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C-T Photos/ Courtnie Cranmer
Chillicothe FFA hosted its annual Ag Olympics
Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Litton Ag Center. High school students from Chillicothe and Southwest
schools competed in relay races which include wheelbarrow races, throwing
hay bales and tractor tire races.
Contest During FFA Week
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter and Livingston County Farm Bureau held a
coloring contest during National FFA Week and Thank A Farmer week for students in Kindergarten and First grade. Each classroom was
awarded a first place winner. The first place winner received a small prize, and
every participant received a lollipop and pencil. This activity was to help educate youth about agriculture.
The winners were; Kindergarten - Lyla Beetsma, Makinlie Epperson, Lucas
Gramenz, Emerie Kale, Molly Kennebeck, Ava Leamer, Connor Peery; First Grade - Brooklynn Alvarez, Kayson Anderson, Hayden
Chapman, Anna Dewey, Madison Hull, Landon Jones, Yoo Jung Lee, Sophia Miller. Congratulations
to all the winners. All contestant pages will be displayed at our local
banquet on May 2, 2014.
|| L to R, Back Row:
Alicia Kieffer (Chillicothe FFA 2nd
Vice President), Landon Jones, Kayson Anderson, Hayden Chapman, Sophia
Front Row: Brooklynn Alvarez, Madison Hull, Anna Dewey, Yoo Jung Lee
|| L to R, Back Row: Alicia Kieffer (Chillicothe FFA 2nd
Vice President), Molly Kennebeck, Connor Peery, Lyla Beetsma, Makinlie
Front Row: Emerie Kale, Ava
Leamer, Lucas Gramenz
FCCLA and FFA High School Blood Drive
On Thursday, February 13, 2014, the FCCLA and FFA sponsored a blood drive for high school students
and staff at the Chillicothe High School Performing Arts Center. The Community Blood Center staff
registered 53 volunteers and collected 38 units of blood. There were 26 first-time donors. The FCCLA and
FFA members assisted the Community Blood Center staff with set-up, registration, passing out treats,
Missouri Pork Association FFA Public Speaking Contest
February 11, 2014
The Missouri Pork Association FFA Public Speaking Contest is designed to develop agricultural
leadership, provide for participation in agricultural public speaking activities, and stimulate interest in
leadership and citizenship. The Missouri Pork Association continues its support of
Missouri's youth and FFA students by holding a speaking contest each year. Students proceed through their area and district
before reaching the state final where the top student in each of
Missouri's six FFA districts competes for the top prize. Contestants may choose any current subject for their
speeches which relates to the theme of "The Right to Farm - Why it is Important to Missouri Agriculture."
While the speeches may touch on all of Missouri agriculture, special focus should be given to the pork industry.
Rachel Nowland represented the Chillicothe FFA Chapter at the Missouri Pork Expo contest held in Columbia on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Rachel received first place at the district
level and moved on to the state competition. For her participation at the state level,
she received a $50 cash prize and a plaque sponsored by Alltech.
On February 2, 2014, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual Bowling Party
at the Fast Lane in Chillicothe. This party represents a reward for members as well as a time for fellowship. There were approximately 85
members present and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon.
Missouri Fairs and Festivals Speech Contest
The Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals (MAFF) Public Speaking
Contest is designed to develop agricultural leadership, provide for member
participation in agricultural public speaking activities, and stimulate interest in leadership and citizenship. Contestants may choose any
current subject for their speeches, which is of an agricultural character
relating to county fairs and which is of general interest to the public.
Lauren Haley represented the Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair at this contest held January
31, 2014. Lauren placed first at this state competition with her speech entitled
"Behind the Blue Ribbon". A small excerpt from her speech is: I have gained many experiences, friendships,
and memories from the fair. The fair has been and continues to be one of
the main things I look forward to each year. It has shaped me into the person I am today. The fair has taught me responsibility, hard work, and
perseverance. Some people go to a fair with their eyes set on winning the
coveted blue ribbon, but to me it is what is behind that blue ribbon that
really matters: friendships, opportunities, and the support of the
community. She received a $1,000 scholarship for her first place winning. Congratulations to Lauren.
Army Food Drive
This past holiday season,
the Chillicothe FFA members made sure they did a little something to give back
to those in our community who need a little assistance. The chapter held their annual food drive this past
December. Students collected canned food items for the drive and compiled them at the December FFA
meeting, which was held December 11, 2013. The canned food items were then delivered to the local
Salvation Army. The chapter collected nine boxes of food to donate to the Salvation Army.
The chapter members adopted six families from the Salvation Army. The members bought clothing items,
toys, household items, and gifts cards to purchase food. Giving to others is an important lesson for all
people to learn, we hope our members see the value in giving to others.
The chapter members also went to a local business and rang the Salvation Army bell all day. The
students hopefully learned a little about giving to others and that the money raised will go to deserving
On December 11, 2013, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual Christmas Party at the Chillicothe Middle
School. This party represents a reward for members on an excellent Barnwarming this year as well as a
time for fellowship. The members enjoyed dinner and then moved into the field house for some games.
Members could have played basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, or participated in other activities.
The winners of the 3-on-3 coed basketball tournament were Whitney Clampitt, Gillen Gates, and Hannah Jones. The students also held a canned food drive and collected 15 boxes of canned food items. There were approximately 160 members present and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.
The Ag Power and Structures class at the Litton Agriculture Education Center are assisting in the
construction of an improvement to the sheep/goat side of the livestock building at the Litton
Agri-Science Learning Center. The new improvement is a concrete pad approximately 22'
by 31' long, along with some new gates and fencing. At this time, the new gates and fencing are not yet
constructed. In the future, the classes will be constructing the pens inside and out. The skills that the students are learning include
concrete construction, welding, project planning, and work ethic. The skills learned will hopefully help
them in some area around their own homes.
