The road to the National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Meredith Oglesby, OCJ FFA reporterEach year, six individuals are chosen to serve the National FFA Organization for the coming year. The process of becoming a national officer is rigorous and the preparation begins months before. Koleson McCoy, of the Global Impact STEM Academy and past State President will represent Ohio as the national officer candidate at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo, Oct. 30- Nov. 2.Reflecting on the memories of his FFA experiences, McCoy is thankful for his decision to attend the STEM academy when it opened in Clark County, which gave him the opportunity to be involved in an agricultural education program.“Initially, being in the Clark Shawnee District, I was going to attend a high school that did not have an agriculture program,” McCoy said. “However, my freshman year there was a brand-new school that had opened and was focused on bioscience curriculum and applying agriculture to STEM based curriculum.”Through career development events (CDEs) such as extemporaneous public speaking, job interview and food science and technology as well as serving as a chapter officer and competing in the AgriScience Fair, McCoy fell in love with the opportunities available through the FFA organization.“As a young member in the FFA you always hear from older members how amazing the organization is, and how it had changed their life for the better,” McCoy said. “It really wasn’t until I had gone to national convention for the first time that I realized what I was a part of. The breadth and depth of the organization was so much more than I had realized in a very positive way.”McCoy is using what he learned while serving as the 2017-2018 State Secretary and the 2018-2019 State President to guide the preparation process.“I learned how to intentionally begin to look around me searching for ways to serve other people,” McCoy said. “Often, it is easy to focus upon the progression in our personal and professional lives but learning to seek after what we can to other people is the most fulfilling.”McCoy went through an interview process to be elected as Ohio’s national officer candidate and has spent the past several months studying and preparing. The preparation process has reinforced my belief in the purpose of our organization, McCoy said.“What the FFA embodies is the investment into those young student leaders, so everything from the agricultural educator in a classroom to the candidates running for national office I see that purpose shine through,” he said.If elected to national office, McCoy would serve more than 700,000 FFA members across the United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The national officers serve as student representatives for the National FFA Board of Directors, keynote speakers for state conventions while also facilitating workshops and engaging in industry sponsor tours.“I want to be an authentic advocate for our industry and partners, a driving force of our mission and progression as an organization, and a kind friend to those in and out of the blue jacket,” McCoy said. “That, I truly believe would be my greatest accomplishment as a national officer and it’s what pushes me to pursue leadership at the national level for FFA.”The FFA has been key in allowing McCoy grow, develop and define who he would like to become.“My involvement in this organization has led to a strong sense of self-knowledge, leadership self-efficacy, and set me up to pursue a career in the agricultural industry that I have some to have a deep sense of appreciation for,” McCoy said.Now, as a student at The Ohio State University studying agricultural business and applied economics with a minor in political science, McCoy is excited to study and pursue a career in the agricultural industry.“I have always told myself as long as I can be engaged in the agricultural industry, travel and interact with people, I am content,” McCoy said. “The aspiration of potentially working for Farm Bureau or the United States Department of Agriculture has always sparked my interest.”When McCoy isn’t busy with school or studying for national office, he enjoys traveling and meeting new people. Often times he can be found working on structural projects or landscaping around his farm.The Ohio FFA Association wishes McCoy the best of luck as the Ohio national officer candidate. The election results will be announced on Nov. 2 during the eighth general session of the National FFA Convention and Expo.last_img read more

a month agoLeicester boss Rodgers denies system cost Man Utd result

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers denies system cost Man Utd resultby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions his system stifled creativity in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.Rodgers changed from a 4-3-3 to a more defensive 4-4-1-1, which saw playmaker James Maddison pushed out wide.But the Northern Irishman doesn’t think it was the system that caused the result.”We have played a few systems and sometimes haven’t created chances,” he said. “It worked well for us at Chelsea, it worked well for us there where we played one winger on the inside, a midfield player on the outside.”I suppose, if you look at Manchester United, they do similar. They have young Daniel James as an ou-and-out winger on the one side and Pereira on the inside.”It’s something that you will do to try to get your numbers in midfield.”I just think, first half, we just didn’t connect the game well enough from behind, through the midfield. We were much better as the game wore on, but it’s something we can look at.” last_img read more

a month ago​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipper

first_img​Arsenal boss Emery reveals new Gunners skipperby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal head coach Unai Emery has named Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka as the club’s new permanent captain, replacing Laurent Koscielny, who left for Bordeaux in the summer.Emery is still deliberating over a vice-captain, with forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang understood to be the leading contenders. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The 25 Campuses Every College Football Fan Needs To Visit

first_imgLogo map of college football teams.We’re a couple of months away from the start of the 2016 college football season. college logo map If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning some trips for the fall. Of course, you’re going to want to visit the campus of your favorite school to take in your team’s games. But America is full of awesome college football towns that everyone needs to visit, regardless of your rooting interest. We’ve decided to rank America’s top 25 college football towns. Put all of these places on your bucket list because they’re definitely worth a trip. Presenting College Spun’s Top 25 College Football Towns. Start With No. 25 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

Top 5 Indigenous issues all Canadians should care about

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs Canadians head to the polls Monday, there’s a push to make sure Indigenous voters are among them.The Assembly of First Nations has identified 51 ridings where the First Nations, Metis or Inuit vote can make a difference.The AFN highlighted on its website where the parties stand on Indigenous issues so people can cast their ballots accordingly.2015 Election commitments for First NationsAboriginal leaders, lawyers, activists and academics say Canadians in all 338 ridings across the country should do the same.Social media is peppered with complaints that key indigenous issues haven’t featured in mainstream media and debates.Inequalities in healthcare, education, the economy.The importance of social justice and treaty rights.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situations have evolved.  And then invite them into the solution.”“You can’t build a country without your indigenous peoples,” said Todd Russell, an Inuit leader in Labrador.  “When we’re weak, this country is weak. And when we’re strong, this country is strong.”Here are the issues all Canadians should care about.Healthcare: “We need to call for equality being the floor not the ceiling.”  Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyHealthcare is a basic right of all Canadians. Cindy Blackstock said it might come as a shock to the average person that Indigenous people do not have equal access to the same care.Cindy BlackstockIn a release this week, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada wrote, “Quality health care is out of reach for many Aboriginal Canadians.”A complicated “patchwork” of policies, legislation and agreements…cultural barriers according to the Association, have created barriers to equitable access to health care and services.That’s reflected in sobering statistics when it comes to physical and mental health.Suicide rates are five to seven times higher for First Nations youth than for non-Aboriginal youth.Disproportionate rates of tuberculosis at 26.4 times the rate of Canadian-born non-Aboriginal people.Type 2 diabetes is now considered to have reached “epidemic” levels“Many people I talk to have taken on government supported stereotypes that First Nations’ children on reserve are getting more,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why they couldn’t understand why things weren’t getting any better.”Blackstock took the Canadian government before the Human Rights Tribunal over its discriminatory policies.“The federal government has been under-funding these services in the order of 30 per cent for 148 years,” said Blackstock. “And that’s why we see all these inequalities for kids an then it makes sense for the average Canadian.”A decision from the Tribunal is expected in the next few months.In the meantime, Blackstock hasn’t heard the party leaders address key indigenous issues in this election. “I think the silence of the leaders is actually an endorsement of the continued racial discrimination,” she said.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is urging Canadian voters to “reject the current conservative policy approaches that perpetuate institutional racism.”In the Chief of Ontario’s “Top 5 Priorities for First Nations,” the Indigenous healthcare crisis sits at number one.Isadore Day“It is simply unacceptable that Indian Status is an indicator of health, poverty, and education in Canada,” said Day. “First Nations have worse health and educational outcomes, worse housing, and less access to critical services than any other population in Canada. This is entirely due to federal funding practices, policies and discriminatory legislation – some of which has been on the books since 1876.”“These inequalities put a red hot poker stick into that Canadian identity,” said Blackstock.Aside from the steep social cost, equality is good for the economy.Blackstock points to research that shows a traumatic childhood, like living in poverty, in overcrowded houses, with mental health or addiction issues in the family, leads to costly healthcare problems for adults.“It’s all predicted by what happened to you as a little kid, so the better we can make childhood, the more money we’re going to save downstream,” said Blackstock.  “And that’s why the World Health Organization says for every dollar we spend on a kid, the taxpayers save seven dollars down the line.”Economy:“All Canadians benefit, when we are more prosperous.” Todd Russell, President of NunatuKavutIn Labrador, the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut have been fighting for recognition of their Aboriginal identity and land claim for 25 years.Russell wants to make it an election issue. A land claim brings in federal dollars to a region struggling economically. And that’s good for everyone in Labrador.Todd Russell“We’re always judged by what we can do for those who have the least,” said Russell. And adds, as a country, Canadians shouldn’t accept poverty that defines so many Indigenous communities.Number two on Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day’s list of priorities: Continuing abject poverty that creates systemic issues in First Nations.“On Election Day, voters should ask themselves if they are prepared to support another generation of discrimination, another generation of youth stuck in poverty, or another decade of lost opportunities,” said Day.And the economies of First Nations matter.In Cape Breton, the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou is an economic success.With its hotel, business park and convention centre, it employs seven hundred people, many from off the reserve.Not far away, Eskasoni is the largest Mi’kmaw reserve with a population of 4,000.“General mainstream should care because we’re all part of the community,” said Tuma Young, an assistant professor at the Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. “Eskasoni is such an economic force that impacts Sydney. People spend money off reserve. Cape Breton depends on what happens in Eskasoni.”On a larger scale, First Nations are key to the larger Canadian economy, says a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal Title and Treaty Rights.“The proposed pipelines that go west or south or east,” said Bruce McIvor, “those are indigenous issues. If non-indigenous people expect these to be resolved, to have major resource extraction projects move forward, we have to come to grips with indigenous issues across the country.”Bruce McIvorEnvironmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller said the platforms of the main political parties “set Canada on a crash course with First Nations.”