The Clear Fork FFA chapter established a group to help the local community live healthier lives. The plan to accomplish this goal was to spread the knowledge of how Whole Grains can improve lives. To do this, a group was created and named Team Whole Grains. This year our focus was primarily set on reaching out to more people, using social media as well as participating one-on-one with the community. So far, Team Whole Grains has influenced many people. Hashtags, tweets, and Facebook ‘likes’ have skyrocketed, showing how much this idea has grown. The team has also been involved in various activities including: walking the children to school, posting healthy recipes in the school newspaper, distributing food at the local food bank, hosting a can drive in the school, and posting positive videos on youtube about whole grains. These small activities have fabricated new feelings towards being healthy among the people, making them excited to claim a newer, healthier lifestyle.
Highlighting our activities we invited professional chef Linda Boggioni to help create healthy snacks for students to be able to recreate at home. We set up in the cafeteria to reach every person in the high school. Linda had a wireless microphone and talked while she explained to students what she was making. Students sampled humus, granola, whole grain pancakes, and a variety of extras that went with them. Touch pads were set up so students could take a survey online right after they sampled the food. It was a huge success and we all learned a lot from Linda.
It is hard to believe that fruit sales are now over and it is Christmas time already. Students were working diligently all through the months of November and December to sell as much fruit at possible. Sales were down this year overall, but still brought in a good chunk of change for the chapter. There were a few changes made to the orders because of disease and other problems with the fruit, but that did not hinder the quality of it at all. This was another successful year for the chapter and we hope to have many more down the road.
By Olivia Mace, December 15, 2014
This years trap shoot was held at Handlebar Ranch where many students came out to participate. This event brought out many FFA members, but also a few students that were not in the chapter but still wanted to participate. Despite the frigid temperatures and wind, students were still eager to go out and shoot.
By Olivia Mace, November 11, 2014
It is that time of year again that many people dread; leaf raking season. But have no fear for the FFA kids are here! Beginning in October students have been meeting once a week to rake leaves in the Bellville and Butler communities. Students are constantly getting hounded about getting their needed community service hours for jobs, college, and scholarships, leaf raking helps them greatly with this. Not only do students benefit, but so does the community. FFA members go door to door to rake leaves for people that cannot do it themselves. FFA members are all about volunteering and are glad to give back to their community.
By Olivia Mace, November 3, 2014
Ellyse is putting together the senior slideshow together and would like you to either email or put your images on a flashdrive. If this is not an option hard copies can still be used, but electronic media is much easier to work with, and the picture quality will be better! Please get this into her as soon as possible, thanks! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also let us know if you have a song in mind to set the slideshow to.
Many members of the freshman class recently embarked on a trip to Camp Muskingum where they attended Greenhand Camp. Members got to particiapte in various leadership activities where they were able to interact with other FFA members from throughout the state. The freshman also got a taste of what summer FFA camp will be like. The Freshman had a great time and where able to bring their new-found knowledge back to the chapter.
By Olivia Mace, September 29, 2014
The Urban Soils team recently earned 4th place at the state competition, reserving them a spot in the national competition next spring. The team consisting of Sam Wander, Brent Ball, Mason Feeman, and Austin Miller, have worked hard to get to where they are. The urban team placed first at both the county and district contests, they fell short of winning the state title, but still did a tremendous job. The team will get to travel to Oklahoma next spring to compete with other teams from all 50 states. Congratulations and good luck to the soils team!
By Olivia Mace, October 13, 2014
Clear Fork FFA students recently participated in the county soils contest held in Crestview. Many students attended this competition, both on the urban and rural soils team. The rural team is made up of mostly freshman, but includes a few students from other grades too. The urban team is composed of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The rural team swept the competition and won the whole contest. Austin Miller was the top urban participant, getting a perfect score on his test and the 3 soil pits he judged. The top 5 individuals from each team will get to advance on to the district completion held at Fairfield Union. Those advancing from the urban team are Austin Miller, Ellyse Shafer, Sam Wander, Brent Ball and Mason Feeman. The students advancing on the rural team are Jacob Bailey, Kelsey Caudill, Ethan Fowler, Bailey Police, and Ricky Thomas.
By Olivia Mace, September 26, 2014
This years theme for the vegetable table was "The Real Hunger Games." The table was split into two different parts. The first part stated facts about countries living in poverty, foods they would eat, and the average portion size. Then the second side of the table represented us and all of the food and resources we have. The motive behind the table was that people would see how lucky they are and appreciate the resources they have. This was yet another prize winning table for the FFA.
