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Parkway FFA Competes in Job Interview Career Development Event – Heads to Districts
by Shay Bolton

On November 6th, the Parkway FFA Chapter participated in the Job Interview Career Development Event. The students go through an interview process with an agricultural job of their choice. The participants write up a resume and a job application and then use it for their interview. Then once the interview is done, they write up a follow-up letter and address it to the company they were applying for. The participants from Parkway were Haylee Stukey placing 4th, Madison Kroeger placing 10th of Division 2, Kiersten Roehm placing 1st, Clara Hellwarth placing 1st, Abigail Browning placing 3rd, and Violet Taylor placing 3rd in Division 2. Kiersten Roehm and Clara Hellwarth got the opportunity to move on to districts on November 14th. Clara placed 3rd and Kiersten placed 2nd!

Photo: From top to bottom: Madison Kroeger, Haylee Stukey, Kierstin Roehm, Violet Taylor, Abigail Browning, and Clara Hellwarth.

 
 
 
Parkway FFA State Soil Team Compete and Advance
by Shay Bolton
On October 14th, the Parkway FFA Chapter's state soil teams advanced to state. The rural team participants were Jay Anderson, Alyssa Miller, Ansley Burtch, and Leah Harshman. The urban team consisted of Reid Etzcorn, Noah Stephenson, Laura Barrett, and Faith Shellabarger. The rural team overall placed 27th and the urban team placed 31st. Alyssa Miller, a rural participant, state "It was an eye-opening experience and leaves us hungry for state yet again for next year!"
 

90th Annual National Convention
by Shay Bolton

The Parkway FFA Chapter started off their week by first stopping at Fair Oaks Adventure Dairy & Swine Farm. While on their tour, the students got to watch a birth of a calf and go through the nursery. They got to see the rotary milking process and observe the tanks the milk was sent to. The next tour was with Swine! While on their tour, the piglets were shown after birth and in different age groups as they were growing. After their tours they got to enjoy yummy ice cream that was made on site! The next stop was Albanese Candy! At this shop, they use mainly corn starch as their sugar supplement and the touring group got to witness how they go through their candy making process. On day two, the group set out to the John Deere Pavilion and World Headquarters to start the Seeding Factory tour! On day three, the Parkway FFA Chapter got to enjoy their time at the expo and convention center and watch the Third General Session before having a great end of the night at the Buckeye Bash! On their final day, the group arrived at the Fourth General Session and then made their way back home from their fun filled week!

 

 

National FFA Chorus Chooses Shay Bolton to Sing

Shay Bolton, a member of the Parkway FFA Chapter, was selected to participate in the National FFA Chorus! To apply she had to shoot a video clip of her singing and then send it in to the chorus director and then wait to hear back if she had made it into the group. Only 92 FFA members from all 50 states were accepted and Shay was one of them! She arrived on Saturday October 21st and rehearsed all day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. The groups then got the opportunity to perform at one of the luncheons that was held by the national officers and at the Arts Garden. They performed at the Opening Session and at other sessions as well with around 60,000 people each session! This year was the final year of Mrs. LaJoye being the chorus director, so the choir surprised her with a song as she received an award for her hard work over the past 19 years. Shay stated, "It was such an exhilarating experience and I have made friends that will last a lifetime! Even though I was only there for a week, everyone acted as if we were a huge family. I plan to audition next year and make many more memories!"

Left: Shay and the National FFA President 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Shay and Mrs. Patti LaJoye

 
 
Mercer County Soils Competition
by Shay Bolton

On September 22nd, the Parkway FFA Soils teams attended the Mercer County Soils event hosted by Fort Recovery. In the Rural division, Ansley Burtch placed first and Sophia Miller placed second out of the entire Mercer County. Next in placements were Rachel Barrett, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, Ryan Hesse, Caleb Kinney, Leah Harshman, Jay Anderson, and David Sheets. In the Urban division, the top five were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, Dylan Hughes, and Laura Barrett. The Parkway FFA soils will then move on to district soils. For further information please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

