Alexa Jones and Marissa Simmons

Fredericktown juniors Alexa Jones and Marissa Simmons each received their Future Farmers of America degrees during a recent ceremony.

FREDERICKTOWN -- The Fredericktown FFA chapter had two members who received their state FFA Degrees at this year's State FFA Convention: Alexa Jones and Marissa Simmons.

Both members are currently juniors at Fredericktown High School. Alexa Jones is the daughter of Matthew Jones of Fredericktown. Marissa Simmons is the daughter of Rob and Angie Simmons of Fredericktown.

In order to receive the state degree individuals must have already received their greenhand and chapter degrees; be a junior, senior or high school graduate; assisted with the development of the chapters program of activities; maintained outstanding SAE financial records; and have a earnings that exceed $3,000.

They must also have invested at least $1,000; completed a minimum of 35 hours of community service and home improvements; participated in at least two different state-sanctioned Career Development Events; demonstrated 10 abilities of parliamentary procedure; been a chapter officer of committee chairperson.

Also, they must have participated in five approved activities above the chapter level, participated in at least four school and community service activities; completed at least 25 hours of community service in at least two different activities; and maintained a GPA greater than 2.00 with an attendance rate of 93 percent. Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.

Fredericktown FFA

The Fredericktown Future Farmers of America club was recently recognized at the state convention.

Fredericktown FFA recognized at state convention

Recently, members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter attended the 90th Ohio FFA State Convention. The event was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. It was open to FFA chapters from all parts of the state and gives recognition to those who have accomplished great tasks within their state and community in the past year. It is a celebration of the Ohio FFA’s growth and achievements and a leadership experience for those in attendance.

The Ohio FFA State Convention consists of leadership workshops, a career show, and sessions that include award recognition and motivational speakers. Speakers discuss leadership topics such as how to make an impact in your community, ways to make your journey in FFA better, and even important life lessons (like how your decisions can affect those around you).

This year was an especially successful and important year at the convention for the Fredericktown FFA chapter. Many members were recognized on the state level for their accomplishments. Three of the officers were given gold ratings this year: Kaid Benson received State Gold Secretary Award; Marissa Simmons was awarded the State Gold Treasurer Award: and Ethan Smith was awarded a State Gold Reporter Award. In order to receive any of the three awards mentioned above, members must serve in one of the offices and keep the necessary records and receive a gold rating when the books are evaluated by the District and State FFA Associations. They must show outstanding qualities of leadership in their position and complete all of the tasks and duties that are a part of their role.

Additionally, four members were selected to compete in the State Agriscience Fair contest. Alexa Jones and Katie Mull both took their Agriscience Food Systems projects to State Convention to take part in this event. Where Katie received a Silver rating and Alexa received a bronze rating. Andrea Smith and Makayla Scott both took their Agriscience Animal Systems projects to compete in the state event. Andrea received a bronze rating and Makayla received an Honorable Mention rating. Participants in this activity show off their Agriscience board that displays their experiment and talk to judges about the research project. Congratulations to these members.

Also while at the state convention, Holly McClay was recognized as the current State Vice President and was one of the top two finalist for the state officer position of State FFA President, where she was elected to serve the Ohio Association for the year. Along with Holly, Maribeth Pozderac was also elected to serve on Holly’s team as the 2019-20 State Vice President at Large. Our chapter is quite excited to have two of our members serving the organization on the team.

The Fredericktown FFA advisor is Mrs. Debra Burden.

Fredericktown FFA Blue Team

The Fredericktown FFA Blue team which placed 25th overall in the Envirothon included (L to R) Maribeth Pozderac, Haley Rook, Alexa Jones, Kaid Benson, and Macy Thorne.

Fredericktown FFA participates in Area 3 Envirothon

Several members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter recently participated in the Area 3 Envirothon Contests. This event was held at Broughton Nature & Wildlife Center in Marietta.

Participants for this activity had the opportunity to learn more about the different aspects of a natural environment by attending different stations that each dealt with a different environmental topic. Topics included wildlife and invasive species, soil analysis, current environmental issues, and forestry.

Teams were allotted 30 minutes for each station and rotated between stations. Each station was lead by an adult volunteer who would explain a few key parts of their topic and give a short demonstration.

After that, the teams answered questions regarding what was discussed for each topic to test their knowledge and what was on display and help them prepare for the Area 3 competition coming up. All of the teams did well and the participants learned a lot about their environment. The Blue team placed 25th overall. Fredericktown FFA Advisor is Debra Burden.