Atwater FFA Earns Honors at Agriculture Skills Competition
Atwater High School FFA members joined over 1400 registered agriculture high school students throughout California at the annual Merced College FFA Field Day on March 17th. Atwater FFA’s Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team lead the school with a 1st place finish along with strong showings from the Land and Soil Evaluation, Agriculture Mechanics, Job Interview, and Vegetable Crops teams.
“Our students continue to take advantage of opportunities to be successful personally, academically, and towards their future endeavors.” said Atwater FFA Advisor Sam Meredith, “The opportunity FFA and career development events that are organized by various colleges and universities such as Merced College, provide students a tremendous opportunity to grow and develop personally and academically.”
The Atwater FFA 1st place Milk Quality and Dairy Foods was comprised of Natalie Frontella (1st overall), Kendyll Cruz (3rd overall), Callie Norton, and Luke van Warmerdam. Other participants included Alyssa Carrillo, Anthony Hernandez, Simarjot Gandhoke, and Valerie Carlos. The contest involves milk quality evaluation, milk fat identification, cheese identification, “real vs imitation” dairy products, and a written exam pertaining to the dairy industry.
The Atwater FFA 6th place Land and Soil Evaluation team included Michael Bray, Audrey Esau, Jose Ruiz, and Arturo Valdovinos. The contest involves the evaluation and interpretation of soils and soil profiles. Students analyze various soil pits and determine soil texture, water holding capacity, and erosion characteristics while associated the data with agriculture applications.
The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team of Joel Rjas, Daisy Flores –Mota, Juanabel Perez, Perla Caballero, and Moira Conway placed 11th overall (2nd overall on welding) in a contest involving hands on application skills in woodworking, electrical, oxy-fuel welding & cutting skills, tool identification, and a written exam on all aspects of agriculture mechanics.
The Atwater FFA Best Informed Greenhand (BIG) team placed 4th overall in the section and was led by Jessica Agundis, Lizbeth Arias, and Supveet Gandhok. The contest objectives are to understand the aims, purposes, history, and structure of the Local, State, and National FFA student organizations and know the opportunities it makes available as referenced in the current National FFA Manual and State Constitution.
Atwater High School agriculture program junior Anessa Cardenas participated in the Job Interview contest which involves students completing a cover letter, resume, job application, and panel interview. This event emphasizes developing, practicing, and demonstrating skills needed when seeking employment.
The Atwater FFA Vegetable Crops team comprised of Dillon Guillen, Jose Montanez, Stephania Valdovinos, and Victor Mejia had a strong showing in a contest designated to create interest and promote understanding in the vegetable crop industry by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies.
The next FFA Field Day competition is on Saturday, March 25th at Modesto Junior College with over 2000 high school agriculture students scheduled to compete from all over California in various hands-on application and critical thinking skills.
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Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301