Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA “Leads Tomorrow’s Legacy” During Leadership Retreat
“Leading Tomorrow’s Legacy” was selected as the 2022-2023 Atwater FFA theme as advisors and chapter officers gathered in South Lake Tahoe for their annual Atwater FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Retreat on August 5th-7th. The primary goals of the three day retreat was to plan the calendar, identify yearly objectives to help strengthen and continue the growth of its members and program, and strengthen team building skills.
“Our officer team starts the school year with focus, vision, and enthusiasm in leading their organization and our students,” said FFA advisor Kim Mesa. This year’s officer team hopes to inspire student leadership, expand personal success, increase participation from current members, and strengthen recruitment of new members. “This year’s theme represents the past successes and contributions of agriculture students and FFA members with the goal of continuing, expanding, influencing, and developing more opportunities and successes to current and future agriculture students and FFA members,” said Atwater FFA Secretary Dulce Campos.
Leadership retreat highlights included a ropes and zip line course at Treetop Adventure Park and kayaking at Lake Tahoe. For many students and some staff members, this was their first trip to South lake Tahoe and the activities involved. “The opportunity to explore and visit a beautiful place such as Lake Tahoe while getting to know fellow students and teachers was a highlight and a lifelong memorable experience.” said FFA officer Guadalupe Millan.
The Atwater High School agriculture program has been recognized as one of the state’s most productive agriculture programs by the California Agricultural Teacher’s Association (CATA) and the National Association of Agriculture Educators (NAAE). “We have tremendous support from our school administration, school district, and our community in supporting FFA and agriculture education as a way to get students involved and provide individuals with purpose, direction and self-confidence in life,” said agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Jose Vargas.
The new officer team is looking forward to the opportunities and rewards the upcoming 2022-2023 school year holds for them. This year’s officer team includes Joshaua Medeiros , President; Alexa Bracamontes, Vice President; Dulce Campos, Secretary; Guadalupe Millan, Treasurer; Jacqueline Velazquez, Reporter; Kayleigh Trindade, Sentinel; Alany Guzman, Historian; and Giselle Varela, Parliamentarian.