Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301
Atwater FFA Chapter Officers Attend Local Leadership Conference
The 2019-2020 Atwater FFA chapter officer team joined thirteen other FFA chapters from the Merced-Mariposa section at the annual FFA Sectional Officer Leadership Conference (SOLC) held at Merced College September 10th.
The annual leadership conference is held each year to help students develop and strengthen leadership skills and responsibilities within their offices. The 2019-2020 Atwater FFA officer team is composed of Hayley Vargas, President; Daniel Lopez, Vice President; Jennifer Velazquez, Secretary; Simarjot Gandhoke, Treasurer; Eryka Lepper, Reporter; Ethan Slate, Sentinel; Sabrina Lopez, Historian; and Vanessa Varela, Parliamentarian.
This year the theme for the Merced Mariposa Sectional FFA is “Stepping Towards Purpose.” Various activities were held at the conference which included understanding body language, proper etiquette, chapter fundraising, public speaking, facilitating a meeting, analytical skills, and finding team strengths. “I learned how to communicate with my team and to not be afraid to speak up,” said Sabrina Lopez. This conference was the first of two leadership conferences the officer team will be attending this year. Later in the month, the officers will be attending a regional FFA leadership conference in Modesto. Nearly 200 chapter officers from the Central Region and the 2019-2020 California FFA Association State Officer Team will be attending the leadership conference. The skills that the students learn will be taken back to the high school and shared throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
Other FFA chapters that attended the conference included Buhach Colony, Delhi, Pacheco, Livingston, Merced, GoldenValley, Hilmar, Gustine, Dos Palos, El Capitán, Los Banos, LeGrand, Stone Ridge Christian, and Mariposa FFA.