Pettisville FFA members attend state convention

Twenty-four members of the Pettisville FFA attended the 89th Ohio State FFA Convention at Columbus on May 4-5, along with parents and guests.

The members attended sessions where state officers and invited speakers gave speeches to help chapters and members get motivated to do more in communities. Chapter members toured the Anthony –Thomas Chocolate Factory and attended leadership workshops.

In other sessions, state officers awarded chapters for doing well in the community, or for a community member. Pettisville’s chapter was recognized on stage for supporting Children’s Hospital and CROP-Church World Services. Then at the fifth session, State FFA Degree recipients were announced including Pettisville chapter members Jordan Skates, Gretchen Lee, James Eicher, and Caitlyn Beck.

In the Agriscience Fair competition: Gretchen Lee placed first in the Animal Science category, Division 5; Jordan Skates placed first in the Environmental Science category, Division 5; Kayla Wyse placed first in the Plant Science category, Division 3; Matthew Rupp placed second in the Power and Mechanical Science category, Division 3; Jessie McWatters placed 2nd in the Social Science category, Division 3; and Jacob Dennis placed third in the Plant Science category, Division 5.

First place winners submit their papers to National FFA to determine if they will be selected for presentation at National FFA Convention in the fall. Jacob Dennis was named Ohio Star in Agriscience and first place in Agriscience Research-Plant Systems proficiency, and finished first in the state for the Career Development Event (CDE) competition of Grain Merchandizing.

Gretchen Lee placed second in Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems proficiency; Chrysta Beck was named the Ohio’s Star in Agriscience for American Degree recipients; the Business Management CDE team, made up of Jacob Dennis, Lynnsey Crouch, John Rufenacht, and Ben Gray, placed seventh in the state, and Jacob placed sixth individually.

Receiving recognition for their Gold Rated officer books were Treasurer Kendal Pursel and Secretary Jordan Skates, who both received perfect scores.

The week after convention, 10 members attended the District 1 FFA Officer’s Training and Awards banquet. They picked up several plaques won over the year at the district level and split up to attend three different workshops.