The Litton Agri-Science Learning Center was created for the Livingston County youth with an interest in
livestock that did not have the facilities of their own. All of the individuals involved with the Litton
Agri-Science Learning Center, and especially Mr. Black and his classes, would like to thank Dewayne
McCauslin for assisting with the planning and construction and the Liz Boon Memorial for funding this
project. The Boon family is very generous in their support of the Litton Agriculture Campus as well as the
youth of Livingston County. All who utilize the Litton Center should thank the students, advisors, and
local individuals who have put time into making improvements to the Litton Center. Without this type of
support, the Litton Center would not be as successful as it is today.
November 25, 2013
Taylor Washburn, Area 2 Missouri State Vice President, talks to a group of Litton Agriculture Education
Center students on Monday, November 25, 2013, at the Litton Agricultural Education Building at the
Litton Agri-Science Learning Center. Samantha talked about what students could learn by being involved
in the FFA organization and conducted leadership games with the students. Samantha is one of 16
Missouri State FFA Officers. Her home chapter is the North Harrison FFA Chapter.
Construction Demo - Roberts Tool and Die
November 19, 2013
On November 19, 2013, Ag Construction students from the Litton Agriculture
Education Center had the opportunity to tour and view a live demonstration
at Roberts Tool and Die Company. The tour was led by Tony Burtch and Gary
Saville. Students traveled to Roberts Tool and Die on Industrial Road in
Chillicothe, where they were given a live demonstration of a CNC machine.
The class was also informed about training programs for a machinist, shortage of machinist in the job market, and job opportunities as a
machinist in Chillicothe as well as the rest of the country. The students
received an explanation of metallurgy and the products produced at Roberts
Tool and Die. We would like to thank Roberts Tool and Die for the opportunity to show students local job opportunities in their field of
12/17/13, November 6,
2013 & November 13, 2013
Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Speech Contest
- The Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Public Speaking Contest is designed to develop agricultural leadership, provide for member participation
in agricultural public speaking activities, and stimulate interest in leadership and citizenship. Contestants
may choose any current subject for their speeches, which is of an agricultural character relating to the
general interest to the public. Rebecca Pitchford represented the Livingston County Soil and Water
District at the Missouri Soil and Water Conference contest held December 17, 2013. The contest
consisted of students preparing a 6-8 minute speech on the topic of Dig Deeper
- Mysteries in the Soil. Rebecca received first place at the district
level (see below) and was one of six to move on to the state competition.
On November 6, 2013, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the Area II
Fall Speaking Contest in Gallatin. Brandon Bothwell competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Rachel Nowland competed in
the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Emma Rademacher competed in the Missouri Sheep
Producers Contest, Carlee Johnson competed in the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives, Rebecca Pitchford
competed in the Missouri Soil and Water Conservation, Bailey Henry competed in the Missouri Pet
Breeders Association, Paige Peters competed in the Missouri Cattleman's, and Maggie
Resor competed in the Missouri Young Farmers speech contest. Brandon, Rachel, Emma, Carlee, Rebecca and Bailey
moved on to the district competition on November 13, 2013.
On November 13, 2013, Chillicothe FFA students participated in the
Northwest District Fall Speaking Contest in Cameron. Brandon Bothwell competed in the Missouri Farm Bureau Contest, Rachel Nowland
competed in the Missouri Pork Producers Contest, Emma Rademacher competed in the
Missouri Sheep Producers Contest, Carlee Johnson completed in the Missouri
Institute of Cooperatives, Rebecca Pitchford competed in the Missouri Soil
and Water Association, and Bailey Henry competed in the Missouri Pet Breeders Association speech contest. Rebecca received first place in the
Soil and Water competition and will compete at the state level on December
17, 2013 at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. Rachel received first place in the Pork Producers competition and will compete at the state level on
February 11, 2014 in Columbia, MO. Bailey received second place in the Pet Breeders competition and
is an alternate to the state level.
Emma Rademacher, Brandon Bothwell, Paige Peters;
Front row: Carlee Johnson, Bailey Henry, Rachel Nowland, Maggie Resor, Rebecca Pitchford
Student Attend National FFA Convention
October 29 -
November 1, 2013
On October 29 through November 1, 2013, 14 members of the Chillicothe FFA
Chapter attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. The students attended many activities while in Indianapolis.
The students attended leadership sessions, the career show, college fair, and
convention sessions while at the convention hall. Students also attended
a session were the speaker was Rick Pitino, a concert featuring Dierks Bently and Jana Kramer, and got an opportunity to have a little fun at
the hypnotist show.
Local members that attended the convention were Kiley
Boley, Ben Burtch, Derek Eckert, Lauren Haley, Katlyn Hamilton, Tucker Jones, Jami
Loney, Rachel Nowland, Anthony Peniston, Jozie Reeter, Colby Ruoff, Hailey
Seeley, Haelee Shady, and Brittany Twyman.
Back L to R: Anthony
Peniston, Ben Burtch, Colby Ruoff, Derek Eckert, Tucker Jones
Front L to R: Kiley Boley, Jami Loney, Haelee Shady, Hailey Seeley, Katlyn Hamilton, Rachel
Brittany Twyman, Jozie Reeter, Lauren Haley
National FFA Agriscience
Fair - Haley Places 10th
LOUISVILLE- Lauren Haley of Chillicothe, MO recently competed in the
National FFA Agriscience Fair. Lauren Haley was awarded with a Gold medal
in honor of her 10th place project in the Animal Science Advanced Division
section titled: The Effect of Weaning Age on Feed Consumption and Rate of
Gain in Goat Kids. Lauren Haley placed 1st at the state level before moving onto the National
FFA Agri-Science Fair. Participants received ribbons along with their medals and were honored at a banquet at the National
FFA Convention, October 20 - November 2, in Louisville, KY.
