For the Troy Daily News
CASSTOWN — The State FFA Evaluations were recently held at the Ohio FFA Center in Columbus, Ohio. Several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in various competitions. Members became eligible for State Evaluations by placing at District Evaluations in February.
American FFA Degree — Emily Beal, Daniel Everett, Stephanie Millhouse, Levi Reid and Hunter Sharp, graduates of Miami East High School, submitted an application to receive the American FFA Degree. Their applications were approved and will be submitted to the National FFA Organization for review. They will receive their degree at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, IN.
State FFA Degrees — Junior Alex DiNardo, and seniors Katie Bodenmiler, Carly Gump, and Alyssa Westgerdes submitted applications to receive the State FFA Degree. Their applications were approved, and they will receive their Degrees in May at the State FFA Convention in Columbus.
Proficiency Awards — Members applied for a district and state proficiency award. They were recognized for having an outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience program in one of 47 areas. Six members applied placed in the state and will receive an interview. They just received notice of interviews for being Top 4 in the State candidates. They will now prepare a display of their project, be interviewed by an industry panel of judges, and be recognized on stage at the State FFA Convention.
Agriculture Mechanics Design and Fabrication — Maci Krites began her own business of designing 20 different metal productions using horseshoes and metal where she markets them at the Troy Farmers Markets and through social media.
Agricultural Sales — Katie Bendickson started Katie’s Christmas Cheer where she designed and marketed three types of Christmas decorations. She has also added Katie’s Floral Sales were she designs and markets floral arrangements at the Troy Farmers Market.
Agriscience Research — Kylie Blair used her background knowledge of agriculture and science to research the effects nitrates and nitrites in water has on the nutrients and pH of soil. She competed in the State and National Agriscience Fair with her study.
Outdoor Recreation — Lane Mergler started he own business, Lane’s Lures, in which he makes and markets different fishing lures at community events. He takes custom orders from his customers and marketed his product at a local fishing tournament.
Specialty Crop — Alyssa Westgerdes started her SAE of growing and marketing popcorn, but when that enterprise failed she used her talents to grow and market mums. She has marketed 500 mums to family and friends.
Specialty Crop — Emily Thimmes utilized her family’s greenhouse to start her herb plants before she received a grant to build her own greenhouse. She grows 12 different types of herbs and markets the plant sets at the Troy Farmers Market.