By Olivia Mace, September 16, 2014
It is hard to believe that yet another street fair has already come and gone. This year marked the 164th year of Bellville's annual Street Fair. FFA members were hard at work all week to prepare the animal tents and make sure that all of the shows ran smoothly. On Monday members set up all of the animal tents to prepare for Tuesday when the animals would be moved in to their temporary homes. Wednesday and Thursday was packed full of livestock shows that went very well thanks to the barn supervisors and other helpful members. Many of the members did very well showing their animals and won some awards. Brent Ball raised the scholarship hog this year and won first in his showmanship class. Shelby Tedrow had Grand Champion ducks, while Ellyse Shafer had Reserve Champion ducks. This year we also had two ladies from the FFA participate in the fair queen contest; Jenna Mascazinni and Cheyenne Smith-Raines. Congratulations to Cheyenne on getting 2nd runner up and representing Clear Fork FFA. The Bellville Street Fair was a huge success this year for not only the members, but the community as well. We look forward to many more in the future.
By Olivia Mace, September 16, 2014
We are now in our second week of school and starting to get back in the swing of things. All of the Ag classes look very promising this year and should be a great group to work with. The beginning of the school year means all of the classes will be learning or refreshing their knowledge about soils. The freshman will be introduced to rural soils, while the sophomores will be introduced to urban soils. The juniors and seniors will be reviewing both of these soil types. Along with studying in the classroom, students will also begin to prepare for the Bellville Street Fair. Students are encouraged to bring in vegetables for the table when the time comes. Students also need to make sure to sign up for which days they would like to work their required two hours at the street fair. Dues this year are $20 and will also ensure that you get a chapter t-shirt. Farm Science review will be coming up in September for anyone interested. The cost is $5.00 which can be paid with dues. Last year was a very successful year for Clear Fork FFA but with the great students we have this year we can make this one even better! Hopefully the great start to this year is just a glimpse of what's to come.
By Olivia Mace, August 29, 2014.
The FFA needs your help to pack 750 school bags with school supplies on Thursday August, 12. We need 10-15 people to help. It's a great way to help out those in need and get some much needed community service hours too. This event will be taking place at the education center in Mansfield across from the football field. If you would like to help but do not have a ride or you have more questions, contact Olivia or Ellyse. Thanks, hope to see you there!
By Olivia Mace, September 27, 2014.
August 17-20,2014-Leadership Camp
Mohican School In The Out-Of-Doors.Inc
Cost:$220.00 per person
Any OAGC "Junior Club" member who is "nominated"by an OAGC member will be eligible to receive a "full scholarship", and can attend the camp free of charge.
A limited number of "half-scholarships"(110.00 each) also will be awarded to others who apply.
For more information call or e-mail at:
(419) 938-6671 TimDaniel@mohicanoutdoorschool.org. Director: Tim Daniel
Students will develop leadership skills while learning new out door skills and participating in fun activities such as.....
Nature Studies, such as soils, limnology (water) and plant life
Shelter-building, campfire building and "pioneer cooking".
Canoeing and hiking
Community Service: All camp participants will be trained to serve as "ambassadors" for the OAGC Annual Convention's "Day at Mohican Outdoor School",On Tuesday, August 19.............Hope To See
Sponsored By The Ohio Association Of Garden Clubs (OAGC)
T-Shirts- Brent Ball
Bellville Street Fair– Ellyse Shafer, Joey Potoczny
Barn Supervisors/ Jr. Fair Board- Austin Miller
8th Grade Recruitment/ Teacher Appreciation– Brent Ball
CDE- Jenna Burkhart
Bulletin Board- Austin Miller
Alumni Relations- Brent Ball, Sam Wander, Austin Miller
School Board Relations- Sam Wander, Olivia Mace, Jenna Burkhart, Brent Ball
Tractor Pull- Joey Potoczny
Fruit Sales- Brent Ball, Jenna Burkhart
Richland County Fair- Ellyse Shafer, Austin Miller, Joey Potoczny
Knox County Fair- Brent Ball
Vegetable Table- Ellyse Shafer, Joey Potoczny
Announcements- Olivia Mace, Sam Wander
Newsletter- Ellyse Shafer, Olivia Mace
SAE- Sam Wander, Ellyse Shafer
Tree Sales- Jenna Burkhart, Olivia Mace
Banquet Video- Sam Wander, Brent Ball
Banquet Awards- Ellyse Shafer
Banquet Decorations- Officer Team
FFA Week- Olivia Mace, Jenna Burkhart
Ag Sales and Job Interview- Sam Wander, Ellyse Shafer
Parli- Brent Ball
Pass-it-On/Big Brother- Jenna Burkhart, Olivia Mace
Community Service- Sam Wander, Brent Ball
Exchange Student- Sam Wander, Olivia Mace, Jenna Burkhart
Whole Grains/ Healthy Living- Brooklyn Reasor
Denver- Sam Wander, Ellyse Shafer, Brent Ball
Alumni Hog Scholarship- Brent Ball
New Equipment Education- Joey Potoczny
State Officer Workshop- Sam Wander
See FFA- Officer Team
Movie on the Lawn- Officer Team
BNOC- Officer Team
Hunter Safety Course/ Trap Shoot- Brent Ball, Olivia Mace, Joey Potoczny
Fall Party- Brent Ball
Chapter Meetings- Sam Wander
On Tuesday, May 20th you will have your last chance for Quality Assurance, it will be held directly after school in Miss Hulits room in the high school (# 131.
