Our Agriculture Education Program is over 500 members strong and provides students with the dynamic ability to participate in a number of activities and events while promoting the value of PREMIER LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH AND CAREER SUCCESS! Please check out our links for information about important dates and reminders!
Chico State FFA Field Day
Many of the Buhach Colony FFA career development event teams competed yet again, at the annual Chico State Field Day on March 9, 2013. The teams competing included Livestock Judging, Farm Power, Small Engines, and B.I.G (Best Informed Greenhand). All competing teams were very successful, bringing home numerous awards. Despite the extreme competition and a long day of judging various classes of beef cattle, sheep and swine before delivering 3 sets of reasons, the Livestock team performed extremely well and ended up 4th high team overall, with team member Houston Cozzitorto placing 5th in the sheep sub contest category. The B.I.G team also did extremely well. Upon completion of their 200 question test pertaining to the overall FFA organization on a national scale, they ended up 2nd high team overall with team member Nohelly Padilla Aguiar placing 2nd High individual. Rounding out the awards ceremony, the Small Engines team was also victorious, showing their knowledge of engine repair and tool I.D., receiving 3rd high team overall. The Farm Power team, again so close to the blue, received 2nd demonstrating they are just a few points away from perfecting their skills as tractor and equipment operators. Farm Power team member Lane Harrison, led his team to scoring position receiving 2nd high individual overall. With the second contest in the books, and considered a success, our chapter is eagerly awaiting the next competition which will be held Saturday March 16th at Merced College. We are very proud of our chapter members and their successes at the Chico field day and look forward to the rest of the judging season.
Central Region Spring Meeting
On February 23rd, Buhach Colony had five students that competed at Central Regional Speaking competition in Modesto. These individuals had already competed and qualified in the top four at both the sectional and regional prelim levels. Garret Morales, Andrew Skidmore, Katie Migliazzo, Deena Migliazzo, and Amanda Skidmore all competed in various speaking contests. Andrew and Garrett represented Buhach Colony FFA in Extemporaneous Public Speaking contest, Katie competed in the Prepared Public Speaking contest, Amanda competed in the Creed contest, and Deena competed in Job Interview. Again, from this competition only the top four from each category will move on to compete at state level. The awards ceremony brought excellent news as Andrew and Katie both placed fourth in their contest areas, and will move on. Amanda was second and will advance to the Sate competition, and Deena was the first high individual in the Job interview contest and will also represent our chapter at the State level. The upcoming Central Region Officer Team was also elected at the completion of the competition, and as our very own Jordann Rose was slated for Regional Office position! We are proud of our members and their accomplishments!
Project Competition Banquet
On Wednesday February 6th, Merced/Mariposa FFA Sectional Project Competition Awards Banquet was held at the Merced Fairgrounds. FFA students from each of the 14 schools in the section participated in Project Competition earlier this school year where judges from the area visited each student’s home or job site and were able to evaluate the students projects as they demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Projects from our chapter included dairy production, hydroponics, poison dart frogs and livestock production. As students were judged on their knowledge and presentation of their respective projects, we are pleased to announce that each of the ten competitors from our chapter received Gold awards and were recognized for their hard work and level of knowledge that exceeds expectations.
Chapter T-Shirts & Sweaters For Sale!
Our chapter FFA T-Shirts are $15.00 , and our Sweatshirts our $35.00. They have our 2012 - 2013 theme, "Buhach Colony FFA: Just Grow With It!" Contact Mrs. VonAllman if interested.
UC Davis FFA Field Day
The UC Davis field day officially kicked off the judging season on March 1st and 2nd. Nine Buhach Colony FFA judging teams competed over the two days including the Job Interview, Parliamentary Procedure, Best Informed Greenhand, Creed, Dairy, Small Engines, Farm Power and Livestock Judging teams. Competing on Friday was the Job Interview and Parliamentary Procedure teams. In the Job Interview contest, the competitors were required to complete a resume and cover letter for an advertised position, then fill out a given job application within a twenty minute time span before going through an oral interview in front of a panel of judges. Our Job Interview team, consisting of Emily Voris, Erika Ewing, Clayton Sardella and Stephen Cassady preformed excellently and ended up 3rd high team overall. During that time the Parliamentary Procedure team was vigorously competing for a spot in the final round. Those members of the Parli Pro team are required to debate and decide upon various motions brought forth by the team following the protocol set by Roberts Rules of Order. The team prepares by studying the proper ways in which to run a meeting accurately using the rules of parliamentary law. Even as our novice and advanced teams fell narrowly short of the final round, they still had excellent scores from the panel of judges. The Novice parli-pro team consisted of Marc Olds, Wyatt Pacheco, Nicolai Gois, Cassie Smith, Ross May and Steven Estes. Those on the advanced team included Katrina Machado, Gabrielle McDowell, Wesly Murphy, Shane Gillard, Regan Murphy and Jordann Rose.
National FFA Week
February 19-23rd marks one of the greatest weeks for FFA members across the nation, National FFA Week. Given that there are over 540,000 members nationwide, the impact of the FFA organization is portrayed in so many different ways by each chapter on their own campus. During this week, FFA chapters work hard to promote what they have to offer, display their accomplishments, encourage future involvement, and most of all celebrate and have a little fun the agriculture way. As the FFA organization is one that prides itself on personal growth, leadership development and career success our goal was to help educate others on the many areas for involvement within the program that can assist them in reaching their goals and true potential.
MFE & ALA Leadership Conferences
Eleven BC FFA members had a blast attending a valuable leadership training conference held in Modesto February 15th-16th. According to their leadership background, students either attended the MFE (Made for Excellence) conference, which is primarily sophomores or the ALA (Advanced Leadership Academy) conference, which enhances individual leadership skills above and beyond, primarily at the junior and senior level. Participants attended workshops designed by the CA FFA state officers, and as they learned more about how to better serve themselves, schools and communities as effective leaders and had a fabulous time mingling with over 350 FFA members from our Central FFA Region. The conference concluded with a participant dance and all that attended look forward to next year. Those in attendance from Buhach Colony FFA included (pictured above L-R Top) Clayton Sardella, Emily Voris, Yvonne Staffler, Katie Migliazzo, Shane Gillard, Jordann Rose, Nico Gois (Bottom) Deena Migliazzo, Cassie Smith, Erika Ewing and Marc Olds.
Atwater Ag Boosters Scholarship
Attention all SENIORS!!! The Atwater Ag Boosters Scholarship is now available (link below). The application must be typed, and printed upon completion, and signed by applicant as well as your advisor. In addition, this application must be postmarked no later than April 1st, 2013. All applications postmarked after April 1st will not be eligible or accepted. The application and copy of current school transcripts and two letters of recommendation must be mailed to:
Atwater Ag Boosters P.O. Box 1733
Winton, CA 95388
POA Sheets *New Rules This Year*
POA Forms will come out on the first of each month, and they will also be due the last day of the month. Please turn them in on time if you want to get points for your participation in activities to go on the end of the year POA trip!