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January 2017
FFA MFE and ALA Conferences

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 Leadership conferences.


“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 events.” 


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.

Audrey Esau
Atwater FFA Reporter