South Central FFA sponsored a speaker to address the student body and our local veterans during our annual Veteran's Day Assembly.
On November 6th, 2019, the South Central FFA sponsored a speaker to address the student body and our local veterans during our annual Veteran's Day Assembly. Dave Roever was our speaker. Mr. Roever served in the United States Navy as a Brown Water Black Beret during the Vietnam War. He sustained life-threatening injuries, which left him severely scarred. Mr. Roever gave a heartfelt message to share his story of turning tragedy to triumph. Mr. Roever additionally is most honored to be a Purple Heart recipient who shared the ups and downs of his struggles through life with our students. A special thank you to Mr. Roever who travelled all the way from Fort Worth, Texas to celebrate our national treasurer's with us - our veterans.
South Central FFA and Western Reserve FFA have American Degree Winners Recognized at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis
On November 2, 2019, South Central FFA had eight members and Western Reserve FFA had one member that received their American Degree award, which is the highest degree an FFA member can receive. About 0.5% of FFA members in the nation achieve this national honor and we are lucky to have so many FFA members from our area receive the American FFA Degree. Members receiving the degree must work over 2,250 hours and show financial investment, they must be a well rounded FFA member participating in numerous chapter activities, career development events and above the chapter level events. Members must also be involved in activities outside of the FFA and have over 50 hours of community service. The South Central FFA members receiving their American Degree are:
Kaycee Burton, is the daughter of Robert and Debra Burton of North Fairfield. Her main Supervised Agricultural Experience was in Agricultural Education where she wrote news articles, and developed lessons for inner city children to learn about agriculture.
Desiree Chill-Cherry, of North Fairfield and is the daughter of Mike Chill. Desiree had a Supervised Agricultural Experience where she had animals that she took to the fair and working at Tractor Supply Company.
Brooke Gahring, is the daughter of Mark and Kelli Gahring of North Fairfield. Her main Supervised Agricultural Experience was assisting on the family farm and raising her own chickens and goats.
Kendall Keene, is the daughter of Adam and Lynette Keene of Plymouth. Kendall's main Supervised Agricultural Experience was assisting on the family farm and raising her own goats and beef cattle.
Andrew Madison is the son of Brian and Lisa Madison of Greenwich. Andrew's main Supervised Agricultural Experience was working at Seidel's Maple Lawn Farms and Four Reasons Poultry Farm.
Danielle Ott is the daughter of Tony and Veronica Ott of North Fairfield. Danielle's main Supervised Agricultural Experience was assisting on the family farm and raising her own swine, goats and cattle.
Grant Seidel is the son of Robert and Michele Seidel of Greenwich. Grant's main Supervised Agricultural Experience was working at Seidel's Maple Lawn Farms and Four Reasons Poultry Farm.
Maddie Vogel is the daughter of Carl and Georgia Vogel of North Fairfield. Maddie's main Supervised Agricultural Experience was assisting on the family farm and raising her own swine.
Western Reserve's American degree winner was Micayla Fincham who is the daughter of Dave and Mona Fincham of Wakeman where she assisted at DD Farms where she worked with laying hens and broilers.
Congratulations to all the winners who achieved this goal which culminated through a five year journey in Agricultural Education!
South Central FFA was awarded their Top Ten Premier Chapter Award
On October 31, 2019, the South Central FFA was awarded their Top Ten Premier Chapter Award at the 92nd National FFA Convention. The Premier Chapter Award was accepted on behalf of the chapter by Ally Burton, the president and Ben Chaffee, the parliamentarian. At the same session, Ivy Ott, former reporter and Emily Keene, vice president, accepted the chapter's award for being a 3 Star, Gold Rated Chapter which is the highest rating a chapter can receive. The South Central FFA Officer's have put in a lot of time and effort to earn these accomplishments.
South Central FFA Chapter took off on an adventure
On October 29th, the South Central FFA Chapter took off on an adventure to go to the 92nd National FFA Convention. The members attending were Rylee Hopkins, Lorin Walcher, Allison Hignett, Sierra Chill, Wesley Madison, Emily Keene, Sam Bolen, Madison Gahring, Ben Chaffee, Ally Burton and Ivy Ott. The members went to Jungle Jim's International Grocery Store, Abe Martin Brown County State Park, the Indianapolis Escape Room, Fleece Performance Engineering, Kelsey Farms, Champions Bowling Alley, and Indiana Downs in addition to attending four sessions at the National Convention. SOme Highlights were listening to the owner of Kelsey Farms describe his transition from being a dairy farmer to an agritourism business, line dancing in the cabins at the State Park, escaping successfully at the escape room and meeting the actor Otto Thorwarth who played the jockey in the movie Secretariat.
South Central FFA Set Up for Fall Fun Fest
On October 10th, the South Central FFA assisted the Huron County Soil and Water Conservation District in setting up for the Fall Fun Fest Educational Activities that the Huron County Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors at the Huron County Fairgrounds on October 12th. FFA members built a straw pyramid and a straw maze out of approximately 600 bales. The members also moved tables, picnic tables and assisted in setting up stations.
