My involvement in the FFA can be described as nothing less than incredible. The experiences I’ve had, skills I have gained, and memories I’ve made are irreplaceable.
FFA is what lead me to pursue a degree in agriscience education. Being able to lead students into becoming the best, most successful versions of themselves is my aspiration. Although my time in the blue corduroy is over, I know there will be so many new and incredible experiences to come as an agricultural educator.
When I look back on my time in the FFA, the most memorable things are receiving my State FFA Degree, receiving a gold-rated Secretary book twice, camping for my senior officer retreat, the many conventions, competing in public speaking, all of the time spent on trips (regardless of location), and receiving my American FFA Degree.
I got my inspiration to achieve the honor of receiving my American Degree from my FFA Advisor. Miss Sarhra Flinn was very persistent in helping me to achieve my dreams. She works diligently to ensure the success of her students, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without her pushing me and showing me that I can achieve many things if I put the work in.
Receiving my American Degree is a dream I’ve had since my freshman year of high school. Walking across the stage at the National FFA Convention and Expo meant so much to me because it was the last “hoorah” to close out the past five years of hard work, determination, memories, and experiences.
Congratulations to Wyatt Jones, a recent agriscience education graduate, who has begun a trainee program with Bayer Crop Science to become a DeKalb/Asgrow field sales rep. Wyatt is working with a team that services southern Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Best of luck Wyatt in your new career!
Congratulations to Ellyse Shafer, a recent agriscience education graduate, who was hired as an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Southeastern High School in Clark County, Ohio.
Best of luck Ellyse as you begin your career as an agricultural educator!
Congratulations to 2019 agrsicience education graduate Micah Mensing, who recently began a position with Farm Credit Mid-America as an account specialist in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
Micah will be working with growers to secure the futures of rural communities and agriculture
Best of luck Micah!
Congratulations to 2019 agrsicience education graduate Kayla Walls, who will be continuing her education this fall at Iowa State University.
Kayla will be pursuing a master’s degree in industrial and agricultural technology, which is part of the Iowa State Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering department.
Best of luck Kayla! We can’t wait to see you succeed in graduate school and beyond!
Congratulations to 2019 agriscience education alum Abby Motter, who was recently hired as an agricultural educator with Fort Frye Local School District.
We look forward to watching you succeed in your career as an agricultural educator!
Congratulations to Samantha Kline, a 2019 agrsicience education graduate, on her new position as an agricultural educator with Clear Fork Valley Local School District where she will be instructing middle school students.
We are proud of you and can’t wait to watch you excel in your new career as an agricultural educator!
Congratulations to our alumni who are recipients of awards presented by the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators (OAAE). These alumni, along will all other award recipients, will be recognized during the OAAE Banquet on June 12 on The Ohio State University campus.
Teacher Turn the Key – Nathan Birkhimer ‘15
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agriculture Program – Whitney Short’07, ’09 MS and Courtney Bockbrader ‘11
Outstanding Teacher Mentor – Collin Gierke ‘83
Ideas Unlimited – Hannah Crossen Everetts ‘12
Outstanding Service Citation – Tom Holton ‘82, ‘86 MS
Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher – Tyler Pope ‘05
Congratulations to Rachael Ramsier, who was presented with the Outstanding Advisor Award for Ohio State ATI.
We are so appreciative of her leadership and service to our ACEL students (and all students!!) as she serves as the academic advisor to more than 70 students studying agricultural communication, agriscience education and community leadership, in addition to instructing several classes at Ohio State ATI.
Thank you Rachael and congratulations!
Paige Schaffter, Outstanding ATI Student
Nicole Middaugh, Outstanding ATI Student
Jamie Water, Outstanding ATI Student
Three of our ATI students were named Outstanding Ohio State ATI Students at the ATI Student Awards Banquet last month.
Nicole Middaugh (agricultural communication, Jamie Walter (agriscience education and agricultural communication) and Paige Schaffter(agriscience education) were recognized with the honor by ATI Director Dr. Kris Boone Payne.
Congratulations to these students and their accomplishments as ATI students! We’re excited to have you join us on the Columbus campus this fall!