Elmwood adds six FFA State Degree recipients PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 22 May 2010 08:34
Nathan Benschoter
The Elmwood FFA had six members receive the State FFA Degree at the recent Ohio FFA Convention.
The State Degree is the highest accomplishment an FFA member can achieve within Ohio. Those who received the degree included: Nathan Benschoter, Brittany Grilliot, Amanda Peters, Josh Schnipke, Isaac Shaffer and Staci Thomson.
In order to receive the degree these members had to meet several requirements.
These requirements include earning at least $3,000 from the candidate's supervised agriculture experience program; productively invested at least $1,000; and completed 30 hours of home and/or community development projects. Successful candidates also have to maintain a good grade point average with good attendance and participate in various chapter and agricultural education and career development events.
Below is a summary each of the candidate's accomplishments.
Benschoter conducted SAE projects 10 acres of forage production and 30 hours of community development. He has been active on career development teams including rural soils, farm management, and greenhand. Highlights of this involvement found him being a member of the third place State Greenhand team, seventh place Farm Business Management team, and first place Wood County rural soils team. He participated in the Made For Excellence Leadership Conference, and served actively on a number of chapter committees. He has been active on a number of athletic teams outside the FFA.
Brittany Grilliot
Grilliot conducted SAEs of corn production, seven acres, equine production including her quarter horse, and more than 35 hours of community development. Her CDE involvement found her being a member of the third place state Greenhand team, third place district Rural Soils team, and the first place state cooperatives team. She also participated in the Equine and dairy foods CDEs, helped conduct some of the chapter's kiddie tractor pulls, and aided in the planting of the chapter's pumpkin patch. She was a planner of the chapter's Made For Excellence Conference and also helped conduct the National FFA Week school wide assembly.
Peters' SAEs included multiple livestock production projects including beef cattle (market steers and dairy steers), dairy beef feeders, and market hogs which she actively exhibited at the county fair. She was a member of third place state greenhand team, first place state cooperatives team, and second place district dairy cattle team. She served as the chapter's treasurer where she was ranked as one of four top treasurers in FFA District 1, attended the Made For Excellence Leadership conference and was a committee chairman of several committees. She is also active in 4-H, volleyball, and softball.
Schnipke's SAEs consisted of market steers which he consistently showed at the Wood County Fair and received County Born and Raised runner-up honors. He was active in many CDEs including third place state Greenhand, second place state parliamentary procedure, and first place state grain merchandising. He was also active in the general livestock and rural soils CDEs. He serves as the chapter's president, and also served as the assistant treasurer. He has been one of the chapter's top citrus salesmen, has attended FFA Camp, the Washington Leadership Conference, and the State and National FFA Conventions.
Amanda Peters

Shaffer conducted SAEs of two dairy steers, 10 acres of corn production, 23 acres of silage production, six dairy beef feeders, and 124 hours of community development. His CDE accomplishments included being a member of the third place state greenhand and first place grain merchandising teams. In addition he was a member of the third place state farm business management team, and second place state parliamentary procedure team. He served as chapter assistant secretary, chaired the SAE committee, and was active with the chapter's charity food drive. He assisted with many community service activities.
Thomson completed six acres of corn production projects, raised more than 350 pheasants, 44 market rabbits, and completed 44 hours of community development. Her successes with CDEs included being a member of the second place state parliamentary procedure team, first place state cooperatives team, first place state Grain Merchandising team, third place state farm business management team, and third place Greenhand team. She served as the chapter's secretary where she had the top district secretary book. She was instrumental in organizing the chapter's involvement with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event.



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