The Hillsdale FFA officers recently participated in their annual officer retreat on June 18 and 19. The 2019-2020 officer team consists of President Jarrod Lifer, Vice President Elizabeth Derr, Secretary Clay Schoen, Treasurer Brock Hoverstock, Reporter Shawna Barr, Sentinel Olivia Traylor, Student Advisor Megan Schwendeman, Historian Thor McDonald, Parliamentarian Jacob Chio, and Chaplain Caleb Murawski.
The retreat began at the Hillsdale High School with an activity to get to know one another. The team then traveled to Miller's-Hawkins market to purchase breakfast for each other based off the information given in the activity earlier in the day. Retreat was held at the Mohican Lodge in Perrysville.
Most of the time there the team began planning the 2019-2020 school year. Then, at Mochican the team worked on communication and listening skills with Hillsdale High School Principal Davis Baker.
After their lesson with Mr. Baker, they traveled to "The Cabin" and ate a meal and ended the day with swimming, beach volleyball and spooky stories.
On the second day the officer team continued planning activities for the chapter to participate in throughout the year. The team ended the officer retreat by playing fun games at Scene75 Entertainment Center in Brunswick.
Members attend FFA Camp Muskingum
Hillsdale FFA members attended FFA Camp Muskingum, located in Carroll County on the banks of Leesville lake. This year members Alyssa Crytzer, Megan Schwendenman, Julia Harper, Caleb Murawski, Aubrian Gibson, Cassian Filbrun, and Nathan DeRodes attended camp.
This year we had a variety of ages attend camp. One member, an incoming sophomore, Cassian Fibrun said "there were so many opportunities to meet new people and have lots of fun. I really enjoyed ffa camp as a first year camper."
Throughout the week at FFA camp, members were able to meet other FFA members from all over Ohio and also meet and learn from the newly-elected Ohio FFA Officer Team as well as the past state officers that served as staff during camp. Students took part in many leadership workshops, team building activities and outdoor recreation.
Some actives campers participated in included motor boating, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, paintballing, shotgun and rifle ranges, sports, swimming and meeting new friends during these actives. There was a dance both the first night and the last, in which members had the opportunity to meet and hang out with other members.