Valley View-MVCTC FFA members participated in 4 invitational contest and the State Preliminary Contest. Students participated in the following contests General Livestock Judging, Equine and Nature Interpretation.
General Livestock Judging teaches students to recognize quality and consumers by experience in identifying and understanding characteristics that affect production and quality. Equine teaches students the current horse evaluation, selection techniques and management. Nature Interpretation is designed to gain interest and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skills as a result of natural resources instruction.
In total 22 FFA members participated in the 3 contests held during the 4 invitationals and State Preliminary contest. The highlights of the contest include:
- Equine Judging Placings-
- 22nd/38 teams at Mercer County
- Livestock Judging Placings-
- 9th/61 teams at Mercer County
- 22nd/83 teams at Wilmington Aggies
- 1st place individual- Ryan Michael
- Nature Interpretation Placings-
- 19th/29 Teams at Marysville
Ryan Michael qualified for the State Livestock Judging Finals which were held on April 26th. Ryan placed 2nd place overall in the state of Ohio.
The Valley View MVCTC FFA chapter recently held its 85th annual Parent-Member Banquet. Over 160 parents, members and guests were in attendance at Valley View High School. Highlights from the award ceremony include:
- 2018-19 Treasurer Keith Kinner, Reporter Ansley Kozarec and Secretary Kelsey Wight submitted officer books for district evaluations. They all earned a gold rating and will be recognized at the 2019 Ohio State FFA Convention.
- Junior Members Mackenzie Hoog, Tyler Michael, and Haley Hall will receive their State FFA Degrees at the 2019 State FFA Convention.
- Graduate students Mike Boyle, Mercedes Woodson, and Jordan Johnson were recognized as 2019 American Degree Candidates.
- Mr. James Martin was inducted as the 2019 Honorary Degree Member.
- Shawn Baker and Mike Jones were recognized for their support throughout the past school year.
- Ten members were awarded the Greenhand Degree.
- Five members were awarded the Chapter Degree.
- Ryan Michael will compete in the State Livestock Judging Finals.
- The FFA Chapter was awarded a Gold Rating.
Scholarship is an important aspect in each student’s school career. The students in each class with the highest GPA were honored with the Scholarship Trophy and Certificate. These students were John Gilbert- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Ansley Kozarec- Livestock Selection, Chase Baker- Agriculture Mechanics, Mackenzie Hoog- Agriculture Business, and Taylor Thomas- Agriculture Capstone.
Honorary Chapter FFA Degree
Valley View MVCTC FFA Chapter is honored to have the opportunity to recognize local community members who are helping to advance the agricultural education program and the FFA Chapter, who have rendered outstanding service our students. This year we recognize Mr. James Martin. Valley View MVCTC would not be able to do special projects without all community members there to help along the way.
The star greenhand is awarded to the chapter’s most active first-year member who has plans for a strong supervised agricultural experience program and has demonstrated leadership within the FFA. This year’s Star Greenhand is Charity Moore.
The star chapter farmer is awarded to the FFA member with the top production agriculture SAE program. The award recognizes achievement in both career and leadership development. This year’s Star Chapter Farmer is Ryan Michael.
The Star Chapter in Agribusiness is awarded to The FFA member with the best non-production entrepreneurship agribusiness SAE and proven leadership skills. It recognizes a member for pursuing a career in agribusiness. This year’s Star Chapter in Agribusiness is Mackenzie Hoog.
The Star Chapter in Ag Placement is awarded to The FFA member with the best placement SAE program and proven leadership skills. The member’s placement experience can include paid labor hours or unpaid labor hours. This year’s star chapter ag placement is awarded to Keith Kinner.
The chapter began the Lead like Levi award to honor Levi Montoya’s memory and award a student who is not afraid to pursue new career development events, organize FFA activities, and chooses to keep FFA a top priority. This year’s recipient is Mackenzie Hoog.
Recognition of Sponsorship
Blue and Gold Sponsors – Tom & Judy Keating, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Neff’s Lawn Equipment, Boyle Mechanical, Honor of Trudy (Bussard) Burnett, Brubaker Grain, Lucky Montoya Auction Co. LLC, Live Like Levi, Promotional Spring and Cheryl Frame, Richard Hummel, Memory of Bob Gebhart
Gold Sponsors – John Friedline Insurance, Baker Family, Greg, Lindsay, Avery, Owen, & Wade Griffin, Brian & Becky Landis-Kinner
Silver Sponsors – Lynn & Jackie Avery, Jeff & Michelle McDonald, Sally C. Holtzmuller
Bronze Sponsors – Kevin & Roxanne McCloskey, Simplicity Salon
Chapter Proficiency Awards
FFA Members applied to be recognized for their Supervised Agricultural Experience programs. The following students were selected in their respective categories.
