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2014-15
Calendar Of Events

FEBRUARY 2015

Feb 04, 2015 – District Leadership Contests - Dundee

Feb 09, 2015 – Ag Science Fair – 8th Grade open house

·       Feb 13th

o   January - AET-AgCN Records Due

o   All Local winner Arthur Berkey FFA Agriscience Fair Applications Due for state office.

·       Feb 18, 2015 Regional Leadership Contests – Saline – After school - everyone and parent helpers needed!!!!

MARCH 2015

·       March 11-13th  2015 State FFA Convention- MSU

·       Friday March 13th – February - AET-AgCN Records Due

APRIL 2015

·       Fri April 17th – March - AET-AgCN Records Due

·       Fri April 24th State Skills Contests MSU – 5:45 AM – 2:30 PM (All Attend)

·       Sat April 25 - State Horse Judging Contest – MSU Livestock Pavilion (parent drive)

·       April 29th - Final Day to turn in Local Proficiency Award Applications & Degrees

·       April 30th* - Project RED – Fair Grounds

MAY 2015

·       Sunday-Monday May 3-4, 2015 – Region 2 Leadership Camp – All 2015-16 Chapter Officers

·       Fri May 08th – April - AET-AgCN Records Due

·       Thu May 14, 2015 – 6:00 PM Silent Auction

·                6:30 PM -Parent & Member Awards Banquet

JUNE 2015

·       3-4thth – May AET-AgCN FINAL Records Due

·       Summer SAE Plan Due.



 2013-2014 SALINE FFA YEAR IN REVIEW- State & National Awards

 

NATIONAL

·         National Agriscience Research – Animal Systems/              Bronze, - Emma Rose & Alex Kase

 

STATE & REGIONAL LEVEL

·         Broiler Contest/1 Silver - Team Feathered Hogs – Erica Drake & Derek Hoelzer

·         Arthur Berkey Michigan Ag Science Fair/2 Gold state winners

o    Gold-State Winners:

§  Nicholas Schuon & Brandon Puckett – Solar Thermal Heating

§  Kristin Klager & Emma Ford – Energy Drinks & Plants

·         Ag Processing Proficiency/Bronze - Aaron Dauer

·         Ag Services Proficiency/Bronze Brittany Hutchens

·         Beef Proficiency/Bronze - Michael Drake

·         Beef Proficiency/Bronze - Emma Rose

·         Dairy Proficiency/Silver - Kayla Holsten

·         Diversified Horticulture/Silver - Shawn Holsten

·         Diversified Ag Production Proficiency/Silver - Erica Drake

·         Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency/Silver - Cassidy Polzin

·         Equine Science Proficiency/Silver - Alyssa Luckhardt

·         Equine Science Proficiency/Bronze - Molly Manuell

·         Greenhouse Crop Production Proficiency/Bronze  – JJ Faith

·         Poultry Production Proficiency/Silver - Carl Tighe

·         Sheep Production Proficiency/Silver - Adam Roehm

·         Wildlife Management Proficiency/Silver - Adam Roehm

·         State Degrees

o    Michael Drake, Kayla Holsten, Shawn Holsten, Molly Manuell,

Alexis Wolff

·         State Outstanding Juniors

o    Erica Drake, William Klager, Adam Roehm, Nicholas Schuon

·         Creed Speaking Regional & State/Gold - Kristin Klager

·         Job Interview Regional/Gold - Kayla Holsten

·         Job Interview regional & State/Gold - Alexis Wolff

·         Ag Mechanics Skills Team/Silver

o    Erica Drake, Karson Greaves, Brandon Puckett, Nicholas Schuon

·         Dairy Foods Judging Team/Gold

o    Gold Team: Carl Tighe, William Klager, Kristen Klager, Matthew Allgood

·         Nursery/Landscape Skills Team/Silver/State 2nd Place Team

o    Adam Roehm, Paige Downer and Kyra Ross  (State 2nd Place Individual)

·         Veterinary Science Skills Team/Silver

o    Alexis Wolff, Cassidy Polzin, Emily McCullough, Brittany Hutchens

 Mr. David Mellor
Agriscience Educator/FFA Advisor,
South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC)
Saline High School
Room B-233
1300 Campus Parkway
Saline, MI, USA 48176
Phone: 734-429-8000 x 4222

Link

THE THREE CIRCLE MODEL OF INSTRUCTION


OFFICIAL FFA MANUAL NOW ONLINE


First Year FFA members mount lights on the vertical aeroponic gardens constructed with $6500 help of a RYD (Rural Youth Development) National FFA Grant won by Mr. Mellor for our FFA Chapter.