Hardin Northern Soils Invitational

By Shay Bolton

On September 13th the Parkway FFA Chapter participated in the Urban and Rural soil competitions located at Hardin Northern. The students who participated, had to determine the types of soils and determine what treatment was needed for them if any. The top four placers were Reid Etzcorn, Faith Shellabarger, Noah Stephenson, and Brendan Doner. The top four placers in the Rural category were Jay Anderson, Shay Bolton, Alyssa Miller, and Violet Taylor. For further questions, please contact Shay Bolton at 19bolts@parkwayschools.org

 

 

87th Annual Parkway FFA banquet

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On Wednesday April 13, 2016, the Parkway FFA chapter hosted their 87th annual FFA banquet. This is an entirely student run event and, as usual, it turned out fantastic! At 6:30 pm people started filing in for the event in the high school cafeteria. We kicked off the night with opening ceremonies and the official welcome by the new president, Clista Hellwarth. Jay Anderson followed with the prayer for the meal. Everyone then enjoyed the delicious meal of, BBQ turkey, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a wide variety of amazing desserts brought in by guests. Special thank you to Stephenson’s greenhouse, The Freemont Company, and Coopers for donating to the meal! Afterwards the reporter, Laura Barrett, played her slideshow of everything they had done this past year. Next, Alec Schoenleben introduced the guest speaker, ’06 Parkway FFA President Katie King. Katie gave an awesome speech about her time in FFA and encouraged current FFA members to get involved and have fun. Then, students presented awards to those who got, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, Fruit Sale Awards, Scholarship Awards, and those who participated in CDEs. Next Mr. Post gave out his special awards. He first gave an award to reporter, Laura Barrett, for getting a perfect score on her Chapter Scrapbook. Then to President Tanner Matthews for his outstanding leadership this year. Next he awarded Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts, for earning their State Degree, and Rachel King, and Amanda Stachler for receiving their National FFA Degrees. Kayla Walls also earned her National Degree but, was unable to attend the banquet. Mr. Post also gave the “Star” awards to, 1st year Madison Kroeger, 2nd year Chanel Walls, 3rd year Shay Pond, and 4th year Taylor Hesse. Finally, senior members gave their parents carnations and President Tanner Matthews gave his retiring address. Tanner gave an outstanding “bikini” speech, as he called it. To end the night, closing ceremonies were performed, and the new 2016-2017 FFA officers were announced. They are; President: Clista Hellwarth, Vice: Maggie Houts, Reporter: Madison Kroeger, Secretary: Shay Pond, Treasurer: Alec Schoenleben, Sentinel: Chanel Walls, and Student Advisor: Jay Anderson. Congratulations students on an outstanding year and thank you to Parkway’s Staff, School Board, and Community members for making all of this possible!

 

 
 
 

FFA Evaluations

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

This year, the Parkway FFA had 5 students earn degrees in the State and National FFA evaluations. This is an outstanding accomplishment for these girls! Earning a degree takes a huge amount of work in and outside of class. Requirements for the State Degree are, $3,000 earned in agricultural work and earning their Chapter Degree. But for the American Degree you have to earn $10,000 in agricultural work, previously received their State Degree, and graduated high school with completed ag classes. Only the top 2% of FFA students earn their State Degree and only half of them go on to receive their American Degree. The American Degree (National) is the highest honor someone can achieve in the FFA.  

Maggie Houts, daughter of Mark and Michelle Houts, earned her State Degree. She earned her degree by working on her family farm, Houts Partnership, with her goats. Maggie is very involved in the FFA, served this past year as the treasurer and will be the Vice President of our chapter in 2017.

Clista Hellwarth, daughter of Garrett and Judy Hellwarth, earned her State Degree as well. Clista earned her degree by working on her family farm, Hellwarth Dairy, with her calves. Clista was secretary for the last two years and will be the Parkway FFA President this coming year.

Kayla Walls, daughter of Kerry and Heidi Walls, earned her American Degree this year. Kayla spent her hours on working with her horses. In high school, Kayla was reporter, Vice President, and then President of our chapter her senior year. Kayla is currently attending The Ohio State University to become an agriculture teacher.