“If our economic model continues on oil,” said Thomas-Muller, “that’s at odds with constitutional protection of indigenous rights to hunt and trap within our territories. Nobody is addressing the jurisdictional gray area that exist between title, sovereignty and rights of First Nation’s and where that sits between goals of extractive industry.”Treaty Rights:“We’re not going anywhere, this is our land. We’re here to stay.” Clayton Thomas-Muller, Environmental activistThe 338 electoral ridings across the country overlay a patchwork of Treaties that make up modern Canada.“These are not historical, but instead are living documents,” said Bruce McIvor. “They need to be renewed. Respected. They need to be implemented and that takes work.”For the Canadian public, treaty rights might only come to fore when there’s conflict; images of protests, burning tires, clashes with police on the evening news.Clayton Thomas-Muller“But that’s the last resort for most First Nations,” he said. “That symbolizes how important these issues are and that they take these things seriously to step up in that way when confronted with force. Non-indigenous Canadians should take that as wake up call. One, these issues are fundamentally important to the country. And two, the government is not doing its job on these issues in a respectful, principled, honourable manner.”In Elsipogtog, the fight over fracking brought the Mi’kmaq together with their Acadian neighbors and environmental groups. A coalition based on the common goal to protect the water.That new expression of what it means to be Treaty partners pops up in similar scenes across the country, like the fight against Enbridge in British Colombia.“What really binds them is locality,” said McIvor. “Hydroelectricity is a good example. The benefits flow south, the negative effects are experienced by the people close to the development. And a lot of non-indigenous groups are more aware now that in order to have a better chance of being successful in opposing a particular development, they’re better off supporting an indigenous group that has constitutional rights they can rely on.”Thomas-Muller sees an awakening at a grassroots level that has yet to reach federal politics.“There is a spirit of change that I see I these streets, especially with young Indigenous people who are leading social change,” said Thomas-Muller. “Forestry, pipelines, mining. We see this incredible Indigenous resurgence and it’s a real tragedy that the candidates haven’t addressed it, especially in the wake of Idle No More.”He calls the lack of debate in this federal election on Treaty rights a “disservice to voters.”Education: “Kids are the best investment any society can make and we’re not investing in these children in fact we’re under investing.” Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child & Family Caring SocietyThe Liberals have promised $2.6 billion over four years for First Nations education. The NDP promise $4.8 billion over 8 years.Assistant Professor Tuma Young points out that money spread over 600-plus First Nations across Canada over several years, doesn’t add up to what’s needed.Infrastructure. New schools. Resources for teachers. Culturally relevant curriculum.“I don’t dismiss these promises, but generally speaking it’s the status quo or even less,” said Tuma Young. “We’ve been talking about education since the 1980s. I remember there was a protest train, students went to Ottawa to protest cuts to education then.”Tuma YoungWith an exploding young indigenous population, he said all of Canada benefits from an investment in education.“Mainstream schools are closing in rural areas,” said Young. “Schools in First Nation Communities are busting at the seams and universities are starting to eye the First Nation schools as a tuition base.”But the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students is well documented. From grades to high school graduation rates to who goes to university.“There needs to be someone in a leadership position that says, you know, we have got to step up to the plate, we’ve got to end this,” said Blackstock. “Maybe it means we’re going to go into a deficit for a couple of years. But these people have been in a deficit for 148 years and it’s the least we can do.”Thomas-Muller says Canadians themselves need to be educated on the Indigenous reality against “racist stereotypes.”“Canadian need to understand that there’s a well-funded campaign to label Indigenous people as anti-developemt, non-tax paying free loaders,” said Thomas-Muller.Instead, he points out the incredible potential of indigenous youth.“This is the fasted rising labour demographic in the country. This generation of young native people that are graduating is the most empowered, educated generation since colonization.”Advocates say an investment now will pay off in the long run.“I think our kids are worth the money,” said Blackstock. “And I think most Canadians would say that too.”Social Justice:“If we ensure our women are uplifted than everybody’s uplifted.” Beverley Jacobs, Former President, Native Women’s AssociationMissing and murdered Indigenous women and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report have captured headlines this year. And earned promises from the NDP, Liberals and Green Party.A national inquiry into MMIW. Implementation of the TRC’s 94 recommendations.But many want the platitudes backed up with policies: a plan to move forward.Bev JacobsLast month, Mi’kmaw elder Albert Marshall went to see the Witness Blanket, a 12-metre long art installation that pieces together the tangible evidence of residential schools to tell the story of trauma and cultural loss.“What I’m really hoping is this wonderful piece of art will somehow resonate in the eyes of the policymakers, like the politicians, the government,” said Marshall. “To take another step forward and not just use words, but put resources together for us to be able to begin this journey. This journey of reconciliation.”Reconciliation requires partnership, says Beverley Jacobs, former President of the Native Women’s Association.“My elders always taught me is that we’re always the one educating them,” said Jacobs. “So that’s part of our responsibility but now it’s up to them also. They have to become educated about who we are and about that mutual understanding and relationship.”Jacobs, the lead researcher on the No More Stolen Sisters report over a decade ago, said Indigenous women have born “the brunt of colonial genocidal policies.” But she sees a growing awareness of issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women.“These issues have root causes, rooted in Canada’s fabric,” said Thomas-Muller. “Addressing these things are all part of Canada’s identity. It creates a serious moral dilemma, we can’t say no, that’s a serious block to reconciliation.”Jacobs hopes Canadian voters don’t put the Conservatives back in power.She met Harper during her time as head of NWAC, when he offered up an apology over residential schools. Jacobs calls him “the most racist person I’ve ever met,” and doubts true reconciliation can happen under his leadership.Social justice is a broad heading. And the issues are interwoven; education, poverty, racism, violence, over representation in prisons, high numbers of kids in care.“We assume different types of knowledge because we’ve lived it,” said Blackstock. “And I think we have to be better communicators and better educators of non-Aboriginal people so they can understand why these situation have evolved.  And then invite them into the solution.”Blackstock would like to see every Member of Parliament elected on October 19th get a crash course on Indigenous issues so government can move forward with understanding.In the meantime, who makes the trip to Ottawa is up to the Canadian public.The hope is that Indigenous issues will matter when they cast their ballots.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Hudsons Hope RCMP Publishes policing report for May

