SYCAMORE — The Mohawk FFA has been busy with projects, contests and other activities.
According to press releases from the Mohawk FFA, 25 members traveled to area agricultural businesses in early November for tours of their facilities. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to the importance of agriculture in the community and show them a variety of careers available in the industry.
A stop at Nevada-based Mennco Grain, a division of Mennel Milling, started the day. While there, students experienced the grain industry first-hand and sampled loads of grain as they came to the elevator.
From there, the group traveled to agricultural service agencies in Upper Sandusky, including Ag Credit, Farm Service Agency, Wyandot Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation District. For many students, this was their first exposure to the organizations.
While at the office, they also visited UC Walton Realty.
The group then stopped at Ohio CAT in Upper Sandusky, where they heard about careers in the agricultural service agency.
After leaving Upper Sandusky, the group stopped at North Central Veterinary Services in Sycamore, where students learned about careers in animal sciences, including veterinary medicine. Representatives from Seneca County Farm Bureau then spoke to the group and provided lunch for students.
The final stop of the day was at Genex Cooperative, where students learned about artificial insemination and the size and scope of the business.
The business tour was a new activity for the Mohawk FFA chapter.
Members who attended were Jena Baum, Caleb Bollinger, Meghan Chaffee, Tori Chaney, Lydia Coldiron, Morgan Edgington, Kelsea Fleming, Olivia Johnson, Joanie Lininger, Kevin Lonsway, Chelsy Mattox, Sabrina McDermott, Austin Miller, Deon Morter, Katie Pinkston, Grant Price, Logan Reinhart, Jarred Shellhouse, Paige Sigler, Dominic Smith, Vanessa Stull, Bri Thiery, Darby Walton and Austin Wise.
The Mohawk FFA’s parlimentary procedure team recently participated in contests. The team consisted of President Jarred Shellhouse, Vice President Deon Morter, Secretary Kayla Draper, Treasurer Lindsay Daniel, Reporter Emily Daniel, Sentinel Darby Walton, student adviser Brady Kohlenberg and member Ciara Long.
The team participated in the county-level competition, held at Riverdale High School, where it placed second. At the sub-district contest at Upper Sandusky High School, the team again placed second to qualify for the district-level competition. At the district contest, hosted by Clyde High School, Mohawk placed fifth.
In a parlimentary procedure career development event, members are judged on their ability to run a business meeting. They discuss motions and use approved rules of parlimentary procedure.
This year, the Mohawk FFA held a new activity to bring attention to the struggles of homelessness and poverty.
The activity, called Bring Your Own Box, encouraged students to camp out in a cardboard box to simulate the challenges of being homeless. Members raised $1,000 in donations from local businesses to sponsor the event and to purchase gifts for families around the community in need during the holidays. Students also collected almost 200 pounds of canned food that was donated to the Sycamore Food Pantry.
At the camp-out, students heard from Sycamore Mayor Matt Boucher and his wife, Jennifer, about the importance of being involved within the local community and helping those in need. There also were activities planned throughout the evening to demonstrate the struggles that people experiencing poverty may face.