|Many highlights for Elmwood FFA at state meeting|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Tuesday, 11 June 2013 08:32|
The Elmwood FFA had 30 members attend the 85th Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus with many favorable things occurring for the chapter.
On May 2, the first session of the convention held many highlights for the chapter. The chapter was recognized on stage for its contributions to the Ohio FFA Foundation trust fund, CROP, and Children's Hospital in Columbus.
At the conclusion of the first session, the delegate business session took place. During this delegate session, Chelsie Schmitz and Meagan Dylan Benschoter served as the chapter's delegates. They were entrusted with the tasks of voting on state officers, voting on business items, and assessing the future movements of the Ohio FFA Association.
During the second session, chapter Alumni member, Mike Keys was recognized as one of a mere 22 individuals to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree. Mike was nominated by the chapter for not only his contributions on the local level, but on the statewide level. Those present at the session were also entertained and educated by motivational speaker Josh Shipp. Following the session chapter members enjoyed a concert by up and coming country music artist Casey James.
On May 3, at the fourth convention session, chapter officers Chelsie Schmitz, Cassandra Shaffer, and Amanda Jones were recognized on stage for receiving a gold rating on their respective officer books. Also recognized on stage were two of the chapter's career development teams that ranked first in the state. The teams consisted of Greenhand and Ag. Mechanic Skills. The top four Greenhands were Taylor Barndt, Samantha Laborie, Paige Drees, and Emily Schmitz while the Ag. Mechanic Skills team consisted of Casey Heller, Isaiah Lundquest, and Jon Shinew.
Prior to the start of the fifth and final session, three chapter members performed in the State FFA band and chorus. Chapter representatives in the band included Makayla Mohre and Alexis Miller while Crystal Berta participated in the choir.
A final highlight of the convention occurred when 10 chapter members received their state FFA degree. They included Brittany George, Isaiah Lundquest, Madison Reinhard, Amanda Jones, Garrett Benschoter, Marisa Ayala, Chelsie Schmitz, Morgan Huff, Kara Buchman, and Mitch Beaverson. More than 600 members from the state of Ohio were presented this honor, which accounts for a little over two percent of the total membership. To receive the degree, members must complete a 13-page application and meet requirements related to leadership involvement, personal finance, supervised agricultural experience projects, community service, school and community involvement, career development participation, grade point average, and attendance.
Not all of the convention was business as the chapter took some time to enjoy some recreation. While at the convention, the chapter had time to review the Ohio FFA career show and agriscience fair. Convention attendees also participated in laser tag, putt putt golf, and an arcade.
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