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Proficiency Awards | Lewis Named Vice President | Cramer Star Farmer | Year in Review

Chillicothe FFA Receives Top Chapter Award
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The Chillicothe FFA placed third out of 347 chapters in the state, earning a Top Chapter Award at the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. According to a press release from the Missouri State FFA Convention, only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year.

PHOTO: On behalf of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, Mckenna Campbell, accepts the third-place Gold Emblem Chapter Activity Award during the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. [COURTESY PHOTO]

The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasize growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. The Chillicothe FFA advisors are Lance Martin, Randy Plattner, Rhonda Oesch, Leda Schreiner and Neal Wolf.

The Chillicothe FFA growing leaders activities included Going for the Gold. Going for the Gold is the chapter's annual scholarship program. The chapter set a goal to raise $25,000 from local individuals and businesses for their scholarship fund. They exceeded their goal by raising more than $45,000. All FFA members of the senior class applied for at least one of the scholarships that the chapter offered to help further their education.

Chapter activities in the strengthening agriculture category included senior members holding a recruitment opportunity for eighth-grade students. Members presented information about the high school agricultural education program and gave tours of the school farm. Letters were sent to all parents of eighth graders to inform them of opportunities available through agricultural education.

Building communities activities included Do One Thing. During this program, members are taught the importance of environmental awareness. Students chose to install an aerator on the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center pond to help improve the pond's environment for the wildlife in and around the pond. The members also cleared the waterway trash and cleared the algae from the pond.

The top chapters compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. Winners will be announced this fall at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Missouri FFA has 25,375 members representing 347 chapters. The national organization has more than 669,000 members representing 8,630 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Proficiency Award Winners

The following students received 1st place in the Area 2 proficiency award selection. These students competed at the state level against 15 other area contestants.

Back L to R - Caitlyn Cothern, Jessica Moore, Garrett Cramer, Caroline Warren, Josie Reeter; Front L to R - Matt Hawkins, Kaylee Lewis, Bradley Hayen, Colton Peel

Caitlyn Cothern - Agriculture Education - Relates to education and extension, including, but not limited to, youth mentoring, agricultural education departmental assistants, PALS mentors and student coordinators, developing and conducting informational materials and presentations for civic organizations and school-aged youth, and students who are involved in SAEs surrounding educating the public about the broad topics of agriculture, agriculture education and FFA.

Matt Hawkins - Agriculture Mechanics Repair & Maintenance-Placement - Member works for an employer involved in the repair and maintenance of agricultural equipment and/or structures, including agricultural power systems such as mechanical, electrical, chemical, wind, solar and/or water power. This area includes agricultural equipment restoration where the member does not own the piece of equipment.

Garrett Cramer (1st place) - Diversified Agriculture Production - Involves the use of the best management practices available to produce and market a combination of livestock and crops in two or more proficiency areas. These areas include at least one species included in Diversified Livestock and at least one species included in Diversified Crop proficiency area.

Colton Peel (1st place) - Diversified Horticulture - Entrepreneurship/Placement - Student works for someone who owns the enterprise or business that applies the best management practices available to efficiently manage an SAE program that includes two or more of the following proficiency areas: landscape management, nursery operations, turf grass management, or the specific floricultural production or floral design and floral sales activities accepted in specialty crop production.

Jessica Moore - Equine Production-Entrepreneurship - Student owns an enterprise or business that provides experiences in horse production, breeding, marketing, showing and other aspects of the equine industry. Programs may also include calf roping, barrel racing, rodeo, racing, training, riding lessons and therapeutic horseback riding if horses are owned and/or managed by the member. This also includes miniature horses.

Caroline Warren - Food Science and Technology - Member owns the enterprise, or works for a business that applies microbiology and biochemistry or food product development to improve taste, nutrition, quality and/or value of food. Programs could include the development of new products, food testing, grading and inspecting.

Kaylee Lewis (2nd place) - Swine Production-Entrepreneurship - Member owns an enterprise that applies the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market swine and their raw products.