Three of our 9 vertical gardens are up and running producing lettuce and basil for the culinary arts program and Washtenaw County Food Gatherers.

FFA HORIZONS ONLINE

LINK TO FFA FACTS

SALINE FFA CHAPTER NEWS

Bat & Bluebird Houses installed on Wetlands Area
Saline FFA Members installed 4 Bat Houses and 8 Bluebird houses on the south wetlands area to control mosquitoes and other insects naturally as part of the Living To Serve service learning project funded by the National FFA - USDA Rural Youth Development Grant. One additional bat house and 2 bluebird houses will be installed fall 2014 on the north wetland near the tennis courts.





State Ag Science Fair Winners
Nick Schuon and Brandon Puckett of Saline High School FFA, were named State Winners of the Power, Structural and Technical Systems Team Division of the Michigan FFA Arthur Berkey Agriculture Science Fair at Michigan State University this past week. They wowed the crowd with a functional and interactive solar collective water heater they built that could heat a structure. They next will compete at the National FFA Ag Science Fair in Louisville, KY in October 2014.

Emma Ford and Kristin Klager of Saline High School FFA, were named State Winners of the Plant Systems Team Division of the Michigan FFA Arthur Berkey Agriculture Science Fair at Michigan State University this past week. They compared the use of energy drinks vs. water in growing plants. Their research was inspired by the movie "Idiocracy" where a future society was starving because "plants grow better with Brondo, it's got electrolytes" as the line in the movie goes. They next will compete at the National FFA Ag Science Fair in Louisville, KY in October 2014.

Kristin Klager, 9th Grade member of Saline High School Future Farmers of America, won the State 4th Place Gold Award in Creed Speaking over 120 schools at the 86th Michigan FFA State Convention held on the campus of Michigan State University this past week. Kristin had to recite from memory the 5 paragraph FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany which embodies the aims and purposes of the FFA and answer 5 minutes of questions from judges on it's meaning.






Two Saline High School FFA members qualified as state finalists in the Region 2 (SE Michigan) Leadership Career Development Event held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Saline High School. Over 350 FFA members representing 24 high schools and three districts, from Anchor Bay to Jonesville, competed in the event.  Senior Alexis Wolff took the Regional First Place Gold in the Job Interview CDE. She was required to submit a prepared cover letter, resume,and fill out a job application in 15 minutes. They were scored and she interviewed for a list of entry level jobs. Also competing in the event was Kayla Holsten (12th grade) who placed third and won Silver as the alternate state semi-finalist. Both girls placed first and second at the District 2 Region 2 level contests held in Sand Creek Monday Feb 10, which qualified them to compete at the Regional level. Freshman Kristen Klager took the Regional First Place Gold in the FFA Creed Public Speaking Event. By memory, Kristen delivered a five-paragraph speech, written by E.M. Tiffany, that embodied the purposes and beliefs of the Future Farmers of America organization. She also had to answer five minutes of questions from a panel of judges. Both Alexis and Kristin will next compete March 6 at Michigan State University during the Michigan FFA State Convention for the honor to represent Michigan at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY in October. Also competing was Freshman Avery Nowosielski, who won the Regional 4th Place Silver medal in the Greenhand (9-10th grade) Prepared Public Speaking Contest



Emma Rose & Alex Kase & Wyatt Gordon placed National Silver at the National FFA Agriscience Fair held in Louisville, Kentucky October 31, 2013


 
Saline FFA Members had a $38,421 economic impact on the Saline community for volunteer hours on the 2012-13 wetlands project. See bottom of wetlands page for the report.


PROGRESS EARTH has donated a New 15 Gallon Living Compost Tea Vortex Brewer System to The Saline FFA Chapter valued at $2,000.00
SEE THE VIDEO BELOW ON HOW IT WORKS:

VORTEX BREWER

PLEASE STOP BY PROGRESS EARTH'S WEBSITE AND SAY THANKS!

