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2 American Degree Recipients
Outstanding Chapter: Nipomo FFA
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Chapter Scoops Alumni On The Go MFE/ALA Highlights
National Convention Award Recipients
Lights! Camera! Action! GLC Recap
Justin Gwerder, Arbuckle
Lacey McGrath, Clovis
Alex Marsh, Arbuckle
Aaron Ramirez, Clovis
Alison Ornbaun, Arbuckle
Beatriz Rodriguez-Rivera, Clovis
James Purkey, Arroyo Grande
Toushulong Vang, Clovis
Cory Mesa, Atwater
Kelli Williamson, Clovis
Vincent Migliazzo, AtwaterBuchach Colony
Brice Kraay, Corcoran
Kaitlyn Ryan, Atwater-Buhach Colony
Joseph Marchy, Dinuba
Alison Sherman, AtwaterBuhach Colony
Jarrod Mills, Dinuba
Alexis Anderson, AuburnPlacer
Stephanie Calestini, Dixon
Gabriela Gomez, Bakersfield Sarah Gonzalez, Bakersfield Isabel Medrano, Bakersfield Margarita Rivera, Bakersfield
Joseph Browne, Dinuba
Sarkis Torosian, Dinuba Travis Davidson, Dixon Thomas Opice, Don Lugo - Chino Kady Porterfield, Dorris-Butte Valley John Conant, East Nicolaus Greg Conant, East Nicolaus
Kelcie Jones, Bakersfield - Frontier (pictured opposite page, far right)
Jerrad Cowan, East Nicolaus
David Readman, Blythe
Morgan Reese, East Nicolaus
Edilena Reyes, Buena Park
Tara Ruchonnet, East Union
Grant Sardella, Buhach
Joshua Donnelly, Elk Grove
Anna Haller, Camarillo Tania Arroyo, Carpinteria Rosemary Meza, Carthers Alexis Ulloa, Ceres Corinne Mondonca, Chico Lauren Maddalena, Chowchilla Samuel Mercado, Chowchilla Sarah Sinks, Chowchilla Katie Callahan, Clovis Markie Hudiburgh, Clovis Clayton Hudiburgh, Clovis Cole Lane, Clovis
Katie Moos, East Nicolaus
Kyle Davis, Elk Grove
Jenna Forster, Elk GrovePleasant Grove Karli Quinn, Elk GrovePleasant Grove Samantha Day, Escondido Katelyn Oâ€™Brien, Escondido Madolyn Sellier, Escondido
Madeline Wisecarver, Hanford
Chelsea Alto, Fortuna
Alexander Winter, Hayfork Randy Edwards, Hilmar
Cameron Dale, Fortuna
Austin Jones, Hilmar
Devin Frost, Fowler
Paul Khodikian, Hilmar
Nichole Heady, Fowler Kaity Carpenter, Galt (pictured above) Hannah Garrett, Galt (pictured opposite page, far right) Brandon McNealy, Galt Carol Pellegri, Galt Cornelia Van Egmond, Galt (pictured above)
Cody Santos, Hilmar Chad Santos, Hilmar Thomas Serpa, Hilmar Joshua Vierra, Hilmar Kellie Mancino, Hollister Brian Snyder, Hollister Maureen Croak, Holtville Rebecca Hobby, Hughson
Brice Adney, Golden West
Rebecca Gunther, Jackson-Argonaut
Jordan Dunn, Golden West
Jordan Dajani, Johansen
Emily Krage, Golden West
Levi Davies, Kerman
Roric McClaskey, Golden West
Gene Aguirre, King City
Josh Polich, Golden West
Nicole Hardoy, King City
Jaylene Pratt, Golden West
Ralph Rianda, King City
Ricky Russell, Golden West
Isaiah Valladarez, King City
Matthew Walther, Golden West
Austin Moore, Kingsburg
Danielle Hyatt, Grace Davis
Chelsea Castellini, Lakeside - El Capitan
Nadia Dajani, Grace Davis Frank Andrade, Gustine Johnathan Mello, Gustine Ashley Oliveira, Gustine
Ashli Hurst, Lakeside - El Capitan, (pictured @ bottom/left) Sydney Morehouse, Lakeside - El Capitan, (pictured @ bottom/left)
Keri Luiz, Etna
Mary Barcellos, Hanford
Brooke Chrilser, Eureka
Juan Bueno, Hanford
Ashley Reynolds, Eureka
Christopher Compton, Hanford
Oscar Acevedo, Farmersville
Sierra Suttles, Lakeside - El Capitan, (pictured @ bottom/left)
Dawna Davis, Hanford
Francisco Escamilla, Farmersville
Maria Gomez, Laton
Emily Davis, Hanford
Rogelio Olea, Farmersville
Billy Yecny, Laton
Megan Dias, Hanford
Tyler Beck, Lemoore
Shelbi Enos, Hanford
Caleb Boyatt, Lemoore
Jeanine Fiser, Hanford
Chris Castadio, Lemoore
Marina Horta, Hanford
Jarred Cotta, Lemoore
Shannon Lynch, Hanford
Brittney DeMasters, Lemoore
Joseph Martella, Hanford
Kelsie Raulino, Lemoore
Brittany Moffitt, Hanford
Corey Rinaldi, Lemoore
Katherine Nunes, Hanford
Rebekah Simas, Lemoore
Maria Ocampo, Hanford
Deidre Thayer, Lemoore
Jaleesa Rios, Hanford
Caitlin Maita, Livermore
Megan Schaub, Hanford
Courtney Miller, Lodi
Vanessa Silva, Hanford
Jordan Sparrowk, Lodi
Lucas Stockton, Hanford
Aaron Kucharski, Lompoc
Candace Stines, Fillmore Yuriana Aguilar, Firebaugh Michael Diedrich, Firebaugh Jordan Madrid, Firebaugh Tate Parker, Firebaugh Skottlynn Snyder, Firebaugh Scott Miguel, Foothill Justin Andrews, FoothillBakersfield Sanora Leist, Foothill-Bakersfield
Lillian Salinas, FoothillBakersfield
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Ian Robinson, Lakeside - El Capitan, (pictured @ bottom/left)
Dustin Helmer-Parson, Los Banos
Jesse Odom, Nipomo
Bailey Riedel, San Luis Obispo
Sara Hall, Templeton
Kelly Lopes, Los Banos
Santina Olney, Nipomo
Amber Warden, San Luis Obispo
Amy Hanks, Templeton
Toni Silva, Los Banos
Jason Werer, Nipomo
Andrea Calderon, Santa Maria
Cierra La Rue, Templeton
Michael Valencia, Madera
Heidi Werner, Nipomo
Eduardo Coronel, Santa Maria
Samantha Mackle, Templeton
Shari McCallister, Manteca-East Union
Heidi Bird, Norco
Jesse Estrada, Santa Maria
Timothy Andre, Mariposa
Bradley Bishop, Norco
Jose Flores, Santa Maria
Matt Parker, Templeton
Emily Brossard, Mariposa
Kristen Smith, Norco
Samara Guerra, Santa Maria
Carly Bryson, Mariposa
Heather Carpenter, Norte Vista
Ana Jacobo, Santa Maria
Danielle Wardle, Mariposa
Clint Jerome, Norte Vista
Raymundo Jimenez, Santa Maria
Ciera Cassady, Menifee-Heritage
Kyle Pawling, Norte Vista
Omar Lomeli, Santa Maria
Trevor Donovan, Merced-Golden Valley
Samantha Callahan, Oakdale
Raymundo Lopez, Santa Maria
Nicholas Moore, Oakdale
Jose Lua, Santa Maria
Cody McDougald, O’Neals-Minarets
Simon Martinez-Ramirez, Santa Maria
Chelsae Bates, Mission Viejo Toni Lew, Mission Viejo Jason Mendes, Modesto