Bradley Hayen - Vegetable Production - Member owns the enterprise, or works fora business that applies the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market unprocessed crops such as asparagus, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, hot peppers and all common garden vegetables.

Josie Reeter - Veterinary Science - Member works for a business that includes working with veterinarians in clinical practice, research facilities, colleges of veterinary medicine, animal health industry, or any other environment in which they assist veterinarians in performing duties related to the health of people and/or the health and welfare of large and small animals.

On April 25, 2019, at the Missouri State FFA Convention, Garret Cramer and Colton Peel received 1st place in their respective proficiency award areas. Kaylee Lewis received 2nd place in her proficiency award area. Garrett and Colton will now advance to the national level and compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October, 2019.


Lewis Named Missouri FFA Vice President
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During the 91st Missouri FFA Convention, Kaylee Lewis of Chillicothe was named a 2019-20 state FFA vice president. Lewis is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Lance Martin, Rhonda Oesch, Randy Plattner, Leda Schreiner and Neal Wolf. Lewis is the daughter of Clinton and Angela Lewis.

Lewis' diversified supervised agricultural experience program consists of raising Spot, Chester White and crossbred show pigs and assisting her family with crop production. Lewis also assists her family with mowing, fencing, and maintaining their property. During the summer months, she works as a lifeguard at the local water park for the City of Chillicothe.

Lewis has served as area vice president, chapter assistant president and 2nd vice president.

Lewis participated on the district level in FFA Creed speaking and soils career development events. Lewis won the Missouri Farm Bureau Public Speaking Contest and received second place in the Missouri Sheep Producers FFA Speaking Contest. She placed sixth individually in the state livestock evaluation CDE. Lewis also exhibits livestock on the Missouri Swine Circuit, as well as on the local and national levels. She was the recipient of her chapter's State Bank Award, Hy-Vee Livestock Award and Gold Eagle Leadership Medal.

In addition to FFA, Lewis has served as 4-H club treasurer, dance team captain, Key Club committee chairwoman and student council committee chairwoman. Lewis also participated in high school and club volleyball, high school and club soccer, high school drama productions and Lifepoint Youth Group. She also was a delegate at Missouri Girls State.

According to a press release from the Missouri FFA Convention press team, after graduation, Lewis plans to study biochemistry at the University of Missouri, Columbia, with future plans to become a pediatrician in a rural area and serve the community.


Cramer Named Star Farmer
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The Missouri FFA Association recognized Garret Cramer of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter as the Area 2 Star Farmer at the 91st Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are John and Janet Cramer of Ludlow. His advisors are Lance Martin, Randy Plattner, Leda Schreiner, and Neal Wolf. Area Star Farmers are chosen based upon outstanding production agriculture in the student's supervised agricultural experience program and active participation in FFA. Area 2 includes 26 chapters in the Northwest District.

According to a press release from the Missouri State FFA Convention's press team, Cramer's SAE began with 17 head of cross and purebred cattle and 139 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. He expanded his operation to 25 head of cattle, 30 laying hens and 211 acres of row crops and hay. Cramer has served as chapter assistant first vice president and second vice president and currently serves as president. He competed in agronomy and agricultural issues forum career development events. He attended Helping Youth Maximize their Agricultural eXperience Academy, Missouri Agribusiness Academy, Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence and Agrivision Equipment Group Precision Agriculture Summer Academy.

In addition to FFA, Cramer served as vice president of National Honor Society and treasurer of student council and junior class president. He is member of Future Business Leaders of America. After high school, Cramer's plans include attending Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, to study animal science and agricultural business. Cramer said after college he wants to return to the family farm as an employee before taking over management of the operation.


Another Successful Year!

Once again a successful year! This year at the 91st State FFA Convention, students participated from Chillicothe, Hale, and Southwest High Schools.

