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Camp Rainbow (06/09/15) Leadership Camp (06/12/15) | Campus Maintenance Begins (06/02/15)
LEAD Conference (05/27/15) | Livestock Show Extravaganza 05/16-17/15

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Area II Sports Day
July 6, 2015

On July 6, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA participated in the Area II FFA Sports Day in Bethany, Missouri, with 31 members. This softball and 3-on-3 basketball tournaments represent a reward for members as well as a time for fellowship. There were approximately 215 area members present, and everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

One of the Chillicothe FFA teams received first place in the basketball tournament and second place in the softball tournament. The chapter also won the Food Drive collection. All the 477 cans of food collected at the tournament were taken to the Caldwell County Food Pantry in Hamilton, MO.

2nd Place Softball Team - Back L to R - Tristen Sewell, Ben Jones, Kaylie Campbell, Nate McKiddy,
Lane Bonderer, Cole Gutshall; Front L to R - Mason Daniel, Tanner Lent, Shayler Keller, Rebecca
Pitchford, Jake Sampsel, Zach Trout

1st Place Basketball - L to R - Nate McKiddy, Emma Leamer, Kaylie Campbell, Ben Jones

June FFA Meeting 
June 30, 2015

On June 30, 2015, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter members met for their June FFA Meeting. The meeting was held at Chilli Bay and the Litton Agriculture Campus. The 75 members in attendance participated in activities at Chilli Bay then headed back to the Litton Campus for a team-building kickball game, food, and a "Movie Under the Stars". The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship among the members.

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National Team Purebred Show
June 23-26, 2015

Five local FFA and 4-H members attended the National Team Purebred Show in Springfield IL, June 23 through the 26. Students exhibited swine, participated in a judging contest and other contests throughout the week. The students attending were: Eric Davis, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Rylee Johnson, and Jake Sampsel.

Pictured L to R - Jake Sampsel, Eric Davis Carlee Johnson, Bailey Henry, Ella Black (lap) Rylee Johnson

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Camp Rainbow Craft Time
June 9, 2015

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, students at the Litton Agriculture Campus got to spend a little time in the shop to help out a worthy cause. The students cut out 120 bird houses for campers at Camp Rainbow to put together during their craft time.

Camp Rainbow is a camp for children and adults with various types of mental and physical disabilities. The camp provides a loving and accepting environment for campers to come and have a fun-filled experience. The age of campers is 9 and up.

Due to the rainy day, the students at the Litton Ag Campus couldn't work outside, so the students spent time in the shop learning to use a saw, power tools, and a tape measure.

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State FFA Leadership Camp Rising Sun
June 6-12, 2015

Kaiser, MO - 30 members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the State FFA Leadership Camp from June 6-12, 2015. The camp sponsored by the Missouri FFA Association was held at Camp Rising Sun located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The Institute provided leadership training for over 1200 high school students who are members of FFA across Missouri. The high school students are trained by State FFA officers as well as a Leadership Director who is a past State FFA Officer. Students learn how to overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills.

The Chillicothe FFA Chapter results are as follows: State FFA Leadership Medal recipients Marley Anderson, Jessica Brade, Kaylie Campbell, Liberty Cox, Abbey Daly, Emilee Haley, Kristina Hamilton, Ben Jones, McKenna Poling, Jake Sampsel, Logan Sampsel, and Claire Shipp; FFA Rituals 2nd place Sarah Mason, Madelyn Warren, Ben Jones, Emilee Haley, Marley Anderson, Liberty Cox, Kaylie Campbell; Creed Speaking 2nd place Liberty Cox, 3rd place Marley Anderson; Extemporaneous Speaking 2nd place Marley Anderson; Impromptu Speaking 3rd place Madelyn Warren; Basketball 1st Ben Jones, Brady Bothwell, Kaylie Campbell; Tetherball 1st Logan Sampsel, Brady Bothwell; Horseshoes 1st Jake Sampsel, Logan Sampsel, Ben Jones; Swamp Canoe Race 2nd Wade Nylin, Sarah Mason, McKenna Poling, Madelyn Warren; All Around Camper Marley Anderson.

The National FFA Organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Nationally there are over 500,000 FFA members. Missouri ranks 4th in the nation with over 24,000 FFA members.

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Maintaining the Campus
June 2, 2015

On June 2, 2015, youth from Livingston County began their work at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. The Litton Ag Campus was designed for the youth of Livingston County to learn more about agriculture as well as house their 4-H and FFA projects. In exchange for housing their projects there, the youth assist in the care and maintenance of the Litton Ag Campus. Local youth sign a contract that states they will provide care for their animal and help maintain the Litton Ag Campus grounds. In exchange, they are allowed to use the facilities and livestock equipment.

