Atwater FFA Officers Attend Leadership Retreat
“It Starts Now” was selected as the 2018-2019 Atwater FFA theme as advisors and chapter officers gathered at South Lake Tahoe, CA for their annual Atwater FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Retreat. “This year’s theme correlates with numerous academic, personal growth, leadership, and career exploration opportunities students will have through their enrollment and involvement in FFA and agriculture education this upcoming school year,” said Atwater FFA President Emmanuel Mejia. The primary goals of the annual 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 Macintosh. This year’s officer team hopes to inspire student leadership, expand personal success, increase participation from current members, and strengthen recruitment of new members.
Highlights from the leadership retreat included visiting the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park to participate in aerial trekking courses, such as zip lines and other treetop obstacles. This was the first time on a ropes course for all the students. “The experience made me face my fear of heights, overcome challenges, and gain self-confidence through the experience,” said FFA officer Luz Soto. “I experience was exhilarating!” Personality tests, team-building activities, and various recreational lake activities also took place among the students during the retreat.
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 Shelby West.
The new officer team is looking forward to the challenges and rewards that the upcoming 2018-2019 school year holds for them. This year’s officer team includes Emmanuel Mejia, President; Cristal Venegas, Vice President; Elisabeth Garner, Secretary; Kaya Briscoe, Treasurer; Alyssa Carrillo, Reporter; Alfredo Elizarraraz, Sentinel; and Luz Soto, Historian. In addition to the Atwater FFA chapter officers, one other Atwater FFA member (Michael Bray) joined the leadership retreat as he will be serving as a sectional FFA officer within the Merced-Mariposa section.
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