Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA Students Compete in State Skills Competitions
Forty-five Atwater High School agriculture staff and students filled a charter bus and suburban and joined nearly 2000 high school students representing nearly 100 high schools throughout central and northern California at the Arbuckle FFA Field Day and the Modesto Junior College Parliamentary Procedure Invitational contest on February 2nd. The FFA Field Day competitions mark the beginning of the FFA judging season where thousands of students throughout California compete in various Career Development Event (CDE) agriculture-related skill contests.
The Atwater FFA Agronomy judging team placed 2nd overall with Luz Soto (1st overall), Elisabeth garner (2nd overall), Gurkirath Gandhok, and Jennifer Velazquez leading the team. The Agronomy contest 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 Nursery and Landscape team placed 4th overall with the team comprised of Noemi Perez, Cristal Vanessa Varela, and Stefanie Sanchez. The students demonstrated knowledge and skills in their plant identification, plant selection & evaluation, transplanting, and written exam on all aspects of horticulture and the horticulture industry.
The Atwater FFA Floral Judging team placed 5th overall with a team composed of Arely Venega, Hayley Vargas, Kathy Vargas, and Marissa Nuno. The students competed in plant identification, arrangements, and floral skills. Other students who competed included Gabriela Moreno, Perla Caballero, Xitlalic Alvarado, and Yusdivia Rojo.
The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team competed and earned a 6th finish overall team finish as they demonstrated their woodworking, electrical, oxy-fuel welding & cutting skills, tool identification, and a written exam on all aspects of agriculture mechanics. “This contest is all about ‘hands-on’ application of skills,” said coach and FFA advisor Sam Meredith, “We look forward to the opportunity to continue developing our skills and competing against other highly skilled individuals and teams throughout the upcoming contests.” Members of the Ag Mechanics team Daisy Flores-Mota, Marie Corado. Juanabel Perez, Moira Conway, Jose Ruiz, Teresa Cavallero, Everett Hill, and Thomas Garner.
The Vegetable Crops team placed 8th overall and consisted of Supreet Ganhok, Cheyenne Borba, Jose Montanez, and Vincent Gonzales. The purpose of the contest is is to create interest and promote understanding in the vegetable crop industry by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies. It is the intention of the contest to provide a venue for students to explore career opportunities, skills and proficiencies in the vegetable crop industry.
The Atwater FFA Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team has three competitors (Valerie Carlos, Jillian Stewart, and Faith Johnson) who demonstrated their knowledge and skills in milk quality (tasting), cheese identification, real vs imitation dairy foods, and a written exam on the dairy industry. “We have a young, enthusiastic, and dedicated team that is developing their skills for future success,” said coach and FFA advisor Dave Gossman. Atwater High School agriculture students Daniel Lopez and Emma Garcia also attended the trip and assisted with the contest.
The Atwater High School FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure team made it to the finals and placed 6th overall at the Modesto Junior College Parliamentary Procedure Invitational. The Atwater FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure team comprised of Elizabeth Ayala, Dakarai Valdez, Anthony Pitchford, Reagan Puthuff, Klaithsa Cruz Hernandez, and Alyssa Wilson.
This was the first contest of the year for the FFA Career Development Events (CDE’s) throughout the state of California. The primary judging season begins March 2nd at at UC Davis followed by Chico State University followed by UC Davis, Merced College, Modesto Junior College, West Hills College, Reedley College, Fresno State University, and the 2019 FFA State Finals at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on May 4th. The contests are developed for all California high school agriculture students where they are challenged to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a variety of agriculture pathways and industry
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .