FFA Officers Attend South Central Board meeting
On November 12, 2020 officers virtually attended the board meeting at South Central High school.
This year, 956 Ohio FFA members earned their State FFA Degree, the highest honor a state can bestow upon its members. Eight of those members are from South Central! These individuals exemplify hard work, passion and an incredible level of dedication. These members have remained committed to their Supervised Agricultural Experiences as well as their involvement in their FFA Chapters and communities.
Isaac Brown, son of Eric and Tracy Brown of Norwalk. Isaac earned his State FFA Degree through his work at Boulder Ridge Farms, participating in the Soils and Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Events and serving our community through various community service activities such as Fall Fun Fest setup and Canned Food Drives to support our local communities.
Benjamin Chaffee III, son of Ben and Jody Chaffee of North Fairfield. Ben earned his State FFA Degree through his work at Four Reasons Farm, Will-o-Knoll Farm and Chaffee Farms in Sycamore, Ohio. Ben additionally participated in Career Development Events such as Soils and General Livestock and community service hours spent with the Bed Battalion and the Huron County Jr. Fair Board.
Hunter Cooper, son of Brian and Amanda Shepherd of North Fairfield. Hunter earned his State FFA Degree through his work at Double A Egg Farm, participating in Career Development Events such as Small Engines and Parliamentary Procedure and through serving our community by volunteering at the North Fairfield Food Bank and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Greenwich.
Kyser French, son of Robert and Crystal French of Plymouth. Kyser earned his State FFA Degree through work on numerous farms and assisting his father in their shop. Kyser participated in the Poultry and Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Events while additionally assisting his community through his work on Bed Battalion and on local canned food drives.
Rylee Hopkins, daughter of Randall and Jaimee Fannin of North Fairfield. Rylee earned her State FFA Degree through her work at Bent Creek Kennels, participating in the Poultry and Forestry Career Development Events and through serving the community through work such as setting up for Fall Fun Fest and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Greenwich.
Emily Keene, daughter of Adam and Lanette Keene of Plymouth. Emily earned her state degree through her market beef and goat projects. Emily participated in the Soils and General Livestock Career Development Events. She additionally serves her community through volunteering in activities such Bed Battalion and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Greenwich.
Mason Kiesel, son of Brian and Laura Kiesel of New London. Mason earned his State FFA Degree through his work at Krystowski Tractor Sales in Wellington. Mason participated in the Tractor Trouble Shooting and Soils Career Development Events. Mason has served his community through assisting with Fall Fun Fest and working with the Bed Battalion.
Ivy Ott, daughter of Matt and Tasheena Ott of North Fairfield. Ivy earned her State FFA Degree through her Market Goat, Fair Pigeons and working lawn care for her family. Ivy participated in the Poultry and Soils Career Development Events. She additionally serves her community through her volunteer work for the Huron County Jr. Fair Board and assistance with Fall Fun Fest set up in Norwalk.
FFA Members Celebrate Graduation
On Wednesday, May 13th, the South Central "Graduation" bus escorted by the Student Resource Officer made its way to South Central Seniors houses for Phase 1 of the South Central Graduation process. The "Graduation" Bus consisted of bus driver Patty Clark, Superintendent Ben Chaffee, Principal TJ Hellickson, Senior Class Advisors Brian Kiesel and Sarah Lucah and High School Secretary Cheryl Brown. The bus drove around to scheduled seniors houses to take diploma presentation pictures. At each stop the side of the bus was transformed by a backdrop that was hung from the windows (A donation from the class of 1967) and flowers that were donated by Carla Oney. A South Central graduate sign was placed in each yard as well. Response to the "Graduation" bus was positive!. During these uncharted times the South Central Local School District is trying to provide a memorable experience. On Thursday, May 14th, the "Graduation" bus will be making a second round with bus driver Steve Ray. Congratulations South Central 2020 Seniors and we will see you at Phase 2 of our graduation process.
South Central FFA members continue springtime shop tradition
One way to tell that it is finally spring and it close to the end of the school year is the smell of pine at South Central High School that permeates the air from the Agricultural Education Department. This year that changed a little bit. Thanks to students completing general shop safety tests for woodworking before COVID 19, the agricultural education students had an option of replacing computer work with a shop project that would have a little twist - making it at home. Materials were available for pick up in April with the ability to sign out drills and sanders. Everything the student needed was placed into a parking space with sign out sheets left on clip boards along with parent permission slips/waivers for the students to pick up. Students were able to still put together spring time projects but instead of with classmates and their teacher, it was under the watchful eyes of their parents. By allowing students to sign out tools, the students were still able to complete some of their shop projects (Welding, small engines and electricity will have to wait until we are all back together again at school). Students watched step by step videos to assist in teaching the students how to complete the project while adhering to safety rules and regulations. Once each step was completed students filled out a survey to tell Mrs. Lucha how each step progressed. Pictures of the final projects were then sent to show the completed finished projects. 22 freshman made tool boxes, 11 sophomores made bird feeders and 26 upperclassmen made Adirondack chairs. A special thanks to Ms. Brittany Weller, Mr. Brian Kiesel, and Mrs. Michelle Whitright who helped Mrs. Lucha in cutting all the pieces of wood and creating the instructional videos.
