(Above left) FFA member Juliet Wilson accepts the plaque for the State. (Above right) FFA 2010 Conference participants.

Santa Paula FFA attends the 82nd Annual State FFA Leadership Conference

April 30, 2010
Santa Paula News

The Santa Paula FFA attended the 82nd Annual California State FFA Leadership Conference titled “Your Legacy Awaits” on April 17-20 at Selland Arena in downtown Fresno. Also in attendance were over 5,000 high school students, advisors, and guests from throughout the state. The conference is the largest convention held annually in Fresno.

The four-day conference attracts young agricultural leaders from over 300 chapters of the California Association of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and is coordinated by Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The conference encourages students to develop personal and team leadership skills, discover agricultural careers, establish lasting friendships, and strive for success. Attendees will hear from nationally recognized speakers such Mark Scharenbroich and Josh Sundquist, along with national FFA officers Levy Randolph and Bethany Bohnenblust, who shared their experiences serving on the national officer team.

Kimura Yamamoto was awarded the Mabel Jacks Scholarship. This scholarship, which was established in the name of Mabel W. Jacks, offers three scholarship awards recognizing students for their success and accomplishments in agriculture leadership throughout high school and FFA on an annual basis. “The FFA members receiving the scholarships are well deserved students how have exemplified excellent Agriculture leadership expertise and capabilities,” said Bob Heuvel, State FFA Advisor and California Department of Education, Agriculture and Home Economics unit manager.

Juliet Wilson, Jaymee McInerney, & Becky Smith created the Santa Paula FFA website, which was entered in the state competition for Website Design. The students gave a presentation on how they developed the site, came up with the design, and presented various parts of the website to the conference delegate judges. Please visit our site for news & updates of the Santa Paula FFA http://santapaulaffa.org.

The conference highlighted student accomplishments in public speaking and production practices by way of proficiency awards, scholarships and special recognitions. The California FFA Association, founded in 1928, helps more than 69,000 California high school students develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through vocational education.

Mr. Flores explained, “It is an honor and privilege to attend this annual event. Students must apply to attend, pay a portion of the costs, be passing all their classes with a “C” or better, have earned 120 FFA points that included community service, leadership activities, and participate in fundraising efforts. It is a difficult decision at times but the selection process allows students to really understand how important some of these activities are for the future leadership of our organization. I am proud of our students and their achievements in our agriculture program.


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