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Colonel Crawford FFA Students Participate Invitational Contests

        Members of the Colonel Crawford / Pioneer FFA Chapter recently competed in the Mt. Gilead Career Development Event Contests.  On March 2nd 13 members traveled to Mt. Gilead fairgrounds to compete in General Livestock Dairy Cattle, Wildlife and Dairy Foods Judging Contests. 

Jessica Millenbaugh, Bronwyn Leonhardt, Jesse Sellman, Kyle Hudson, Adam Widman, and Tyson Scott judged General Livestock. They had to place classes of breeding and market sheep, hogs, goats and cattle.  They also had to answer questions about the livestock, market grid and decide whether to keep or call classes.  The team placed 23rd out of 50 teams. Jessica Millenbaugh placed 43rd, Kyle Hudson 96nd, Adam Widman 128th out of 221 participants and to round off the team Bronwyn Leonhardt and Tyson Scott also participated.

            The Dairy Foods contest includes stations on identifying cheeses, Dairy VS. Artificial, grading milk and milker equipment, and a written and problem solving test. Katie Cramer placed 58th and Cheyenne Johnson placed 7th out of 68 participants.

The Dairy Cattle Contest includes judging classes of cattle and answering questions on each, written exam, reading a pedigree and sire information.  Samantha Martin placed 43rd and Taylor Lutz placed 46th out of 53 participants.

The Wildlife Contest consists of identifying mammals, birds, fish, equipment, map reading and a test.  Alex Brause placed 68th out of 110 participants.

Good Job to all of are participants and good luck next time!


Sub. District 2 FFA Speaking Contest

          On Monday February 11th three members of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter competed at Plymouth High School in three different public speaking contests.  Samantha Martin recited the FFA creed placing 4th.  Cheyenne Johnson competed in beginning prepared placing 6th.  Kyle Harman competed in extemporaneous and placed 3rd.  He will be moving on to the Dist. Contest on the 27th at Western Reserve. The speaking contest was a great learning experience to our members.  Congrats to our speakers.


Colonel Crawford/ Pioneer FFA Goes To District Evaluations  

            On Friday February 8, 2013 the Colonel Crawford/ Pioneer FFA Chapter sent their books to Lorain County JVS High School for district evaluations.  District evaluations is an all day event that Mrs. Betti attends.  At evaluations, the chapter’s officers’ books and all State and American FFA Degrees and proficiencies are judged and then they are sent on to the state department to be approved. The Treasurer’s book, completed by Rebecca Enright, received a gold rating.  The Secretary’s book, completed by Kendra Hudson, received a gold rating in the district.  The Reporter’s book, which is a scrap book with all of our FFA activities and pictures, was completed by Jessica Millenbaugh and the book received a gold rating also.  Rebecca, Kendra, and Jessica will walk across the stage at the State Convention in May and be awarded for their books. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the state can confer upon a member.  Dalton Hoover and Jessica Millenbaugh are going for their state degree this year.  Kendra Jessica Lohr and Jessica Millenbaugh also applied for state proficiency awards, with Kendra’s being diversified crops, Jessica Lohr being beef and forage crop and Jessica Millenbaugh being oil crop.  The State Degree applicants will be receiving their degrees in May at the State FFA Convention. We would like to congratulate all the FFA members who took their time to fill out the applications and for doing such a great job.           


Colonel Crawford FFA compete in Speaking Contest

            Members of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA participated in the county public Speaking contest held at Colonel Crawford on Wednesday January 30th.  Freshman members recited the FFA Creed.  The FFA creed was written in 1930 by EM Tiffany.  The freshman members presented the creed to two judges who score them on memorization of the creed, their enthusiasm, and their responses to questions about the creed.  The gold rating members were Taylor Lutz, Samantha Martin, Alex Brause, and Matt Sutter.  The sliver rating members were Adam Widman, Wes Wingert, and Tyson Scott.  The Bronze rating members were Kyle Hudson, Riley Erwin, Kyle Rowlinson, Garret Hensley, and Bronwyn Leonhardt.  Sophomores and upper classmen can do either the Beginning Prepared, or Advanced Prepared contests.  These students write and memorize an agriculturally related speech, 6 to 8 minutes long, and present it to the judges.  The members who competed in beginning prepared were Shelby Gledhill, Katie Cramer, Tony Gwirtz, Ashton Bell, Cheyenne Johnson, and Katie Cox.  Rebecca Enright and Kyle Harmon competed in the extemp. speaking contest.  We would like to thank our judges Nick Kalb, Diane Sand, Jennifer Stirm, Bryan Pope, Melissa Pope, and Adam Heydinger.  Samantha Martin, Cheyenne Johnson, and Kyle Harmon will be moving on to the sub-district contest which will be held at Plymouth high school on February 11th at 4 p.m.  Good luck to our three speakers!


FFA Members Help Out at Burkhart’s Appreciation Day

          On January 31st, Burkhart’s hosted their annual Customer Appreciation Day.   The Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer chapter was invited to aid the employees with the day’s events.  Students need community service for their state and American Degree and this activity can count toward those hours.  Members participating were, Dalton Hoover, Kendra Hudson, Jessica Lohr, Kyle Hudson, Wyatt Caldwell, Brenden Travis, Shelby Gledhill, Wesley Pollock, and Jesse Sellman. Students then helped direct parking, picked up trash, and helped serve.  The members were treated to a pork chop dinner which included:  coleslaw, mash potatoes and gravy, corn muffin, green beans, dessert, and a beverage.  We would like to thank Burkhart’s for allowing us to help out and providing lunch.


