HOWARD -- East Knox FFA officers Joci Totten, Alexandria Magers, and Josh Henwood recently received gold ratings on their respective 2020-2021 chapter officer books that were evaluated online for the Region 3 and State FFA evaluations.
Region 3 consists of two of the ten FFA districts (Districts 7 and 6) that comprise the Ohio FFA Association. Knox County is in District 7.
East Knox FFA Secretary Joci Totten and Reporter Josh Henwood both had perfect scores to go along with their gold ratings, and Treasurer Alexandria Magers only dropped two points with a score of 103 out of 105. East Knox was one of only six FFAs in District 7 to have all three officers rate gold.
The chapter officer book competition is an activity on the state FFA level to encourage chapter officers to keep complete and accurate chapter records. Each of these three members will receive a gold pin representing their office after the virtual 2021 State FFA Convention on April 29 and 30.
The current system of FFA officer book evaluation started in 2001 and except for one silver rated book East Knox FFA has had all three officers rate gold in the state every year since then.
East Knox FFA competes in state AG power diagnostics
Five members of the East Knox FFA recently competed in the State FFA Ag Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Troubleshooting) Career Development Event held virtually. Logan Adams, James Bristow, Andrew Poff, Ethan Phillis, and Sam Printz placed 29th out of 78 teams in the state event.
The Ag Power Diagnostic competition (normally a hands-on event where students perform various diesel mechanics skills) was done online attempting to shadow those mechanical thought processes and skills needed to diagnose and make repairs.
In the contest students had to find the mechanical problems given a scenario that mimics a work order. They were then asked to answer questions dealing with the given situation. They also completed a general knowledge test over mechanical principles.
The Ag Power Diagnostics Career Development Event is an educational activity designed to increase student knowledge and skill in the area of diesel mechanics.
East Knox FFA competes in agricultural technology and mechanica systems CDE
Three members of the East Knox FFA recently competed in the State FFA Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Career Development Event which was accomplished as an online exam. The team which consisted of senior Logan Adams, junior Andrew Poff, and sophomore Josh Henwood placed 25th out of a field of teams from across Ohio.
Each FFA chapter in the state may enter an unlimited number of students in the competition with the top three scores making up the team score.
The competition consists of an online test that is composed of 75 multiple choice questions on general information about applied agricultural engineering. Questions are on electrical systems, energy systems, environmental and natural resources, machinery and equipment systems, and structural systems.
An additional 25 problem solving questions are included in the event. There is an event theme each year and this year’s theme was animal production systems.
Normally, the top ten teams in the state from the preliminary CDE, which is the online exam, made up of each school's top four individuals, advance to a state finals for the event. Since all State FFA Career Development Events are virtual this year the entire contest was incorporated into the online format. The state top ten teams and individuals will receive awards.