Lauren's abstract to her Agriscience project is as follows: The purpose
of this experiment was to study the effect of weaning age on feed consumption and rate of gain in goat kids. Weaning can be a
management practice that will affect the profit of the producer. Weaning allows the
producer to control the feed intake of his animal and evaluate the growth
of the animal as well. People use varying guidelines as they make decisions about weaning. Some use the standard 90 day age while others
wean earlier or use weight to determine when to wean. The control in this
experiment was 90 day weaning, traditionally the time when kids are weaned. This experiment was done on thirty nine goat kids in the same
environment, vaccination history, and feeding program prior to the experiment. The independent variable in this
experiment was weaning age. The dependent variables in this experiment were feed consumption and
rate of gain in goat kids. The amount of feed consumed by each group was
measured each day and then added together to determine the total amount of
feed consumption over a seven week period from the age of 55 days to 90 days. Each kid was weighed when they turned 60 and 90 days old to
determine their rate of gain. The results in this experiment showed that
weaning age does have an impact on feed consumption and rate of gain in goat kids. The 60 day weaning group had the highest feed consumption
while the control (90 day) weaning group had the lowest. The control (90 day)
weaning group had the highest rate of gain while the 75 day weaning group
had the lowest. The results show that the hypothesis was supported by comparing the 60 day and control (90 day) weaning groups and the 75 day
and control (90 day) weaning groups. The hypothesis was not supported when
comparing the 60 and 75 day weaning groups. The null hypothesis stating total feed consumption and rate of gain will not be significantly
different between weaning groups must be accepted when comparing groups
60 day and 75 day weaning, but can be rejected when comparing groups 60 day and control (90 day) weaning and 75 day and control
(90 day) weaning. Recommendations for further study would be to study earlier and later
weaning ages. The effect of gender as it relates to weaning could also be
The agriscience fair program is sponsored by Cargill and Syngenta as a
special project of the National FFA Foundation, which includes cash awards.
- COURTESY CORPS
Almost any event becomes more intriguing when viewed from behind the
scenes. The 86th National FFA Convention, which includes everything from
arena stage events to the Day of Service and workshops for nearly 55,000
attendees, is no exception. It takes many volunteers to help make a convention of this
magnitude a positive experience for all of its guests. This year approximately 900
FFA members, including students from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, formed
the National FFA Courtesy Corps. The students viewed the convention from
the other side - backstage - playing a crucial role in the events logistics. Local members participating in the National FFA Courtesy Corps
were Kiley Boley, Ben Burtch, Derek Eckert, Lauren Haley, Katlyn Hamilton,
Tucker Jones, Jami Loney, Rachel Nowland, Anthony Peniston, Jozie Reeter,
Colby Ruoff, Hailey Seeley, Haelee Shady, and Brittany Twyman. The 86th
National FFA Convention was held October 30-November 2, 2013 in Louisville, KY.
"Participants in the National FFA Courtesy Corps provide valuable services for the overall convention
operation," says National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown. "FFA gains a tremendous resource, and the
participants gain wonderful volunteer experience and an insight into the
planning and logistics necessary to ensure a safe and successful convention. They are key to our ability to create a premier leadership
and educational event for nearly 55,000 guests."
Back Row: Tucker Jones, Colby Ruoff, Derek Eckert, Anthony Peniston, Ben
Middle: Brittany Twyman, Katlyn Hamilton, Rachel Nowland, Jozie Reeter, Kiley Boley, Jami Loney,
Front: Haelee Shady, Hailey Seeley
STUDENTS RECEIVE NATIONAL DEGREE
- Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the
utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership,
personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA
Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional
excellence. Gabe Jeffries son of Doug and Michele Jeffries, Justin Lewis son of Rick and Sherri Lewis,
Dani Moore daughter of Tammy Moore and the late Lee Mehrhoff, Daniel Nowland
son of David and Nancy Nowland, Michaela Simmer daughter of Shawn and Kelli Simmer, Maresa Sykes daughter of Mark
and Teresa Sykes, Haley Thompson daughter of Brian and Tina Thompson, Guy Vinson son of Robert
and Michelle Vinson, and Jennifer Waits daughter of Jim and Kathy Waits received the American FFA
Degree at the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville on Saturday, November 2, 2012. It is the highest
degree awarded by the National FFA Organization and recognizes Gabe, Justin,
Dani, Daniel, Michaela, Maresa, Haley, Guy and Jennifer demonstrated leadership
abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing and service programs.
FFA members who qualify for the American FFA Degree: Have received a
Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree. Have been
FFA members for at least three years. Have completed at least three years
(540 hours) of high school agriculture classes, or 2 years of high school
agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes (360 hours.) Have graduated from high
school one year prior to the National FFA Convention at which their degree will be awarded. Have
maintained detailed SAE records, which demonstrate outstanding planning, managerial
and financial skills. Have earned and productively invested at least $7,500, or have earned and productively invested at
least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours through their SAEs. Have
a record of outstanding leadership skills. Have a record of participating
in community service activities. Have maintained a "C" grade average or
Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer,
Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA
Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service
programs. Less than one in 151 FFA members advance through their local chapter and state FFA degree programs to
earn this national degree. They received a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate in a blue
leatherette frame to commemorate the achievement. Each of the 3,578 recipients of the American FFA
Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and a certificate after being recognized on stage at
that national convention.
Greenhouse Class - Fall Plant Sale
1st Semester 2013-2014
Students from Mr.
Wolf's Greenhouse class at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were preparing for the fall plant sale. The students were learning about basic plant science as well as plant reproduction.
Different types of plant reproduction the students are learning about are: planting from seeds, using
plugs, and utilizing cuttings. During the semester, students will have learned more about how a
greenhouse works and how good nutrition and access to water affects plants at the Litton
Agri-Science Learning Center.
The students are transplanting Cyclamen plugs into larger pots in order for them to be ready for sale
around the first of December. Cyclamen is a tender plant that flowers during the winter. The plants are
typically 6 to 16 inches tall with a mounded habit. The heart-shaped leaves are variegated. Their coloring
is green with grey to silver mottling. The waxy flowers appear atop stalks several inches above the foliage
and have an appearance similar to an orchid. Single, double, fringed, crested and frilled flower forms are
available in colors ranging from white to pink, rose, red or purple. The flowers last approximately six
During the week of October 21, 2013, students from the Litton Agriculture
Education Center donated their time and manpower to prepare, fertilize, seed, and mulch the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
Habitat for Humanity
house. This was made possible by the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce
with labor and mulch donated by the Chillicothe FFA Chapter.
Crusaders Take Students to Papa Charlie's
October 17-18, 2013
Students from all the Kindergarten and First Grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at Papa
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch on October 17 and 18, 2013. The students learn about agriculture in the classroom through their regular curriculum and assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. During the school year, students will learn all about animals on the farm, crops grown on the farm, and what farmers provide to the general population.
Dewey 1st Grade
As part of the Litton Crusaders program, students got the opportunity to go to Papa
Charlie's Pumpkin Patch for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. High school students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center assisted in the
days' activities. The students got to pet several animals in the petting zoo, visit with
Romeo the donkey, see some longhorn cattle in their nature habitat, walk through a corn field, and get up close to hay bales. All in all, the kids had a fun day and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.
River Livestock Market
On October 16, 2013,
Ag Management students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center traveled to Grand River Livestock Market,
owned by Dwain and Amy Ireland, where they were able to watch a live marketing event. Attending this event was used to help students understand how livestock in our area
is marketed through a regional market, including health inspection, animal tracking, classifications of livestock, and the auctioning process. The students were also given the opportunity to take a tour of the facilities.
On October 3, 2013, Agronomy and Ag Management students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center had the opportunity
to view a live demonstration on shelling corn. Students traveled to Loney Farms, east of Chillicothe, where they
watched a live demonstration on harvesting corn. This demonstration was used to help teach physical characteristics of corn at time of harvest, how a combine works, marketing options, and storage options. The students were also given the opportunity to take a ride in a combine and a tractor during the demonstration.
On October 9, 2013, the Chillicothe FFA held their annual
Parents' Night with 349 members and guests in attendance. This event helps welcome the first year FFA member and their
parents to our organization, as well as showcase some of our members' talents. The evening began with FFA opening ceremonies
followed by a motivating welcome given by Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-II School Superintendent. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter officers and Chillicothe FFA Assistant Officers presented the program. The program consisted of the Greenhand FFA Degree ceremony, Chapter FFA Degree ceremony, commercial break presented by the assistant officers, skit presented by the Chillicothe FFA Chapter Officers, as well as
six creeds presented by the Greenhands.
Gunnar Leach, Brady
Bothwell, Mason Daniel, Tanner Hobbs, Risha Peery
Ben Jones, Emma Leamer, Julia
Minnis, Jake Sampsel, Dawson Bradley
The creed was presented by Jami Albertson, Max Anderson, Brady Bothwell, Dawson Bradley, Clayton Campbell, Whitney Clampitt, Abbey Daly, Mason Daniel, Audrey Edmisson, Cole Gutshall, Kristina Hamilton, Kyle Hansen, Hunter Hobbs, Tanner Hobbs, Keara Hughes, Ben Jones, Hannah Jones, Gunnar Leach, Emma Leamer, Sarah Mason, Julia Minnis, Tanner Munson, Risha Peery, Jake Sampsel, Tristen Sewell, Hannah Stotts, Levi Surber, Joey Thompson, Zach Trout, and Maddie Warren.
Zach Trout, Maddie Warren, Jami Albertson, Audrey
Edmisson, Cole Gutshall
Tanner Munson, Max Anderson, Whitney
Clampitt, Kristina Hamilton, Hunter Hobbs
Clayton Campbell, Abbey Daly, Kyle Hansen, Hannah Jones, Tristen Sewell
Sarah Mason, Keara Hughes, Hannah
Stotts, Levi Surber, Joey Thompson
Property & Maintenance Class
The Ag Property and Maintenance class at the Litton Agriculture Campus were putting their skills to use at the Chillicothe High School these past few weeks. The students were in charge of the repair of the high
school trash bin that was damaged over the summer. The students evaluated the damage, created a plan for repair, purchased materials to complete the repair, and repaired the damaged bin.
Back L to R - Mark Anderson, Cody Kanniainen, Gillen Gates, Tanner Roberts;
Front - Nick Lawson
The past couple of weeks, the 72 FFA Greenhands have been working on presenting the FFA Creed in
class. The FFA Creed states the beliefs and values that each FFA Member should uphold. The Creed
has been revised two times, not to change the values or beliefs our organization holds but
rather to reflect the change in our membership from the farm boys of the
1930s to the diverse population of members the FFA possesses today. The creed was written by E. M.
