Atwater FFA Sweeps Modesto
Junior College Field Day Competition
The Atwater High School FFA judging
teams earned the Modesto Junior College FFA Field Day Sweepstakes
Award with seven individual Career Development Event teams competing
and the annual MJC FFA Field Day on March 25th. Over 2400
high school agriculture students representing over 100 high schools
across the State of California participated in the 65th
annual FFA Field Day in various agriculture skills and application
contests. The Nursery & Landscape team led the pack with 1st
place team finish with the Atwater FFA Agronomy (2rd
overall), Ag Mechanics (2nd overall), Poultry (3rd
overall), Milk Quality and Dairy Foods (6th overall),
Small Engines (8th overall), and Floriculture teams
adding to a productive and strong showing during the event.
The Atwater FFA Nursery and Landscape
team of Daryl Dorsey (1st high individual), Jeff Clark (2nd
high individual), and Amajot Gandhoke placed 1st overall
in a contest that involves 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
of Jasmine Flores (5th high individual), Belinda
Espinoza, Dillon Guillen, and Kelsi Kamesch placed 2ndoverall
in a contest that 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 Ag Mechanics team of
Nathaniel Cavallero (2nd high individual), Daniel Mesa, Eric Favela,
and Justin Sarginson placed 2nd overall in a contest involving hands
on application skills in woodworking, electrical, oxy-fuel welding &
cutting skills, tool identification, and a written exam on all
aspects of agriculture mechanics.
The Atwater FFA Poultry team of Sayra
Ramos (4th high individual), Ana Lozano, Briana Diaz,
Alfredo Elizarrarraz, and Stefanie Anguiano placed 3rd
high team overall in a contest that blends practical hands-on
experiences with a basic knowledge of the poultry industry required
for careers in the poultry field.
The Atwater FFA Milks Quality and
Dairy Foods team of Callie Norton, Luke van Warmerdam, Kendyll Cruz,
Natalie Frontella, and Natalie Gutierrez placed 6th
overall in a contest where students demonstrate their knowledge and
skills in milk quality (tasting), cheese identification, real vs
imitation dairy foods, and a written exam on the dairy industry.
The Atwater FFA Small Engines team of
Ricardo Ortega, Zion Brigham, Matthew Rogers, and Madison Hall
placed 8th overall in a contest that 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.
The Atwater FFA Floriculture team of
Samantha Theodozio, Ariana Freitas, Arely Venegas, Marissa Nuno
completed a strong finish overall in a contest that involves plant
identification, application of “hands-on” floral arrangements, and
industry related floral skills.
The Modesto Junior College FFA Field
Day is designed to showcase students’ “hands-on” and technical
skills in various agriculture related fields. “Students apply their
knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-life job skill
environments,” said FFA advisor Sam Meredith. “We have a group of
students that take tremendous pride towards their work ethic and
skill development in a variety of agricultural related skills and
occupations.” The FFA judging competitions continue with Reedley
College, Cosumnes River College, Fresno State University, and Cal
Poly, San Luis Obispo scheduled in the coming two months.
Atwater FFA Reporter