Leah Gibson, Paso Robles (pictured @ far right)
Oscar Tena, Santa Maria
Dillon Ballard, Pine Valley-Mountain Empire
Tyler Dickinson, Santa Maria - Pioneer Valley
Kellee Griggs, Pine Valley-Mountain Empire
Kelsey Dugan, Santa Maria - Pioneer Valley
Abrianna Robles, Morgan Hill
Loren Rand, Pine Valley-Mountain Empire
Laurianna Fenwick, Santa MariaPioneer Valley
Kimberly Zuchowski, Morgan Hill
Julia Brewer, Pitman-Turlock
Bry-ann Gomes, Morgan Hill-Sobrato
Kayla Roton, Pitman-Turlock
Zakary Ferguson, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley
Jesse Govea, Morgan Hill-Sobrato
Walker Ditrich, Ponderosa
Cavan Howay, Morgan Hill-Sobrato
Kyle Klinkhammer, Ponderosa
Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill-Sobrato
Valente Cervantes, Reedley
Brooke Borchard, Morro Bay
Kinnith Wilkinson, Reedley
Erica Vietor, Napa-Vintage
Dino Arnaudo, Ripon
Tayler Figueroa, Nevada Union, (pictured @ bottom/right)
DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, Ripon
Kaycee Granholm, Nevada Union, (pictured @ bottom/right)
Harrison Borges, Riverdale
Chelsey Wyeth, Modesto Danielle Budde, Morgan Hill Katelynn Golden, Morgan Hill Trevor Maciel, Morgan Hill
Seanna Griffis, Nevada Union Natalie Johnson, Nevada Union, (pictured @ bottom/right) Seanie Bettencourt, Newman
Albert Jackson, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley
Brittany Parks, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley Enrique Pinon, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley
Nicholas Ratto, Ripon
Wendy Ruiz, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley
Katie Conway, Riverdale Taylor Errotabere, Riverdale Madison Rollin, Riverdale Ashley Costa, SacramentoFlorin
Tanner Autry, Nipomo
Taylor Arias, Salinas
Lorren Baker, Nipomo
Garth Graham, Salinas
Dylan Bognuda, Nipomo Elinor Castellanos, Nipomo Gabriella Dana, Nipomo Anneke Dobbe, Nipomo Kenton Garl, Nipomo Tyler Menane, Nipomo Jessica Miller, Nipomo
Fernanda Oritiz, Santa Maria-Pioneer Valley
Andreina Perez, SalinasEverett Alvarez Derrik Callaway, San Luis Obispo Jacob Flores, San Luis Obispo Maria Furtado, San Luis Obispo Larson Patty, San Luis Obispo Jessie Poletti, San Luis Obispo
Lainey Reich, Templeton Danica Reynolds, Templeton George Schmidt, Templeton Kayla Welcher, Templeton Brad Wright, Templeton Leah Groves, Trinity-Weaverville Derek Browne, Tulare Richard Cardoza, Tulare
Lori Bisordi, Santa Rosa
Austin Fernandes, Tulare
Maya Claggett, Santa Rosa
Quinn Ferreria, Tulare
Patrick Cunningham, Santa Rosa
Courtnie Fox, Tulare
Josh Holliday, Santa Rosa
Alexandra Macedo, Tulare
Isabella Leventini, Santa Rosa
Jacob Macedo, Tulare
Else, Stuart, Santa Rosa
Jared Sa, Tulare
Kaitlyn Enticknap, Santa Ynez
Alexis Sousa, Tulare
Joshua Smith, Shandon
Stephanie Toste, Tulare
Gilberto Torres, Shandon
Makayla Williamson, Tulare
Kayla Welch, Sonora-La Habra
Saul Perez, Turlock-Pitman
Kyle Brem, Strathmore
Lyle Zimmer, Turlock-Pitman
Lauryn Brown, Strathmore
Miranda Medrano, Wasco
Hayden Smith, Sutter
Mackenzie Gomes, Willows
Clint Smith, Sutter
Austin, Calvert, Winters
Cody Stephenson, Sutter
Justin Hornbuckle, Woodland
Marcos Uribe, Taft
Alan Isaacson, Woodland
John Wilke, Taft
Kayla Marks, Woodland
Sam Clevenger, Templeton
Samuel Monteon, Woodland
Cody Dye,, Templeton
Justin Sanders, Woodland •
Robert Easterbrook, Templeton
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Nipomo FFA Located in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains at the heart of greenhouses and nursery production is Nipomo High School, home of the Nipomo Titans. Though the school may be small, its students have a huge passion for FFA. Over 350 of the 1,100 NHS students are actively involved in the agriculture education program. Taking courses ranging from Ag Mechanics, to Environmental Horticulture, and everything in between, students are able to get hands-on experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The agriculture department, lovingly known as “Ag Island” by the students, houses a greenhouse, shade house, and agriculture mechanics shop facility for student use. “We don’t spend a lot of time in the classroom which works better for me. I like doing things hands-on instead of learning out of the textbook or from a PowerPoint. I get bored when I have to sit for a long time. I would much rather get up and do things that actually matter. It’s a great learning environment for me,” explained senior Ag Mechanics student Jesse Morales. Students are able to gain actual experience in the career fields that interest them, increasing student engagement and preparation for life after high school. “I want to be a welder when I grow up, so ag mechanics is my favorite class. I feel like what I am learning actually matters for my future,” mentioned Taylor Ianneo, NHS Junior. In addition to opportunities to work hands-on in class, Titan FFA members are able to practice their leadership skills outside of the classroom. One of the most unique things about FFA members at NHS is that everyone wants to be involved. “I love being active. I love giving back to the community and to the school,” commented Senior Alena Souza. So many members want to be involved in fact, that students have to compete to be a part of traveling teams and off campus events. “It’s also a big deal to get to be on one of the traveling teams.
