Atwater FFA Competes Towards A Strong Finish

Taylor Hillman Education

Sixteen Atwater High School FFA members representing four agriculture related Career Development Event (CDE) competitions joined various California high school agriculture students representing nearly 50 high schools throughout California at the Reedley College FFA Field Day on April 11th. All four of Atwater FFA’s competitive judging teams placed in the top five overall.

Atwater FFA’s Ag Mechanics team placed 2nd overall and was led by Andrew Skidmore (1st high individual overall), Eric Favela, Daniel Mesa, and Nathaniel Cavallero. The Milk Quality and Dairy Foods team placed 2nd overall with a team consisting of Julie Dailey, Daryl Dorsey, Christina Aguilar, and Shoua Thao. The Land judging team placed 2nd overall and was led by Juan Hurtado (3rd overall), Gabby England (5th overall)
Amber Miller, and Joseph Kamesch. The Floriculture team placed 5th overall and consisted of Goldi Vang, Luzmila Dena, Jennifer Zafala, and Genoveva Arias.

“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 Jackie Ioimo. “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 contest of the year is the state championships at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on Saturday, May 2nd. The winning teams at Cal Poly, SLO will earn the opportunity to represent California at the National FFA Finals in Louisville, Kentucky in October. For more information on Atwater FFA, log onto their website at or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.