FFA Meeting Takes Flight at Castle Air Museum
Nearly 300 Atwater High School agriculture students attended the school year’s first official FFA chapter meeting held at Castle Air Museum on September 18th. “We wanted to hold our first meeting at a location that had a significant historical value to our community and where we have found not all of our students have visited before,” said Atwater High School FFA advisor Sam Meredith. The Atwater FFA “Castle Air Museum” meeting was made possible with the support and assistance of the Castle Air Museum staff who have supported the Atwater FFA program and the efforts of the agriculture mechanics (shop) students with various aircraft stairway projects built by students over the past few years.
The FFA meeting was organized and implemented with the 2018-2019 FFA chapter officers performing the official FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Once the business portion of the meeting concluded, students were treated with a complimentary BBQ and access and tours with the Castle Air Museum staff. The chapter meeting consisted of committee reports which included the chapter’s Placement Ad fundraiser with Sabrina Lopez informing the students that over $6000 has been raised thus far. “This fundraiser is always very successful due to the tremendous support of the community,” said Atwater FFA Chapter Sentinel Alfredo Elizarraraz. “We are very privileged to have the support of the people in our local community.” Other items discussed on the agenda included announcements pertaining to the annual Take-Out BBQ, the FFA Fall Plant Sale, the FFA Greenhand Leadership Conference, upcoming football game BBQ crews, FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies contest, and the annual FFA Corn Maze meeting.
A free BBQ dinner was served to all of the students who attended following the meeting. “The FFA organization is a student run organization,” said FFA advisor BBQ extraordinaire Sam Meredith. “The students prepared, cooked, and served all the food for the meeting as they take personal pride in being on the BBQ team.”
“The meeting was a lot of fun,” said junior Litzy Suastigui. “I am very excited to be involved with the FFA.” The Atwater FFA conducts monthly meetings that are organized, prepared, and run by the FFA chapter officers and the high school’s Ag Leadership class. “It’s great to see students pull together and work as a team in putting together such an exciting event,” said FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. Atwater FFA Chapter Treasurer, Kaya Briscoe summarized the atmosphere best when she shared, “FFA is a positive organization to get involved with because it is lots of fun, it keeps you interested, and everybody is a family.”
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301