FFA Students Attend State Leadership Academy
Sixteen Atwater High School FFA students joined over three hundred
and fifty students from central and northern California FFA regions
for the Made For Excellence (MFE), and Advance Leadership Academy
(ALA) conference on January 6th and 7th at the
Hilton Arden West in Sacramento, California. This two-day conference
is designed primarily for high school sophomores, juniors, and
seniors. The MFE
curriculum focuses on the personal growth of each individual.
Students learned about using conflict resolution techniques
appropriately, setting goals, and building self-esteem. Each student
created a plan of action which outlined a game plan to accomplish
their individual high school and career goals.
The ALA course focuses on improving leadership skills,
identifying important agriculture issues, and communicating these
important aspects to the school and community.
The National and California FFA Organization offer FFA members a
series of five leadership and personal growth conferences.
Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the Atwater FFA has sent
students to various California locations to participate in the
Greenhand Leadership, Made-for-Excellence Leadership, and Advanced
Leadership Academy, Sacramento Leadership and Washington DC
“We are fortunate to have a strong support network with our school
administration, district, and especially the Atwater community who
have supported fundraisers that have raised $5,000 to help pay for
student conference and transportation fees,” explains Natalie Borba,
one of seven current serving Atwater High School FFA advisors. “Our
number one priority is getting students involved and providing them
opportunities for scholastic, personal, and career success, and
without the support of parents, the Atwater High School
administration, and members of the community, we would not be able
to provide students the opportunity to participate in these special
Atwater FFA members who attended the leadership conference were
(MFE) Ashley Bond, Zion Brigham, Kayalynn Briscoe-Mattis, Anessa
Cardenas, Natalie Frontella, Emily Junez, Grace Reyes, and Chelsea
Thompson, (ALA) Belinda Espinoza, Audrey Esau, Daisy Flores, Dillon
Guillen, Kelsi Kamesch, Ana Lozano, Callie Norton, and Joel Rojas.
Atwater FFA Reporter