National FFA Round-up


Miami Valley Career Technology Center FFA Chapters attended the 96th National FFA Convention November 1-4, 2023, in Indianapolis, IN.  Some of the numbers shared for attendance from

Living to Serve

  • 2,640 FFA members served at 21 local nonprofits in the Indianapolis area.
  • 6,000 sensory bottles and 406 sensory bags, which were made by 180 students and used 35 pounds of glitter, were donated to The Damar Foundation.

Personal and Professional Growth

A Sea of Blue Jackets

  • 120 hotels were used by FFA members throughout Indianapolis.
  • 72,954 members, advisors and guests were in attendance.


American FFA Degree

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree achievable in the national FFA organization—the gold standard.

As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA Degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to their chapter and state FFA association. It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA careers.

American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.


Congratulations to the following FFA members from MVCTC FFA Chapters who received the American Degrees at the 2023 National FFA Convention.

  • Emma Arnett - MVCTC 
  • Luke Brinksneader - Arcanum-Butler MVCTC 
  • Alison Byran - Mississinawa Valley MVCTC 
  • Morgan Dare - Eaton MVCTC
  • Luke Drew - Tri-Village MVCTC
  • Cheyeanne Epperson - MVCTC
  • John Gilbert - Valley View MVCTC
  • Kate Gross - Tri-Village MVCTC
  • Chloe Gump - Miami East MVCTC
  • Grant Helsinger - Valley View MVCTC
  • Brianne Kosier - National Trail MVCTC
  • Katie Larson - Miami East MVCTC 
  • Charity Moore - Valley View MVCTC  
  • Mackenzie Neal - Twin Valley South MVCTC 
  • Anthony Putnam - Miami East MVCTC 
  • Mykenzie Smith - National Trail MVCTC 
  • Ryan Stephan - Tri-Village MVCTC 
  • Emma Sutherly - Miami East MVCTC 
  • Samuel Sutherly - Miami East MVCTC 
  • Skyler Ward - National Trail MVCTC 
  • Darby Welbaum - Milton-Union MVCTC 
  • Abbigail Whitesell - National Trail MVCTC 



MVCTC FFA Veterinary Science Team earned a Silver at Nationals. Team members include Hailey Crothers, current senior, Lana Gray, Tristen Lawson, and Ally Sowers, alumni students.


2023 Veterinary Science Alumni team, Haley Roberts (Eaton) and Xochitl Lozano-Licona (Mississinawa Valley), at the 96th National FFA Convention. Haley and Xochitl competed in the FFA Agriscience Fair, earning a 9th-place finish at the national level!


National Trail MVCTC FFA

  • The National Chapter Award Program is designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality Chapter Standards (NQCS) and a Program of Activities (POA) that emphasize growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.
  • The National Meats Evaluation team received a silver and placed 16th out of 43 teams. 
  • The National Trail MVCTC FFA was named a TOP 3 chapter in the country! 


About FFA

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

Members are future farmers, chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.

FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education.

The official name of the organization is the National FFA Organization. The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change.

Learn more about FFA at