South Central FFA 2020 President Receives Ag Credit 110% Award
Congratulations to Ally Burton of the South Central FFA for receiving the Ag Credit 110% Award sponsored by the Huron County Ag Credit Norwalk Branch. The award is given to a graduating senior from supported schools. Ally has been the president of the South Central FFA chapter for the last two years and has led the chapter through various activities while being a role model for other students. Good luck Ally as you venture to The Ohio State University's Agriculture Technology Institute to major in beef cattle nutrition.
Local FFA Member Awarded National American FFA Degree
INDIANAPOLIS (October 29, 2020/National FFA Organization) – Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year 4,136 American Degrees were be awarded.
Matthew Whiteside, a member of the South Central FFA chapter in Greenwich, Ohio, was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 27-29, held virtually.
Sponsored by Case IH, Elanco Animal Health and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business or hold a professional position as an employee. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities. Less than one percent of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.
The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 760,000 student members as part of 8,700 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Sunday, August 16th the Huron County started with the FFA Project Judging. For the Adirondack Chairs: 1st place went to Ben Chaffee of the South Central FFA, 2nd place went to Emma Suddith of the South Central FFA and 3rd Place went to Jackson McCormack of the South Central FFA Chapter. For Small Welding: 1st place goes to Ben Chaffee of the South Central FFA Chapter. For Large Welding: 1st Place goes to Colton White of the Western Reserve FFA. For Small Woodworking: 1st Place goes to Lydia Chaffee of the South Central FFA, 2nd Place goes to Lorin Walcher, and 3rd Place goes to Callie Seamen. Over all best of show goes to Colton White of the Western Reserve FFA.
2020 Huron County Fair
The 2020 Huron County Fair has kicked off this week and South Central FFA members are excited to participate. Madison Gahring is looking forward to competing, she loves the feeling of doing good during the show. Madison is excited about making friends, as some of her closest friends are people I’ve met through the fair. Sadie Suddith is excited for exhibiting her woodworking project and Ally Burton is hoping that her last fair is memorable.
On July 26, 2020, the South Central FFA Officer Team held their officer retreat at Bluebird Haven in Greenwich, Ohio. The officer team met with owner Richard Dolbeer who explained the history of the land and told them of his conservation efforts for wildlife in the area. Mr. Dolbeer has worked for both the United States Department of Agriculture and NASA and departed some interesting facts to the officer team. Later in the evening the team built a picnic table to donate to Blue Bird Haven, went on a hike and went fishing and paddle boat riding in the pond. To end the evening the students discussed the upcoming year calendar and activities that will occur amidst the ever changing times.
South Central FFA Officers honored at 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the South Central FFA Officer Team earned high honors at the virtual 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration. The nine officers consisting of Ally Burton, Emily Keene, Sam Bolen, Mason Kiesel, Lorin Walcher, Hunter Cooper, Kyser French, Benjamin Chaffee and Rylee Hopkins received the notification that the application the submitted at the State Level was rated Gold and it will be forwarded to the National Level where they hope to rank as a Three Star Gold Rated Chapter.
Additionally, three officers were recognized for their additional work as individual officers. Sam Bolen’s Secretary’s Book received a Gold Rating at the State Level, Mason Kiesel’s Treasurer’s Book received a Gold Rating at the State Level and Lorin Walcher’s Reporter’s Book received a Gold Rating at the State Level as well.
The entire team worked extremely hard throughout the year to accomplish these achievements. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 South Central FFA Officer Team for all they have done.
Two South Central FFA Juniors in the Top 4 in the State
Although we will not be able to gather together for the 92nd Ohio FFA Convention due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio FFA will still be recognizing members and commemorating another year of student success. Two of those members are Benjamin Chaffee, III and Mason Kiesel. Both members have been announced as being in the top 4 in the state in their respective proficiency areas.
Ben Chaffee, III is the son of Ben Chaffee and Jody Chaffee of North Fairfield. Ben’s proficiency area is Diversified Agriculture. Ben’s Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) during the last three years are working as a farmhand at Will-O-Knoll Dairy Farms in North Fairfield, taking animals to the Huron County Fair and his present positions are as a farm hand at Four Reasons Poultry Farm in Greenwich and Chaffee Grain Farms in Sycamore, Ohio.
Mason Kiesel is the son of Brian and Laura Kiesel of New London. Mason’s proficiency area is Agricultural Mechanics. Mason’s Supervised Agricultural Experience for the last three years has been working seasonally for Krystowski Tractor Sales in Wellington, Ohio where he assembles small tractors and mowers and assisted occasionally in customer service.
Both Ben and Mason submitted an application in early January where they discussed their SAE’s in detail, discussed their accomplishments and challenges through the years, attached six photographs with captions and added letters of recommendation. There applications went up against numerous others from around the state and they were both chosen to be in the top four! Normally they would have an interview at the State FFA Convention with the placings announced at convention. However, this year the
the 2020 Ohio FFA Celebration will take place online via Ohio FFA social media channels. The results will be tallied from their applications and placings will be announced by the Ohio FFA. Please join the South Central FFA in honoring these members by tuning into the Ohio FFA Facebook page to view the results as they happen on Tuesday, May 5th at 4pm. Let’s support our members in celebration of their current accomplishment and placings!
Huron County AG Teachers Make New Booths at the Fairgrounds
With the help of the Huron County Soil and Water Conservation District, some of the Huron County Agricultural Education Instructors, a few FFA members and the teachers kids are working to make new FFA booths for the 2019 Huron County Fair in the Agronomy building. Special thanks to Scott Bauer for designing the booths and Chad Stang for spearheading the project.