Tigers return with high marks
fresno – Woodlake High School was well respected at the 89th California State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership Conference in Fresno. Out of the event which hosted over 7,000 members, 23 were from Woodlake High School. And the Tigers were not there to merely watch but to compete.
Out of the 23 Woodlake FFA members who attended, 10 of them were freshman. Followed by seven sophomores, and were joined by 6 juniors. Overall, the members that represented Woodlake were given such high marks the school was made a finalist for the Gold Award in the National Chapter.
Woodlake had a couple members who stood out individually as well. Rogelio Chavez took first in the power, structural and technical systems competition. Now Chavez will not only be carrying Woodlake’s name but California as he represents both at the National FFA competition.
Altogether, there were six members competing in the State Finals of the Agriscience Fair Research project. Three of them came in second; Kyle Davis in Food Sciences, Jackie Rodriguez in Plant Sciences, Nancy Frausto in Environmental Sciences. Frausto was followed by Miguel Rodriguez, who took third in Environmental Sciences.
Then in the FFA Champion Agriculture-Computer-Applications competition there were four who placed. Kevin Mehrten took first and he was followed by Davis. Then Chavez took third in front of Gary Spivey in fourth.
There were also two elected officials from Woodlake at this years leadership conference. Carmita Pena was named a STAR counselor finalist, and be representing Woodlake at the San Joaquin FFA Region. Then Edith Guijon will also represent the San Joaquin FFA Region as the Region’s newly elected reporter.
Out of the team competitions the AET farm records team competed at Firebaugh High School and was able to qualify for the state finals. Woodlake’s Agriscience Fair Team placed second overall in the novice division for the state competition. It was a third place finish for the Agriculture Cooperative Marketing team but that was good enough to qualify for the state competition. Then in the scrapbooking competition Woodlake finished in sixth place out of 12 teams.
Woodlake also had four FFA band, choir and talent participants. Both Rogelio Chavez and Jimi Ledesma did band. While Crystal Sandoval did choir and Spivey competed in talent.