Even within our chapter we compete all year to get to go to field days in the spring,” explained Souza. For some events closer to home however, more than just the traveling teams get to compete. In October, 138 Titan FFA members competed at Opening/Closing competition winning the Novice, Open and Officer divisions as well as five outstanding officers in each division. “Opening/ Closing was so much fun. It was my first time traveling with FFA, and I can’t wait to do it again,” said Maddie Avila, freshman FFA member. Beyond the classroom and the leadership aspects for the program however, the reason that students flock to “Ag Island” is because of the people. “The teachers are crazy, which definitely keeps you on your toes,” remarked Alena Souza. Sophomore Jacob Abatti summed up the NHS ag program the best. “I like being in the FFA because I have learned a lot of leadership skills, but that’s not the best part. I spend my time at the ag department because when I walk onto ‘Ag Island’ I feel like I’m home.” •
“Students are able to gain actual experience in the career fields that interest them, increasing student engagement and preparation for life after high school.”
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“I spend my time at the Ag Department because when I walk into ‘Ag Island’ I feel like I’m home.”
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Confessions of a California FFA Gage
It was freshman year. This was the day I had been secretly dreading for quite a few weeks - the day of the Opening and Closing Contest. I was playing the part of Vice President and when I had finished making sure all the officers were at their stations I proceeded to say “Madame President, all officers are...” There was just one small problem. The President was a boy and my inexperienced public speaking skills sent me into panic mode! Instead of moving on I said out loud, “Oh shoot. I mean...ughhh...I meant Mr.... uhhhh”. By that time I had forgotten what else to say. That’s the day I figured out it’s probably better to just pretend that John who sits next to you in class, clearly a boy, is a girl for the day than freak out. Lesson learned.
I can remember back to my freshmen year at the Greenhand Leadership Conference in Colusa. We had to do a type of obstacle course race, and when it was my turn to go, I was sprinting down the pavement in front of everyone and of course my feet flew out from under me. Suddenly, there were a lot of “ooohs” and “ahhs” and my face turned an interesting shade of hot crimson. When I skidded to a stop, I got up and scurried out of the range of attention. Needless to say, the orange team won that fateful day. My bleeding knee, however, did not.
Just thinking of all the embarrassing moments in FFA makes me turn red because I probably have way too many for the average Joe. Probably one of the more hot face instances would have been just before COLC my senior year when we were practicing for our lip sync. The song was ‘Gangnam Style’ and our team had spent hours the night before perfecting the choreography to show our advisors after our officer meeting. With less than five minutes until the end of lunch, we showed the advisors and all the students in the ag department our lip sync for critique. Sure enough my purple corduroy pants that I had had since freshman year let out a loud rip. Not just any rip, my pants had literally split in half in front of EVERYONE. I wanted to die and I had to wear a sweater around my waist for the rest of the day so I wouldn’t be late for class.
Get Your Latest News Published in CA FFA News! Here’s how 1) Submit an article about your chapter’s recent activity. a. Article should be 100-150 words. b. Please do not include members or advisors names within the article. c. The “Chapter Scoop” should be about an interesting and/or unique type of FFA activity. We are not interested in the traditional type of activities to include monthly meetings, Career Development Events and judging teams. This is an opportunity to showcase new and innovative chapter activities. 2) Attach a GREAT quality digital photo. a. Ensure the photo is in color and showcases a picture to help further explain the submitted article. b. Photos that are acceptable include members in appropriate clothing and displaying appropriate behavior. c. Photos must be sent as individual jpeg files.
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3) Email the above information to Jackie Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Subject of the email must include your chapter’s name. In the email, please include the author of the chapter scoop. CA FFA News Deadlines: Material Due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Date Magazine is Published Spring 2014 Early Summer 2014
* If the Chapter Scoop does not meet the above qualifications, it may not be included in the publication. Material sent after the respective due date will not be included. •
State Officer Valerie
This embarrassing moment took place in the great state of Indiana during National Convention last year. During the annual Wrangler dinner, I was seated at a table with delegates from all different states. New Mexico, Iowa, Colorado, and Texas were all seated around the table chowing down on fried chicken and delicious mashed potatoes while sipping on sweet iced tea. (So good!) We were all having very casual conversations when Steven Brockshus looked over and asked the simple question: “Are you from a family farm?” Answering this question many times before, I proceeded to reply, “No, my mom is actually in real-estate, blah blah blah...” I attempted to overcome my nervous butterflies by confidently asking the question back. However, being the more than often socially awkward person that I am, I got through about 85% of the question before I nervously took a drink of water. Because of this blunder, the question I ended up asking was, “So, do you have a family?” High five, Va l e r i e , high five.