Amanda Stachler, daughter of Terri and Sue Stachler, earned her American Degree. She earned her hours by working with her chickens at home, and working at Hemmelgarn and Sons. Amanda was very involved in the FFA in high school and still serves on the junior fair board today. She is attending UNOH for Ag. Business.

Rachel King, daughter of Mike and Anne King, earned her American Degree as well. Rachel earned her degree by, raising her vegetables at King Farms. Rachel was the Treasurer of our chapter her senior year. She is currently attending Wright state lake campus for Ag.

The State Degree will be presented at the State FFA convention this spring in Columbus, and the American Degree will be presented this fall at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis. Congratulations girls on this outstanding accomplishment, you have definitely earned it!

 

Photo Caption - Above: Clista and Maggie, state degree recipients.

 

Below: Amanda and Rachel, American degree recipients.

 

 

  

 

Parkway FFA Students Move on to State for Soil Judging 
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On September 29th Parkway FFA students went to district soil judging in Ottowa. The rural kids judged soil properties, overall degree of limitation, and best management practices or BMP'S. To judge all of this the students had to find the slope, decipher soil texture, complete a general knowledge test, evaluate the structure, determine drainage, restrictive features, bedrock, topsoil depth, and compaction.  The "urbanites" went to evaluate the soil and the lay of the land to determine where to build a home, urban problems, and other nonagricultural uses. For the students to be able to decide which urban problems could occur with the soil type the use the same procedures the rural kids do except they have to decide whether the soil was good for buildings and basements, driveways and roads, lawns, gardens, landscaping, and septic tank absorption fields.

The rural team consisted of Shay Pond, Tessa Thatcher, Mecaylah Hesse, Alec Shoenleben, and Alyssa Miller. Shay Pond scored third individually and the students for the rural team that are moving to state are Shay Pond, Mecaylah Hesse, Tessa Thatcher, and Alec Shoenleben. This team ranked fourth overall. The urban team was Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth,  Noah Stephenson, Faith Shellabarger, and Gage Etgen.  Maggie Houts placed fourth individually and the team moving on to state is Maggie Houts, Clista Hellwarth, Noah Stephenson, and Faith Shellabarger. The urban team ranked fifth overall. 

 

 
 

Parkway FFA Week

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

What a great week for the Parkway FFA! From February 22nd to 26th our chapter celebrated National FFA week. To kick off the week we held a luncheon for all members and staff. All week we collected canned goods for the local food pantry, at the end of the week we delivered a total of 3,385 canned goods! Wednesday the petting zoo was set up in the ag shop and all K-3 students came to see the animals! We also held the truck drive-in on Thursday and apple pie bake-off on Friday. Winners for the truck drive-in contest were, Jensen Riley with newest, Tanner Matthews with cleanest, David Gause with oldest, Peyton Hamrick with Biggest and Job Beir with smallest. For the apple pie bake-off, best tasting pies went to, Taylor Hesse, Courtney Lies, and Lauren Henderson. Congratulations winners and thank you everyone who made this awesome week possible!    

 

District Speaking Contest

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 24th at Spencerville High School, Clista Hellwarth and Maggie Houts competed in the district planned and extemporaneous speaking contests. In the prepared speaking contest (Clista), participants are required to write a speech and preform it in front of a judge. In the extemporaneous speaking contest (Maggie), members are asked questions and talk about them on the spot. Both girls did very well and will be moving on to the next contest! Maggie placed 2nd and Clista placed 1st . Good luck to both girls at state on March 12th.

 

Sub District Public Speaking

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 17th Parkway students competed at the sub district division in, creed speaking, prepared public speaking and extemporaneous speaking. The girls who participated in creed speaking placed 3rd (Tessa Thatcher), 5th (Madison Kroeger), and 12th (Mecaylah Hesse). Clista placed 2nd and Maggie placed 1st in their respective divisions of the prepared and extemporaneous contests. Good luck to Maggie and Clista in the district contest February 24th! L to right Tessa Thatcher, Madison Kroeger, Macaylah Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts

 
 
 
 

State Public Speaking

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

On March 12, 2016, Maggie Houts and Clista Hellwarth went to Marysville, Ohio to compete in the state prepared and extemporaneous speaking contests. At this level of the contest, Clista got 3rd in prepared speaking and Maggie got 3rd in extemporaneous speaking. Great job ladies we are very proud of your accomplishments this year.

