Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA Successful at College Agriculture Skills Competitions
Seven Atwater High School FFA judging teams joined over a thousand other high school agriculture students at the Cosumnes River College and Reedley College FFA Field Days focused on Career Development Event (CDE)skills competitions on April 14th. The agriculture related skills competitions resulted in top placings for the Marketing Plan, Agronomy, Land and Soil Evaluation, and Farm Business management teams placing in the “Top 5”.
The Atwater FFA Marketing Plan team comprised of Jasmine Sandoval, Anessa Cardenas, and Alison Melanader placed 1st overall at the Cosumnes River College FFA Field Day in a contest that seeks to effectively prepare students for the opportunities and expectations of the agricultural business workplace. Students seeking careers in agriculture business must develop a high degree of knowledge and skill as well as the capacity to create and present a marketing plan.
The Atwater FFA Agronomy judging team of Luz Soto, Elisabeth Garner, Maria Ruelas, and Jennifer Velazquez placed 2nd overall at the Cosumnes River College FFA Field Day in a contest that involves the study field crops and weeds with students responsible for the identification of nearly 200 crops and plants, seed, bean, and hay evaluation, and an oral presentation pertaining to their evaluations.
The Atwater FFA Land and Soil Evaluation team placed 4th overall at the Reedley College FFA Field Day with a team that included Audrey Esau (1st high overall), Michael Bray, and Jose Ruiz. 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 Farm Business Management team placed 4th overall at the Cosumnes River College FFA Field Day. The team was comprised of Kelsi Kamesch, Liliana Vargas, Ricardo Ortega, Catalina Diaz, and Zion Brigham. The Farm Business Management CDE helps students learn business skills and apply economic principles to agricultural businesses. Contest focus areas include business record keeping, depreciable property, and tax management.
The Atwater FFA Best Informed Greenhand (BIG) team placed 9th overall at Reedley College and was led by Lillian Sackett, Lizbeth Arias, and Supreet 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.
The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team of Daisy Flores-Mota, Joel Rojas, Juanabel Perez, and Marie Croado placed 9th overall 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 Floriculture team of Hayley Vargas and Kathy Vargas placed 13th overall with an incomplete team (team consists of four students). The competition involves plant identification, application of “hands-on” floral arrangements, and industry related floral skills.
The Cosumnes River College and Reedley College FFA Field Days are designed to showcase students’ “hands-on” and technical skills in various agriculture related fields. “Students apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-life job skill environments,” said FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. “We have a group of students that take tremendous pride towards their work ethic and skill development in a variety of agricultural related skills and occupations.” The FFA judging competitions and state championships continue with Fresno State University and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo scheduled in the coming two months.
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