Atwater FFA Earns Recognition during State Leadership Convention in Anaheim
Twenty-five Atwater High School agriculture students and FFA members joined nearly 7500 California high school agriculture students ate the 91st annual California FFA Leadership Convention held in Anaheim April 25th through the 28th. In addition to the various leadership components throughout the convention, various California agriculture students were recognized for various state awards associated with leadership, public speaking, agriculture projects, and industry-related skills. Student attendees included Alfredo Elizarraraz, Alyssa Carrillo, Anessa Cardenas, Celeste Chargoy, Cristal Venegas, Daniel Lopez , Elisabeth Garner, Emily Junez, Emma Garcia, Emmanuel Mejia, Grace Reyes, Felicity Garcia, Faith Ceja, Hayley Vargas, Jennifer Velazquez, Jose Montanez , Kaya Briscoe , Kyra Wright, Liliana Vargas, Luz Soto, Nandani Patel, Michael Bray, Natalie Frontella, Simarjot Gandhoke, and Stephania Valdovinos.
Atwater High School senior Kyra Wright was recognized as the California State Proficiency winner in Turf Grass Management which involves the planting and maintaining of turf for outdoor beautification, providing a lawn mowing service that does not include installation or maintenance of additional landscaping, sod produced for sale and sport field or golf course management.
The Atwater High School FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure team placed 5th overall in the state of California. The team was comprised of Emily Junez, Anessa Cardenas, Micheal Bray, Natalie Frontella, Emmanuel Mejia, Cristal Venegas, and Simarjot Gandhoke. Parliamentary procedure is a set of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. FFA students throughout California participate in various parliamentary procedure contests where students demonstrate their public speaking, understanding, and implementation of skills.
Atwater High School sophomore Emma Garcia placed 6th overall in state of California in the FFA Impromptu speaking contest. The impromptu speech is given without any preparation, any notes or other additional materials; it is a spontaneous reaction to an agriculture-related topic at hand which may introduce an interesting turn to the discussion.
Other Atwater High School students who competed as state finalists in the state speaking competitions included Alyssa Carrillo in in the Prepared Speaking contest. The contest for all participants involves a 6-8 minute speech on an agriculture related topic/issue, a written manuscript which is scored, and a question and answer period between the contestant and judges following the speech. Anessa Cardenas competed as a state finalist in the Job Interview contest. The Job Interview contest involves students completing a cover letter, resume, job application, and panel interview. This event emphasizes developing, practicing, and demonstrating skills needed when seeking employment.
Nearly 7,500 high school students, advisors and guests attend the largest annual state CTSO conference. The four-day conference attracts young agricultural leaders from over 300 chapters throughout California. The Convention encourages students to develop personal and team leadership skills, discover agricultural careers, establish lasting friendships and strive for success. The Convention also will highlight student accomplishments in public speaking and production practices with proficiency awards, scholarships and special recognitions.
“The conference is a highlight for students who attend in terms of encouragement, motivation, and the exploration of personal, academic, and career related opportunities in one’s future,” said Atwater High School agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Kim Macintosh. “The opportunity to experience this is a tremendous investment in a young person’s life.”
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