Edon FFA members excel in state events

Eight Members Receive State FFA Degrees

The Edon FFA Chapter set a new chapter record by having eight members receive their State FFA Degrees at the Ohio FFA Convention on May 6th. The state degree is the highest award the Ohio FFA Association can bestow upon its members and is only awarded to less than 2% of FFA members. To earn this degree, members had to have a high quality supervised agricultural experience program, exhibit superior leadership skills within their chapter and maintain high academic records. Members that received their degree were Levi Brandt, Evan Fisk, Preston Klingler, Carley Muehlfeld, Hayden Runyan, Paige Schaffter, Samantha Trausch and Jordan Winebernner.

Fisk & Wortkoetter Honored with Officer Awards

Each year the state recognizes chapter officers that complete officer books with gold, silver and bronze rankings. Evan Fisk, Edon FFA Reporter, completed a chapter scrapbook detailing the events of our chapter over the past year. He received a gold rating and received a pin for his efforts at the Ohio FFA Convention. Crista Wortkoetter, Edon FFA Secretary, also completed her book with our chapter roster, correspondence and minutes from meetings. Her book received a perfect score and a gold rating. Crista was also awarded a pin at convention for all her hard work.

Winebernner Honored for Grain Merchandising

Jordan Winebernner was also an award recipient at convention this year for placing 1st high individual in the Grain Merchandising CDE.  Over 240 FFA members participated in the competition at the state level. Following an online exam, judges in the agricultural industry interviewed the top ten individuals, and Jordan earned first place. He received his plaque for his efforts on stage at the convention. Congratulations Jordan!

Four Members Perform in State Music Programs

The Edon FFA was proud to have four members represent our chapter in the Ohio FFA State Band and Choir this year at the State FFA Convention. Evan Fisk, Emily Fox and Naomi Hickman were all members of the State FFA Band that performed at the convention in front of over 8,000 people. Evan and Naomi played in the percussion section, while Emily played trumpet. Crista Wortkoetter also performed during convention sessions as part of the State FFA Choir, in addition to competing as one of ten individuals in the State FFA Talent Show. Great job to these members on their outstanding performances!

Members Place 2nd in Grain Merchandising Contest

The Edon FFA Chapter has continued it’s tradition of outstanding performance in the Grain Merchandising CDE, which tests member’s knowledge in the area of grain merchandising and to make students aware of the complex decision making process associated with merchandising agricultural products. After winning a state title in 2015, this year’s team repeated great success by placing 2nd in the state. The team was coached by Joe Radabaugh and supported by the Edon Farmers Cooperative. Team members were Jordan Winebernner, Eliza Zulch, Paige Schaffter, Samantha Trausch, Colten Lyman, Preston Klingler, Levi Brandt and Graeden Rupp. Individually, Jordan placed 1st in the state of Ohio, Paige placed 7th and Eliza placed 10th. Congratulations to this team and their coach!

Cooperative Education CDE

The Cooperative Education CDE is designed to learn ways of doing business in America with emphasis on agricultural cooperatives. This year the Edon FFA placed 6th in the state contest. The top four individual scores for the team were Evan Fisk 18th, Eliza Zulch 36th, Paige Schaffter 37th, and Colten Lyman 52nd.

Greenhand Quiz CDE

First-year members of the FFA are allowed to participate in the Greenhand Quiz CDE, which is designed to increase the basic knowledge of students about the FFA and its’ operations. This year the team placed 27th out of 113 teams in the state. Individuals making up the team score were Aidan Muehlfeld, Nick Wiedmer, Hannah Ater and Taylor Trausch.

Farm Business Management CDE

The Farm Business Management CDE provides students with the opportunity to solve typical farm management problems. The Edon FFA placed 15th in the state this year. Members of the team were Preston Thiel, Jordan Winebernner, Evan Fisk and Preston Klingler.