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EUHS’s advanced agriscience team is FFA state champion for second year in a row

EUHS’s advanced agriscience team is FFA state champion for second year in a row

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EXETER – Exeter Union High School FFA are now back-to-back champions in the field of agriscience. 

Four student projects from the Exeter FFA Chapter were judged at the 90th State FFA Leadership Conference in Anaheim from April 22 to 25. Over 175 projects were exhibited at this year’s state level competition. Exeter’s advanced division interview agriscience team – comprised of Grace Jardon, Mary Jane Archuleta Jensen, Zachary Giovani and Hayli Limon – earned top honors and was named the 2018 California FFA State Champion Advance Agriscience Fair Team. They will apply to compete at the national contest in the fall representing California.

Other honors the Exeter FFA team earned at the state agriscience fair were: animal systems – advanced, 1st High Individual, Grace Jardon; plant systems – advanced, 1st High Individual, Hayli Limon; power, structural, and technical systems – advanced, 1st High Team, Mary Jane Archuleta Jensen and Zachary Giovani; animal systems – novice, participant, Alyssa Lang and Megan Robbins; Overall High Individual Advanced Division, Grace Jardon; Overall Team Advanced Division, Mary Jane Archuleta Jensen and Zachary Giovani.

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This is the second consecutive year that the Exeter FFA Chapter has won the State Champion Team title in this FFA contest. Students spend hours on their projects, performing secondary research, primary research and practicing the scientific method. 

“These students are investing in their future and have created a legacy for Exeter FFA in this contest,” said advisor Kevy Mendes. “It would not be possible without the help of Mrs. Nicole Ray, a former Exeter High agriculture instructor, and Ms. Kaitlyn McFarlan, an Exeter FFA alum.”

The Exeter FFA Chapter has had a busy couple of months this spring attending contests across the state.  From Coalinga to Chico and from San Luis Obispo to Anaheim, the students and staff have travelled the state putting their agriculture skills to the test. Their areas of competition were ag welding, dairy products, floriculture, marketing plan and agriscience fair. 

And the Exeter FFA successes did not end in Anaheim. On May 4 and 5, 14 students traveled to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo to compete at the State FFA Judging Finals. This is the culmination of many hours of practice, hard work and traveling to other preliminary contests over several weekends. 

The Exeter FFA Marketing Plan team placed 1st in their contest and will be representing California at the National Contest in October. The other teams had respectable placings and will use their experience to grow on as they look to the future.

The teams who competed at the FFA State Finals are: floriculture – Taelor Hire, Stacie O’Mara, Kaylee Rumbaugh, Simone Cox, Kiran Dillon, Katelyn Berry, Carly Reeves; agriculture welding – Mary Jane Archuleta Jensen, Cody Dragt, Haylie Chavira; milk quality and dairy products – Molli Wallace, Megan Robbins, Isabel Guzman, Madison Butler, Zachary Giovani; marketing plan – Brian Dreyer, Mia McCormick, Breanna Pike.

For more information on the Exeter FFA, visit their web site at exeterffa.weebly.com.

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