The Blanchester-Great Oaks FFA Chapter attended the 95th Annual FFA National Convention and Exposition in Indianapolis last week.
Twenty-eight members spent four days attending conference sessions and workshops, as well as visiting local agricultural industries and restaurants. And the chapter has seen several nationally recognized members.
Chapter member Carolyn Koch sang in the National FFA Choir along with other FFA members from across the United States. She was the only participant from Ohio in the choir.
Jacob Lansing and Rianna Mueller, former members of Blanchester-Great Oaks, presented their Agriscience Fair project.
“Rianna and I have been working on biodiesel production research to accurately produce an efficient batch for the Great Oaks Diesel Mechanics Jeep,” Jacob said. “We have worked with sodium hydroxide, methanol and used cooking oil as the basis for preparation. As we have gained scientific knowledge about the future of biodiesel, we have also learned many research methods and practical ways to apply our experiences for the future.
Jacob and Rianna won the national championship in the electrical, structural and engineering systems category within their respective division.
Chapter President Kimberly Hurst and Vice President of Communities Aubrie Panetta took to the national stage to represent Blanchester-Great Oaks FFA, one of the top ten chapters in community building. The Chapter received this honor through its Lugging Love campaign, which will resume in the coming days.
Chapter Vice Presidents Gracie Kaehler and Greta Quigley were recognized for the Chapter’s 3-star rating – the highest an FFA Chapter can receive.
Finally, former chapter member Ashleigh Osborn received her American degree – the highest degree the FFA National Organization can award its members.
The chapter also visited Umbarger Show Feeds and Corteva Agriscience.
“National Convention was a great time for our members,” said Chapter President Kimberly Hurst. “There were many highlights, but I think the biggest highlight of our chapter was Jacob Lansing and Rianna Mueller winning first place in their division for their Agriscience Fair project. We were already extremely excited for them to head to Nationals with their project, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when they were announced as their division winners. We are so proud of them both.
The Blanchester-Great Oaks FFA Chapter is very proud of all its members and what they have accomplished. Members are excited to attend next year’s FFA National Convention in Indianapolis.
“Everything at convention was amazing,” said first-year member Violet Holley. “It was really cool to meet new people and bond with them.”
Blanchester-Great Oaks FFA members at the national convention.
The group visited and learned at Corteva Agriscience.
Kimberly Hurst and Aubrie Panetta accepted the honor of being one of the top ten chapters in the field of community development. Additionally, Gracie Kaehler and Greta Quigley were recognized for the chapter’s 3-star rating.
Members of the FFA attend the rodeo.
Jacob Lansing and Rianna Mueller won national honors for their Agriscience Fair project