You think State Officers are always on point? Always perfect? Never mess up? Read below for their embarrassing stories and think again!
Alumni on the Go... Feature YOUR great Alumni in the next CA FFA News! California FFA News takes great pride in its members and chapters; we hope YOU take advantage of this great opportunity and showcase the outstanding members and activities of your chapter!
My embarrassing moment happened my sophomore year during the Superior Regional Meeting that was going on just before opening session of State Conference that year. I was leading the Superior Region with our chant: “Oh yes, We are, Superior by far!”. And of course the first time through it was great, but then the second time I did it my voice cracked really bad and almost everybody noticed and just started laughing… Good times haha
My senior year of high school I was at the Southern Region COLC and I was tasked with the duty of introducing the state officers. I decided to get all the students pumped up and excited for the state officers. Little did I know, the next item on the agenda was a reflection activity. So of course, having all the members super excited and cheering ruined the mood of the entire upcoming reflection. Not only was this moment very awkward, it was very embarrassing.
This is an opportunity to showcase alumni from your chapter and it’s simple! Just answer the questions below about alumni who have been out of the FFA for at least five years. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Name Chapter you were a member of List/Describe the FFA activities/leadership roles you were involved in. List/Describe the projects you were involved in. How did your participation in the FFA prepare you for what you are doing today? Be sure to include what you do, responsibilities for, etc. Additional information that would be of interest to our readers.
Please send Alumni On The Go information along with photos of “then” and “now” in jpeg format to Jackie Garcia at email@example.com by the insert deadlines: Material Due by 11:59pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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National Proficiency Winners
National Proficiency Finalists
Agricultural Services—Entrepreneurship/Placement Winner: Michael Valencia—Madera FFA Michael Valencia of the Madera FFA Chapter in Madera, California grew up around the apiary industry and was the proud owner of 15 hives before he was a freshman in high school. Today, he has 115 hives and offers pollination services to local agriculturalists. Valencia hopes to continue growing his business and use it as a supplementary income to his future career as an educator. He is supported by his father Emilio and his FFA advisor Brent George. This award is sponsored by TransCanada.
Beef Production—Placement Winner: Jordan Sporrowk—Lodi FFA Jordan Sparrowk of the Lodi FFA Chapter in Lodi, California discovered early on that he wanted to be involved in his father’s beef cattle operation. His duties started small; at first he was merely asked to carry branding irons and putting out salt licks. Today; however, he can do nearly anything the operation requires: branding, processing, calving and doctoring. Sparrowk is supported by his parents Wendy and Jeff and his FFA advisors Mrs. Goehring, Mr. Garrett and Mr. Newport. This award is sponsored by Keystone Steel & Wire Company – Red Brand and Midwest PMS.
• Agriculture Education Jared Price, Los Banos • Ag Mechanics Design and Fabrication Andrew Francis, North-Bakersfield • Ag Processing Cameron Cates, Kingsburg • Ag Services Michael Valencia, Madera • Ag Science Research/Plant Systems Anh D. Nguyen, Florin • Beef Production/Entrepreneurship Roy Yates, Lodi • Beef Production/Placement Jordan Sparrowk, Lodi • Diversified Crop Production/ Entrepreneurship Aaron Avila, Hanford
Veterinary Science—Entrepreneurship/ Placement Winner: Cayci Allison—Lemoore FFA Cayci Allison of the Lemoore FFA chapter in Lemoore, has dreamt of becoming a veterinarian since she was a child and today, she has the opportunity to work at a local animal clinic. As a freshman, her job was to clean cages and kennels and laundry. Fast forward four years and her responsibilities have grown to include assisting in surgeries and with emergencies. Allison plans on pursuing an advanced degree in veterinary medicine and return to the local animal clinic. She is supported by parents Allison Holmes and Steve Allison and FFA advisor Marybeth Hearn. This award is sponsored by American Veterinary Medical Association.