first_imgOn May 17th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver to have a warrant for arrest.  The driver was arrested and later released on a Promise to Appear in Prince George court on outstanding matters. On May 18th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP, Peace Region Traffic Services and relief RCMP members from across the region, located a theft of fuel in progress on Johnson Creek FSR.  Two suspects were arrested and later released on Promise to Appear in court. Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Hudson’s Hope RCMP wish to remind everyone, especially campers, that proper fire safety will be enforced during the summer.  Please ensure you know your responsibilities for starting, maintaining and extinguishing your fires. To Report a Wildfire;1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cellular phoneFire Information by Phone; HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Cst. William McKenna with the Hudson’s Hope RCMP has published a policing report which says that police responded to approximately 35 calls for service between April 18th and May 20th.Five check-stop roadblocks were conducted in an effort to deter impaired driving and enforce the Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations.  Several check-stops were jointly conducted with CVSE officers who issued several violation tickets and remove defective vehicles from the roadway. One impaired driver was located and issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside driving prohibition. 30 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers in April. Hudson’s Hope RCMP in conjunction with Marg’s Mini Mart, have begun their positive ticketing campaign and will be issuing youth free ice cream tickets for positive behaviour. On May 14th, 2019, Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a break and enter into two Atco trailers along Hwy 29 near Farrell Creek.  The file is still under investigation at this time. File 2019-141 refers. For recorded information on campfires, open fire bans and travel restrictions, call toll-free:1-888-3FOREST (1-888-336-7378)Fire Information Online; read more