Col. Crawford FFA Winter Event

      On January 10th the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter went to Snow Trails in Mansfield.  Fifteen members and ten guests went and could choose between going tubing, skiing, or snow boarding.  Each member who went took a canned food item which was donated to a local food pantry.  The weather was rainy and it was very busy. Everyone who went had a great time. Thank you, snow trails for having us.


Colonel Crawford FFA Host Pancake Breakfast

On December 1st the Colonel Crawford FFA hosted the Antique Farm Machinery Association Benefit Breakfast in the Colonel Crawford High School cafeteria. This was the first time Colonel Crawford has hosted the benefit breakfast. The CC FFA chapter helped set up and serve the breakfast for the Farm Machinery Association. All of the proceeds go towards the Millard Ag & Expo Building that houses hogs, goats, and alpacas during the fair. This breakfast will help pay for that building and help to make the fair a better place.  The Colonel Crawford FFA chapter would like to thank those for the donations. We earned just over $2300 dollars toward the new building. Doners were Autozone, O’Reilly, Burkarts, Producers, J+F, Creative Corners, Bakers, Family Video, The Boutique, Oberichder, West-side Feed, C & B Country Meats, Trinity Monuments, Micheals Pizza, Trinco Auto Service, Pelican House, Creative Options, Lucius Farm, Hord Livestock, Custom Monograming, Crossroads, Wyandot- John Deere


Colonel Crawford FFA County Parliamentary Contest

On November 20th the County Parliament Procedure contest took place.  The Colonel Crawford, Buckeye Central, and Wynford FFA chapters all participated in the contest hosted by Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter. All students from freshmen to seniors have been learning and reviewing parliamentary procedure.  Parliamentary procedure is the proper way to run a meeting.  Students must learn the opening ceremonies, rules of motions, and closing ceremonies.  The judges were Mrs. Tate, Ms.Guinther, Mr. Swartz, and Mr. Stuckman. There were 11 teams out of the three schools. Crawford had two freshmen teams, the first freshman team scored placed 2nd and the second freshman team placed 4th.  The sophomore team placed 6th, the junior team placed 5th and the senior team placed 4th.  Everyone had a great learning experience.


Scholarship Luncheon

                The Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter will be having their first Scholarship Luncheon for CC FFA members.  Anyone in the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter that has a 3.2 quarterly GPA or higher, will be having lunch provided by the chapter.  The Scholarship Luncheon was held on Wednesday 19th in the CC agricultural room. The Scholarship Luncheon was created because the chapter needed more scholarship activities for the National Chapter Award, and as a chapter we wanted to promote higher education and good grades. 


Fall Festival

            The annual Fall Festival hosted by Colonel Crawford FFA in partnership with Pioneer, was a big success.  The CC FFA set up a tent and put on the petting zoo.  Despite the cold, and wind, the petting zoo was a wonderful experience for kids looking to experience fun with animals that are in our community.  Not only did we host the petting zoo, but we also held a bake sale to raise money for the FFA National Convention trip from November 24 through November 27.


Colonel Crawford Annual Fruit Sales

The Colonel Crawford FFA chapter kicked off their annual fruit sales on October 18, 2012. The items being sold are Florida grapefruit, oranges, peanut brittle, nuts, barbeque sauce, fruit baskets, and caramel corn. Fruit can be purchased in bushels, half bushels, and baskets can be purchased in half bushels, pecks and quarts.  Fruit baskets contain many different combinations of all the items, which make that perfect Christmas gift. The official ending date of fruit sales was November 19, 2012.  Members of the chapter have sold 600 units of fruit that is about $15,000 worth. All the money proceeds go towards the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapters leadership activities for the year. The leadership activities include leadership night, adopt a family, state convention, and various district and state contests. Fruit delivery is expected to start December 5th-6th. If you have any questions concerning your order please feel free to contact the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter at 419-562-6755.


FFA Attend National Convention in Indianapolis

During the week of October 24th – 27nd FFA members Jessica Lohr, Rebecca Enright, Tony Gwirtz, Jessica Millenbaugh, Cheyenne Johnson, Kendra Hudson, Taylor Lutz, Dalton Hoover, Kyle Hudson, Adam Widman, Alex Brause, Darren Thomas, chaperone Nate Rhodes, Andrew Betti and Advisor Krista Betti traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention. 

The group first stopped and made a tour in Springfield, OH of Dole, we toured the plant and watched the process of lettuce from raw material to being boxed up to be shipped. The next stop was a tour of the Dull Wind and Conservation Farm. We learned about wind mills and solar panels and also the production of seed corn. The chapter also stopped at Tuttle farms and toured the apple orchard and got to taste different varieties of apples. One stop was at Ozark Fisheries, which is a koi and goldfish producer. It is a family owned business started in 1926 and currently operated by the third generation. While in Indianapolis they toured the National FFA center and Indianapolis Speedway museum and took a tour around the track.  Later that night the members went to the first session where they listened to a motivational speaker that was in the War.

While at the convention in Indiana, the members attended many national chapter award ceremonies, leadership workshops and the heard the music from the National FFA band and chorus.  The students also attended the Buckeye Bash.  The students got to go through the FFA mall to shop and buy a range of FFA items.  They also walked through the Career Show, which had more than 1,000 booths of colleges and businesses informing the students about the opportunities of agriculture and new agricultural products.

