Westfall FFA
2015 Circleville Pumpkin Show
Seniors in the Structures and Mechanics II class rebuilt and redesigned the Westfall FFA float to make it more structurally sound.All students helped decorate the float by placing straw bales and balloons representing an ear of corn. The float was then pulled in the afternoon and evening parades on Thursday at the Circleville Pumpkin Show by Dave Garrett.  
Westfall FFA student take top honors
Westfall FFA student take top honors
At the 2015 National FFA Convention, Austin Wippel was named Star American Farmer, the top honor an FFA member can receive. The 21-year-old began baling 30 acres of straw before becoming an FFA member in 2009 and today he owns and operates a hay and straw baling business as well as farms 65 acres of row crop production.
 
The American Star Awards, including the American Star Farmer, are awarded to FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through completion of a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program. A required activity in FFA, an SAE allows students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.
 
Austin is only the fifth person from Ohio to receive this award and is the first in more than 30 years.
 
Maggie Hovermale received the National Agricultural Processing Proficiency Award. Maggie is employed at a local honey operation where she processes honey, beeswax and bee pollen. She is involved in all aspects of the processing operation, including production, packing, storage and sales.
 
After working at farmers markets every weekend for a summer, her customer service skills and product knowledge created about the products to boost sales for the farm by 7 percent. She has learned that processing high-quality products takes hard work, practice and dedication.

Chapter members attend national convention
Chapter members attend national convention
In late October, 19 members of the Westfall FFA chapter traveled to Louisville, Ky., for the national FFA convention with advisors Jake Wuebben and Megan Moorman. Westfall High School Principal Billy Dennis and schools Superintendent Cara Riddel accompanied the group.

While at the Convention members attended the second session that  featured national chapter awards where Westfall received a 3 Star Gold Chapter award.
 
Highlights of the visit occurred during the Stars over America session, where Austin Wippel was named Star American Farmer, the top honor an FFA member can receive; and in the Proficiency Awards, Maggie Hovermale received the National Agricultural Processing Proficiency Award.
 
Other highlights included four Westfall graduates receiving their American Degree awards: Devonah Kaiser, Macy Conrad, John Picklesimer and Austin Wippel; and members Paige Kirby and Caitlyn Baker receiving a gold rating and fourth place for their Agriscience Fair Project.
 
While in Louisville, members toured the American Printing House for the Blind where students experienced the production of Braille and the machinery used and had the opportunity to type their names in Braille. Students also toured Louisville Stoneware where they were given the opportunity to choose and paint their own piece of handmade stoneware. Students also toured the Frazier History Museum.
Teams compete in soil judging contest
Teams compete in soil judging contest

Seven members of the Westfall FFA chapter participated in the District 7 Soil Judging contest held in Knox County. Gunner Hall, Ricky Coreno, Jared Minor and Tristen Ehmann participated in the rural contest. Daniel Palmer, Ivy Hammond and Christina Fox competed in the urban contest.

Rural teams are required to evaluate a given soil judging pit site for agricultural purposes and determine slope, erosion, texture, depth and drainage. They must also place the site in one of seven land judging classes, recommend the most intensive possible cropping practice and make recommendations for conservation practices.

The urban teams evaluate the sites for buildings, septic system leach beds, roads, and parks and recreational sites.
Westfall chapter attends state camp
In June, 11 Westfall FFA members attended Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum along with advisor Jake Wuebben.
 
Located in Carroll County, on the banks of Leesville Lake, Camp Muskingum has been offering unique outdoor experiences for FFA members since 1942. The lake, hillside and forests offer prime opportunities for aquatic and nature studies. FFA Camp Muskingum serves 15,000 individuals annually.
 
Members participated in activities including dances, athletics, speaking contests, chapter challenges, environmental activities, leadership workshops, boating, fishing, shooting at a rifle range, overnight campouts, service projects and met current and past state officers.
 
During the camp's Nationwide Children's Hospital auction, the chapter donated $583. Nationwide Children's is one of the Ohio FFA's official charities.
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