On May 1st and 2nd students from the Clear Fork FFA traveled to Columbus for the annual state convention held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Convention was a very busy time for many of the students who were working on an array of things, from presentations to walking up on stage. Team Whole grains got to show off all the hard work they have done by competing to attempt to win a $2000 grant for our chapter. Team whole grains did not win but all the hard work and dedication they put into the project did not go unnoticed. This year the FFA also had two students competing to win state proficiency's too. Sam Wander placed first in Agricultural Processing for her maple syrup project she does each year.Sam will go on the compete at the national level. Ellyse Shafer placed second in Equine Science Placement for her work at Smokin' Acres. Other students also got to showcase their musical talents at convention. Pam played the piano and took 2nd place at the talent show. Kyle Seaton and Josh Taylor also did a fantastic job in the talent show by playing their guitars. Adam Harris made Clear Fork FFA history by being the first student from our chapter to play in the Ohio FFA Band. Aside from the amount of success of individual students, our chapter also was awarded as a whole. Our chapter was awarded for donating money to the children's hospital and also got the Foundation Award for donating money to another cause. Our chapter was also rated a Gold Medal chapter. One of our greatest accomplishments was placing first in the state for Community Development. This award was based off of the Orrin T-shirts, the vegetable table, and the tree sale.
By Olivia Mace, May 5, 2014
On Friday, April 11, the Clear Fork FFA had the annual tree sale. The FFA took over the sale when Richland county decided they no longer wanted to do it. The trees were wrapped in the shop on Wednesday, April 9, by the students from all three class mods. Trees were sold at Richland County Fairgrounds and at the high school. The tree sale not only helps the community but it also greatly helps the environment. A mass amount of trees were sold and the sale was a huge success.
By Olivia Mace, April 14, 2014
As always the Clear Fork FFA held their annual banquet to acknowledge students for all the accomplishments they have made throughout the year. Students were rewarded for all of the hard work they put into our chapter over the course of the school year. This year we did not have entertainment, but instead had state officer, Jeanie McGarvey, speak to us. Jeanie gave us an inspiring message about overcoming the struggles that life throws at us. The 2014-2015 officer team was also announced. The new team consists of Sam Wander, Ellyse Shafer, Olivia Mace, Brent Ball, Austin Miller, and newcomer Joey Potoczny. The banquet was a very big success and did a great job in showcasing the talent of our students.
By Olivia Mace, March 10, 2014
To kick off the invitational CDE event season, the Clear Fork FFA Chapter took the trip to the Morrow County Fairgrounds. Teams represented Clear Fork in Equine Evaluation, and General Livestock Judging. Cora McConkie, Austin Wehymeller, and Maya Staton competed in the Equine Evaluation. This CDE is a four part competiton that covers all aspects of equine. They judge classes of halter and performance horses that they have to place and answer questions about, place a class of hay, have a section of identification, and take a test. The equine team placed 2nd out of 35 teams, and all three placed in the top 15 individual competitors. Andy Littleton, Ben Mellot, Joey Potoczny, Chase Endicott, Shelbi Tedrow, and Brooklyn Reasor represented the Chapter in the Livestock Judging CDE. They had to judge classes of swine, sheep, goats, and cattle, fill out an EPD, and take a test. Younger kids who traveled with the Clear Fork FFA Chapter to judge General Livestock are Gavin Bailey, Hunter Tilton, Paige Walker, and Dawson and Ethan Staley. The team placed 18th out of 50 teams.