Tiffany and adopted at the third National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd
Presenting the FFA Creed is the
students first chance at a public speaking activity. The students are to
memorize a paragraph of the creed at a time and present it to their class. At the end, every student will
recite the creed in its entirety fully memorized to the class as well. Several activities are conducted in
class to assist the students in memorizing the creed. The picture above is students playing the plate
game in order to assist them in memorizing the FFA Creed. Almost all past
FFA members can still remember parts or all of the FFA Creed. Most of those individual remember the power of those first two
words "I believe."
On September 18, 2013 the Food Science students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center were able to gain some
"hands-on experience". The students have been learning about cuts of meat in their class
and are now getting to put their knowledge to the test in the lab. This food science class teaches
physical characteristics of carcasses and cuts as determinants of meat quality, as well as carcass
identification and grading to facilitate descriptions and definitions of quality and cutability in meat animal
products. The students were working with lamb meat and then they got to cook and eat the meat
themselves. The carcass was prepared by Singer Locker in Chillicothe.
On September 14, 2013, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter attended the area
trap shoot held at the Trenton Trap Range and sponsored by the Trenton FFA Chapter. The first place overall team was the Chillicothe team. The students enjoyed the day and learned a lot about competition. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter had
six individuals shoot on Saturday: Timber Ballantyne with a score of 48 out of 50, Brady Bothwell with a score of 42 out of 50, Brandon Bothwell with a score of 50 out of 50, Ben Burtch with a score of 42 out of 50, Zach Quinn with a score of 46 out of 50, Trevor Shira with a score of 45 out of
50. Tony Burtch (volunteer coach) and Sarge Ralls (volunteer coach) also traveled to Trenton. The
five- member first place team consisted of Timber, Brandon, Ben, Zach and Trevor. Brandon Bothwell received the honor of first place individual, and Timber Ballantyne received the honor of second place individual. The members of the team are looking forward to more events.
Trevor Shira, Timber Ballantyne, Zach Quinn, Brady Bothwell, Brandon Bothwell, Ben Burtch
With the help of the Chillicothe School District, school administration, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the FFA is teaching students the self-discipline and responsibility of shooting sports. The objectives are to involve students in the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, and ethical behavior, along with safe and responsible use of firearms. Additionally, the program helps to develop self-confidence, personal discipline, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The students were required to pass the Missouri Department of Conservation Hunter Education program and attended one of the safety meetings sponsored by the Ag Education Department.
September 11, 2013, seventy-three (73) Greenhands of the Chillicothe FFA
Chapter attended the Area II Greenhand Initiation Ceremony in Gallatin,
Missouri. The Area II officer team, which includes Reporter Elizabeth
Warren of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter, conducted the initiation. During
the initiation, the Greenhands listened to the 2013 Area Creed speaker
recite the creed, watched a slideshow featuring Area II Greenhands,
listened to the National FFA Officer, Joenelle Futrell, speak, and were
presented their Greenhand pins during the Greenhand Ceremony.
Setting Year for Chillicothe FFA!
November 9, 2013
On Saturday November 9, 2013, the Chillicothe FFA held its annual
Barnwarming festivities. These festivities included a dance, games, a hay
tunnel, and the coronation ceremony.
This year's 2013
Barnwarming King and Queen are Brandon Bothwell and Alicia Kieffer. The Senior
Class candidates, Alicia Kieffer (daughter of Robert and Michelle Kieffer) and
Brandon Bothwell (son of Barrie and Julie Bothwell), raised $9,206.63 with
an average of $255.74/person; the Junior Class candidates, Bailey Henry (daughter of Melinda Henry) and Derek Eckert (son of Lee & Mindy Batye and
Rick & Becky Eckert), raised $6,771.10 with an average of $218.42; the
Freshman Class candidates, Abbey Daly (daughter of Jason and Tonia Daly)
and Gunnar Leach (son of Steve and Jenny Leach), raised $8,510.28 with an
average of $125.15; the Sophomore Class candidates, Rebecca Pitchford (daughter of Greg and Donna
Pitchford) and Lane Bonderer (son of Chris and Janet Bonderer), raised $6,157.00 with an average of
$101.00. The chapter raised $30,645.01 this year for the chapter's operations that averaged out
to $156.35/member. This broke the previous record of $29,258.04 set in
2011. We would like to thank all the member of the community for the long
time support of our organization.
Back L to Right: Derek Eckert, Brandon Bothwell, Alicia
Kieffer, Lane Bonderer
Front L to R: Bailey Henry, Gunnar Leach, Abbey Daly, Rebecca Pitchford
The Chillicothe FFA has selected its King and Queen Candidates for the 2013 Barnwarming. These
individuals will lead the charge in the fund raising efforts of the Chillicothe FFA members. The FFA
members are now available to do your odd jobs around the house and farm. Give them a call and they will
organize a work team to help you in your fall cleanup activities. The class that averages the most money
per member will have their candidates crowned King and Queen on November 9, 2013 at the annual
Barnwarming Dance. The candidates are as follows: Seniors: Alicia Kieffer (daughter of Robert and Michelle Kieffer) and Brandon Bothwell (son of Barrie and Julie Bothwell);
Juniors: Bailey Henry (daughter of Melinda Henry) and Derek Eckert (son of Lee & Mindy Batye and Rick & Becky Eckert);
Sophomores: Rebecca Pitchford (daughter of Greg and Donna Pitchford) and Lane Bonderer (son of Chris and Janet Bonderer);
Freshmen: Abbey Daly (daughter of Jason and Tonia Daly) and Gunnar Leach (son of Steve and Jenny Leach). The chapter has set a goal to raise $19,500 this year for chapter operations. If you have any type of job, please give an FFA member a call or call one of the advisors at the Litton Agriculture Campus at
Here are our Barnwarming Candidates for
Top - Brandon Bothwell, Alicia Kieffer
Bottom - Abbey Daly, Gunnar Leach, Rebecca Pitchford, Lane Bonderer, Bailey Henry, Derek Eckert
June 25-29, 2013
Woody's Automotive Group of Chillicothe has graciously donated a truck for the Chillicothe FFA Chapter
to use throughout the year. This truck assisted our chapter with giving back to the community as well as
its members. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter is the largest student organization at Chillicothe High School.
