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Farm Bureau awards blue jackets to local FFAers

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tulare county – Launched in 2012, Blue Jacket Bonanza was developed to provide area students involved in FFA, who may not have the financial means, a chance to earn their own uniform jacket. To be granted a jacket the students completed an application process, participated in personal interviews with the Blue Jacket Bonanza selection committee and have completed set hours of community service.

“These outstanding students have earned their very own FFA jacket to wear at the various FFA events and activities they plan to take part in during their high school career,” said TCFB President Roger Everett.

Students were recognized and awarded their jackets at a special awards night on Jan. 26, at the Tulare County Office of Education in Visalia. The following students are the local winners for the Blue Jacket Bonanza this year: from Exeter FFA, William Garrison, Matthew Jauregui; from Woodlake FFA, Esai Lucatero, Woodlake FFA Hayley Mull, Gerardo Palafox Jr, Skylar Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez.

“This program provides a way for Farm Bureau to make an investment in young people who are motivated and excited to further their education in agriculture thru the Future Farmers of America,” stated Everett.

FFA helps the next generation rise up to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Its members explore their interests and develop their own unique skills and talents through FFA activities, career development events and competitions. By helping to prepare the leaders of tomorrow, Farm Bureau is guaranteeing a brighter future for all.

The program is made possible through generous donors including: Dennis and Julie Cates, Kiwanis Club of Woodlake, McKellar Farms, Nielsen and Associates Insurance Services, Porterville Breakfast Lions Club, Rotary Club of Visalia, Tulare County Cattlewomen, Tulare County Dairy Women, Tulare Noon Kiwanis, Tulare-Kings CWA and the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Education and Scholarship Charitable Fund.

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