2012-11-14 / General

Owen Valley FFA Ranks In The Top Five Percent Of All Chapters In The Nation

Owen Valley FFA Report


Katie Grigsby, McKala Wilcher and Elizabeth Manley proudly display there newly-purchased FFA t-shirts. (Courtesy Photo) Katie Grigsby, McKala Wilcher and Elizabeth Manley proudly display there newly-purchased FFA t-shirts. (Courtesy Photo)

Planning, implementing and assessing results is the reason the Owen Valley FFA was one of only twelve chapters from the state of Indiana to receive the prestigious Three Star Ranking for the categories of Student, Chapter and Community Development. Each year, the Owen Valley FFA Officer Team plans at least twenty events at the annual officer retreat. Each event has four objectives; four plans of action and assessment pieces developed for each objective. The events must correspond to the national rubric of: “Finance, Recruitment, Economic Development, Healthy Lifestyles, Agriculture Awareness, Scholarship, Environmental Impact, Leadership Development, Community Support, and Community Development. The Owen Valley FFA Officer Team then meets weekly to carry out their Nationally recognized Program of Activities.


Sean Huss, Drew Woodall, Cassie Lehmann, Morgan Schafer, Ryan Scully and Tyler Schenck look at the computer monitor at the Purdue Animal Research Facility. The current study deals with the effect of protein intakes on reproductive efficiency. The graduate student is using imaging technology to view the follicles on the cow’s ovaries. (Courtesy Photo) Sean Huss, Drew Woodall, Cassie Lehmann, Morgan Schafer, Ryan Scully and Tyler Schenck look at the computer monitor at the Purdue Animal Research Facility. The current study deals with the effect of protein intakes on reproductive efficiency. The graduate student is using imaging technology to view the follicles on the cow’s ovaries. (Courtesy Photo) A total of seventy-eight Owen Valley FFA members were treated to the National Convention. Stops included the National Career Show, Purdue University Animal Science Research Facility, Washington Leadership Conference Banquet, the prestigious National Chapter Award Banquet and, of course, the Three Hills Rodeo and Country Concert of The Band Perry with special guest Brantley Gilbert.

The FFA Officer Team was treated to a motivational speech at the first general session by Scott Hamilton. The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy award nomination. He has been inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and is a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. He captured the world’s attention 25 years ago with his Olympic gold medal performances in Sarajevo. Since then, he has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a commentator, performer and best-selling author. He further inspires others as a speaker, philanthropist and cancer and brain tumor survivor. Most recently, Hamilton released his new inspirational book “The Great Eight” and signed on to be part of Season 8 of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC. Hamilton’s biography is among the most inspiring in the history of sports. His remarkable courage, determination and dignity have made him a champion in the truest sense of the word.

The Owen Valley Officer Team enters the Indiana Convention Center on the first day of convention to register sixty-eight fellow chapter members and, of course, to shop at the National FFA Mall. (Courtesy Photo) The Owen Valley Officer Team enters the Indiana Convention Center on the first day of convention to register sixty-eight fellow chapter members and, of course, to shop at the National FFA Mall. (Courtesy Photo) 
Quinton Rice (left) and Lane Yeley are scoping out the boots at the National FFA Shopping Mall. (Courtesy Photo) Quinton Rice (left) and Lane Yeley are scoping out the boots at the National FFA Shopping Mall. (Courtesy Photo) A special thank you to advisor Tom Wallace and his wife, Becky, for developing the itinerary and chaperoning the convention. Thank you to Diane Davies and Brad Fulk for providing supervision for the seventy-eight members who attended the convention. And thank you to Tommy Williams and Johanna Boyd for busing the chapter members to the convention.

The Owen Valley FFA would like to thank the Owen County community, the Spencer-Owen School Board and S-OCS administration for all of the support that is provided to allow FFA members to carry out what is necessary to achieve the National FFA’s highest chapter ranking.



Last year Valley Chevrolet, Edwards Farm Supply, Bowling Green Feed & Grain and the Owen County Treasurer’s Office supported the Dodge Ram Truck Stampede. As a result of the community’s donations for a chance at a Dodge Ram truck, Cassie Lehmann, Gabbrielle Teter and Tyler Schenck were allowed to attend the leadership conference of their life – the Washington Leadership Conference. Once again anyone may provide a financial donation of only $5 per ticket that will go into the drawing for a Dodge Ram truck. Thank you, Valley Chevrolet, Bowling Green Feed & Grain, Edwards Farm Supply and the Owen County Treasurer’s Office. (Courtesy Photo) Last year Valley Chevrolet, Edwards Farm Supply, Bowling Green Feed & Grain and the Owen County Treasurer’s Office supported the Dodge Ram Truck Stampede. As a result of the community’s donations for a chance at a Dodge Ram truck, Cassie Lehmann, Gabbrielle Teter and Tyler Schenck were allowed to attend the leadership conference of their life – the Washington Leadership Conference. Once again anyone may provide a financial donation of only $5 per ticket that will go into the drawing for a Dodge Ram truck. Thank you, Valley Chevrolet, Bowling Green Feed & Grain, Edwards Farm Supply and the Owen County Treasurer’s Office. (Courtesy Photo)

Owen Valley FFA members Matt Campbell, Jacob Staley and Jerry Phillips (left to right) pose at the John Deere exhibit area. (Courtesy Photo) Owen Valley FFA members Matt Campbell, Jacob Staley and Jerry Phillips (left to right) pose at the John Deere exhibit area. (Courtesy Photo)

On stage at the National FFA Convention are Cassie Lehmann (left) and Gabrielle Teter. The two officers were representing Owen Valley FFA as the chapter received the National Three Star Ranking. Owen Valley is only one of twelve chapters in Indiana to receive this prestigious recognition. (Courtesy Photo) On stage at the National FFA Convention are Cassie Lehmann (left) and Gabrielle Teter. The two officers were representing Owen Valley FFA as the chapter received the National Three Star Ranking. Owen Valley is only one of twelve chapters in Indiana to receive this prestigious recognition. (Courtesy Photo)

Cassie Lehman, Tyler Schenck and Morgan Schafer (left to right) are pictured at the National FFA Career Show. There were over 500 exhibitors that represent ag businesses and ag universities from across the nation. (Courtesy Photo) Cassie Lehman, Tyler Schenck and Morgan Schafer (left to right) are pictured at the National FFA Career Show. There were over 500 exhibitors that represent ag businesses and ag universities from across the nation. (Courtesy Photo)
Technology is used to aid producers in making management decisions. Ryan Scully is being scanned for fat deposits and muscle tissue. This $24,000 ultra sound machine is used to detect back fat at the 13th rib and rib eye area. This information determines marketing weights for beef heifers and steers. (Courtesy Photo) Technology is used to aid producers in making management decisions. Ryan Scully is being scanned for fat deposits and muscle tissue. This $24,000 ultra sound machine is used to detect back fat at the 13th rib and rib eye area. This information determines marketing weights for beef heifers and steers. (Courtesy Photo)

Seventy-eight Owen Valley FFA Chapter members are pictured outside of the Indiana Convention Center as they prepare to enter the National Career Show. The funding for the chapter members to attend is provided through the chapter’s annual Fruit Sales. You have until November 15th to place your order! (Courtesy Photo) Seventy-eight Owen Valley FFA Chapter members are pictured outside of the Indiana Convention Center as they prepare to enter the National Career Show. The funding for the chapter members to attend is provided through the chapter’s annual Fruit Sales. You have until November 15th to place your order! (Courtesy Photo)

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