Womens tennis Ohio State defeats Michigan for B1G tourney title

Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Michigan 4-0 to win the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship on April 30 in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: @OhioState_WTENThe Ohio State women’s tennis team finished off a perfect conference regular season with the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship, defeating Michigan, 4-0. The No. 4 Buckeyes lost just two sets on Sunday in the championship match to seal the program’s second overall and second consecutive tournament championship.OSU earned the doubles point with duo Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus, and the pair of senior Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz each winning their respective match.Senior Miho Kowase, De Santis and Angeles Paz won their singles matches to solidify the victory over the No. 10 Wolverines. No. 1 overall player sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo won her first set 7-5 and was leading 3-0 before De Santis’ championship-winning point.The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 4-0 in the quarterfinals and took down the host Illinois in the semifinals, 4-3.OSU earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins May 18. read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Discusses What Shell Do To Support

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?First and foremost I #BackTheBlue and thank every man and woman in uniform who risk their lives each and every day to keep our communities safe. I’m committed to making sure they have the necessary tools and training and the resources to cope with the stresses of the job.It’s a tough political climate. We have Senator Elizabeth Warren wanting to abolish ICE and calling our criminal justice system “racist” from front to back. That’s incredibly inflammatory and puts a target on the backs of our law enforcement. We’ve had two Massachusetts officers murdered this year and two more recently shot in Falmouth.Let me tell you what I’m already doing. I’m the only candidate who has joined the fight to impeach activist judges like Judge Timothy Feeley. These judges are letting career criminals back onto our streets to endanger our communities and making it more difficult for our police. Last week, the House refused to take a vote on Judge Feeley’s impeachment. What does that say about their commitment to protect our streets? As your next State Representative, you can count on me to continue this fight to hold activist judges accountable.As a Tewksbury taxpayer, I believe public safety is a priority when it comes to spending. I support my having to pay $1.91 per week towards building the new center station.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?I’m endorsed by U.S. Air Force Veteran John MacDonald. John is with Veterans Assisting Veterans and a candidate for State Senate in the First Middlesex District. I look forward to joining him on Beacon Hill so we can make our military heroes a priority.We can’t do enough for veterans. They belong at the front of the line when it comes to benefits. If they’re not, I’ll speak up and make sure they are. Housing, healthcare, and job opportunities for veterans should be a priority for every elected official in Massachusetts. It will be for me.While visiting the Moving Wall I had a touching conversation with Mr. Ed Celli. Mr. Celli coached my cousin in soccer for many years (my family has been in Wilmington for nearly 30 years). Mr. Celli has given so much of himself. He’s an inspiration. Thank you for your service Mr. Celli, I hope I get the chance to work with you as State Representative.My grandfather served in the military in Italy. My fiancé has family members who served in World War II.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Billerica State Rep. Marc Lombardo Endorses PrinzivalliIn “Government”last_img read more