The chapter is so successful, in part to the support of our great community.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter has used this truck to provide services to our community.
Examples include: Conducting a petting zoo at the Chautauqua event in
September; helping at the House of Prayer; adopting two families through
the Salvation Army's Adopt-a-Family Program during Christmas; gathering food at the December meeting to give to the Salvation
Army's food drive; transporting students to help with ringing the Salvation Army
bell; visiting local nursing homes to speak with the residents and taking
them a flower to brighten up their day during FFA Week. The truck assisted in transportation to these activities. The truck is also a great assistance with
the students' Supervised Agriculture Experience or SAE project. The truck was used to make SAE visits, haul animals to fairs, pick up a
student's SAE project from Indiana, and any other activity that is needed to assist students.
Woody's has also donated two vans to the Chillicothe High School for their needs. We want to again
thank Woody's Automotive Group of Chillicothe for being such an excellent hometown youth supporter.
August 28, 2013
Chillicothe FFA Chapter held
their annual August meeting Wednesday night, August 28, 2013. The meeting was held at the Litton Agriculture Campus and served as a new member orientation. FFA
advisors report there are 74 new freshmen, and 64 of the new members attended. There were about 263 FFA members and parents present.
Attendees enjoyed the FFA opening ceremonies presented by the Chapter Officers. The group was then broken into two
groups - parents and students. The parents were given an overview of what to expect
as an FFA parent.
FFA members watching the skit provided by the assistant officer team.
The students group had games, a skit provided by the Assistant Officer team, and
were able to ask questions of the officers. The games (Ships & Sailors and the Human
Chair) that the students played were mixers to help the freshmen get to know some of the upper classmen. The Assistant Officer team presented a skit based on the AT&T commercial called
"It's not complicated "Infinity". Students in the Chillicothe FFA Chapter are from Chillicothe High School and Southwest High School.
FFA members playing the human chair game
TEAM PUREBRED SHOW
June 25-29, 2013
Four local FFA and 4-H members attended the National Team Purebred Show in Springfield IL, June 25th through the 29th. Students exhibited swine, participated in judging contests and other contests throughout the week. The students attending were: Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Kaylee Lewis, and Zach Quinn.
| Zach Quinn
|| Carlee Johnson
MISSOURI LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
July 31, 2013
Members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter recently attended the Missouri FFA
Association's 2013 Leadership Adventure in Columbia. It was held July 31 at the University of Missouri Bradford Research
and Extension Center. Agricultural careers, leadership development, and positive role models were the focus of the 23rd annual conference. Columbia was one of two locations for this conference; the other was in Springfield. Over 250 members and advisors registered for the two conferences from 38 chapters across Missouri. Nearly 6,500 Missouri FFA members and advisors have attended The Leadership Adventure since its beginning in 1990.
According to Conference Coordinators Marvin and Karen
Hoskey, "This conference annually provides an excellent opportunity for Missouri FFA members to interact with other chapter, state, and national leaders. The sessions foster development of leadership skills and encourage students to practice teamwork and goal setting as they get motivated for the coming school
The leadership training was headed by Andrew McCrea, former state and national officer from Missouri, and Corey Flournoy, former state and national officer from Illinois. They were assisted by Sonja Perry, National Officer Candidate from Missouri. Current State FFA Officers from Missouri guided small groups during the training sessions, which were designed specifically for high school age FFA
members' personal leadership development and planning for future success. Students wanting to learn the basics of self-discovery and understanding their leadership potential were taken through activities to develop teamwork and people skills. The training focused on helping students create an advanced plan for lasting impact on the world through utilizing personal leadership traits and healthy relationships to make their goals a reality.
Attending the conference from the Chillicothe FFA chapter were: Erin Campbell, Alicia Kieffer, Nate McKiddy, Helena McNamee, Rebecca
PHOTO: Back L to R:
Alicia Kieffer, Nate McKiddy, Rebecca Pitchford, Erin Campbell, Helena McNamee;
Front L to R: State Officers Miriam Martin, First Vice-President from Area 3, and Rylyn Small, First Vice-President from Area 15.
Area II Chapter Officer Workshop
July 29, 2013
On Monday, July 29, 2013 the Missouri Area II Officers held a workshop for chapter officers at the Mervin Jenkins Building at the Livingston County Fair Grounds. The workshop focused on trying to instill a sense of drive and determination that would infect Area II FFA members and push them towards creating and achieving their goals. The workshop consisted of the Area II Officers conducting opening ceremonies then area chapters competed in both a rituals contest, best-dressed, most creative, and Ag Olympics competitions. The rituals contest is to see which officer team can present the official FFA opening ceremonies with the fewest flaws. The best-dressed contest is to see with chapter officer team was dress the best as a team. The most creative was given to the officer team with the most creative attire. The Ag Olympics was which officer team could complete the teamwork activities the most efficiently and quickly.
The workshop sessions were personalized to their respective offices, challenging chapter officers to think outside the box and push the envelope as a new year starts for their chapter. The Area II officers planned and conducted the event. The officers want to thank all those who attended the judges for the rituals contest, and HyVee for providing the
day's meal. Continue to go for gold Area II!
