The Mount Gilead FFA chapter took 25 members to the 88th annual FFA State Convention May 5 and 6. To start off their time at the convention, students toured at the Ohio State University OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center and the Byrd Polar Research Center.
While there, members learned about the various opportunities to pursue a college degree in agriculture and environmental sciences.
Later at the Ohio Expo Center, several members received awards. Mount Gilead FFA was represented well with Bailey Gompf winning first place in Diversified Livestock Production, and was the runner-up in Diversified Agriculture Production, she also placed third in Beef Production Entrepreneurship.
Tyler Beck finished second in Forest Management and Products. Derek Barker was third place in Swine Production Entrepreneurship.
All of them are multiple year state finalists with their SAE projects. In total these three have had 11 state proficiency top four finishes- three State Degrees and three American Degrees. The 2015 Ohio State Star Farmer (Bailey), second in the State for Ohio’s 2016 Star American Farmer (Bailey).
A 12th place finish in the 2014 State General Livestock Contest. As well as many other CDE awards and FFA achievements. Bailey, Tyler and Derek without a doubt set the bar high for all future members of the Mount Gilead FFA Chapter to measure themselves by.
Ben Hayes and Lauren Miller also were awarded with their State FFA Degrees of Fiday. In addition Dylan Pangborn received a gold rating on his 2015-2016 treasurer’s book, and the Mount Gilead FFA Chapter was recognized for their contributions to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and CROP Church World Service. The Mount Gilead FFA chapter would like to congratulate all of these individuals for all of their hard work.
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