Atwater High School FFA Freshman Attend Leadership Conference
Twenty-six 9th grade agriculture students representing the Atwater High School FFA chapter joined over 1000 9th grade agriculture students from the Central FFA Region at the annual FFA Greenhand Leadership Conference. The conference was held August 22nd at the Modesto Junior College Ag Pavilion. Under the direction of the California FFA Association, this unique conference is designed to assist students with career information and a personal plan towards accomplishing the educational requirements and skills to accomplish each student’s career objective. I had a terrific time as I got to meet new people from other schools while learning about FFA and leadership opportunities,” said Atwater FFA member Jose Vazquez.
The conference provided students various workshops and activities geared towards careers in agriculture, opportunities in the FFA, motivation to get involved, and developing a personal plan. “The conference theme was centered on laying a solid foundation for students to identify educational and personal skills needed to accomplish their career interest,” said Atwater FFA advisor Shelby West. “The students really became enthused with the program and activities, while leaving with a better understanding of what they need to accomplish during their high school years.”
The FFA establishes various levels or “degrees” during one’s FFA experience in high school. The “Greenhand” degree is the first level a student can obtain as a first-year high school agriculture student/FFA member. The FFA provides more extensive leadership conferences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors based on the level and degree earned by each student. The Atwater FFA will be recognizing over 450 students for their FFA Greenhand and Chapter Farmer (2nd year FFA members) degrees in November.
“I was introduced to the numerous academic, leadership, agriculture, and FFA opportunities agriculture education and FFA have to offer, said Atwater High School freshman Lilian Boesch.
Participants at this year’s Greenhand Leadership Conference included: Alyssa Gentry, Anthony Pitchford, Ariana Payton, Caleb Fitzgerald, Crystal Santoyo, Daniel Junez, Eryka Lepper, Ethan Slate, Gariela Soto, Gurkirath Gandhok, Hunter Boyenga, Julia Callahan, Kate Brigham, Kaylie Helm, Klarithsa Cruz Hernandez, Kyle Walsh, Lexi Garcia, Lilian Boesch, Luke Mahy, Mackenzie Maloney, Michelle Chavez Perez, Preston Tucker, Rowen Summerton , Thomas Garner, Tristan Cardey, and Yazmine Rojas.
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