PHOTO Back L to R:
Faith Peters, Ben Burtch, Zach Quinn, Matt Dupy, Brandon Bothwell, Paige Peters;
Front L to R: Lauren Haley, Carlee Johnson, Bailey Henry, Haelee Shady, Alicia Kieffer, Hailey Seeley, Elizabeth Warren
Hymax Academy at Camp Rising Sun
June 28-30, 2013
Kaiser, MO -
Lane Bonderer and Marissa Surber, members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter,
attended the second Hymax Academy from June 28-30, 2013.
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 extensive leadership training for over 80 high
school students who are members of FFA across Missouri every year. The high school students were
selected out of many applicants to attend this specialized academy. They were trained by MO State FFA
officers as well as past MO State FFA officers, agricultural educators, and MO FFA
state staff. Students learn how to overcome obstacles and develop their communication and personal skills.
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.
July 1-2, 2013
On July 1-2, 2013, the Chillicothe FFA
officer teams held their annual officer retreat. This year, it was held at
Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. The retreat focused on activities planning,
communication skills, teamwork, and leadership. The officer teams set goals, planned activities for the
chapter, worked on team building skills, and had a little fun.
The team started out at the Litton Agriculture
Campus by working on the goal setting and team building activities. The group
then boarded a bus and went to Worlds of Fun for a little bit of fun. Twenty-one of the
twenty-three member officer team were in attendance.
Front L to R: Lauren Haley, Maggie Resor, Emma
Rademacher, Helena McNamee,
Marissa Surber, Erin Campbell, Faith Peters, Carlee Johnson, Alicia Kieffer, Hailey Seeley
Back L to R: Bailey Henry, Haelee Shady, Elizabeth Warren, Zach Wood, Ben
Matt Dupy, Brandon Bothwell, Zach Quinn, Colton Hargrave, Nate McKiddy
June 17-21, 2013
Thirty-six FFA members attended State FFA Leadership Camp at Camp Rising
Sun in Lake of the Ozarks State Park June 17-21, 2013. The members attended leadership sessions, waterfront and archery
instruction sessions, Mainstreet Opry, as well as competed in various leadership and athletic
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter won first place at the rituals
contest for this week of camp. While at camp, 14 members received the State
Leadership Medal because of their hard work and attendance at various leadership workshops and contests.
June 10-12, 2013
Mo. - The 2013 University of Missouri Pork Institute, sponsored by the University of Missouri
and the Missouri Pork Association, was held June 10-12 in Columbia. The Institute is a three day
educational event for high school students interested in the pork industry.
Students enjoyed a tour of Triumph Foods, a processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri and attended many educational sessions.
They were also introduced to a variety of opportunities within the pork industry. At the end of their trip,
students took a written exam covering all of the information learned. The students with the top two scores
were awarded a scholarship.
On June 12, Thomas McFadden, director of animal science for CAFNR, awarded Chania Hoffman and
Abigail Meffert each a $500 scholarship to attend the University of Missouri upon completion of high
school. Hoffman resides in Mexico, Missouri and will graduate from North Callaway High School in 2015.
Meffert resides in Auxvasse, Missouri and will graduate from North Callaway High School in 2014.
Carlee Johnson is front row
- third from the right.
Other students attending the event include Chandra Arbogast of Higginsville; Loren Belshe of Henley;
Logan Billingsley of Steelville; Alex Buschjost of Jefferson City; Emma Campbell of Cuba; Tayluer Dunks
of Jamesport; John Ezell of Fairdealing; Jonathon Gregory of Reeds Spring; Carlee Johnson of
Chillicothe; Lawton Johnson of Slater; Joel Martin of Bucklin; Lindsey Robinson of Wellsville; Mason
Sandidge of Marshall; Walter Schaefer of Callao and Lane Tracy of Doniphan.
June FFA Meeting
June 13, 2013
On June 13, 2013,
the Chillicothe FFA Chapter members met for their June FFA Meeting. The meeting
was held at the Litton Agriculture Campus. The 60 members in attendance also participated in a team
building softball game, fishing, hot dogs, and a "Movie Under the
Stars". The purpose of the June FFA meeting was to promote fellowship amongst the members.
Public Speaking Academy
June 4-5-6, 2013
Sixty-three FFA members from across the state participated in the Missouri FFA Public Speaking Academy held June 4, 5, and 6, and & on the University of Central Missouri campus. The Missouri FFA made it possible for FFA members to benefit from the professional staff at University of Central Missouri.
Back L to R - Taylor Washburn, Jozie Reeter, Brandon Bothwell, Emma Rademacher, Jonathan Bellis
Front L to R - Mitchell Blehm, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Carlee Buckner
During the three-day event, FFA members used the Internet and other communication technology to develop and refine an effective speech. Dr. Terry Cunconan, Dr. Wendy Geiger, Dr. Sam Cox and Nikki Freeman from the
University's Speech Communication Department conducted the three days of intense learning. The academy was designed to help FFA members increase their confidence, develop organizational skills, use language effectively, analyze audiences and improve speaking skills by judging themselves honestly and critically
while keeping a positive attitude. Each student presented his or her speech in competition at the conclusion of the academy.
Awards were presented at a banquet held at the Elliott Student Union on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The banquet included the presentation of certificates of completion to each of the participants and recognition of the winners in each division. The finalists in each division (Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced) were presented plaques and a State Leadership Pin from the Missouri FFA Association. Members from the Chillicothe FFA Chapter that were recognized at the banquet were
Jozie Reeter who received first place in the Intermediate division, Bailey Henry who received second place in the Intermediate division, and Carlee Johnson who received third place in the Beginner division.
