(11-9-22) An update from the Parkway FFA on events they have been a part of in 2022.

Feed The Farmers
The Parkway FFA officers chose to participate in an event called, Feed the Farmers. Feed the Farmers is a way the chapter can give back to the community and help our farmers during the stressful season of harvest. The officers worked together to make meals that included a pizza sub, granola bar, chips, apple sauce, and a cookie. As the officers split into groups they gave out 80 meals to local farmers. A special thanks to all the farmers and families that work so hard during harvest season, and all year round.

2022 FFA National Convention
The Parkway FFA Chapter attended the National FFA Convention and Expo to look back on another great year in the organization. The trip started out with 14 Parkway students traveling to Fort Recovery to tour J&M Manufacturing company to see how farm equipment is built. After that, they traveled to Indiana and toured Poet Bioprocessing in Alexandria IN, Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville IN, Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks IN, and RDM Aquaculture Shrimp Farm in Fowler IN.
After two days of touring the FFA members got in their official dress and went to the opening ceremony. The next two days the students sat through sessions where they listened to the National Officer team, keynote speakers Tamika Catchings and Coty Back, and the State FFA Band and Chorus. In between each session, the students had the opportunity to walk around the Convention Expo. The expo center is a place for businesses, colleges, and organizations to set up booths. Students then get the chance to go around and learn about what each booth has to offer.
Carter Hellwarth was able to represent Ohio by qualifying for Nationals in the Prepared Public speaking CDE. He had to write a 6-8 minute speech fully memorized about something Agriculture-related and answer questions after giving his speech for 5 minutes about the topic. Carter chose to write about Victory Gardens, he said-

“My speech was about comparing historic gardening practices in America and how a movement of further gardening could have many benefits, especially in Agriculture awareness.”

The journey to Nationals started in the spring when Carter went to the State competition, and after two rounds won the Prepared Speaking CDE for Ohio. After winning Carter had to practice and prepare for the big day in Indianapolis. On October 26, 2022, Carter represented Ohio at Nationals and was able to place in the bronze category. Carter said-

“This was a great opportunity for me to meet great people and members from other states.”

Ohio and Parkway were well represented at National Convention this year.

Fall Soils CDE
The Parkway FFA chapter participated in the Ag and Urban soils CDE this fall. The soils CDE is a competition to judge the precious token of farming, soil. Each student is given a card with an assortment of questions. Then, the student fills the card out to the best of their ability, judging the different qualities of the soil. Some questions include soil texture, color, and landform usage. At districts, both teams did well but the Urban team strived the most. Placing 2nd in Districts, the Urban team was able to advance to the State level. This team consisted of Carter Hellwarth, Madison Jacobs, Scarlett Laux, and Gaven Garwood. At state, they place 17th, short of going to nationals in Oklahoma.