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    Ohio FFA State Convention Recognizes and Honors Award Winners
    JVS FFA Chapter

    May 10, 2018

    In a sea of nearly ten thousand students dressed in blue and gold, the 90th Ohio FFA State Convention took place on May 3rd and 4th at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. This annual event is a time to honor those students who have transformed the future of agriculture and have earned exemplary awards.

    During the two day event, numerous Lorain County JVS students were recognized for their high achievements during this past school year. Four senior students were awarded their State FFA Degrees, which is the 2nd highest level that can be achieved. Members receiving this honor were; Jessica Mileski, Landscape and Greenhouse Management senior from Wellington; Mercedes Murphy, Landscape and Greenhouse Management senior from Amherst; Jesse Everson, Industrial Equipment Mechanics senior from Elyria; and Don Sabella III, Landscape and Greenhouse Management senior from Amherst.

    Life changing is how Mileski described the convention. This is her second year attending the two-day event and she shared what she will take with her as she moves into the next chapter of her life. “The motivational speakers are really inspirational and really help you want to be your best. I will remember key things they all have said.” Mileski plans to attend Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute this fall.

    Murphy was also honored as a Gold Rated Reporter during the ceremony. As the reporter for the JVS FFA Chapter, Murphy was responsible for keeping a scrapbook that contains all chapter newsletters, published articles and pictures from the school year.

    JVS 2017 Industrial Equipment Mechanics alumni Kyle Riggs, of Firelands, was a top award winner. He is the 2018 State Proficiency award winner in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement.

    “Being on that stage in front of all those people was nerve-wracking,” said Riggs. “You think you did ok, but you can only just hope that you did as good as you think you did. When they called my name, I was so excited. I couldn’t believe I had actually done it! I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my FFA advisors Beth Berthold, Landscape and Greenhouse Management Instructor, and Greg Hendricks, Industrial Equipment Mechanics Instructor. They have helped me in so many different ways, it really is incredible!”

    Berthold couldn’t hide her excitement for this FFA event, which is one of her favorites. “Watching the students get their awards, enjoying the activities, and listening intently to all the speakers is so rewarding. This is a big reason I wanted to become an agricultural teacher,” shared Berthold.

    The National FFA Organization also promotes strong community involvement. The Lorain County JVS FFA Chapter was recognized for their charitable giving to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Sydney Collier, Landscape and Greenhouse Management junior from Clearview, was acknowledged on behalf of the chapter for the hundreds of dollars their activities raised for this organization.

    The Ohio FFA Foundation is a cooperative effort among education, business and industry to support and inspire Ohio FFA members. For over 60 years, the Ohio FFA Foundation has been committed to providing opportunities for FFA members across the state. Supporting the Foundation is investing in tomorrow’s agricultural leaders.

    The mission of the National FFA Organization is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.