receive their awards: Secretary – Samantha Ives, Treasurer – Noah Metzger, and Reporter – Grace Pohorence.
The State Degree is an accomplishment that only about 2% of all FFA members reach. Receiving this award requires meeting criteria such as investing money productively and devoting at least 25 hours to community service activities. Firelands FFA had an astonishing 11 members receive their State Degrees this year. These members include Megan Brandich, Emily Holcomb, Bianca Inman, Elizabeth Lewis, Sean Miller, Morgan Nance, Clayton Spiegelberg, and Claire Vilagi.
Also at the convention we were joined and supported by former members Christine Balint (OSU Ag Ed Society, Ohio Soy, OSU Ambassador), Shelby Balint (Ohio Soy & OSU Ag Ed Society), Brandon Palmer (OSU ASM), Katie Fath & Karlie Canfield (OSU Ag Ed Society), and graduates Mike Anadell, Alli Vilagi, Claire Vilagi, & Ali Butler all visited from OSU ATI.
As always, the chapter was supported by many parents, staff, and administration, for which they are extremely grateful! We wish to thank our principal, Mr. Bob Maver, for coming to the convention to support us and Mr. Houdeshell, Mr. & Mrs. Holcomb, and Mrs. Grude for chaperoning. The advisor for Firelands FFA is Mrs. Shanna Finnegan.