Pictured left to right • Miguel Guerra, Righetti • Darrell Hirschler, Tulelake • Jill Sperling, Kingsburg • Anthony Catalan, Firebaugh • Tim Brown, Tulelake • Vikki Davis, Golden Valley • Rhonda Fuller, Rubidoux, Not Pictured
Food Products and Processing System • Division 2 – Danny McMullen, • Division 4 – Abriana Cardenas Plant Systems • Division 1 • Division 2 • Division 3 • Division 4
National Chapter Award
• Florin • King City • Santa Maria Two Star • Exeter • Littlerock
Animal Systems • Division 1 – Adrianna Begley, • Division 4 – Madison Albiani/M
Environmental Services/Natural Res • Division 1 – Shelby Clifford – 3 • Division 2 – Melissa Orosco, E • Division 4 – Jasmine Lowe/Ma
Honorary American Degree Recipients
One Star • Atwater • Dixon • Escondido • Imperial • Bret Harte
National Agriscience Fai
• Templeton • East Nicolaus • Esparto • Lodi Three Star • Norco
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National Band / Choir Members • National Choir – Tahnee Bray, King City • National Band – Juan Guzman, Delano • National Band – Dervin Murphy, Escalon
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Andrew Dias, Cer Jillian Drake, Fallb Victor Barajas/An Oscar Barreto/Rub
Power, Structural and Technical Syste • Division 1 – Joe Teixeira, Escal • Division 2 – Sadie Whempner, • Division 3 – Serena Stephens/J • Division 4 – Zaidee Shaw/Asia
Social Systems • Division 2 – Frankie Bowers, Es • Division 4 – Caterina Grossi/A
• Environmental Sciences Bradley Thurm, Mountain Empire • Forest Management and Products Colton Ross, Fortuna • Home and Community Development Gianna Pendleton, Sebastopol • Nursery Operation Carina Duran, Wasco • Small Animal Production and Care Ben Liwanag, Manteca-East Union • Specialty Animal Production Melody Harris, Hanford • Vegetable Production Angelena Ruffoni, Santa Rosa • Veterinary Science Cayci Allison, Lemoore
Santa Rosa - GOLD Miranda McCurry, Elk Grove – Reserve Champion
sources Systems 3rd Place Elk Grove – GOLD alia Leilani, Elk Grove – SILVER
ms El Capitan – 4th Place s/Sarah Stotts, Galt-Liberty Ranch – 4th Place
res-Central Valley – 5th Place brook – SILVER ndrea Bryant, Ceres-Central Valley – 4th Place ben Soto, Paramount Bard – SILVER
ems lon – Bronze , Elk Grove – Reserve Champion Jessica Marrone, Sacramento-Sheldon – SILVER a Solano-Lim, Elk Grove – GOLD
scalon – SILVER Alexandra Rocha, Escalon – Bronze
National Winner Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems Tulelake FFA • Wayne Will – 3rd Place High Individual • Luke Plass – 4th Place High Individual • Dakota Massey • Julio Villasenor
National Winner Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team San Luis Obispo FFA • Lindsey Young • Luke O’Leary • Amber Bjerre • Hailey Robella • Brynn Robella • Max Teaford
2nd Place Marketing Plan Galt FFA • Gabrielle Franke • Katelyn Vanderspek • Sierra Mc Dow
8th Place Poultry Evaluation Grace Davis FFA • Vanessa De La Cruz • David De La Cruz • Devin Miller
3rd Place Milk Quality and Products Atwater FFA • Sandra Duran – 2nd Place High Individual • Austin Conour • Juan Hurtado • Candice Thao
9th Place Environmental and Natural Resources Mariposa FFA • Wyatt Wass • Kaymen Smith • Justin Fiske • Brandon Wingate
5th Place Dairy Cattle Evaluation Atwater-Buhach Colony FFA • Kathleen Migliazzo – 3rd Place High Individual • Deena Migliazzo • Shane Gillard • Yvonne Staffler 5th Place Livestock Evaluation Paso Robles FFA • Nathanael Bourgault – 9th Place High Individual • Kaitlyn Bedell • Branson Medeiros • Jacob Dilger 6th Place Meats Evaluation and Technology Madera FFA • Joalex Sanchez – 2nd Place High Individual • Virat Kang • Eduardo Rodriguez • Matthew Flores
Gold Emblem • Parliamentary Procedure – Galt-Liberty Ranch FFA • Veterinary Science – Dinuba FFA Silver Emblem • Agriculture Issues – Tulare FFA • Agriculture Sales – Bakersfield-Frontier FFA • Agronomy – Atwater FFA • Creed Speaking – Amanda Skidmore, Atwater-Buhach Colony FFA • Floriculture – St. Helena FFA • Forestry – Oneal’s-Minarets FFA • Horse Evaluation – Santa Maria FFA • Job Interview – Gage Willey, East Nicolaus FFA • Prepared Public Speaking – Jessica Judge, San Luis Obispo FFA Bronze Emblem • Extemporaneous Speaking – Montanna Tarkington, Tulare FFA • Farm Business Management – Elk Grove FFA • Nursery/Landscape – Perris FFA
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California FFA Members I
n November, directly proceeding the 86th National FFA convention, 104 members and advisors from all over the state were able to take an extended trip to Washington, D.C. The trip included many opportunities from sightseeing around the National Mall to experiencing a very powerful wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I can’t imagine those in attendance not being moved, inspired, or touched by the powerful messages displayed at each site visited over the course of the trip. We started at the Holocaust Museum on Sunday morning and then toured the Smithsonian. Monday included a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, the National Cathedral, and Capitol Hill. Each day concluded with a night tour of the many different memorials. Seeing each of the monuments at night had a unique effect. The tone became even more meaningful and encouraged thoughtfulness and appreciation for those to whom the respective memorial was dedicated. Each memorial was different; however, they all had a similar serenity that seemed to unite them all with the same purpose of thanking those who came before us and affected our country. Our final morning in Washington, D.C. included a very special trip to the Arlington
magine this, you have just finished one of the most amazing leadership opportunities of a lifetime in Louisville, Kentucky at the 86th annual National FFA Convention. The gavel is tapped signaling the end of convention, and the next thing you know you are boarding a plane heading to the leadership center of our country, Washington DC. This experience is what many of the California FFA members had following convention. Members were enriched in a phenomenal adventure where they had the opportunity to taste some of the history the Capitol has to offer. The trip started off with a bang with sightseeing of locations like the White House and the Hall of States and Nations. However, the experience was swiftly changed to a reflective and reverend state as members remembered those who were lost to the mass genocide of the Holocaust at the Holocaust Museum. After the moving experience, a period of time was given for
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National Cemetery in Virginia. We boarded tour buses and rode through the cemetery up to the burial site of John F. Kennedy, and his wife Jacqueline, where the eternal flame is located. We then boarded the buses and traveled to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The group stood silently and watched the extremely precise motions of the guards. It was so moving to see how dedicated and honorable they all were. After the changing of the guard ceremony, California had the very special honor to present a wreath to our fallen soldiers. The pride we felt I’m sure was immense, not only for our blue jackets and country, but especially for those individuals who have fought for our freedom so selflessly. At the conclusion of the wreath laying ceremony, we made our way to the amphitheater where the state officers delivered the most moving and personal Patriotic Observance I have seen in my four years in the FFA. They brought a majority of the group to tears with the level of sentimental content in each of their parts. They did an outstanding job of communicating the passion, heart, and determination that reflects the character of many serving in our armed forces. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. It has created a greater sense of pride in my country and in our organization. Submitted by Evie Starich, Hanford FFA •
members to roam the National Mall and explore places like the Smithsonian Museums and National Archives. Day two involved a thrilling adventure of Mount Vernon, where members were blessed by history and the beautiful landscape of George Washington’s estate. At the end of each night members had the amazing experience of viewing the many memorials scattered around DC, including the Lincoln Memorial, World War Two Memorial, Korean Memorial, and many more. To finish this once in a lifetime experience, the California FFA Association paid their respects to those who have fallen by participating in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. These humbling experiences will forever resonate in the minds of those attendees. Submitted by Grant Hall, O’Neals-Minarets FFA •
Speaking Tips from the Champion Herself...
