Columbus—Westfall FFA Chapter members Devonah Kaiser, Sarah Riebel, Macy Conrad, John Picklesimer, Eli Earich, Mallorie Wippel and Austin Wippel recently received the State FFA Degree. The degree, which represents an outstanding level of achievement for FFA members, was conferred on the members at the recent Ohio FFA Convention held in Columbus.
Kaiser, daughter of Curt and Brenda Kaiser of Mount Sterling, served as a chapter Vice President this past year. Kaiser’s supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program included raising rabbits and ducks and working at Deercreek Golf Course. Kaiser was a member of the Agricultural Issues team and participated in public speaking. She plans to
attend Murray State University in Kentucky and major in agronomy.
Riebel, daughter of Jerry and Linda Riebel of Orient, served as chapter chaplain this past year. Riebel’s SAE included a swine breeding enterprise and various research and improvement projects. Her swine breeding animals have won numerous awards at various livestock shows around the country. She plans to enlist in the United States Air Force after graduation this year.
Conrad, daughter of Greg and Judy Conrad of New Holland, served as the chapter’s reporter this past year and was recently elected President of the chapter for the coming school year. Her SAE included dairy production, home improvement and agriscience research projects. Her reporter’s scrapbook earned a state gold rating.
John Picklesimer, son of Glen and Wendy Picklesimer of Williamsport, is a three-year member of the chapter. John has received gold ratings in the state Agriscience Fair for the past two years. John’s SAE included raising and training coon dogs and research projects.
Eli Earich, son of Mel and Kristen Earich of Williamsport. served as the chapter secretary this past year. Earich’s SAE included raising and exhibiting breeding and market beef cattle. Earich was a member of the state winning agricultural communications team and co-chaired the chapter’s parliamentary procedure team. He plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in agricultural business.
Mallorie Wippel, daughter of Jeff and Sherrie Wippel of Orient, served as the chapter’s treasurer this past year receiving a state gold rating. Wippel’s SAE included raising and exhibiting breeding and market swine, plant and swine research and home improvement projects. She plans to attend Wilmington College this fall and major in agricultural business.
Austin Wippel, son of Jay and Marci Wippel of Orient, served as the chapter’s sentinel this past year. Wippel’s SAE included straw and hay baling and diversified crop production enterprises. Wippel was recognized as the Star Farmer of Ohio this year and placed 1st in the state in Diversified Crop production. Wippel plans to attend the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and major in crop production.
The Westfall Agricultural Education Department is a satellite program of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Pictured left to right:
Mallorie Wippel, Devonah Kaiser, Eli Earich, John Picklesimer, Macy Conrad,
Sarah Riebel, Austin Wippel