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April 2017
Reedley College FFA Field Day

Atwater FFA Successful at Reedley College and El Capitan FFA Competition

Fifteen Atwater High School FFA members representing four agriculture related Career Development Event (CDE) competitions joined various California high school agriculture students representing over 65 high schools throughout California at Reedley College FFA Field Day and El Capitan High School Small Engines contests on April 1st.

The  Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team of Eric Favela (3rd overall), Daniel mesa (4th overall), Joel Rojas, (5th overall), and Nathaniel Cavalero placed 1st 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 Milks Quality and Dairy Foods team of Callie Norton (2nd overall), Natalie Frontella, Luke van warmerdam, and Joseph Hayword placed 5th 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 Land Evaluation and Soils team placed 6th overall with a team composed of Michael Bray, Audrey Esau, Katelyn Baptista, and Jose Ruiz. 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 Atwater FFA Small Engines team of Ricardo Ortega, Zion Brigham, Blake Brigham, and Madison Hall placed 3rd 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. Thirteen high school agriculture programs throughout California attended the 1st annual FFA Small Engines contest hosted by El Capitan High School in Merced.

“Our students have made the commitment to get involved, improve their knowledge and skills, and make a statement with their competitive desire.” said FFA advisor Shelby West. “We are very proud of our students and their efforts.” The field day is composed of a variety of agriculture CDE’s where students demonstrate their intellectual and “hands-on” skills in agricultural related fields and occupations.

The final state contests of the year will be held at Fresno State University on April 22nd and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on May 6th. The state winning teams in each contest will earn the opportunity to represent California at the National FFA Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

Audrey Esau
Atwater FFA Reporter