By Ellyse Shafer, March 2, 2014
It's crazy to think that it's already almost March, and our annual FFA Parent-Member Banquet is just right around the corner. With all of the snow days this year, teachers are scrambling to keep up with lesson plans, the maintenance department is on overdrive keeping the school warm, and the chapter members are busily making preparations for upcoming competitions and banquet. Since of all the time we were out of class, the officer team has made decisions to modify some features about the banquet, which they hope will help it run smoother anyways. One of those modifications is having no major entertainment. Instead we are welcoming our Dicstrict 7 President, Jeanie McGarvey.
The past couple weeks have been very busy for the members, officers, and advisors, but things for the banquet are coming together. They have been busy picking, ordering, and organizing the many awards our members have earned themselves throughout the year. Raffle tickets for the Clear Fork FFA Alumni Hog Raffle have been on sale, which is going well. The members have been brainstorming on decisions such as the main display decorations, centerpiece designs, possible "Blue and Gold Award" recipiants, and possible "Honorary Member" recipiants. The chapter voted for their new officer team to serve for them for the 2014-2015 year; and Samantha Wander, Brent Ball, Olivia Mace, Erika Rinehart, Ellyse Shafer, and Austin Miller will be returning to an office while they welcome Joey Potoczny to the team. They interviewd with a pannel of Alumni members and their positions will be announced at the Banquet.
Even with the lack of school days we have had after winter break, everything is coming together and we hope to enjoy a nice evening to celebrate all the things Clear Fork FFA members have accomplished throughout the year.
By Ellyse Shafer, February 27, 2014
On Saturday, Feburary 22, 2014 the annual Farmer's Share Breakfast was held at the new Shelby High School. The event is a free breakfast (donations accepted) to the community provided by the Ohio Farm Bureau that demonstartes how much money from a meal would actually go back to the farmer. Members from FFA chapters in Richland county come volunteer to cook and serve the food along with the Farm Bureau representatives. Clear Fork FFA members made the early rise to work the first shift and get everything rolling. Members cooked pancakes, served people in line, welcomed people at the door, and sold raffle tickets for the Clear Fork FFA Alumni Hog Raffle. This event is a great opprotunity for our members to earn community service hours while working with students and Ag advisors from other chapters, and showing our appriciation to the Farm Bureau for all they do for the FFA orginization by doing our part to make the breakfast successful.
By Ellyse Shafer, February 25, 2014
This year we have three students applying to receive their State FFA Degrees. The State Degree sets apart students who exceed expectations in the classroom. They have to be active in their community while attending activities such as leadership nights, camps, and conventions. This rewards them for their efforts within the National FFA Organization, but is also very helpful when obtaining scholarships. We would like to recognize the hard work of degree applicants Jonathan Walters, Samantha Wander, and Ellyse Shafer. They have all been working on their application and hope to receive their degree at the Ohio State FFA Convention in May.
By Ellyse Shafer, January 27, 2014
The Clear Fork FFA “Team Whole Grains” is on over-drive this year, expanding on their horizons. They work each year to prepare themselves for the “Food For Thought, Healthy Lifestyles” contest sponsored by the Ohio Small Grains Association for a chance to win a $500-$2000 scholarship for our school.
Since the competition is three years old, ideas to grab the judges attention are getting harder to come up with, but this year’s dedicated group is getting the job done. New ideas such as pulling the 8th graders’ opinions in (with a cookie test), building a “Hay Dog” out of bales of hay to grab peoples’ attention, having fitness days for both Bellville and Butler Elementaries, and a chapter workout group.
The 8th grade students were surveyed on their take on whole grains before tasting cookies baked with whole grain flour. Their opinions will be re-evaluated after they take the taste test.
A “Hay Dog” will be constructed out of bales of hay and painted to catch the attention of passer biers. A whole grain fact will then be displayed on a sign, informing the community about the benefits of whole grains.
TWG will also be visiting the elementary buildings. This way all the buildings in our school district will be encouraged to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
Chapter health is also a priority to TWG, and they want to see your name on the workout group sign up sheet. So get active Clear Fork FFA members! You don’t have to do anything specific, we just you to participate!
By Ellyse Shafer, January 25, 2014
"A year without Denver” might not mean much to those who have not attended the trip, but for those students who have, January just feels, weird. Nonetheless, it is another year to become eligible for the trip. Every other year, the Clear Fork FFA teams up with the Crestview FFA to take a week-long cross-country journey. They travel to the Denver National Stock Show, stopping at various agriculture-based enterprises along the way.
With this off-year, the students have access to a checklist with various criteria they have to meet in order to be eligible for the trip next year. This encourages the members to get active within the chapter and community. They learn and practice life skills such as communication, cooperation, determination, and responsibility.
Talking to anyone that has been on the trip, all the hard work put into meeting the requirements pay off with attending the trip. It is a week full of long bus rides, late nights, and early mornings that you wish to never end.
By Ellyse Shafer, January 20, 2014
The Clear Fork FFA Parliamentary Procedure Teams are both advancing to the state competition this Saturday, December 21. The junior (freshman) team have been dominating their opponents by winning both the county and district competition to earn their ticket to state. The senior team has also proved to be tough competition, taking the win at the county competition and a close second (by .3 a point) at districts. No matter the outcome at the state competition, the junior team is already in the top 10 teams, and the senior team is in the top 20. We would like to wish them luck at this prestigious competition.
By Ellyse Shafer
Dec. 15, 2013
“Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.” The motto of our great organization– a motto each member should have on their mind, as they represent the FFA. Lately, “living to serve”, the last line of the motto, has been expressed not only by our members, but by students of Clear Fork High School. It’s evident that the FFA is making a difference in our community, starting within the school. Teaming up with Creative Publishing, the chapter conducted a canned food drive November 18th through the 26th, just in time for Thanksgiving. This benefited both the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center and the Butler Adult Center. They set a high goal -1,500 items- and planned special days with incentives for the students who bring in cans to help reach it. They surpassed their goal with a total of 1,874 non-perishable food items and nearly $80. This was split among the two locations. The food drive was just in time for the holiday, and helped these locations keep their shelves stocked.
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 29, 2013
All of the preparation the parliamentary procedure teams put in here lately is starting to pay off. Both the senior and junior (freshman) teams pulled through with a win at the sub-district county competition. They beat out Knox County teams from Fredericktown, East Knox, KCCC, Cardington, and Mt. Vernon for the victory. They hope to continue this trend into the district competition on December 5, hosted by the Clear Fork FFA at the High School.
Junior (freshman) Team Senior Team
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 24, 2013
The Clear Fork FFA Chapter, along with Creative Publishing will be having a canned food drive for the week of November 25-29. The goods collected will be divided up and delivered to the BNOC and Butler Adult Center. Our goal is to collect 1,500 cans, and there will be food day incentives to award the classes with the most amount of cans collected. Also there will be an opportunity to pie assistant principle, Mr. Ramion, in the face! You can put your name in a drawing on Tuesday, by exchanging a canned good for a ticket during the lunch mods. Then if we meet the goal of covering his image with stacked cans by Friday, a name from both 4th and 5th mod lunches will be drawn!
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 13, 2013
It's parliamentary procedure season within the FFA. The Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event (CDE) is one of many contests that exists in the FFA. This time of year, all the Ag classes either learn or take another look at different parliamentary procedure aspects. Freshman learn from square one-opening ceremonies, abilities, how to have "good" discussions, and closing ceremonies. The sophomore and junior/senior classes take another look at the subject and remember that they don't remember if a certain ability is debatable, amendable, and who knows what kind of vote it requires. But nonetheless, they look back over it and a greenhand (freshman) and senior parli pro teams are formed. With the first competition to be held on November 21st, it's crunch time for the teams. The freshman class officers formed the greenhand team, and they are working diligently both in class and during study halls to create a tough team. The brand new senior team is also putting every ounce they have into creating a strong team. They meet each morning before school, during class, have organized after-school meetings, and study independently on their questions to prepare themselves for the series of tests and competitions ahead of them. Good luck to both the greenhand and senior teams as they strive for an honorable title this year in the Parliamentary Procedure CDE.
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 11, 2013
On Saturday, November 9, 2013 members of the Clear Fork FFA Chapter competed in a sporting clay trap shoot at Handlebar Ranch in Mt. Gilead. Ben and Andy Littleton, Ben Mellot, Ricky Thomas, Joey Potoczny, Jordan Thompson, Bryce Ketter, Brent Ball, Jonah Albert, and Max Erdenberger all were in attendance to show their skill at hitting the clay birds. They went on a 100-round course that had 17 different stations which meandered through the ranch. Although it was a little windy, overall it was a nice day for the participants to show their skills. The top three scores from Clear Fork were as follows: Ricky Thomas-64, Jordan Thompson-61, and Jonah Albert-59. It was a great experience for the members and they look forward for the event next year.
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 10, 2013
The Clear Fork FFA Chapter was able to present the BNOC and Butler-Clear Fork Adult Center each with a check on Friday, November 8. The money was earned by members who volunteered their time at the annual Farmer's Share Breakfast. The Farmer's Share Breakfast is a event where all the food is donated and prepared, and all the money made back is in the form of donations. The kids volunteer to perform tasks such as bussing tables and cleaning dishes. Those chapters who have members present to help receives their split of the profit to give to their local food pantries. Our local places are always looking for help, so if you have time to volunteer, or are planning on attending college in the future and need community service hours, they would greatly appreciate it!
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 9, 2013
Everyone is back from convention after a long morning. The members got up bright and early to attend the 8th general session, where the American Degree winners were recognized. They then had a long bus ride home. All in all, every day was it's own adventure and it was a successful trip.
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 2, 2013
On day four the chapters started out at the Kentucky Exposition Center for convention. The members were turned loose for the morning to attend the career and trade shows and attend leadership workshops. They met just after lunch to get good seats for the 3 p.m. session where a member of Northmor performed. They then went and toured Louisville Slugger, where they learned the bat making process and some history of the company. They then returned for some down time at the hotel to prepare for an early morning.
By Ellyse Shafer
Nov. 1, 2013
The convention crew continued their trip at the 86th National FFA Convention at the Kentucky Exposition center in Louisville. They were there all day. First they had time to walk around the trade and career shows before they met up again after having lunch. Then they went to Freedom Hall to watch the second session hosted by our national secretary. The second session was where Clear Fork had their time to shine- getting recognized as a 3 star gold chapter. President Sam Wander and Reporter Ellyse Shafer accepted the award on stage, which was broadcasted live on RFD TV. They continued out the session and then headed back to the hotel to change out of official dress into their Buckeye Bash attire. The members then went to Buca de Beppos, enjoying a nice Italian dinner. They finished out the night at the Buckeye Bash, where they all had a great time.
By Ellyse Shafer
Oct. 31, 2013
Day two of the trip landed us not yet at convention itself, but at three great tours instead. First stop was at Keenland Race Course in Lexington, KY. It is a beautiful facility where the tour guide took us through the facility through not only human eyes, but the horses as well. We went everywhere- from the barns, to the paddocks, to the tunnel and track, the sale ring, and the grandstands. Next we went to the Toyota plant. That tour was very cool, because we rode around on little trams throughout the plant and saw everything from the raw materials coming into the plant, to the finished vehicles off the line. After that we went to Degraff Stables, a horse breeding farm. We learned about their procedures and stallions and then met some of the stallions in high demand in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle for multiple breeds of horses. The day ended after a dinner at Red State BBQ.
By Ellyse Shafer
Oct. 30, 2013
We recently had our FFA chapter's annual fall party at Smokin' Acres. The members who came enjoyed plenty of food, friends, and fun. The officer team worked hard in preparation for the get-together. They had games such as soccer, pumpkin painting, football, corn hole, and volley ball for the members to get active and participate in. We had about 30 members, and a handful of parents and FFA Alumni members in attendance. Most everyone enjoyed their time and kept busy with the different activities, an overall success for the chapter officer team.
By Ellyse Shafer
Oct. 21, 2013
The Clear Fork, Crestview, and Nothmor FFA chapters departed early Tuesday morning for their 2013 convention adventure. Although The 86th National FFA Convention hadn't began itself yet, the charter bus full of members headed out to first visit different Ag-based businesses. Their first stop was Black River Farm, located in Chillecothe, Ohio. Not only was it a working farm, but the owner has a passion for collecting and restoring Case IH tractors. He has a collection of just over 200 machines, but the members only saw one barn full- about 40% of them. The students then enjoyed a generous picnic from their hosts. After Black River Farm they had a short jog over to Circleville, Ohio and Miedma Dairy. There they saw working dairy farm that houses 753 head of cows on site. They learned the cows' cycles through the farm, and saw the parlor, how the pens were flushed, and the facility where they turn the solid feces back into safe bedding for the cows. After that the departed for Georgetown, Kentucky where they will turn in for the night.
By Ellyse Shafer
Oct. 29, 2013
Another year, another fruit sale for the Clear Fork FFA Chapter. Every year we sell fruit out of Florida, who is known for their citrus production. Our prices this year have stayed mostly the same as last year, except for the Naval Oranges. This is because of a disease that has become an epidemic in the orange industry. The disease, called HLB, can lie latent in trees for years and this year 10-15% of the fruit on Florida trees hit the ground before it could even reach full maturity. The disease is just beginning, and the prices of oranges and orange products is expected to skyrocket in future years. With the disease and trees producing less, the yield has dropped about 21% and the cost of farming rose 110% causing wholesale prices to rise 175% according to those at huffingtonpost.com. That explains why you'll notice a difference in the Navel Orange prices this fruit selling season. Nonetheless, as every year, the fruit that you order will be just as fresh and delicious as the last! Along with fresh fruit, on our order list are a variety of delightful nuts and DB Yummer's BBQ sauce. Selling began October 17 and run through November 30, with an expected delivery date of December 11. So get your fresh fruit today! Contact an FFA member, or call into the school at 419-886-2601 ex. 2135 and leave a message to place your order.