In the picture above, local youth are going over their contracts and learning what duties are expected of them.

Most of the livestock will be housed at the Litton Ag Campus from early April to late August. This allows the youth to participate in local, state, and national livestock shows. This year at the Litton Agriculture Campus, there are 65 market hogs, 7 market lambs, 3 market goats, and 8 cattle owned by 43 Livingston County youth.

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LEAD Conference
May 27, 2015

On May 27, 2015, the 22 Chapter and Assistant officers from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the MO FFA LEAD Conference on the NCMC Campus in Trenton, Missouri. The conference was sponsored by the FFA Leadership Fund. The Learn, Educate, Advance, Develop (LEAD) conference brings officers and their advisors together as they start off a new year as a new officer team. During the conference, the officer teams set goals, develops officer codes of conduct and expectations, plans a program and calendar of activities, and explores working together as a team.

Front Row L to R - Molly Jones, Marley Anderson, Maggie Resor, Marissa Surber, Madelyn Warren, Sarah Mason, Liberty Cox, Erin Campbell; Middle Row L to R - Claire Shipp, Ben Hayen, Zach Trout, Ben Jones, Gunnar Leach, Mason Daniel, Jaime Albertson, Emma Leamer, Rebecca Pitchford; Back Row L to R - Isaiah Boon, Eric Davis, Nate Hoel, Cole Gutshall, Austin Case

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Livestock Show Extravaganza
May 16 and 17, 2015

On May 16 and 17, 2015, the Litton Agriculture Campus-MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine shows and three lamb shows. There were approximately 1190 head of hogs shown during the two-day event and 480 head of lambs.

On Saturday morning, the Wolf Showpig Bonanza was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni with 449 head of hogs at the show. The sponsors were Gold Sponsors - Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, Copeland Construction, Diamond J Livestock/Davis Livestock, Grand River Technical School, Investors National Bank, JR Reid Show Pigs, MFA Agri-Services, Sydenstricker John Deere-Chillicothe, Trans Ova Genetics, Wolf Brothers, Wolf Farms, Woodworth Manufacturing; Silver Sponsors - Barnes Baker Motors-Chillicothe, Brammer Club Pigs, BTC Bank, Chillicothe State Bank, Comfort Inn-Chillicothe, Cooke Used Parts & Equipment, Farm Bureau Insurance-Joe Neptune, Farmers Electric Cooperative, Hinnen Hauling & Construction, Hutchinson & Company, Martin Show Pigs-Paul Martin, Russ & Sheila Thompson, Williams Farms-David & Carla Williams, Good Time Charlie's, Dr. Greg Miller & Family; Bronze Sponsors - American Family Insurance-Janet McCauslin, Butterfield & Associates Grain, Inc., Curtis Show Pigs, GFG Ag Services, LLC, Simms Show Pigs, T&R Soil Service.

The results of the show were Supreme Gilt - Brayde Adam, Reserve Supreme Gilt - Brant Cope, 3rd Overall Gilt - Kiley Gibson, 4th Overall Gilt - Abbe Gibson, and 5th Overall Gilt - Kiley Gibson, Supreme Barrow - Brylee Williams, Reserve Supreme Barrow - Conner Nally, 3rd Overall Barrow - Trey Porter, 4th Overall Barrow - Kaitlyn Fuehring, and 5th Overall Barrow - Ty Murphy. Showmanship results were Champion Novice Showmanship - Addison Brown, Reserve Novice Showmanship - Braylin Brunkhorst, Runner-up Novice Showmanship - Remington Isaacs, 4th Runner-up Novice Showmanship - Brayden Reid, 5th Runner-up Novice Showmanship - Ty Murphy; Champion Junior Showmanship - Coley Murphy, Reserve Junior Showmanship - Callie Jenning, Runner-up Junior Showmanship - Carlee Long, 4th Runner-up Junior Showmanship - Brant Cope, 5th Runner-up Junior Showmanship - Molly Malter; Champion Intermediate Showmanship - Tate Welch, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship - Katelyn Robinson, Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship - Brayde Adam, 4th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship - Tess Crouch, 5th Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship - Kaylee Lewis; Champion Senior Showmanship - Lindsey Robinson, and Reserve Senior Showmanship - Amy McAlexander, and Runner-up Senior Showmanship - Kati Veits, 4th Runner-up Senior Showmanship - Shambree Hagan, and 5th Runner-up Senior Showmanship - Cyrsten Lollar.

The two swine shows and one lamb show held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, were sponsored by the Princeton FFA with 370 head in both of the swine shows and 113 head of lambs. Missouri Club Lamb Futurity had approximately 110 head, and the Youth Lamb Show had approximately 260 head. These were held on May 16, 2015, sponsored by Purina and the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations.

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