 

Parkway FFA Week

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

What a great week for the Parkway FFA! From February 22nd to 26th our chapter celebrated National FFA week. To kick off the week we held a luncheon for all members and staff. All week we collected canned goods for the local food pantry, at the end of the week we delivered a total of 3,385 canned goods! Wednesday the petting zoo was set up in the ag shop and all K-3 students came to see the animals! We also held the truck drive-in on Thursday and apple pie bake-off on Friday. Winners for the truck drive-in contest were, Jensen Riley with newest, Tanner Matthews with cleanest, David Gause with oldest, Peyton Hamrick with Biggest and Job Beir with smallest. For the apple pie bake-off, best tasting pies went to, Taylor Hesse, Courtney Lies, and Lauren Henderson. Congratulations winners and thank you everyone who made this awesome week possible!    

 

District Speaking Contest

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 24th at Spencerville High School, Clista Hellwarth and Maggie Houts competed in the district planned and extemporaneous speaking contests. In the prepared speaking contest (Clista), participants are required to write a speech and preform it in front of a judge. In the extemporaneous speaking contest (Maggie), members are asked questions and talk about them on the spot. Both girls did very well and will be moving on to the next contest! Maggie placed 2nd and Clista placed 1st . Good luck to both girls at state on March 12th.

 

Sub District Public Speaking

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

On February 17th Parkway students competed at the sub district division in, creed speaking, prepared public speaking and extemporaneous speaking. The girls who participated in creed speaking placed 3rd (Tessa Thatcher), 5th (Madison Kroeger), and 12th (Mecaylah Hesse). Clista placed 2nd and Maggie placed 1st in their respective divisions of the prepared and extemporaneous contests. Good luck to Maggie and Clista in the district contest February 24th!L to right Tessa Thatcher, Madison Kroeger, Macaylah Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, and Maggie Houts

 

 

Sub District Parli Pro Competition

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 
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On November 24, parkway FFA members set off to Delphos high school to participate in the sub district parliamentary procedure competition. At this competition teams of six perform a proper business meeting in front of panel of judges. Parkway had two teams in the contest. The Advanced included Tanner Matthews (president), Taylor Hesse, Clista Hellwarth, Maggie Houts, Alec Schoenleben, and Shay Pond. The sophomore team included Ashton Hamrick (president), Laura Barrett, Katie John, Chanel Walls, Tristen McKee, and Zack Albright. The advanced team placed 2nd in their division and the sophomore team placed 4th in theirs. Good luck to the advanced team as they move on to the district competition December 3rd.


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District Job Interview CDE

By Laura Barrett at 18barrl@parkwayschools.org

 

The job Interview district contest was held at Hardin Northern on November 19, 2015. All who participated received gold ratings. The girls scored very well in their divisions. Maggie Houts got 1st, Abby Stephenson got 1st, and Taylor Hesse got 4th.  Congratulations ladies and good luck Abby and Maggie as they move onto the state competition.

 
 
 
 
 

Parkway attends FFA State Convention
by Taylor Hesse @ ffa@parkwayschools.org

On Thursday April 30th, Amanda Stachler, Taylor Hesse, Tanner Matthews, Maggie Houts and their adviser Alan Post, headed off to Columbus to attend the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention. On Thursday they attended a session where the chapter received an award for donating towards the Children’s Hospital and donating towards CROP (Church World Services). Later in the session, they heard from the keynote speaker Curtis Zimmerman. Later that evening, the students attended a Keith Anderson concert. On Friday the chapter had a very busy day. The students attended the first session for that day where they heard from keynote speaker, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart. Later Taylor Hesse played in the State FFA Band and then she received her Reporters Award. Finally to end their trip, Amanda Stachler, Tanner Matthews, Taylor Hesse and Kameron Roehm received their State FFA Degrees. Congratulations to these students on their hard work and achievements!Picture:

Mr. Post with students who received their State FFA Degrees (Taylor Hesse, Amanda Stachler, and Tanner Matthews)

 

 
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