Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA Marketing Plan Team Wins State Championship
Atwater FFA will be heading to the National FFA Finals as the Marketing Plan team won the 2019 FFA state championship at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on May 4th. With over 1800 California high school agriculture students representing over 150 high schools throughout the state, the Atwater FFA Marketing Plan team comprised of Anessa Cardenas, Kaya Briscoe, and Megan Escobar placed first overall and will be representing the Atwater/Winton community, Merced County, and the state of California at the National FFA Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana in late October. Atwater FFA sent eleven individual agriculture Career Development Event (CDE) teams to Cal Poly, SLO with 10 of the 11 teams placing in the “Top 10” in California. “When you combine great kids and dedicated teachers with the tremendous support of one’s school, district, community, and local agriculture industry, you get positive results and tremendous success as demonstrated at the state finals competitions,” said FFA advisor Dave Gossman.
The Marketing Plan contest 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 Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team placed 2nd overall in the state with a team comprised of Anthony Hernandez, Faith Johnson, Natalie Frontella, and Valerie Carlos. Atwater High School senior Natalie Frontella was 1st high individual overall. The Atwater FFA Farm Business Management team placed 2nd overall with a team comprised of Emily Junez, Liliana Vargas, Simarjot Gandhoke, and Zion Brigham. The Atwater FFA Nursery and Landscape team placed 6th overall with a team comprised of Cristal Venegas, Daniel Narez, Stefani Sanchez, and Vanessa Varela. The Atwater FFA Poultry team placed 6th overall with a team comprised of Alfredo Elizarraraz, Mariah Castro, Stephania Valdovinos, and Victor Mejia. Atwater FFA’s Soil and Land Evaluation team placed 6th overall with a team comprised of Estrella Venancio-Reyes, Kelly Lopez, Sabrina Lopez, and Vivianna Cebrero. Atwater FFA’s Agronomy team placed 7th overall with a team comprised of Elisabeth Garner, Gurkirath Gandjok, Jennifer Velazquez, and Luz Soto. The Atwater FFA Floriculture team placed 7th overall with a team comprised of Arely Venegas, Faith Ceja, Hayley Vargas, and Kathy Vargas. The Atwater FFA Ag Communications team placed 8th overall in the state with a team comprised of Emma Garcia, Michael Bray, Oscar Perez, and Yesenia Santillan. The Atwater FFA Meats team placed 9th overall with a team comprised of Adriana Lopez, Erika Silva, and Jaimie Colores. The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team placed 17th overall with a team comprised of Daisy Flores-Mota, Jose Ruiz, Juanabel Perez, and Marie Corado.
There are over 89,000 high school agriculture students in California representing over 375 high school agriculture programs, and the success of the Atwater FFA agriculture program can be attributed to the agriculture pathway sequence of courses at Atwater High School, the increased student involvement/participation outside of the classroom, and the tremendous support from the school/district, community, and agriculture industry. “We will say it time and time again,” says FFA advisor Kaylyn Davenport, “We are seeing a positive return on everyone’s investment with our students, and we all should take tremendous pride in their accomplishments.”
Atwater High School FFA will now focus on fundraising the $20,000 to send the Atwater FFA Marketing Plan team to the National FFA Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2018 Atwater FFA Cotton team to the Washington DC FFA leadership conference in recognition of winning the 2018 Cotton State Championships this past October.
For more information on the plant sale, Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .