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STATE CONTEST 2010

FFA Wins Honors at State
Constitution-Tribune
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Many FFA chapter members from Chillicothe, Bosworth and Southwest earned honors while participating in the 82nd state FFA convention, which was held in Columbia last week. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter placed 23rd in the Chapter Award competition. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive the Top Chapter Award each year.

  • Kellin Ferguson placed second with his Emerging Ag Technology proficiency award.
  • Lauren Dietzschold received a $300 scholarship to attend Washington Leadership Conference this summer and Jon Black was elected State FFA President for the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Ten members received the State FFA Degree: they were Clayton Allen, Jon Black, Kellin Ferguson, Austin Ireland, Tyler Jeschke, Aaron Kerr, Amber Kieffer, Jared McCaulsin, Lauren Melte, and Tyler Skipper.
  • The Ag Issues team placed third, received a Group I rating and all team members were group I individuals. They were Aaron Kerr, Kellin Ferguson, Clayton Allen, Marc Griffith, Alexis Sykes, and Emily Sallee. 
    Caela Ashford placed fourth in the Division I Public Speaking Contest.
  • The Farm Management team placed fifth with a group I rating, including Zach Thompson (group I individual), Jon Black (group I individual), and Amber Kieffer (group I individual).
  • The Parliamentary Procedure team, which consisted of Travis Henry, Lynzie Colvin, Kelsey Jones, Hope Peters, Mindi Prindle, Michaela Simmer, and Jennifer Waits, placed fifth and earned a group I rating.
  • The Ag Sales team placed seventh with a group II rating. The team included Aaron Kerr (group I individual), Kellin Ferguson (group I individual), Emily Sallee, and Tyler Skipper. 
  • The Livestock Team placed 18th, with a group II rating, including John Davis (group I individual), Cassie Reid, Lauren Dietzschold, and Maycee Hoover.
  • The Ag Mechanics team consisting of Austin Cassity (group I individual), Cody Thompson, Jacob Ballard, and Austin Ireland placed 30th and received a group II rating.
  • The Dairy Cattle team placed 38th and consisted of Sydney Oden, Cheynne Bannan, Ashley Myers, and Marie McMahan.

The Missouri FFA has 24,898 members representing 324 chapters. The national organization has more than 500,000 members representing 7,429 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the 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.

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Missouri FFA Association
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Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
Phone: 573-751-3544

Jon Black of Chillicothe FFA Chapter is Named State FFA President
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 15, 2010 - Jon Black of Chillicothe, Missouri, has been selected the 2010-2011 State FFA President. Black is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Black's advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.

Black's FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of a herd of registered Hereford cattle from which he raises seed stock and commercial calves. He also raises, markets and exhibits registered Spotted hogs. Black was selected as the Area 2 Star in Placement and placed first in Area 2 with his forage production proficiency application. On the chapter level, Jon has received Star Chapter Farmer, State Bank Leadership Award and the Hy-Vee Livestock Evaluation Award.

In high school, Black has been a wrestler for four years and captain of the wrestling team during his senior year. He also is a member of the hunting and fishing club and participates on the trap team. 
Black plans to attend North Central Missouri College for one year and transfer to the University of Missouri in Columbia to study agriculture business.

Chillicothe FFA Wins Top Chapter Award
COLUMBIA , Mo. , April 15, 2010 - Chillicothe FFA placed 23rd out of 324 chapters in the state, earning the Top Chapter Award at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive the Top Chapter Award each year.

Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to chapters achieving excellence in student, chapter and community development. Chillicothe FFA Chapter advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.

The Chillicothe FFA student development activities included competing in 17 team events and five public speaking events in Career Development Event contests that are held every spring. Other student development activities included American Cancer Society Relay for Life and FFA Chapter Banquet.

Chapter development activities are designed to promote excellence within the chapter. Chillicothe members took part in the annual eighth grade recruitment day at the Litton Agri-Science Center and hosted a middle school assembly during National FFA Week. Other chapter development activities included barnwarming and FFA week activities.

Chillicothe's community development activities included volunteering to landscape a yard for the Habitat for Humanity House recipients. The members prepared the space by picking up rocks, tilling, seeding, fertilizing, mulching, rolling and watering the yard. Other community development activities included community and elementary agricultural literacy and a community blood drive.

The top chapters are submitted to the National FFA Organization where they compete for the National FFA Chapter Award. The competition will be this fall at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

Chillicothe FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Places Fifth in State Contest
COLUMBIA, MO, April 16, 2009 - The Chillicothe FFA Chapter placed fifth in the Missouri FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention. The team members were Chairmen Travis Henry, Lynzie Colvin, Kelsey Jones, Hope Peters, Mindi Prindle, Michaela Simmer, and alternate Jennifer Waits. Chillicothe FFA advisors are Brian Thomson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf, and Ron Wolf.

The Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event, sponsored by Grand River Technical School, consists of both a written test and a team demonstration that tests the team's knowledge of parliamentary law based on Robert's Rules of Order.

Ashford Places Fourth in Missouri FFA Division I Prepared Public Speaking Contest
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 16, 2010 - The Missouri FFA Association awarded, Caela Ashford of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, fourth place in the Missouri FFA Division I Prepared Public Speaking contest at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention. Ashford's FFA advisors are Rusty Black, Keith Dietzschold, Jim Grozinger, Leda Schreiner, Brian Thompson, Matthew Trussell, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.

Sixteen Students Competed at the State Level
Division I Prepared Public Speakers deliver a three- to four-minute speech based on an agriculture topic they have selected and researched. The contestants present their speech in front of a panel of judges and then undergo an additional three minutes of questions. The judges base their decision on the information presented, the student's knowledge of the subject, the delivery of the speech and the answers to the questions.

Chillicothe FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Team Places Third at State Competition
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 16, 2010 - The Chillicothe FFA Chapter received third place in the FFA Agricultural Issues Forum at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention. There were 13 teams in the competition.

Chillicothe team members are Kellin Ferguson, Aaron Kerr, Emily Sallee, Amber Kieffer, Marc Griffifth, Alexis Sykes, and Clayton Allen. Chillicothe FFA advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf, and Ron Wolf.

The agricultural issues forum teams develop a presentation that focuses on an important agriculture issue facing their community. Team members then give their presentation to at least five times to community organizations before competing in the event. Sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association, this contest is one of many ways the FFA prepares student members for career success. Career development events engage student learning and make a real connection to lifetime goals.

Ferguson Places 2nd at Missouri FFA Convention in Emerging Agricultural Technology Proficiency
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 15, 2010 - Kellin Ferguson of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, Hale, Missouri, received the second-place Missouri FFA Emerging Agricultural Technology Proficiency Award at the 82st Missouri FFA Convention. Ferguson, a senior at Grand River Technical School, is the son of Rick and Patricia Paris. His advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.

As an FFA member, Ferguson has attended state and national FFA conventions and Washington Leadership Conference. Ferguson was a participant in Missouri Institute of Cooperatives public speaking contest and the state parliamentary procedure career development event. Ferguson grew up on a family farm where he fixed machinery and discovered he wanted to become an engineer. In addition to farm work, he began to work at his uncle’s business, DQ Precision Planting and Tillage. He modified a mechanical corn meter for a science fair project. His modified corn meter tested better statistically than the standard corn meter.

Ferguson plans to study mechanical engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Emerging Agricultural Technology is one of 47 proficiency awards presented at state level and is sponsored by the Youth Activities Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Inc..

Chillicothe FFA Receives Monsanto Grant
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter received a $2,500 grant from Monsanto America's Farmers Grow Communities Project during the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention, April 15-16, Columbia, Missouri.

From left: Doug Mertens, Monsanto; Chillicothe FFA Chapter members Daniel Nowland and John Roney; and Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto. Monsanto gave farmers in 57 Missouri counties the opportunity to win a $2,500 grant to support their local communities. Eighteen producers chose FFA chapters to receive their grants. The program resulted in $45,000 going to FFA chapters in Missouri.

Dietzschold of the Chillicothe FFA receives WLC Alumni Scholarship
Lauren Dietzschold of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter receives a Washington Leadership Conference scholarship at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention, Columbia, Missouri, April 15.

Pictured, from left: Raymond Hagan, retired state FFA staff; Dietzschold; Nathan Chitwood, alumni treasurer; and Tracy Strange, alumni.

Black from Chillicothe Named Area 2 Star in Placement
COLUMBIA, Mo., April 16, 2010 - The Missouri FFA Association recognized Jonathon Black, of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, as Area 2 Star in Placement at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention. His parents are Rusty and Karie Black of Chillicothe, Missouri. His advisors are Brian Thompson, Keith Dietzschold, Rusty Black, Leda Schreiner, Matthew Trussell, Jim Grozinger, Roger Wolf and Ron Wolf.

Area Stars in Placement are selected based upon outstanding achievement in work experience in an agricultural business as part of a student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and active participation in FFA. Area 2 covers 28 chapters in the Northwest District. MFA Inc., Columbia, sponsors the 16 Area Star in Placement Awards.

Black's SAE program began when he went to work for his neighbor baling hay and working on their cattle farm. He enjoyed the work, began searching out bigger job opportunities, and he then started work at the Chillicothe Livestock Market where he hauled hay and livestock, worked livestock sales and tended to the owners' cattle herd. Black later received a job offer from a local farmer. For the past two years he has been tending to the cattle as well as harvesting the hay, silage, and corn. Outside of Black's placement SAE, he owns a herd of registered Hereford cows and a few registered Spot hogs.

Black has served as the Chillicothe FFA assistant Chapter President, Chapter 2nd Vice President, Chapter President, and Area II President. Black placed 2nd at both the Missouri Cattlemen's public speaking contest and the Missouri Farm Bureau public speaking contest. He participated on the FFA Knowledge CDE, Parliamentary Procedure CDE and the Livestock CDE. While a member of the Parliamentary Procedure team, his team placed 5that state. Black was also a member of the livestock team which received a state Group I rating. Some activities Black attended include the Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention, and Leadership Adventure.

Black has been a member of the Hunting and Fishing Club at his school. He participated on the freshman football team and was captain of the wrestling team. Black is also a member of the Chillicothe C Club. He has been on the Chillicothe High School and the GRTS Directors Honor Roll for seven semesters.

After high school, Black plans to attend North Central Missouri College for one year. He then plans on transferring to Missouri State University for the following three years studying agriculture business. Later, he plans to become a manager of an agriculture business or be involved in agriculture sales.

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