During the convention the group, learned that leadership is influence, and how to inspire others to do their best. The chapter had two graduates; Brent Rossman and Katelyn Lutz receive the American FFA Degree at the final session.  Fun was had by all there.  The 2012 convention to sum it up was jammed packed and a blast for all the students that went!  


Soils and Forestry

On September 27nd, forty three Colonel Crawford in partnership with Pioneer students participated in Crawford county soil judging contest.  The Wynford and Buckeye Central Schools also competed.  There were two different types of soils being judged, rural and urban soils.  Judging the rural soils, that is for farming, they had to look at the slope, erosion, texture of soils, depth of roots and the drainage.  After finding that information they decide the land capability, land use, and the recommended conservation practices.   While judging urban soils, those for buildings, basements, roads, septic tanks, and lawns and gardens, they had to judge slope, landform, flood hazard, soil stability, soil texture for surface, between 15-30 inches, and 30-60 inches, depth of seasonal high water table, depth of bed rock, and if a hard dense layer is present.  They then had to find the recommended management practices for building with basements, septic tanks absorption fields, driveways and local roads, and lawns, gardens, and landscaping.  The Colonel Crawford FFA chapter’s rural soil judging team had placed 2nd.  The urban soil judging team placed 3rd.  Kendra Hudson placed 6th overall in rural soil judging.  The county soil judging contests were held in Wynford School District.  All schools would like to thank the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation for hosting and judging the Crawford County FFA Soil’s contest. 

The district soil judging contest was held in Crawford  County on September 28th.  The members from the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter that competed for the district rural soil judging were Jesse Sellman, Wesley Wingert, Tyson Scott, and Kyle Hudson. The contestants for the urban soil judging team were Kendra Hudson, Corey Johnson, Jessica Millenbaugh.The rural soil judging team placed 10th overall out of 23.  The urban soil judging team placed 6th overall.

Six members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter had competed in the forestry contest at Camp David in Bucyrus on September 14.  The chapter was proudly represented by Wes Pollock, Dalton Hoover, Tyler Thornton, Ashton Bell, Brendan Travis, and Josh Smith. All members were asked to identify trees, measure trees for the amount of possible lumber produced, chainsaw identification, and general knowledge of forestry.


Colonel Crawford FFA Annual BBQ

On September 21st, FFA had “The Annual Fall Chicken & Pork Chop BBQ Sale” that was held during the Friday night football game was a huge success. In all, there was 562 dinners that were sold, 352 chicken dinners, and also 210 chops. This annual fundraiser brought a total profit of $2,300. The profits from this annual fundraiser will benefit a senior in the form of a scholarship, and also will help to send some of our members to the National FFA Convention in late October.

Next month, Colonel Crawford FFA will also be selling fruit starting on October 12th. Fruit forms will be distributed by the FFA members and the fruit forms will be due November 16th and fruit delivery will be on December 3rd. The FFA chapter will be selling navel oranges, grapefruit, red and golden apples, and tangelos. Fruit baskets will also be sold. For more information call the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter at (419) 562-6755 to order if not already sold to by a FFA member. So, give us a call and any FFA member will be able to help you with any questions that you may have.


Colonel Crawford FFA Community Service

On June 24th and 25th twenty members from the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter cleaned up a flower bed at the Crawford county fair for community service. They enjoyed helping out the fairgrounds.

On August 2nd five Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA students, along with their teacher Krista Betti and her parents, worked in the Ohio State Fair Pork Booth. The Pork Booth is operated by the Ohio Pork Producers Association and allows any AG related club, business, or organization to come in and cook and serve food and drinks. The chapter worked in booth the indoor pavilion and outdoor trailer for the Pork Producers. Colonel Crawford FFA students made and served many pork dinners and sandwiches to visitors at the Ohio State Fair. Colonel Crawford FFA students have been working in the booth for the past nine years and enjoy the experience very much. The CC students enjoyed the food that was provided by the Ohio Pork Association in return for their work and would like to say a big thank you.

The FFA chapter had a picnic and trap shoot on August 13th. Twenty students and parents attended the event. The main focus of the night was to introduce upcoming freshman students to the chapter. All students were allowed to shoot rounds of clay pigeons provided. All had a fun and enjoyable evening and the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter would like to thank all who participated.


Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter Competes in Forestry

On Thursday September 13th, six members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter headed to Bucyrus to compete in the forestry contest. The members took a test over many different types of trees. The members enjoyed spending the day outside and learning new things. They had a great day and learning experience that will help them for next years contest.


CC FFA Students Participate in the Fair

During the week of July 14th through the 21st 13 Colonel Crawford FFA students participated in the Crawford County Junior Fair. During the 2011-2012 school year students kept records of their SAE projects. At the fair students were asked questions about their SAE and record books. Many members excelled.

In the market beef division Jessica Millenbaugh had grand champion overall market steer and won senior beef showmanship. She aslo won outstanding market exhibtor. Jessica Lohr placed well with her beef feeders and market steers and was reserve champion beef feeder showman in the senior division. Jesse Sellman competed in the Holstein class.

