ANNA — The Anna FFA Chapter made a trip to Columbus for the annual State FFA Convention on May 4-5. The two-day event was extremely busy for the students and advisers of the Anna FFA Chapter with various presentations, interviews and award ceremonies to be attended.
Several senior members participated in the Agriscience Fair this year at convention. The Agriscience Fair displays research conducted by FFA members throughout the school year. Brad Axe tested nutrient content of manure from broiler chickens fed various diets. He received third in the state. Courtney Hollenbacher tested the omega fatty acid content in chicken breasts from broilers fed various sources of high omega diets.
Shaun Wenrick, 2015 Anna graduate, received the American Star in Agribusiness award. This is an award recognizing Ohio’s best American Degree Recipients. Wenrick went through an intensive interviewing and application process to win this award.
The Anna FFA Chapter submitted the National Chapter application highlighting nine of their strongest activities in the three divisions of student, chapter, and community development. The Anna FFA Chapter as a whole was named a Gold Medal Chapter.
Macey Huelskamp and Emma Freytag received a Gold Rating for the Secretary’s Book. Ashley Landis and Zach White also received a Gold Rating on her Treasurer’s Book. To complete the clean sweep Emily Albers and Ally Bertke earned a Gold Rating on the Reporter’s Book.
Several students were awarded their State Degrees. The recipients were Keith Berning, Erik Berning, Luke Berning, Jake Berning, Emily Albers, Macey Huelskamp, Austin Barhorst, Matt Burden, Isaac Cain, Nick Nowlin, Melyssa Homan, Kelsey Meyer, Emma Freytag, Cole Albers and Olivia Maurer.
This past year one of Anna’s members, Mary Buehler, served as the 2016-2017 Ohio FFA president. Buehler has done outstanding work for Ohio this past year. Her chapter was proud to see her represent the Anna community at the state level.
The National FFA Organization consists of 627,367 FFA members and 7,757 chapters across the United States and is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The writer is the Anna FFA reporter.