JULY 16TH, 2013
Nick Schoun and Adam Roehm competed in the Michigan FFA Tractor Driving Contest at Michigan State University



2012-2013 SALINE FFA YEAR IN REVIEW
State & National Awards

NATIONAL

·         American FFA Degrees/1, - Marie Marion

·         National Proficiency Agriscience Research – Animal

        Systems/bronze, -Evan Medvec

·         Honorary American FFA Degree – David Mellor

  • $2500 National FFA RYD Grant for wetlands restoration
  • $1,000 National SAE Grant for Biodiesel Research - Wyatt Gordon

STATE LEVEL

·         Broiler Contest/1 gold/3 silver,

o    Wyatt Gordon, Emma Rose, Nick Schoun, Alyssa Luckhardt

·         Arthur Berkey Michigan Ag Science Fair/2 gold/2 silver/1 bronze

o    Gold-State Winners: Wyatt Gordon, Emma Rose/Alex Kase

o    Silver: Nick Schuon, Lauren Kesselring/Madison Rishel

o    Bronze: Anna Kauppi

·         Ag Processing Proficiency/silver, - Justin Diuble

·         Beef Proficiency/bronze, - Mike Drake

·         Dairy Proficiency/silver, - Kayla Holsten

·         Diversified Ag Production Proficiency/bronze, - Erica Drake

·         Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency/silver, Kayla Holsten

·         Equine Science Proficiency/silver, - Jessica Monty

·         Home and/or Community Development/bronze, Phoenix Vlassin

·         Poultry Production Proficiency/gold, - Wyatt Gordon

·         Small Animal Production & Care Proficiency/bronze, Collin Green

·         Swine Production Proficiency/bronze, Bill Poet

·         Turf Grass Management Proficiency/silver,  Sean Flavin

·         Veterinary Science Proficiency/bronze, Emma Hambleton

·         State Degrees/1, Bill Poet

·         State Outstanding Junior/8,

o    Adrein Adams, Sean Flavin, Collin Green, Kayla Holsten, Jessica Monty, Graham Pennington, Gabrielle Shattock, Alexis Wolff

·         Creed Speaking Regional/gold/silver,

o    Carl Tighe, Cassidy Polzin

·         Creed Speaking State/silver, Carl Tighe

·         Job Interview Regional/gold, Kayla Holsten

·         Job Interview State/silver, Kayla Holsten

·         Dairy Foods CDE/gold/silver,

o    Gold Team: Carl Tighe 1st Place Top Individual, Graham Pennington 5th Place Top Individual, Gabrielle Shattock, Shawn Holsten

o    Silver Team: Dominic Toarmina, Sarah Mauck, Mike Drake

·         Environmental Skills CDE/gold,

o    Marshall Tighe, Machelle Herzinger, Antoinette Stevens-DeLaCruz, Devin McCallister, Josh Melrose

·         Meats CDE/silver

           o       Justin Diuble, Adam Roehm. Joe Omichinski, Bill Klager


2013-STATE FFA CONVENTION RESULTS
MSU, East Lansing MARCH 6-8
WYATT GORDON
2013 STATE WINNER
10TH-12TH GRADE POWER DIVISION
ARTHUR BERKEY STATE AGRISCIENCE FAIR

EMMA ROSE & ALEX KASE
2013 STATE WINNER
7-9TH GRADE ANIMAL SCIENCE TEAM DIVISION
ARTHUR BERKEY STATE AGRISCIENCE FAIR

KAYLA HOLSTEN
STATE SILVER
JOB INTERVIEW CONTEST

CARL TIGHE
STATE SILVER
FFA CREED PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

2013 REGION II - DISTRICT II
FFA LEADERSHIP CONTESTS
AT MILAN HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS:
JOB INTERVIEW CONTEST
KAYLA HOLSTEN
FIRST PLACE - GOLD
ALEXIS WOLFF
3RD PLACE-GOLD
GREENHAND CREED SPEAKING CONTEST
L TO R:
CASSIDY POLZIN
FIRST PLACE - GOLD
CARL TIGHE - 2ND PLACE - GOLD 
EXTEMPORANEOUS PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
SHAWN HOLSTEN
3RD PLACE - GOLD
PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST
L TO R:
BILL POET - 4TH PLACE GOLD
ERICA DRAKE 3RD PLACE - GOLD

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David Mellor,
Jan 7, 2015, 1:17 PM