To say the members of the Big Walnut DACC FFA Chapter have had a good month of March would be an understatement.
Just a short list of their recent accomplishments is an eye-opener, revealing the success of the program under the guidance of Satellite Ag Science Instructor and FFA Advisor Jeff Stimmell.
Earlier this month, Stimmell reported that a BW/DACC FFA Greenhand Quiz CDE Team placed first in state FFA competition. FFA creates CDEs (Career Development Events) that demonstrate meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios to help prepare students for careers in agriculture.
“Our Greenhand Quiz CDE Team placed first in the state out of 138 teams and has earned the opportunity to compete in the National Invitational Quiz Contest in conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo,” Stimmell said. “Individually Liz Ansel placed third, Madi Withrow seventh, Chris Dible eighth, Rachel Sherman 10th, and Parker Renick 43rd.”
Stimmell said the BW/DACC FFA team’s individual results were exceptional, considering that 1,914 students competed in the event.
“I’m extra proud of these students, considering that we did not even have a team in this event last year,” Stimmell said. “This group of students was also on the third place state Parliamentary Procedure team this fall. They’re an incredibly hard working crew and have definitely earned this honor.”
Stimmell said members of the BW/DACC FFA Greenhand Quiz CDE Team students will have the honor of walking across the stage and being recognized during the May 5 Ohio FFA Convention at the Ohio Expo Center.
That’s not all: Two members of the BW/DACC FFA Chapter competed on Saturday, March 4, in the State Public Speaking CDE.
“Freshman Madi Withrow placed in the top ten in the state for Beginning Prepared Public Speaking,” Stimmell said. “Freshman Liz Ansel placed first in the Creed Speaking event to advance to the National FFA Convention in October.”
In the Beginning Prepared Public Speaking CDE, students present a 5- to 7-minute speech on a topic of their own selection to a panel of judges, and then respond to oral questions.
“Madi Withrow researched, studied, and presented on the Food Safety & Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011, which is currently being implemented across the nation,” Stimmell said. “Madi placed second in the Sub-District and District contests to advance to state.”
Stimmell said the Creed Speaking CDE allows students to recite the FFA Creed by EM Tiffany and respond to questions from a panel of judges.
“Liz Ansel’s rendition of the FFA Creed placed first in her preliminary round to advance her to the state finals,” Stimmell said. “In the finals, she again presented the FFA Creed against other finalist FFA members to win the overall title.”
Stimmell said Ansel placed third in the Sub-District and second in the District contest to advance to the state level. Ansel will compete in the National Creed Speaking Leadership Development Event as part of the National FFA Convention and Expo.
Also on March 4 at Marysville High School, the BW/DACC FFA Chapter Agricultural Sales Career Development Event Team competed in the state contest. Stimmell said members of the team, consisting of Gabby Adair, Liz Ansel, Ali Carter, Alex Parsio, and Austin Cheadle (alternate) earned second in the State of Ohio. Individually, Ansel placed third, Carter fifth, Parsio 15th, and Adair 20th.
“These students won both the Sub-District and District contests to advance to the state level,” Stimmell said. “For this event, students completed an online test covering sales and marketing topics, participated in an Individual Sales Presentation, and interacted with a judge in an Order Taking practicum.”
Stimmell said for the Individual Sales Presentation, Big Walnut/DACC students completed a simulated wholesale scenario marketing trees to an ACE Hardware Store.
“Students had to introduce themselves, talk about their product, overcome customer objections, and complete the sale within a twelve-minute time-frame,” Stimmell said. “For the Order Taking practicum, students completed a face-to-face activity with a judge in which they marketed more than a dozen types of flower plugs. Students had to ask effective questions to determine customer wants and needs, then select the product they thought would best meet the needs.”
Rounding out the BW/DACC FFA March accomplishments, Stimmell said students in the Agricultural Science Education program competed in the Cooperative Education Career Development Event state contest on March 1.
“All students in the Delaware Area Career Center’s Business Management classes at Big Walnut High School participated in this event, put on by the Ohio FFA Association,” Stimmell said. “Members of the team tied for the highest score in the state, but lost the tie breaker to finish in second place.”
Stimmell said the top individuals making up the BW/DACC team were Gabby Adair in third place, Lex Marvin in fourth, Ali Carter 11th, and Kyle Kintz 15th. Other participating students were Andrea Bryan, Austin Cheadle, Dustin Cheadle, Fred Dible, Kyle Disbennett, Zach Dunlap, Alexis Fisher, Meghann Hale, JD Hanly, Troy Herrel, Dalyn Howard, Jacob Howard, Tyler Huff, Ben Kessler, Corbin Novak, Kendall Scarbrough, Trevor Shuster, John West, and Cayleb Wojnar.
Stimmell said 499 total students from 55 schools across the State of Ohio participated in the event.
“In this event, students took a written test covering their knowledge of a Cooperative’s structure and function,” Stimmell said. “In class before the assessment students learned about Cooperative principles, management, and types of Cooperatives common in the United States. They also participated in problem solving activities using real life scenarios.”
Stimmell added that Cooperatives are a common business structure used in the United States; that many electric providers and insurance companies are run as Cooperatives.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.