South Central Food Services and South Central FFA Say "Thanks a Crunch!" to Farmers
South Central high school students along with some faculty and administration took part in The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Everyone on the count of three "crunched" into apples on the football field at the same time while forming the shape of an apple. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch encourages healthy eating and supports Farm to School and other local food purchasing initiatives throughout the region. It's also a fun way to connect food and agriculture.
The South Central FFA and South Central Food Service administration is joining the Great Lakes state of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and the Great State of Ohio in celebrating National Farm to School month by crunching into locally grown apples from Springhill Fruit Farm in Shiloh. Thank you to all farmers, without whom we would not be able to have a school food service program.
South Central FFA Participates in District Soils Career Development Event
The South Central FFA Urban and Rural Soils teams participated in the District Soils Career Development Event on September 26, 2019. Both teams determine the slope of the land, type of landscape, soil texture, depth of drainage, depth to bedrock and for root restrictive layers. The Rural Soils team judges soils for agricultural uses and conservation practices. The team consisted of Ben Chaffee III, Isaac Brown, Emily Keene, Madison Gahring and Lorin Walcher. The team placed fourth in the contest and qualified for the State Soil Judging Competition. The Urban Soils team evaluates for building purposes, septic systems and roadways. The team consisted of Ally Burton, Ivy Ott, Mason Kiesel, Sam Bolen, Allison Hignett, and Braden Kiesel. The team placed first in the urban contest and also qualified for the State Soil Judging Competition which will occur on October 12, 2019. Good luck!
South Central FFA Participates in Huron County Soils Invitational
The South Central FFA Urban and Rural Soils teams participated in the County Soils Invitational on September 20, 2019. Both teams determine the slope of the land, type of landscape, soil texture, depth of drainage, depth to bedrock and for root restrictive layers. The Rural Soils team judges soils for agricultural uses and conservation practices. The team consisted of Ben Chaffee III, Isaac Brown, Emily Keene, Lorin Walcher, Madison Gahring, Lydia Chaffee, Wesley Madison and Cheyanne Coffman. The team placed second in the contest only three points out of the lead. The Urban Soils team evaluates for building purposes, septic systems and roadways. The team consisted of Ally Burton, Ivy Ott, Mason Kiesel, Sam Bolen, Allison Hignett, Braden Kiesel, Hannah Ayers and Kenzie Hanson. The team placed first in the urban contest. Both teams advance to districts, which will occur in Lorain County on September 26, 2019. Good luck!
South Central FFA Members Attend Local FFA Greenhand Camp
On September 15th & 16th, the South Central FFA first year members, called Greenhands, attended a leadership camp at Camp Conger in North Fairfield. Members attended sessions were they learned about leadership, Opportunities in FFA, Official Dress and team building. The South Central FFA, Monroeville FFA, Western Reserve FFA and Mapleton FFA attended the camp. Advisors and the Greenhand Camp Staff, Brittany Weller and Cody Myers who are currently students in Agricultural Education attending The Ohio State University taught sessions. Members not only learned about FFA but also were able to make new friends at the same time. Members additionally set goals for the rest of their agricultural education career.
South Central FFA Members Identify Trees and Learn about the Forestry Industry
On September 11, 2019, the nine South Central FFA members attended the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District's Forestry Clinic. The members were Trey Beverly, Sam Bolen, Blade Hale, Robert Hamilton, Madison Gahring, Allison Hignett, Callie Seaman and Lorin Walcher. Members attended learning sessions on tree identification, general forestry knowledge, chainsaw safety and tree harvesting through timber cruising. Members were later tested on their knowledge that they learned through station work. Thank you to the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation District for sponsoring this event.
SC FFA Dares to Stay Off Drugs!
On September 5th, Deputy Cawrse taught a lesson and reviewed the dangers of drug use and abuse with sophomores enrolled in the Agricultural Education courses at South Central High School. FFA members competed in teams with the interactive game that was complete with the Jeopardy music and sounds. Thank you to the Student Resource Officer, Deputy Cawrse who took time out of his day to remind students about harms of drugs and the importance of good decisions.
South Central FFA Conservation Booth Places 3rd at the County Fair
On August 8, 2019, the South Central FFA Officers got together at the the county fairgrounds to create an educational booth on Water Conservation. The booth contained facts about various ways to conserve water in the home and at work. The booth even discussed the benefits of purchasing newer appliances that can cut the use of water down considerably. The booth placed third in the county. The booth was created by Ally Burton, Emily Keene, Sam Bolen, Mason Kiesel, Kyser French, Hunter Cooper, Benjamin Chaffee and Rylee Hopkins.