In the Dairy-Beef Feeder division Dalton Hoover placed 2nd in his class. Travis Bogard, Jesse Sellman, and Ashley Geiger also competed in the dairy feeder division. Kendra Hudson had a class winner and a second place with her dairy feeders. Kendra also received champion junior cow, champion senior cow, and grand champion overall dairy cow. She had also won champion dairy showmanship and outstanding exhibitor.

In the market hog division Jessica Millenbaugh had reserve champion carcass hog on foot, reserve champion lightweight barrow, and a class winner. She placed third in the outstanding hog market exhibitor. Andy Crock also competed in the market hog show.

In the market lamb division, Jessica Millenbaugh had two class winners and was the champion senior in lamb showmanship. She also had won outstanding market lamb exhibitor. Cheyenne Johnson had also competed in the market lamb show with a 3rd placing.

Ashton Bell competed in the market goat division as well.

Kate Cramer, Ashton Bell, and Jessica Lohr competed in the market chicken show. Each member did well with their pens.

The members that participated at the fair had taken the skillathon. The members did well and had a good fair year.

Jessisca Millenbaugh, Jessica Lohr, and Kendra Hudson competed at the 2012 Ohio State fair in market beef and dairy cattle show. Jessica Lohr won grand champion carcass steer. Jessica Millenbaugh had a class winner and won showmanship for her age division.

Kendra Hudson competed in the dairy cattle show and did well. Congrats to all of our members on a successful year with their SAE projects!!

 


Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer Chapter Heads to Mohican camp site

On June 17th through the 19th ten officers of the Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer Chapter rented a cabin and stayed at Mohican camp site for their annual Officer Retreat. During those days the officers and advisor Mrs. Betti discussed the plans for the year of various activities they plan to do. Some of the activities are chicken BBQ, fruit sales, speakers at meetings, the chapter calendars, and much more. The officers made goals for the chapter such as to increase membership, recruitment for the upcoming freshman, and each member to sell 15 boxes of fruit and 12 BBQ tickets. The chapter also plans to apply for the National Chapter Award. Besides talking about the upcoming year the members had fun going canoeing and cooking out. The members that attended were this year’s President Jessica Lohr, Vice President Wes Pollock, Reporter Jessica Millenbaugh, Asst. Reporter Cheyenne Johnson, Treasurer Rebecca Enright, Asst. Treasurer Cutis Hatcher, Secretary Kendra Hudson, Sentinel Wyatt Caldwell , and Student Dalton Hoover.

 


Colonel Crawford FFA Banquet

Family and friends of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA Chapter were present to honor the accomplishments of the Colonel Crawford FFA students during their banquet and awards night on Tuesday, April 3rd. Our featured Speaker was Miss Sierra Jepsen from the Amanda Clear Creek High School FFA Chapter. Sierra is serving as this years District 7 President.

Before the awards program, there was a dinner featuring apple bourbon chicken, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, red parsley potato’s, pasta shells with marinara, buttered sweet corn, butter roles, salad and for desert of cake. Thank you Norton’s for donating the flowers and helium for the balloons. Also a special thanks to Special Occasions Catering. Thank you to all the people that donated items for the occasion. It was greatly appreciated.

The awards given out for the night started with six Greenhand degrees which were given to the first year members who have met all the requirements set fourth by the National FFA. There were seven members who received their chapter degree which is for the second year members who have earned or invested $250, and has a satisfactory number of FFA activities and contests.

The highest degree the state association can confer upon a member is the State FFA Degree. Members who will receive the state degree in May were also recognized. This year Kendra Hudson, Jessica Lohr, and Jesse Sellman were recognized for their State Degree. The highest degree of excellence the National FFA can bestow is the American Degree. The members must earn and invest $7500 in their SAE projects, participate in numerous State and National FFA activities, along with many other school and community activities. This Degree will be given to Katelyn Lutz and Brent Rossman at the National Convention in October.

Awards were also given out to the top BBQ ticket sellers, which were Dalton Hoover, Jessica Lohr, and Kendra Hudson and the top fruit sellers which were Dalton Hoover, Kendra Hudson, and Jessica Lohr. They all received FFA shirts. The scholarship award was given out to the top academic student in each grade. The freshman was Katie Cramer, Sophomore Wyatt Caldwell, Junior Jessica Lohr, and Senior Ashley Geiger. The leadership awards were presented to the student in each class that has demonstrated the most leadership through the FFA program. Freshman winner was Tony Gwirtz, Sophomore Rebecca Enright , Junior Wesley Pollock, and Senior Hannah Yaussy. All of these award winners were presented with a plaque. The Star Chapter degree was given out to a sophomore that has put forth extra effort and excelled in the FFA program as a whole. The Star Chapter Farmer was Jessica Millenbaugh. Jessica Millenbaugh is the daughter of Janet Finney. Star Greenhand award is given to an outstanding freshman who has stood out above the rest during their freshman year in Ag. Cheyenne Johnson was given the Star Greenhand award based on his many FFA activities, classroom work. She is the daughter of Greg and Chris Johnson.

The next two awards are given to senior members who have been outstanding in their SAE’s, classroom work, and FFA activities over the past 4 years. Ag Credit gives 110% award and Dekalb gives the Dekalb-Pfizer Accomplishment Award to recognize these students. This year Hannah Yaussy was awarded the Ag Credit 110% award. This award was presented to him by Darrell Swinehart.

