By Hannah Swanson, FFA Reporter
May 13, 2014
Gilead Christian FFA had the opportunity to attend the 86th State FFA Convention. This was held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on the 1st and 2nd of May 2014. This was our chapter’s first State Convention. Our chapter was recognized for being a new chapter along with five others at the first session on May 1st.
Justin Jones, Derek Goodman, Eric Gray and Katie Kunze presented our Food for Thought grant to the judges on May 1st. We placed second in the state out of the ten schools that participated in the grant. Zane Trace placed first in this challenge. Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program started this Food for Thought Challenge to implement a healthy eating campaign in Ohio schools. The goal was to get students to eat a healthy breakfast, choose whole grains, change their attitudes and behaviors toward healthy eating and add fruits and vegetables to their diets.
Our chapter also had the opportunity to participate in the Nutrients for Life grant. These presentations were judged before State Convention. During the first general session the top three schools in the state were recognized on stage to announce the places. Our chapter was represented by Preston Chilcote and Austin Yake. We placed second in this grant as well. Edgewood Butler Tech, Trenton, Ohio placed first in the grant. The Nutrients for Life Foundation presented this opportunity to all Ohio FFA chapters to create a hands-on innovative program to educate and engage their community on plant nutrition, fertilizer, soil science and crop related agricultural issues and the positive and critical role they play in food production.
Mrs. Ellie Nixt, FFA advisor, is very pleased with the opportunities Gilead Christian agriculture students have had this year: “FFA members have really stepped up to meet several challenges. I am proud of their achievements.”
Mrs. Aimee Horton, School Administrator, commented “I am extremely proud and impressed that our chapter did so well with it being our first year.”
We would like to thank Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Nutrients for Life Foundation for these opportunities. Special thanks to the Cardington and Mt. Gilead libraries for permitting Gilead Christian FFA to display hydroponics units during the months of February, March and April.