South Central FFA Members Travel to the Nation's Capitol for the 50th National FFA Washington Leadership Conference
On July 16th, four South Central FFA members flew to the Nation's Capitol to attend the FFA Washington Leadership Conference, to learn about our nation's history and tour the monuments. SC FFA members joined FFA members from all over the United State where they learned how to become effective leaders by learning their purpose, how to value people, how to take action, and how to serve others. The members toured with their advisor the sights of Washington DC while visiting. The members visited the National Cathedral, the United States Capitol Building, the World War I Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the Marine Corps Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the White House. While at the Capitol Building the FFA members met with Representative Bob Gibbs legislative aides to discuss local agriculture before touring the Capitol. Through attending the Washington Leadership Conference, the members learned about leadership, our nation’s history and citizenship.
South Central FFA Officers Participate in a Leadership Retreat
On July 10th, the South Central FFA Officers participated in a Leadership Retreat on South Bass Island. The officers consist of President - Ally Burton, Vice President - Emily Keene, Secretary - Sam Bolen, Treasurer - Mason Kiesel, Reporter - Lorin Walcher, Student Advisor - Hunter Cooper, Sentinel - Kyser French, Parliamentarian - Ben Chaffee, III and Chaplin - Rylee Hopkins. The officers participated in a geographical and historical scavenger hunt on the island, team building activities and educational tours. The South Central FFA Officers are looking forward to an eventful, great year ahead of them.
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.
South Central FFA members recieved their State FFA Degree
On Friday, May 3rd 2019, three South Central FFA members recieved their State FFA Degree at the 91st State FFA convention in Columbus, Ohio. To earn the State FFA Degree members must submit an application detailing their achievements both in and out of FFA. Members must complete eight activities above the chapter level, have a minimum of 25 hours in community service, worked a minimum of 100 hours and earn $3000. The recipients this year are Ally Burton, Madison French and Sierra Chill.
Ally is the daughter of Robert and Deb Burton of North Fairfield. Ally is a junior at South Central and raises feeder calves for the fair.
Madison is the daughter of Bob and Crystal French of Plymouth. Madison is a senior at South Central and hatches, raises and shows chickens at the fair.
Sierra is the daughter of Mike and Tami Jo Chill of Ruggles. Sierra is a junior at South Central and takes horses and rabbits to the fair.
Congratulations to Ally, Madison and Sierra for achieving the highest degree at the State level that only 2% of members statewide accomplish.
South Central FFA tour the capital building
On May 2nd, 2019, the South Central FFA met with Representative Dick Stein right before his committee meeting. Representative Stein shared a bit about he he became involved in politics, what some of his roles are in the legislative branch, and some words of wisdom with the students before their tour of the capitol building. After the tour the South Central FFA members completed a scavenger hunt of the Capitol grounds while learning about the different historical events that affected Ohio's history. The members also met with Senator Nathan Manning's legislative team, who explained the Senator's responsibilities and gave them a tour of the office. The South Central FFA would like to send a special thank you to Representative Stein for taking time out of his busy schedule during budget season to meet with us and to Senator Manning's staff for the tour!
South Central FFA members assisted in the Fallen Blue Quilts Project
In Febuary, the South Central FFA members assisted in the Fallen Blue Quilts Project that was created by Donna Marsinick of Vermilion. Marsinick wants to provide the families of fallen police officers with a quilt as a memorial to their family member that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Marsinick’s goal is to provide this service nationally. Each quilt is embroidered with their personal information – name, department, badge number and End of Watch date.
The South Central FFA contacted Shirley Gray of North Fairfield to assist in the project by sewing nine patch squares to assist in the quilt making process. The FFA chapter with the assistance of Shirley Gray, Joanne Rand, Laura Kiesel, Jera Riddle, Crystal French, Rebecca Whetstone, and Jody Chaffee. Sewing machines, irons, ironing boards, fabric and cutters were brought in to assist in the process. It takes 12 nine patch squares to make up the top of one quilt. The members were able to sew 252 nine patch squares which makes up 21 quilt tops.
The South Central FFA members wanted to support the families of Police officers, Highway Patrol officers and Sheriff’s deputies. Through the Fallen Blue Quilts projects were are able to show our support of the people who keep America safe. Quilts have been sent to California, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, Louisiana, Alabama, New York, South Carolina and Ohio.
South Central FFA Paints Plow in Support of Staff and Community Members
South Central FFA and High School Art Program participated in the Paint the Plow Program in which area students are invited to paint an ODOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their individual school. The FFA members who painted the plow did so in order to support the staff, parents, friends and community members who have or have battled cancer to know that they are not alone. The South Central High School Principal, Mr. Hellickson, adopted the theme to show to support those battling cancer and cancer survivors in our district.
In addition to being visible when in full service during the winter-weather months, the blades are used at events within the school's community not only to increase public awareness, but also to promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both ODOT and the schools' art programs.
South Central FFA Members Have the Skills to Run a Business
On Tuesday, November 20, 2019, members of the South Central FFA Chapter participated in the Huron County Parliamentary Procedure Contest located at South Central High School. The members of the team were Isaac Brown, Hunter Cooper, Mason Kiesel, Kyser French, Ben Chaffee and Emily Keene. The members were given a business agenda and five parliamentary procedure abilities and had twelve minutes to complete the items along with having quality discussion that was graded.