The Dekalb Award was presented to Ashley Geiger. The Dekalb-Pfizer Accomplishment Award recognizes the recipients’ proficiency in scholarship, leadership, and Supervised Agricultural activates, and also serves as a motivator to younger students. This year the Dekalb Pfizer Accomplishment Award is celebrating it’s 62nd Anniversary. Over these years more than 160,000 high school seniors have received this award. Monsanto, a long-time supporter of Agriculture Education, FFA, and 4-H, has sponsored the Dekalb Pfizer Accomplishment Award, named for its brand of seed, since 1998. Ashley is the daughter of Bob and Tonya Geiger. Ashley excels in leadership, scholarship, and in FFA with her SAE projects. She is active in many activities that are both in and out of school. Ashley is a member of the district rural and urban soils and district parli pro teams, She has helped out with Food For America, BBQ Dinner, Fall Festival, and many other activities. Her SAE project is dairy beef.

The Award for Outstanding Service was given out to a company that has helped our chapter to achieve our goals. The Outstanding Service Award was given out to Norton Flowers. The Honorary Degree was given to Lisa Hoover.

The 2010-2011 officers that retired that night were President: Hannah Yaussy, Vice President: Jessica Lohr, Secretary: Kendra Hudson Treasurer: Ashley Geiger, Reporter: Jessica Millenbaugh, Sentinel: Wyatt Caldwell, Student Advisor: Jesse Sellman. The new Officers that were installed for 2011-2012 are President: Jessica Lohr, Vice President: Wesley Pollock, Secretary: Kendra Hudson, Treasurer: Rebecca Enright, Reporter: Jessica Millenbaugh Sentinel: Wyatt Caldwell, Student Advisor: Dalton Hoover.

We would like to thank everyone that came to share the memories of our great year, a big thank you to Norton’s Flowers for donating the large assortment of foliage plants that were given to our senior’s parents. Also, big thanks to the parents that stayed afterwards to help us clean up.


Colonel Crawford FFA Students Participate in District 1 Judging Contests

 Members of the Colonel Crawford / Pioneer FFA Chapter recently competed in the district 1 judging contests. On March 6th, 5 members traveled to the Fulton County Fairgrounds to compete in General Livestock and Wildlife judging contests. Jessica Millenbaugh competed in General Livestock judging. Wes Pollock, Jesse Sellman, Dalton Hoover, and Wyatt Caldwell competed in the Wildlife contest.

The General Livestock contest judges swine, beef, and sheep. Jessica Millenbaugh placed 25th as an individual out of 282 participants. Wyatt Caldwell placed 147th, Dalton Hoover placed 163rd, Wes Pollock placed 33rd, and Jesse Sellman placed 170th out of 209 participants in the wildlife contest. Congratulations to all the contestants.

 


Colonel Crawford FFA Students Participate Invitational Contests

 Members of the Colonel Crawford / Pioneer FFA Chapter recently competed in the Mt. Gilead Career Development Event Contests. On March 3rd three members traveled to Mt. Gilead fairgrounds to compete in General Livestock and Dairy Foods Judging Contests.

Jessica Millenbaugh and Wyatt Caldwell judged General Livestock. They had to place classes of breeding and market sheep, hogs, and cattle. They also had to answer questions about the livestock. Jessica Millenbaugh placed 58th out of 235 participants.

The Dairy Foods contest includes stations on identifying cheeses, Dairy VS. Artificial, grading milk and milker equipment, and a written and problem solving test. Cheyenne Johnson placed 19th out of 37 participants.


Col. Crawford FFA celebrates National FFA Week March 1-4th

The focus of National FFA week is to tell America about the great opportunities available for all youth. FFA is committed to developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for a lifetime of civic leadership, and personal and career success.

FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. They are our future engineers, scientists, teachers and producers. One of every five Americans is employed in the critical food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture, and former FFA members and supporters serve in these essential careers.

The Colonel Crawford /Pioneer FFA chapter celebrated this fun week by participating in different activity’s each day. The activities that we participated in are creeper crawl, milk chug, egg and spoon obstacle course, cracker whistle, bale stack, corn hole, and pie eating contest. Hannah Yaussy won the cracker whistle contest with 58.37 sec. Jesse Sellman won this one for the boys with a time of 38.27 sec. We also had the egg and spoon race. Wesley Pollock won the contest with a time of 30 sec. and Jessica Millenbaugh was top for the girls with a 28.7 sec. time. For the creeper crawl students had to lay down on a creeper and maneuver their way through an obstacle coarse set up in the Ag shop. If it wasn’t hard enough to maneuver themselves the students were also timed. The boy’s winner with a time of 29.72 sec. was Wesley Pollock, and the girl’s time at 43.59 sec. was Cheyenne Johnson. Another activity was the milk chug. Students were timed to see who could chug an 8 oz. glass of milk the fastest. Travis Bogard won for the boys with a 2.75 sec. and for the girls, Cheyenne Johnson with 9.25 sec. Students also were encouraged to drive tractors to school as well. Curtis Hatcher drove a tractor donated for the day by Burkharts. The students that participated were Jesse Sellman, Wesley Pollock, Kendra Hudson, Wyatt Caldwell, Curtis Hatcher, and Travis Bogard . After school there was a slow tractor race. This race is to see who can go the slowest. Curtis Hatcher won this event with Burkhart Farm Center’s tractor as he traveled 0.02mph. Pie and homemade ice cream was served by the FFA students to the Colonel Crawford High School, and to the teachers and staff at Pioneer Career and Technology to show their appreciation.