Cottonwood-West Valley FFA
What advice do you have for a first time FFA speaker? My advice is to be passionate about what you are saying. Talk about something that interests you, or something you believe in, when you are interested in what you are talking about, it’s easier to talk about it. Share with people your passion for agriculture, and you will enjoy it.
Do you get nervous when you speak in public? If so, how do you deal with nerves? I think nerves affect all of us. I don’t always get nervous when I speak in public; it depends on the audience I am presenting to. The best way I have found to deal with nerves is to not think too much about it. When you are presenting you should be having fun, and it’s hard to get nervous when you are enjoying what you are doing. Just take a deep breath and have fun!
What advice do you have on answering questions? Answering questions can be difficult. The best thing to do is not rush, take a couple seconds after the question to think through your answer. It is said that you have 7 seconds before it gets awkward, take all 7 seconds. Plan out what you want to say, take a breath and go for it.
How important is your personal appearance at a public speaking contest? Any advice? I do think personal appearance is important when participating in public speaking, you want to look clean and professional, however still remain true to yourself as an individual. Your personal appearance is the first impression judges get of you when you walk in so you want to look polished and ready to go.
What skills do you need to be successful at the impromptu speaking contest? I think one of the main skills necessary is confidence. You need to be able to sell what you are saying and make people believe in it too. When you come out of a round, you should feel great because you are so proud of the way you preformed.
What do you do if you make a mistake during your contest (Ex. Forgetting a word, stuttering, etc.)? We all make mistakes, none of us are perfect, no matter how much we practice, what is important is how we recover from those mistakes. If you ever stutter, or fumble over a word, don’t stress. Just calmly correct yourself and keep going. The key is not to let it show that you even messed up, keep smiling, keep talking and don’t worry.
How do you complete hand and facial gestures that look natural? Keeping hand and facial gestures natural, was a huge struggle for me. Your facial expressions should be happy and sincere, and your hand gestures should draw attention to a point you want to emphasize. Don’t over use hand gesture, that’s when they lose their value. Each motion should be deliberate and strong to enhance your performance.
How did you prepare for the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest? One of the biggest things that helped me in the Impromptu Public Speaking Contest was competing in the Creed contest my freshman year. It gave me that extra year of practice and experience. I also did practice rounds every day - the more rounds you do the better you will become. Researching key events in agriculture will also give you a bank of knowledge to use during your answers, so you remain diverse.
What advice do you have for a first time impromptu speaking contestant? Impromptu is an amazing contest, and you should enjoy each and every round. Never think too far ahead, only focus on what you need to do in the round you are in. You shouldn’t be walking into a room thinking about winning, walk in thinking about what you can share with the people in that room, and have fun doing it.
What is the most challenging aspect to this contest? How do you overcome that challenge? One of the most challenging aspects about impromptu is managing your time. You are given 30 seconds before you must begin, and in these 30 seconds you must carefully plan out your response. As well as, you only have 2 minutes total for your answer, so you need to be clear and to the point in order to avoid going over time. The more you practice the more awareness you will gain about how long your answers are becoming, so you know when to push them longer, but still stop before your time is up.
Thank you, Jenna, for sharing your golden tips!
Jenna’s Public Speaking Pocket Tips 1. 2.
Be passionate about what you are saying Have fun...it’s hard to get nervous when you are enjoying what you are doing 3. Plan out what you want to say, take a breath and go for it 4. Look polished and ready to go 5. Be able to sell what you are saying 6. Don’t let it show that you messed up, keep smiling, keep talking and don’t worry 7. Hand gestures should draw attention to a point you want to emphasize 8. Practice rounds every day - the more rounds you do the better you will become 9. Never think too far ahead, only focus on what you need to do in the round you are in 10. Be clear and to the point in order to avoid going over time
California FFANEWS • Winter 2013
Lights! Camera! Action! The GLC Opens to Rave Reviews from Attendees! Submitted By
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his year I attended the Greenhand Leadership Conference. It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. The entire event the leaders of the conference were pumped and energized, which made it more exciting and thrilling for all of us. Everyone in attendance was participating and having fun the whole day - which obviously made it a better time than just sitting in a classroom all day! e all took part in team-building activities that required everyone to participate and ultimately gain leadership skills. We learned how to work with each other and get along, even when we may have disagreed with another person. One of the activities we participated in had us hold a piece of PVC pipe in between two people and form a line so that another person could walk across it. Another fun activity was when we had to pass a marble through various pieces of pipe until the marble had gone through everyone’s pipe at least once. This activity required us to communicate with people we weren’t familiar with, and it allowed us to be able to work together easier. e were all separated into groups by the color of our wristband, and the teams were based on movie characters. We had the Wizards, the Tributes, the Avengers, the Dark Knights, and the Supermen. The Wizards, which was my team, won the spirit points contest for the whole conference! The points were kept on a board called the Box Office. The Greenhand Leadership Conference was great fun, and it’s sad that we only get to go once in our FFA career. But, we’re all looking forward to MFE now for more fun!