Assisting with the three-day conference were State FFA Officers:
Mitchell Blehm, State FFA 1st Vice President from the Morrisville FFA Chapter; Jonathan Bellis, Area 11 State Vice President from the Aurora FFA Chapter; Taylor Washburn, State FFA Secretary from the North Harrison FFA Chapter; Carlee Buckner, Area 15 State Vice President from the Alton FFA Chapter. The Conference Manager for the academy is Jamie Rogers, a past Missouri State FFA President.
Campus - Beginning Meeting
June 4, 2013
On June 4, 2013, 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.
May 29, 2013
On May 29, 2013,
23 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. The officers
identify specific values and traits he or she brings to the team, assess which roles he or she can effectively play within their team, and utilize strategies to resolve potential team conflicts.
Pro Harvest Donation to the Chillicothe FFA Chapter
May 29, 2013
On May 29, 2013,
Pro Harvest of Missouri made a $160 donation to the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. In 2012,
Pro Harvest of Missouri conducted a program to support local FFA chapters. The company wanted to
invest in the future of Missouri Agriculture by supporting local FFA Chapters throughout Missouri. If a
farmer purchased ProHarvest Seed for the 2012 planting season and completed an annual survey,
ProHarvest of Missouri made a $40 donation to the FFA Chapter of their choice.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter would sincerely like to thank ProHarvest of Missouri for their generous
donation as well as the local farmers Doug Doughty, Brad Wilford, David Morris, and Jonnie Mammen for
participating in the program. This year, the Chillicothe FFA Chapter has chosen to use the money toward
the purchase of a seed germination chamber for use in the Agronomy, Natural Resources, and
Greenhouse classes at the Litton Agriculture Education Center.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter would like to thank Mike Resor and Pro Harvest of Missouri for their
generous donation. The chapter would also like to encourage individuals to participate in the program for the 2013 planting season.
May 18 and 19,
On May 18 and 19, 2013 the Litton Agriculture
Campus-MW Jenkins Expo Building hosted three swine shows and two lamb shows. There were
approximately 500 head of hogs shown during the two-day event and 260 head
On Saturday morning, the North Central Missouri Showpig Bonanza
was sponsored by the Chillicothe FFA Alumni with 259 head of hogs at this show. The sponsors of this show were American
Family-Janet McCauslin, Barnes Baker Motors, BTC Bank, Chillicothe Animal Hospital,
Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce, Chillicothe State Bank, Diamond J Livestock, Farmers Electric Cooperative,
Grand River Technical School, Hoffman-Reed Inc., Hutchinson & Co., J.R. Reid Show Pigs, Martin Show
Pigs, MFA Agri-Service, Simms Show Pigs, T & R Soil Service, Trans Ova
Genetics, Williams Farms, Wolf Brothers, and Wolf Farms. The results of
the show were: Supreme Gilt went to Cole Murphy, Reserve Supreme Gilt went
to Paul McAlexander, Supreme Barrow went to Drew Jacobson, and Reserve Supreme Barrow went to Brent Boland. Showmanship results:
Champion Novice Showmanship went to Ashlyn Igo, Reserve Novice Showmanship went to
Addison Brown, Runner-up Novice Showmanship went to Auburn Cole, Champion
Junior Showmanship went to Cole Murphy, Reserve Junior Showmanship went to
Cooper Nailey, Runner-up Junior Showmanship went to Mallan Cole, Champion
Intermediate Showmanship went to Will Robinson, Reserve Intermediate Showmanship went to Brooklyn Adam,
Runner-up Intermediate Showmanship went to Brayae Adam, Champion Senior Showmanship went to
Lindsey Robinson, and Reserve Senior Showmanship went to Kyle Fuehring, and Runner-up Senior
Showmanship went to Anthony Peniston.
The two swine shows held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 were sponsored by the
Princeton FFA and had about 240 head of swine.
The two lamb
shows - Missouri Club Lamb Futurity which had approximately 100 head, and the Youth
Lamb Show which had approximately 160 head - were held on May 18, 2013.
These were put on by the Missouri Lamb Breeders Associations, T & R Soil Services of
Chillicothe, and Honor Show Chow.
This year, there was a special recognition ceremony during the North
Central Missouri Showpig Bonanza. Ron Wolf and Roger Wolf, Co-Directors at the Grand River Technical School, are retiring
at the end of the 2012-2013 school year from the Chillicothe R-II School system after 78 years of combined service to the
district. The Chillicothe FFA Chapter along with the Chillicothe FFA Alumni
had chosen to honor the two men by renaming the North Central Showpig Bonanza to
the "Wolf Showpig Bonanza." The two men were presented with jackets that had the new logo for the show embroidered
on them. Ron and Roger have been strong supporters of the youth in this
community as well as influential in the growth of showing livestock in our
community. We thank them for their service and know they will continue to
support this community and the swine industry in this area.
2013-2014 Chapter Officers
President - Elizabeth Warren,
Vice President - Brandon Bothwell, Secretary - Faith Peters, 2nd VPs - Ben
Burtch, Matt Dupy, Lauren Haley, Bailey Henry, Carlee Johnson, Alicia Kieffer, Paige Peters, Zach Quinn, Hailey Seeley, Haelee Shady
2013-2014 Assistant Officers
President - Nate McKiddy,
Vice President - Emma Rademacher, 2nd VP - Marissa Surber, Secretary - Colton
Hargrave, Treasurer - Erin Campbell, Reporter - Lane Bonderer, Sentinel - Rebecca
Pitchford, Historian - Zach Wood, Parliamentarian - Maggie Resor, Chaplain
- Helena McNamee