 


FFA Members Help Out at Burkhart’s Appreciation Day

On February 9th, Burkhart’s hosted their annual Customer Appreciation Day. The Colonel Crawford FFA/Pioneer chapter was invited to aid the employees with the day’s events. Members participating were, Ashley Geiger, Kendra Hudson, Jessica Lohr, Jessica Millenbaugh, Curtis Hatcher, Wyatt Caldwell, Tony Gwirtz, Wesley Pollock, and Jesse Sellman. Students gathered in the morning for a brief lecture about running an agriculture business and various Ag careers and their future. Students then helped direct parking and register guests for the prize drawings. The members were treated to a pork chop dinner which included: coleslaw, mash potatoes and gravy, corn muffin, green beans, dessert, and a beverage. We would like to thank Burkhart’s for allowing us to help out, providing lunch, and for the free T shirts.

 


Tractor Trouble Shooting Contest

On Monday, February 13th four members of the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter competed at Wynford High School in the County Tractor Trouble Shooting contest. Competing were a team of Wes Pollock and Jesse Sellman and another of Curtis Hatcher and Wyatt Caldwell. Curtis Hatcher and Wyatt Caldwell placed 1st for Crawford and overall and are moving onto districts. The other team of Wes Pollock and Jesse Selman placed 2nd overall in the contest out of 6 teams. The contestants would like to give a big thank you to our dealerships that sent judges and equipment, and for the wonderful job our judges did in preparing the tractors for the contest!

The District Contest was on Thursday Feb 23rd, at Lorain County JVS. The competing team of Curtis Hatcher and Wyatt Caldwell placed 5th out of 17 teams. Congratulations to our team!!


Colonel Crawford FFA’ers compete in County Speaking Contest

Members of the Colonel Crawford FFA participated in the county public Speaking contest held at Colonel Crawford on Tuesday January 31st. Freshman members recited the FFA Creed. The FFA creed was written in 1930 by EM Tiffany. The freshman members presented the creed to two judges who score them on memorization of the creed, their power of expression, and their responses to questions about the creed. Tony Gwirtz and Cheyenne Johnson were the freshman students who participated in this contest. The member going on to the sub-district contest is Cheyenne Johnson, as she placed 3rd in the contest. Sophomores and upper classmen can do either the Beginning Prepared, or Advanced Prepared contests. These students write and memorize an agriculturally related speech, 6 to 8 minutes long, and present it to the judges. Rebecca Enright placed 4th in the Advanced Prepared contest and will move on to sub districts. Jessica Millenbaugh placed 3rd in the Beginning Prepared contest and will be moving on to sub districts. Crawford was also represented by Curtis Hatcher, Dalton Hoover, Travis Bogard, and Ashton Bell in the Beginning Prepared contest. We would like to thank our judges Nick Stuckman, Becky Guinther, Brenda Kocher, Emily Phelps, Josh Schafer, and Toni Schafer. Cheyenne, Rebecca, and Jessica will be moving to the sub-district contest which will be held at Plymouth high school on February 8th at 4 p.m. Good luck to our three speakers!


Colonel Crawford/ Pioneer FFA Goes To District Evaluations

On Friday February 3, 2012 the Colonel Crawford/ Pioneer FFA Chapter sent their books to Wynford High School for district evaluations. District evaluations is an all day event that Mrs. Betti attends. At evaluations, the chapter’s officers’ books and all State and American FFA Degrees and proficiencies are judged and then they are sent on to the state department to be approved. The Treasurer’s book, completed by Ashley Geiger, received a gold rating. The Secretary’s book, completed by Kendra Hudson, received gold rating and placed 4th in the district. The Reporter’s book, which is a scrap book with all of our FFA activities and pictures, was completed by Jessica Millenbaugh and the book received a gold rating also. Ashley, Kendra, and Jessica will walk across the stage at the State Convention in May and be awarded for their books. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the state can confer upon a member. Kendra Hudson, Jessica Lohr, and Jesse Sellman are going for their state degree this year. Kendra and Jessica also applied for state proficiency awards, with Kendra’s being diversified crops and Jessica’s being beef. The State Degree applicants will be receiving their degrees in May at the State FFA Convention. The American Degree applicants were Katelyn Lutz and Brent Rossman. The American Degree is the highest FFA degree awarded and is given by the National Organization in October at the Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. We would like to congratulate all the FFA members who took their time to fill out the applications and for doing such a great job.


Col. Crawford FFA Winter Event

On January 11 the Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA chapter went to Snow Trails in Mansfield. Fourteen members and guests went and could choose between going tubing, skiing, or snow boarding. Each member who went took a canned food item which was donated to a local food pantry. The weather was not the greatest as it was sprinkling, but that meant more time on the hill as we had the whole place to ourselves. Everyone who went had a great time. Thank you, snow trails for having us.


Colonel Crawford/Pioneer Students Help Our Community

Colonel Crawford/Pioneer students participated in multiple community service projects recently. On January 12, the Antique Tractor Club held its annual banquet at The Hannah and William Crawford School. Students in FFA were asked to help with serving meals to those attending this event and to help clean up at the conclusion of this event. Wes Pollock, a member of FFA and Antique Tractor Club, made a presentation on behalf of the Ag program. He told of some of the chapter’s recent activities, awards, and contests.


C.C. FFA adopts a family

Pioneer in partnership with Colonel Crawford FFA have been busy this month with activities that include adopting a family for Christmas, fruit sales, meeting and contests.

