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October 2016
Pre-National FFA Finals Trip

FFA Teams Head to Indianapolis for National Finals

With the 2016 state FFA championship in hand, the Atwater FFA Milk Quality & Dairy Foods team, FFA Marketing Plan team, and Extemporaneous speaker have been setting their sights on the 2016 National FFA Finals competition scheduled October 19th-22nd in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over the past five months, students have been strengthening their skills and knowledge as they prepare to represent their school, community, and the entire state of California at the national level where over 60,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country will convene at the 89th annual national FFA Conference.

 

The Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team consists of Christina Aguilar, Julie Dailey, Daryl Dorsey, and Jessica Prado. Participants competing at the national finals will demonstrate their knowledge about the quality production, processing, distribution, promotion and marketing of milk and dairy foods. The Atwater FFA Marketing Plan team consists of Amanda Skidmore, Juan Hernandez, and Erika Matola. Participants competing at the national finals will develop and present a marketing plan for a current agricultural product, supply or service. Atwater FFA will also have Andrew Skidmore competing at the National FFA Finals as he won the 2016 FFA Extemporaneous Speaking championship. His contest involves giving 30 minutes to deliver a speech on one of three assigned agricultural topics. Students must learn to think on their feet and develop an argument quickly and persuasively.

 

Following their trip to the National FFA Finals, students will be heading to Washington DC to experience a variety of tours including Arlington national Cemetery, the Capitol, and the White House. “We will say it time and time again,” says FFA advisor Kaylyn Davenport, “We are seeing a positive return on everyone’s investment with our students, and we all should take tremendous pride in their accomplishments.”

 

Over $25,000 was raised with support for various community and agriculture industry supporters and sponsors. “Without the support of others, the opportunity a lifetime for these students would not exist,” said Atwater FFA advisor Dave Gossman.


Audrey Esau
Atwater FFA Reporter