  • The Ag Issues team earned a group I rating; the team included Macy Gutshall, Matt Hawkins, Brad Hayen, Luke Hopper, Josie Reeter, Dawson Wheeler, and Bryce Wolf.
  • The Ag Mechanics team placed 42nd and earned a group III rating; the team included Drake Bradley, Garrett Cramer, Wyatt Maddux, and Colton Peel.
  • The Ag Sales team placed 6th and earned a group I rating; the team included Sydney Baxter, Jordan Hopper, Kaylee Lewis, and Maggie Pfaff.
  • The Conduct of Chapter Meetings team earned a group I rating; the team included Ellie Barnett, Abby Burton, Abbey Hayen, Clara Leamer, Selby Miller, Destiney Webb, and Gracie West.
  • In the FFA Creed Public Speaking event Claire Ripley received a group I individual rating.
  • In the Division I Prepared Public Speaking event Josh Eckert received 6th place and a group I individual rating.
  • In the Division II Prepared Public Speaking event Seth Hansen received 6th place and a group I individual rating.
  • The Farm Management team placed 19th and earned a group II rating; the team included Jaylyn Broyles, Garrett Cramer, Jessica Moore, and Meredith Oesch.
  • The Knowledge team placed 14th and earned a group I rating; the team included Morgan Biswell, Maggie Churchill, Autumn Eckert, and Kyle Young.
  • The Livestock team placed 16th and earned a group II rating; the team included Mack Anderson, Haley Kidd, Montana Plattner, and Clayton Walker.
  • The Parliamentary Procedure team earned a group I rating. The team included Kennedy Corzette, Rachel Holt, Alayna Mason, CJ Pfaff, Montana Plattner, Magy Thomas, Caroline Warren and Madelyn Wilford.
  • The Poultry team placed 21st and earned a group II rating; the team included Allee Hein, Ethan Hoerr, Emily Miller, and Owen Oesch.
  • In the FFA Record Book Carson Crawford received a group I rating.
  • The following members received a group I individual rating in their respective contests: Mack Anderson Livestock, Garrett Cramer Farm Management, Autumn Eckert FFA Knowledge, Jordan Hopper Agriculture Sales, and Kaylee Lewis Agriculture Sales;
  • Nine members were recognized at the state level for proficiencies; those members were: Caitlyn Cothern, Garrett Cramer (1st place), Matt Hawkins, Brad Hayen, Kaylee Lewis (2nd place), Jessica Moore, Colton Peel (1st place), Josie Reeter, and Caroline Warren;
  • Eighteen members received their State FFA Degree; those members are Sydney Baxter, Drake Bradley, Jaylyn Broyles, Caitlyn Cothern, Garrett Cramer, Laney Gaston, Jordan Hopper, Sara Hopper, Kennedie Kieffer, Kaylee Lewis, Drake Lightner, Jessica Moore, Meredith Oesch, Colton Peel, Krystalyn Peel, Maggie Pfaff, McKayla Shady, and Malloree Summers;
  • Kaylee Lewis was selected to serve on the 2019-2020 officer team as a Missouri State FFA Vice President;
  • In the Star division, Garrett Cramer was selected as the State Star Farmer;
  • Four individuals received scholarships: Sydney Baxter and Maggie Pfaff $1500 and Kaylee Lewis $2500 Youth in Ag Scholarship sponsored by the Missouri State Fair. Caroline Warren received the Missouri FFA Alumni WLC Scholarship. Maggie Pfaff received the Mizzou Collegiate FFA Empowerment Scholarship.
  • Macy Gutshall was selected to perform at state as State FFA Talent. She played guitar and sang "Amazing Grace."
  • One individual was selected to attend the Missouri Agribusiness Academy this summer - Seth Hansen.

The Chillicothe FFA Chapter placed 3rd in the Chapter Activity Award. These were awards given to the top schools in the state of Missouri. There are 343 schools with agriculture programs in the state. The chapter was also recognized for the Gold Emblem Chapter, 10+ Member Growth, Superior Chapter, and 100% membership.

Congratulations to all of the FFA members who participated on any contest team this year. Your hard work is a credit to each of you as individuals.

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