A Chapter Comes Together to Lead
Submitted By from the chapter of
Michael Guerra Righetti
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y All-Access Pass to the FFA was given to me in October when I attended the Greenhand Leadership Conference with 30 of my fellow Galt High FFA Chapter freshman, along with FFA members from Elk Grove, Liberty Ranch, Lodi, and several other high schools from our area. While there, we were instructed in the many benefits that the FFA offers, such as the ability to take part in competitions, travel to several locations and conventions, and learn various leadership skills. After the leaders helped us fill out a plan for us to accomplish our purposes and get to know our own strengths better, we were separated into individual groups where we were faced with several challenges that helped illustrate how these skills can be put to use. These games were also fun and brought our group together, helped us get to know each other, and forced us to cooperate to achieve our goals. any of these skills have helped me grow further in my abilities as a leader and as a person. They will also come in handy later this year, throughout high school, and throughout my life. Whether I am participating in Parliamentary Procedure competitions or applying for jobs in the future, they have become a vital part of my understanding of what being a leader really means. The Greenhand Conference helped show me the importance of these traits and how they can open many doors for me to be able to travel, compete, gain experience, and grow through the FFA program. The conference has given me more than an All Access Pass to the FFA, but also a VIP tour of the true foundation of leadership.
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t was a cold and chilly morning when FFA freshman from across the central coast and valley opened their eyes to a day that would be filled with fun, friends, and memories. We loaded the buses, ag trucks, and vans and headed to Paso Robles, California - the site of the Greenhand Leadership Conference. Fifty freshmen from Pioneer Valley FFA attended the Greenhand Leadership Conference and had a lot of fun. As we arrived in Paso Robles we saw students gather from other chapters including King City, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Atascadero, Templeton, and many more. At first we were scared, timid with thoughts of what lied ahead and even stayed huddled with students from our school afraid of the new faces, new voices, and new atmosphere. We were quickly greeted by the leaders that put on the conference, as they grouped us like cattle around the entrance of the door where their loud, energetic voices filled the air. Dressed in our conference T-shirts and colored wristbands we waited for them to lead us into the conference hall. The doors swung open, students sprinted into the hall chasing the music from within. ights, Camera, Action! Before we knew it, the conference had begun. We were separated into groups filled with strangers that soon would become friends. We immediately realized that we shared a bond; we introduced ourselves, shared our thoughts and the many characteristics that made us similar and unique. My group - titled after the Hunger Games book – was called The Tributes and the fun began. We developed skills before and after lunch that quickly were put together in our Action Plan that we left with. Activities included skills building events that taught us communication, teamwork, observation, and leadership. We brought the day to an end with opportunities such as conferences we can attend, SAE’s that we can be involved in, CDE’s that we can compete in, and activities that can make our freshmen year one to remember. We celebrated our accomplishment and drove back to our respective schools to share the memories that were made on that memorable day.
Their Own Greenhand Boot Camp L
eadership, excitement, growth. These are just some of the words that describe Righetti FFA’s Greenhand Boot Camp. Each year our school has to limit the number of freshmen who will attend the Greenhand Leadership Conference. Our Chapter Officer Team was passionate about changing that fact this year! After brainstorming with the Ag Leadership class, we came up with the idea of hosting our very own Greenhand Conference for our chapter’s freshmen, and having the Officer Team and Executive Committee lead it. We decided to call it the “Greenhand Boot Camp”. The main idea for the Boot camp is to jump-start the freshmen in the program, and go deeper into the opportunities the FFA has to offer. Over 70 Greenhands attended the Saturday event. Upon arrival they received a shirt and a colored wristband to separate them into team groups. Each group went through four rotations of workshops, with a session in between each workshop where there was music, dancing, and groups participated in team building games to earn points for their team. About halfway through the conference they received lunch and mingling time. The workshops were on Leadership, SAE’s, CDE’s, and Conferences. ur chapter wanted more students to experience a conference to know what to expect before they attended one. What better way than to do it ourselves! This conference was a great experience for the Greenhands to meet new people, become leaders, and gain more knowledge on agriculture and the FFA. It’s great that they can hear how exciting the FFA is and how much it has to offer from their fellow peers. After reading the conference evaluations after they experienced the Boot Camp, everyone who attended expressed they learned a lot more on what they can be a part of in the FFA, and can’t wait to get started on their FFA career. The most interested Greenhands got to attend GLC as well. Not only was Greenhand Boot Camp a great leadership opportunity for the Greenhands, but also for the Chapter Officers and Executive Committee leading it. This is definitely a great way to increase freshmen involvement and get them hooked on the FFA. Righetti FFA encourages and recommends your chapter to have your own “Greenhand Boot Camp”. Have fun with it!
California FFANEWS • Winter 2013
Sonora-La Habra FFA
Spooky Success Submitted by Hannah Morris
Winter 2013 Edition
Sonora-La Habra FFA’s annual Halloween Haunt was a spooky success with over 500 students and community members scared to tears by its entertainment. A spine-chilling maze was the highlight - if people dared to enter - as it circled through the school farm. Other activities included an arcade full of thrilling games, incredible real pumpkin piñata smash, truck-or-treating, and other contests. Treats where plentiful with a taco man and snack bar. On their way out, many stopped at our pumpkin patch to buy a pumpkin to bring home. This event is hosted by a committee of over 50 members who construct the maze and organize the event. Sonora loved hosting this event and was thrilled to see the success!
Rio Vista FFA
Annual Fun Shoot
Submitted by Kylee Hagan Bird’s Landing Fun Shoot? What’s that? The Bird’s Landing Fun Shoot is where members of their hunting club come out and shoot rounds of clay pigeons for the day. The Rio Vista FFA chapter had the privilege of serving the hunting club lunch which consisted of ribs, chicken, beans, salad, rolls, and cookies. A Beretta Outlander and many prizes donated by various companies were raffled off. We all had a great time as we were able to interact with members of our community, as well as bond together as a chapter. Thank you to Bird’s Landing Hunting Club for letting us host this lunch. We can’t wait until next year!