The chapter adopted a family from turning point, a domestic violence shelter in Marion. They used money made from the fruit sale to purchase items for a young mother and 4 year old daughter that was at the shelter. The community service committee went shopping and bought items from their wish list. After the Dec. meeting the chapter wrapped the gifts.

The fruit sale was a success with the chapter selling 360 units of fruit. Profits from the sale were used to purchase gifts for the adopted family, for entry fees for spring skills contests, and will also be used to put on the chapters Annual Spring Banquet. Thanks to all for supporting the chapter with their purchases.

At our December meeting on the 14th, the chapter discussed and passed paying for and participating in the Dist. 2 Envirothon, spring skills contests, and having SAE tours during FFA Week. They also nominated members for officer positions for next years officer team that will be installed at the banquet in April. Officers and Committee’s also gave reports on various activities that the chapter was working on. The next meeting will be on Jan 11th.


FFA Members Receive National Award

David Wagner and Duane Shawk received The American FFA Degree at the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 22th 2011. It is the highest degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and it recognizes these students’ leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in Agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs. Less than one in 154 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state degree programs to earn this national degree.
David Wagner, a 2010 Colonel Crawford H.S. graduate, and the son of Dick and Joan Wagner, has chosen to attend The Ohio State’s Agriculture Technical college in Wooster, where he is a sophomore majoring in Power and Equiptment. David’s SAE projects included various home improvement projects, working on the family farm, and taking dairy beef cattle to the fair. He received his American Degree by keeping records on all of his SAE projects from the past 5 years, his school, leadership, and community service activities, and participation in many Chapter, State, and National FFA activities. David was the Col. Crawford FFA Vice President and Student Advisor each for one year. He received the Dekalb-Pfizer Accomplishment Award his senior year, and enjoyed livestock judging, envirothon, forestry, parliamentary procedure, and soil judging contests. He was involved in the chapter’s fruit sale, food for America, BBQ, attended Washington Leadership Conference, and many other chapter activities.
Duane Shawk a 2010 Colonel Crawford H.S. graduate, and the son of Dale and Victoria Shawk. He is attending Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas where he is majoring in Ag-Business. Duane received his degree with SAE projects which included working on the family farm, various home improvement projects, raising beef cattle, corn and bean crops, and taking beef cattle and sheep to the fair. He kept records on all of his SAE projects from the past 5 years, his school, leadership, and community service activities, and participation in many Chapter, State, and National FFA activities. His chapter activities included envirothon, forestry, parliamentary procedure, district soils, state meats and state livestock judging. He was involved in almost all of the chapter’s yearly activities and community service events. Duane also received the Leadership award his senior year, and was the Col. Crawford FFA President.
David and Duane are members of the Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter and their Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor is Krista Betti. They both received a gold American FFA Degree key, and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. The recognition program was sponsored by Case IH, The Farm Credit System Foundation DuPont Company, Syngenta and Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The National FFA Convention is the nation’s largest annual youth gathering, welcoming over 54,000 students, parents, and educators from all across the United States. FFA is a national youth organization of 510,763 student members preparing for leadership careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,439 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.


FFA Attend National Convention in Indianapolis

During the week of October 18th – 22nd FFA members Jesse Sellman, Rebecca Enright, Tony Gwirtz, Katie Cramer, Cheyenne Johnson, chaperone Andrew Betti and Advisor Krista Betti traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the National FFA Convention.

The group first stopped and made a tour in Fort Wayne, In of Debrand Fine Chocolates. The opening stop was a guided tour of the factory and store where we learned about the processing chocolate candies, and were able to sample a few varieties. The next sightseeing tour was of Fair Oaks Dairy, which was on 19,000 acres and hosted 30,000 dairy cows in addition to the calves and dry cows. The students viewed the facilities which included a 73 cow carousel milking parlor, a manure management system which used the methane for power, dried the solids and the liquids for fertilizer. They also got to see a calf be born. The next day the members toured the Not Just Popcorn company, where there were over 300 flavors of popcorn, and students viewed it’s production, Ozark Fisheries, which is a koi and goldfish producer that is 85 years old this year. It is a family owned business started in 1926 and currently operated by the third generation, and Hunters Honey Farm in which students fed honey bees from their hand, bottled their own honey, and saw various uses for byproducts such as beeswax, bee pollen, and propolis. While in Indianapolis they toured the National FFA center and Indianapolis Speedway museum and took a tour around the track. Later that night the members went to the first session where they listened to a speaker, Dave Rover, a motivational speaker that was in the Vietnam War. They ended the evening by going to a PBR Rodeo, which they all enjoyed very much.

While at the convention in Indiana, the members attended many national chapter award ceremonies, leadership workshops and the heard the music from the National FFA band and chorus. They listened to keynote speaker and world-renowned graffiti artist David Garibaldi, and retiring address of national officer Shannon Norris, as they gave their inspirational messages. The students also attended the Buckeye Bash. The students got to go through the FFA mall to shop and buy a range of FFA items. They also walked through the Career Show, which had more than 1,000 booths of colleges and businesses informing the students about the opportunities of agriculture and new agricultural products.

During the convention the group, learned that leadership is influence, and how to inspire others to do their best. The chapter had two graduates; David Wagner and Duane Shawk receive the American FFA Degree at the final session. Fun was had by all there. The 2011 convention to sum it up was jammed packed and a blast for all the students that went!