By Ellyse Shafer
Oct. 18, 2013
Recently we had Clear Fork FFA members represent our chapter at the State Urban and Rural Soils CDE competition. They set out early on a Saturday morning to test their knowledge against other qualifiers in Ohio. The competition proved to be very tough, along with the difficult pits they had to judge. Our Urban team of Austin Miller, Brent Ball, Cheyenne Smith-Raines, and Samantha Wander placed fifteenth out of the fifty teams present. Our one Rural representative, Andy Littleton placed ninety-first out of one hundred eighty nine. We are proud of our members who worked hard to earn their right to judge at a state level competition.
By Ellyse Shafer
If you are unfamiliar with our 2013-2014 officer team be sure to check out the new "Officer Team" tab to get to know them!
President- Cora McConkie
Vice President - Joe Potoczny
Treasure - Colten Rinehart
Secretary - Maya Staton
Reporter- Caylee Caudill
Sentinel - Meredith Bennett
Adviser - Ricky Thomas
The members who have been studying hard on their soils got to test their knowledge at the county soils contest. Experience ranging from freshman who were just introduced to the contest this year to the seniors who have been more familiar to the contest took to the pits at the 2013 competition, hosted by Plymouth FFA. The pits were rather difficult to understand for some, which proved this contest to be challenging, and those who did well were definitely at the top of their game. We had both Urban and Rural teams compete. In the Urban competition the team took second, with outstanding individual placings of two juniors, Samantha Wander who took third, and Cheyenne Smith-Raines who took second. The Rural team placed fourth. Advancing to the district competition are the top five highest scores on each team. Urban: Cheyenne Smith-Raines (11), Samantha Wander (11), Pete Bisel (12), Brent Ball (10), and Austin Miller (10). Rural: Erika Rinehart (11), Meghan Callen (9), Cora McConkie (9), Ricky Thomas (9), and Andrew Littleton (9). We wish the best of luck to those who will go on to districts in Ross County!
Every year, Mr. Staley takes a bus full of students down to the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. It was a first time experince for some of the kids who went. There, you can learn about all the new innovations in agriculture. There are so many exhibits its difficult to visit every place in one day. We are given a list of places where we're supposed to collect signatures from officials there. Once we complete the assignment we have the rest of the day to explore the grounds on our own. Some kids took the trolly across the highway to the conservation center to learn canservation techniques and try their aim on the archery range. They also walked around and found places like Beck's Hybrids, where you could get a cool free t-shirt by "liking" "Why I Farm" on Facebook. At the State Farm Insurance booth they made colorful frizbees and personalized stamped key chains. Also another favorite for many Clear Fork kids is to get walking sticks and climb on all the display equipment. Those who stopped by the Ohio Smalls Grains booth you could see some of our own on display from passed "Food For Thought" competitions and the work President, Sam Wander and Treasurer, Erika Rinehart did over the summer as small grains ambassadors. No matter where your feet take you walking around Farm Science Review you are almost guarenteed to see something you've never seen before or learn something new.
By Ellyse Shafer
The FFA was no stranger to the 163rd Bellville Street Fair. Members helped the Sr Fair Board accomplish numerous events as the week progressed. Sunday they helped prepare the track and then record numbers at the annual tractor pull. Tuesday was one of our favorite days, weigh-ins. Although it was uncomfortably hot, the members still seemed to find themselves laughing and having a good ole time while being fed by our supportive FFA Alumni. Wednesday, the showing started. In both the poultry/rabbit tent and the livestock tent barn supervisors had their workers in place and running the shows smooth. That continued while the temperature dropped on Thurday in the livestock tent. No Jr Fair activity was held on Friday, but everyone with market animals were up bright and early for the sale on Saturday. A quick tear down after the sale proved that the Clear Fork FFA members were on top of things and where they needed to be to get everything accomplished timely.
By Ellyse Shafer
This year, as every year, the Clear Fork FFA Officer Team set up the "Special FFA Display", better known as the vegetable table at the Bellville Street Fair. The purpose of the table is to educate the community on agriculture. It consists of vegetables, canned goods, plants, crops, and objects that the chapter members gather and bring in. This year there was a theme with special meaning to everyone in our chapter, and many people in the community. It followed the "So God Made a Farmer" poem and was dedicated in memory of Orrin McConkie. The officer team worked hard on putting the display together Wednesday during the school day, and hope that everyone who went to the Fair got the chance to see the table.