California FFANEWS • Winter 2013
Adventurous Summer Submitted by Iris Stewart, Chapter Reporter During this past summer, our ag teacher offered members an opportunity to go on an adventure! Some students accepted the adventure invitation and traveled to his ranch where they participated in giving baby calves their shots, brands, and castrating them. Alumni students participated alongside current students with about twenty five percent of the Campbell FFA chapter accounted for! Although a challenging task, three female members were brave enough to take on the encounter of castrating the bulls. The main activity for everyone was tackling the bull to immobilize it then give vaccinations, deworm, castrate and brand. In September and October everyone joined again at the ranch to halter break the calves, so that they would be comfortable with human contact. There are six steers that will be sold the second week of November - hopefully some of our students at the ag center will buy a couple!
McArthur FFA and American Pie Submitted by Taylor Corder, Chapter Reporter
Successful Traditions Submitted by Tyson Brem Strathmore FFA is proud to present our “Boot Stomping” activity, held for our freshmen during lunchtime the first week of school. Our chapter invited the freshmen to come out and meet our officers, specifically their new FFA big brother or sister! The Strathmore FFA Big Bother/Sister program is designed to assign a freshman to one of our elected Chapter Officers. This will give them an FFA mentor for their entire Greenhand year. Strathmore FFA believes this helps motivate our freshman to become more involved and informed about our program and organization. Now that our Big Brother/Sister program is established, our freshmen have a familiar face they can talk to or see when they are at meetings and events. Not only do our freshman benefit from this program but it is also a great opportunity for the officers to build their leadership skills and a successful program. We are standing true to our motto this year, which reads, “With new traditions, we’re aiming for success”.
As the leaves and seasons changed, the McArthur FFA chapter was preparing to hold its annual Apple Pie Sale scheduled for November 10th. For ten years now, the chapter has been making apple pies to raise money to attend the numerous FFA activities throughout the year. Around 100 McArthur FFA students, parents, alumni, and community members gather at the local fair grounds to peal, cut, and mix apples as well as mix, kneed, and fold pie dough. After each pie is prepared and individually wrapped, they are ready to pick up for the customer. Last year, the chapter broke the all-time high by making 847 pies. This year the goal was to prepare 1000 pies or more; this is an incredible accomplishment for a chapter of only 100 and a community of 1300! The McArthur FFA is very proud to hold such a successful fundraiser but it would not be possible without the support from the Intermountain Community.
Fear Factor Submitted by Maria Rios, Chapter Reporter Are you familiar with a show named “Fear Factor” where people take rigorous challenges to win a great deal of money? Well, here at the Tokay FFA chapter, we changed it to a special Ag Edition! Contestants went through four stages, starting with a whip cream pie, where members had their hands tied behind their back and had to find a candy eyeball in the cream pie. Next, Dip-Your-Hand-In-The-Pumpkin is just as it sounds! The five members that moved on to the next stage had to dip their hand into a pumpkin filled with worms, dirt and three tiny marbles which they had to find. The four fastest members moved on to the next round. In the Dog Treat Race, members had to get ahold of dog treats with only their mouth. The final stage consisted of three members and the final challenge was to eat cooked cow tongue. Our champion received the 2013 Tokay FFA hoodie!
California FFANEWS • Winter 2013
Alumni on the Go...
Gino Farinelli • Escalon FFA
While a member of the Escalon FFA chapter, Mr. Farinelli was involved as a chapter officer, he received his State Farmer degree, was awarded as State Champion on his Dairy Products team as well as steer and sheep champion at the California State Fair. During high school Mr. Farinelli also took advantage of his opportunities by attending the State FFA Conference and National FFA Convention. Along with being active in different FFA activities in high school, Mr. Farinelli was also highly involved in various projects that kept him busy, including showing not only steers but also lambs and pigs. He also spent his time tending to his almond orchards and grape vineyards.
As if all his FFA activities weren’t enough to keep Mr. Farinelli busy as a high school student, he also played sports such as football, basketball, and track. He was named MVP for football and league winner for shot put in track.
Mr. Farinelli’s high involvement and participation in leadership development, parliamentary procedure, and public speaking helped him throughout college and his future career. After thirty-two years of running FFA at Escalon High School, he is now a happily retired ag teacher. Today, he remains involved with the program and students by serving as a livestock judge. Mr. Farinelli was also recently selected to be in the Ag Teacher Hall of Fame! •
Made for Excellence and Advanced Leadership Academy
Hosted by your 2013-2014 State Officers
As a participant, you will…
…define leadership and identify how to be a leader in your home and community …investigate personal strengths and interests …identify specific opportunities for involvement in FFA and continued leadership growth …get to network with other FFA members from around California …have a great time while expanding your leadership development!
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet new people and grow as a leader while having a great time! Ask your ag teacher more about it and mark your calendar for the conference nearest you!
January 10-11....... MFE/ALA...................... Sacramento 17-18....... MFE/ALA...........................Redding 24-25....... MFE/ALA......................... Monterey 31-Feb 1... MFE/ALA........................... Ontario February 7-8........... MFE/ALA.......................... Modesto 14-15....... MFE/ALA............................. Visalia 20........... Superior Region FFA Meeting and ..... ............... State Degree Ceremony...........Chico
As a participant, you will…
…be exposed to the role industry leaders and organizations play in promoting agriculture …create an understanding of issues that affect the agriculture industry …develop and present an oral argument on one of the identified issues …get to network with other FFA members from around California …have a great time while expanding your leadership development!
2014 Conference Schedule . . . . .
February, continued 21........... South Coast Spring FFA Meeting....... ............... ...................................... King City 22........... San Joaquin Region CATA/FFA ........ ............... Meetings.........Frontier HS,Bakersfield 22........... Central Region CATA/FFA Meetings .. ............... ................................ Delta College 22........... North Coast Spring FFA/CATA ........ ............... Meeting and State Degree Ceremony
March 4-7........... SLE..............................Sacramento April 5............. Southern Region FFA/CATA Meeting . ............... ........................................ Pomona 12-15....... State FFA Leadership Conference....... ............... .......................................... Fresno
Published on Dec 5, 2013
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