- Poultry Production Entrepreneurship- Haley Hall
- Beef Production Entrepreneurship- Grant Helsinger
- Diversified Crop Production Placement and Forage Production PLacement- Tyler Michael
- Swine Production Entrepreneurship- Taylor Thomas
- Swine Production Placement- Ansley Kozarec
- Agriscience- Sydney Cooper
- Agriscience Animal- Reina Frame
- Grain Production Placement and Agriculture Services- John Gilbert
- Forestry Production Entrepreneurship- Chase Baker
- Agriculture Sales Entrepreneurship- Mackenzie Hoog
- Goat Production Entrepreneurship- Kelsey Wight
- Goat Production Placement- Charity Moore
- Equine Production Placement- Keith Kinner
2019-20 Chapter Officers Installed
The 2019-20 chapter officers were installed. They are as follows: President- Mackenzie Hoog, Vice President- Tyler Michael, Secretary- Ansley Kozarec, Treasurer- Keith Kinner, Reporter- Charity Moore, Sentinel- Taylor Weaver, Student Advisor- Grant Helsinger, Vice-President of Strengthening AGriculture- John Gilbert, Vice-President of Building Communities- Chase Baker, Vice-President of Growing Leaders- Harli Taylor
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success” through agricultural education.
During the day Tyler hosted workshops in two Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources courses, Livestock Selection, Agricultural Mechanics, and Agribusiness courses. The workshops focused on integrity, planning for success and setting goals. He shared his passion for the agriculture industry and the National FFA Organization.
FFA Members enjoyed spending the day with Tyler and are thankful he took time out of his busy schedule to visit Valley View High School.
Valley View MVCTC FFA Members participate in Job Interview Preparation
Recently, The Valley View FFA Chapter hosted a Chapter Job Interview Contest. Every FFA Member participated in a mock job interview scenario. Prior to the interview the students completed resumes, cover letters, and a job application. Post interview the students completed follow-up thank you letters.
The students competed within their divisions for the opportunity to compete at the District 5 Career Development Event. The FFA Members who placed 1st in their divisions were as follows: Jared Cummings (Division 1, Freshman), Ansley Kozarec (Division 2, Sophomore), Mackenzie Hoog (Division 3, Junior), Taylor Thomas (Division 4, Senior), and Keagan Sizemore (Division 5, 1st year Junior/Senior).
The FFA Members fared well at the District Contest hosted at Versailles High School. Ansley Kozarec and Mackenzie Hoog both took home 2nd place. Taylor Thomas placed 7th and Jared Cummings placed 17th in his division.
Valley View-MVCTC FFA Members Attend National Convention
“Just One.” was the theme of this year’s National FFA Convention. Twenty- one members of the Valley View-MVCTC Chapter were in attendance at the convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Those members on the overnight trip included Tyler Michael, Tanner Cordes, Chase Baker, Justin Michael, John Gilbert, Grant Helsinger, Mackenzie Hoog, Taylor Thomas, Kelsey Wight, Haley Hall, Charity Moore, and Harli Taylor. Valley View students traveled with the members of the Brookville-MVCTC Chapter. Those members attending the day trip included Logan Tays, Ansley Kozarec, Emma Burr, Kennedy Burr, Keith Kinner, Jena Hatton, Reina Frame, Taylor Weaver, and Andrew Shell.
More than 67,000 members, parents, and guests were in attendance at the National FFA Convention.
Convention activities included attending several convention sessions where members were inspired by motivational speakers such as the 2017-2018 National FFA Officers and motivational speaker Kyle Scheele
Attendees enjoyed attending the Garth Brooks concert, Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo, Buckeye Bash Dance, and tours of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, National FFA Headquarters, NCAA Hall of Champions, and Fair Oaks Farm. Members also attended the FFA Shopping Mall and Career Show.
Thank you to Mr. Nick Wright from Brookville-MVCTC FFA for chaperoning the trip with Valley View FFA Advisor Betsy Martin. Additional appreciation goes to the administration at Valley View Local Schools and Miami Valley Career Technology Center for their continued support of the Agricultural Education Departments. We would also like to thank Mrs. Hoog, Valley View’s school nurse and FFA alumni Member for chaperoning the Convention Day Trip.