Many members of the Hillsdale FFA chapter attended the 91st Ohio State FFA Convention at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

On Thursday, May 2, members received a tour of the Mid State Wool Growers. Members heard motivational speeches from keynote speakers-Chris Koch, a farm boy turned world traveler, has set out on his latest adventure bringing his "If I Can" message global. and Mandy Harvey, is an American jazz and pop singer and songwriter who is deaf and who took part in the 12th season of America's Got Talent.

Jarrod Lifer and Elizabeth Derr served as delegates for the business meeting of the Ohio FFA Association, where they voted for the 2019-2020 state FFA officers. They also attended a delegate dinner where a Nationwide Representative spoke about the future of FFA.

Clay Schoen attended the Industry Welcome Luncheon as a state FFA officer candidate.

Molly Moffett placed fourth in the state in the Dairy Production Entrepreneurship proficiency award. The Dairy Production proficiently is a Supervised Agricultural Experience, SAE, that is about the skills that are required in planning and operating an agriculture related business. Molly received a gold plaque, a pin and $50.

On Friday at convention, there were two keynote speakers — Dr. Steve Brown, National FFA adviser of the National FFA organization and Layni LeBlanc, the National FFA secretary.

Gold-rated chapter officers Molly Moffett, Clay Schoen and Elizabeth Derr received their officer pin. Sarah Yeater received a plaque for placing first individually in the State Food Science and Technology CDE.

The Hillsdale FFA Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) team received their first place banners on stage. The State FFA Degree is the second highest degree level that can be achieved as an FFA member. This step in the FFA Degree system encourages students to grow and achieve personally toward establishing themselves in an agricultural career. Members receiving their state degrees this year were Shawna Barr, Briar Funk, Brock Hoverstock, Jarrod Lifer and Clay Schoen.

In order to receive a state FFA degree members must earn at least $2,500 and serve 25 hours of community service on their Supervised Agricultural Experience project, have participated in at least two different state sanctioned Career Development Events, and have participated in eight FFA activities above the chapter level.

Garn participates in Outdoor Power CDE

On April 23, the Hillsdale FFA chapter sent Mike Garn to the Outdoor Power State CDE. The Outdoor Power Equipment Career Development Event (CDE) is an extension of the Agricultural Education classroom and laboratory. Additionally, this CDE serves as an authentic assessment designed to evaluate students’ knowledge in recognizing and repairing malfunctions in outdoor power equipment. The skills Agricultural Education students employ in this CDE are the same skills required by outdoor power equipment technicians. He placed 50th.

Equine Management competes in state finals

On April 26, the Hillsdale FFA Chapter Equine Management team competed at the state finals. The Equine Management Career Development Event (CDE) is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students current horse evaluation and selection techniques in addition to developing management skills necessary for success in the equine industry. The team placed 5th and will be competing at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio in October. The team consisted of Lily Nixon, placing 6th, Madison Mast, placing 15th, Katelynn Smeltzer, placing 26th, Alena Arnold, placing 28th.

Floriculture squad takes part in state contest

On April 23, the Hillsdale FFA Floriculture team competed at the State Career Development Event. The Floriculture Career Development Event (CDE) is an educational activity designed as a practical method of teaching students to identify various horticulture plants, disorders, insects and diseases that affect the floriculture industry. The skills students learn in evaluating floriculture products provide opportunities for them to become better producers and consumers of these products. The written test and the practicum will truly test the student’s ability to handle practical situations in the floriculture industry. The Hillsdale Floriculture team placed first and will be advancing to the national contest in October. The team members are Hannah Way; placing 1st; Adda Bickel; placing 4th; Madison Eaton; placing 6th; and Shawna Barr; placing 11th.