Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater High School FFA Freshman Attend Leadership Conference
Twenty-two 9th grade agriculture students representing the Atwater High School FFA chapter joined over 1000 other 9th grade agriculture students from California’s FFA Central Region at the annual FFA Greenhand Leadership Conference (GLC). The conference was held August 21st 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 Kendall Borba.
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 Shayleigh Miller.
Participants at this year’s Greenhand Leadership Conference included: Shayleigh Miller, Reyna Morales, Mateo Duran, Trenton Hall, Nathan Metz, Sydney Nickelson, Ianna Ortega, Jordan Garcia, Jatziry Castro Delgado, Kendall Borba, America Chavez, Colton Dukes, Stephanie Venegas Solorio, Cassidy Carrillo, Allison Garner, Sonia Valdez Guzman, Rosalinda Becerra, Narely Ayala, Matt Kamykowski, Hunter Birmingham, Hannah Pope, and Tana Reed.