Atwater FFA Earns Top Honors
at UC Davis and West Hills College Field Days
Over 3300+ California high school
agriculture students representing nearly 200 high schools throughout
the state of California competed at the UC Davis and West Hills
College FFA Field Days. The March 4th weekend jump
started the 2017 FFA judging season where the Atwater FFA judging
teams start anew with their sites toward the 2017 state
championships in late April and early May. “We have an expanded
number of skill-based Career Development Event (CDE) teams and a
record number of students participating,” said Atwater FFA advisor
and coach Dave Gossman.
The Atwater FFA Nursery and Landscape
team earned a 1st place finish at UC Davis with Daryl
Dorsey (1st overall), Jeff Clark (2nd
overall), Dayana Argueta (3rd overall), and Amanjot
Gandhoke leading the team as they demonstrated knowledge and skills
in their plant identification, plant selection & evaluation,
transplanting, and written exam on all aspects of horticulture and
the horticulture industry.
The Atwater FFA Agronomy judging team
earned an 1st place team finish overall with a team
consisting of Jasmine Flores (1st overall), Belinda
Espinoza (2nd overall), Kelsi Kamesch, and Dillon
Guillen. Other Atwater FFA members Luz Soto, Felicity Garcia,
Jennifer Velazquez, and Vanessa Varela competed as a “B” Team. The
Agronomy contest involves the study field crops and weeds with
students responsible for the identification of nearly 200 crops and
plants, seed, bean, and hay evaluation, and an oral presentation
pertaining to their evaluations.
The Atwater FFA Poultry team earned a
2nd place finish overall at UC Davis. The team was led by
Stephania Valdovinos (5th Overall), Briana Diaz, Sayra
Ramos, and Ana Lozano. Other Atwater FFA members Alfredo
Elizarrarraz and Emmanuel Mejia competed as alternates. The contest
blends practical hands-on experiences with a basic knowledge of the
poultry industry required for careers in the poultry field.
The Atwater FFA Floriculture team
earned a 2nd place team finish overall with Mai
Yang Vang (3rd overall), Jasmine Sandoval, Liliana Varga,
and Samantha Theodozio leading the team. The contest involves plant
identification, arrangements, and floral skills.
The Atwater FFA Land judging team
earned a 2nd place team finish overall at West
Hills College and was led by Katelyn Baptista (1st
Overall), Audrey Esau, Jose Ruiz, and Ethan Garcia. Michael Bray,
Arturo Valdovinos and Jared Nickerson also competed on the “B” Team.
The contest involves the evaluation and interpretation of soils
and soil profiles. Students analyze various soil pits and determine
soil texture, water holding capacity, and erosion characteristics
while associated the data with agriculture applications.
The Meats judging team earned a 3rd
place finish overall with a team composed of Courtney Creighton,
Emily Junez, Paige Brigham and Daisy Flores. Other Atwater FFA
members Mikeal Duran, Mariah Castro Delgado, and Adaleena Oyervides
competed as a “B” team. The Meats contest involves the evaluation of
pork, beef, and lamb carcasses and retail cuts of meat commonly
found in supermarkets, quality and yield grading, oral presentations
on the meat/carcass evaluations, and a written exam pertaining to
the meat industry.
The Atwater FFA Milks Quality and
Dairy Foods team earned a 7th place team finish at UC
Davis with Luke van Warmerdam, Kendyll Cruz, Odalys De la Torre, and
Callie Norton leading the team as they demonstrated their knowledge
and skills in milk quality (tasting), cheese identification, real vs
imitation dairy foods, and a written exam on the dairy industry.
Natalie Frontella and Natalie Guierrez also competed as alternates
and finished in the top one third of the pack.
The Atwater FFA Small Engines team
earned top finish at UC Davis with Blake Brigham (7th
overall), Josue Agundis, and Ricky Ortega leading the team. The
contest challenges students with their skills and knowledge in small
engine tool and part identification, engine theory, problem solving,
and hands-on engine troubleshooting and repair.
Atwater FFA’s Novice Parliamentary
Procedure team consisting of Alyssa Carrillo, Cristal Venegas,
Michael Bray, Mariah Castro, Itzel Chavez, Vanessa Varela, and
Emmanuel Mejia and the Atwater FFA Advanced Parliamentary Procedure
team consisting of Daryl Dorsey, Dayana Argueta, Paige Brigham,
Amajot Gandhoke, Jeff Clark, Callie Norton, and Courtney Creighton
competed against a full field and earned a 7th overall
finish as both teams continue to grow and develop their skills.
“The FFA judging season is an
opportunity for students to showcase their life, industry, critical
thinking, and communication skills through hands-on, skill-based
applications among their peers from all over California at major
colleges and state universities,” said Gossman. “Atwater High School
continues to be a top contender and recognized throughout the state
as a major player at the year’s competitions.” The competitions
continue with Chico State University, Merced College, Modesto Junior
College, Cosumnes River College, Reedley College, Fresno State
University, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo scheduled in the coming
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