Crawford County Schools Compete in FFA Soils & Forestry Contests

On September 22nd, eighteen Colonel Crawford – Pioneer FFA students participated in Crawford county soil judging contest. The Wynford, and Buckeye Central Schools also competed. There were two different types of soils being judged, rural and urban soils. Judging the rural soils, that is for farming, they had to look at the slope, erosion, texture of soils, depth of roots and the drainage. After finding that information they decide the land capability, land use, and the recommended conservation practices. While judging urban soils, those for buildings, basements, roads, septic tanks, and lawns and gardens, they had to judge slope, landform, flood hazard, soil stability, soil texture for surface, between 15-30 inches, and 30-60 inches, depth of seasonal high water table, depth of bed rock, and if a hard dense layer is present. They then had to find the recommended management practices for building with basements, septic tanks absorption fields, driveways and local roads, and lawns, gardens, and landscaping. The Colonel Crawford FFA chapter’s rural soil judging team had placed 2nd. The urban soil juding team placed 3rd. Kendra Hudson placed 6th overall in rural soil juding. Hannah Yaussy placed 8th overall in rural soil juding and 10th overall in urban soil judging. The county soil judging contests were held in Buckeye Central School District. All schools would like to thank the Crawford County Soil and Water Conservation for hosting and judging the Crawford County FFA Soil’s contest. The district soil juding contest was held in Ashland County on September 28th. The members from the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter that competed for the district rural soil judging contest are, Hannah Yaussy, Wyatt Caldwell, Wes Pollock, and Jesse Sellman. The contestants for the urban soil judging team are Kendra Hudson, Jessica Millenbaugh, Ashley Geiger, and Jessica Lohr. The rural soil judging team placed 9th overall. The urban soil judging team placed 6th overall.

Two members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter had competed in the forestry contest at Camp David in Bucyrus on September 14. The chapter was proudly represented by Jesse Sellman with a 6th place and Wes Pollock with a 7th place.


Colonel Crawford FFA Chapter Sunrise Field Day

On August 31st, 18 members of the Colonel Crawford FFA chapter went to Attica to participate in the Sunrise/Monsanto Field Plot FFA Days. The chapter learned about grain yields, plant diseases, crop pests, and how to properly be prepared for job interviews. The chapter members learned a great deal and had a memorable experience. They also had the opportunity to hear Dale Minyo speak as well and watch as he did live radio reports. The chapter was provided lunch and would like to thank the Sunrise, Monsanto and Cropland volunteers for a learning experience and letting the chapter visit for the day.


Crawford FFA’ers help with state fair pork booth

On August 4th, 2011 five Colonel Crawford/Pioneer FFA students, along with their teacher Krista Betti and her parents, worked in the Ohio State Fair Pork Booth. The Pork Booth is operated by the Ohio Pork Producers Association and allows any AG related club, business, or organization to come in and cook and serve food and drinks. The chapter worked in booth the indoor pavilion and outdoor trailer for the Pork Producers. Colonel Crawford FFA students made and served many pork dinners and sandwiches to visitors at the Ohio State Fair. Colonel Crawford FFA students have been working in the booth for the past eight years and enjoy the experience very much. The CC students enjoyed the food that was provided by the Ohio Pork Association in return for their work and would like to say a big thank you.


CC FFA Students Participate in the Fair

During the week of July 17th through the 27th 12 Colonel Crawford FFA students participated in the Crawford County Junior Fair. During the 2010- 2011 school year students built large, medium, small wood projects. Students went through a judging process of an interview and questions about their projects and FFA books. In the market beef division Jessica Lohr had the grand champion overall beef feeder. She won her age division in beef showmanship and placed 3rd in the outstanding market beef exhibitor. Jessica Millenbaugh had the grand champion overall market beef steer. She also won her age division in beef showmanship and placed 1st in the outstanding market beef exhibitor. Jesse Sellman had the grand champion overall market Holstein steer. He had two class winners and placed 3rd in his other class. Brent Rossman had the grand champion carlot steer. In the Dairy-Beef Feeder division Dalton Hoover placed 3rd and 5th in his classes with his dairy feeders. Travis Bogard placed 4th in his class with his dairy feeder. Jesse Sellman also placed 4th in class with his feeder. Kendra Hudson showed dairy cows and dairy feeders and also competed in the dairy showmanship. Ashley Geiger and Austin Hoover also showed dairy beef feeders. In the hog division Jessica Millenbaugh had a class winner and placed 4th in the other class. She got reserve in her age group in hog showmanship and placed 2nd in the outstanding market hog exhibitor. Brent Rossman also showed hogs at the fair.Jessica Millenbaugh also had a class winner in the lamb division. She got reserve in her age division in sheep showmanship as well and placed 3rd in the outstanding market lamb exhibitor. Corey Johnson showed his rabbit and was awarded $50.The members that participated at the fair had taken the skillathon. The members did well and had a good fair year.The members as followed competed at the 2011 State Fair market beef show: Jessica Millenbaugh, Jessica Lohr, and Kate Lutz. Jessica Lohr had won the market beef carcass show and got 5th in her age division for beef showmanship. Kate Lutz also competed in the market beef carcass show. Jessica Millenbaugh placed 2nd in class in the crossbred division and had reserve in her age division for beef showmanship. Kendra Hudson competed in the 2011 State Fair dairy cattle show as well.