By Ellyse Shafer
School is now in session, and the Clear Fork FFA has a busy year in store for them. Just like every year, the first things on everyone's mind is the Street Fair and soil judging. Members exhibiting projects at the Bellville Street Fair continue preparing for it, and are getting their entries sent in. Barn supervisors are signing up and plans are in place to make the fair run smooth and efficient like every year. Each class spends their time studying for county soils this fall. The freshman are introduced to the ag/rural judging scorecard and management practices. The sophomores touch up on those and add learning about the urban scorecard. The junior/senior class revisit both types of soil judging as well. Soon they will hit the pits and get dirty at county soil judging. Good luck to everyone at the Street Fair and soil juding!
By Ellyse Shafer
Every summer for an FFA member is a busy one, and the summer of 2013 was no exception. School ended and as other students took to the couch at home, some members attended FFA Camp Muskingum's first session. Just three days after camp, the officer team then went on their retreat to plan out the year. June ended and chores continued as fair projects grew. July rolled around and those attending the Richland Co Fair had their interview judging. The chapter also celebrated it's 50 year anniversary at the Butler Museum. July was coming to an end but during the last week a few members exhibited at the Knox Co Fair. August brought the Richland Co Fair, which always seems to mark the end of summer vacation. Just a couple weeks after and students were already back in school.
By Ellyse Shafer
The 2013 officer team decided to do some team bonding over the summer. At FFA Camp Muskingum, most of them had the opportunity to listen to a Shawnee Indian Native, who sparked their interest ion the culture. The keynote speaker mentioned "the greatest Shawnee, and possibly the greatest Indian who ever lived", Tecumseh. They then decided to go see the outdoor drama, Tecumseh!, to witness his life story. All the officers (except Pete who had to work) piled into the suburban and headed down to Chillicothe. They had a great time and enjoyed an amazing performance, and even got to meet the main actor after the show. The team hopes to continue to find days to bond, becoming more of a family each time. They hope that these days will help keep them working as a well-oiled machine throughout the year.
By Ellyse Shafer
This past August was the Richland County Fair. It gave many of our chapter's members to show off all their hard work from the past year to the public. This year we had upcoming freshman through graduated seniors exhibit their animals at the fair. Exhibitors were:
-Spencer McGinty (grad), beef feeder and beef steers
-Erika Rinehart (11), two beef feeders
-Austin Wheymeller (12), horse
-Ellyse Shafer (11), horse and production horse
-Cora McConkie (9), horse
-Abbie Albert (10), horse
-Sam Wander (11), market broilers
-Mason Feeman (10), market broilers
-Alyson Oswalt (11), market broilers
-Bob Thorne (11), market rabbits
-Brent Ball (10), market goat
-Austin Miller (10), market goat
By Ellyse Shafer
The new Clear Fork FFA officer team became a family during their officer retreat. First, they headed to Cumberland, Ohio in search of "The Wilds" where they went on the "Wild Zipline Safari". They had a blast zooming over pastures of endangered animals. The kids really got to see how each other handled new or sometimes scary situations, and were encouraging while they had a good time. Then the group headed to the Ohio FFA Retreat Center which was where they stayed the next two days. Right away they dug into paperwork, planning and mapping out the year ahead for the Clear Fork FFA chapter. The next day they pontooned across Leesville Lake to Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum where they worked with staff member Grant on communication and teamwork. The officers and advisors really got to know each other throughout the few days of the retreat, and have an exciting, busy year in store for the Clear Fork FFA.
By Ellyse Shafer
Summer couldn't have come soon enough for a group of Clear Fork FFA members. Summer to an FFA member is different than that of most kids to begin with, because the work doesn't just stop for a few months, it always continues. But they still get an escape along with members of other chapters from all over the state of Ohio. To those who haven't heard of Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum, it is a beautiful, old-fashioned facility right along the shores of Leesville Lake in Carrollton, Ohio. Thirteen Clear Fork FFA members escaped everyday life to join many other chapters for a week. If there's one thing to keep in mind when going to camp, it's to not be shy. The memories and friends you make if you're outgoing and open in that short amount of time will be priceless. Each and every member who goes will make a new friend, have a new experience, or even find their new niche at camp. The amazing advisors, staff, and state FFA officers make for an indescribably good time. The Clear Fork FFA officer team encourages every FFA member to take the option and go to camp next year because the experience is truely worth it.
By Ellyse Shafer
Ever need help figuring out what CDE you want to compete in? The above link will take you to the Ohio FFA website's CDE rules list.