Buhach Colony FFA Students Represent Ag Industry and Showcase Student Developed Project in Sectional Project Competition
Buhach Colony FFA Students took home some top honors at the Merced/Mariposa Sectional Project Competition ceremony, held on February 3, 2016 at the Merced Fairgrounds. Ninety nine agriculture students from the thirteen schools in our section were awarded for their FFA projects, ranging from livestock and mechanics to specialty animals and greenhouse management. Buhach Colony FFA contestants were honored with 7 Gold awards and one Silver award. The students that participated in this event included Wyatt Gibson and Kilee Carrera-Gillard showcasing their breeding and market hog operation. Representing the beef cattle industry Scott Avila demonstrated the marketing strategies he uses to market his own registered black angus herd while Ross May focused on educating the judges between the differences in the registered and commercial sectors and Jon Buttrey demonstrated proper vaccination procedures and health practices. Abigail Douglas then impressed the judges as she discussed boer goat selection and breeding criteria focusing with her own wants and needs within her own growing herd. Then bringing the dairy industry to light, Madison Homen demonstrated proper feed management of dairy cows in different stages of development and finally, aside from the animal industry Javier Morales-Lopez informed the judges of the farming practices associated with growing sweet potatoes used on his family's sweet potato farm. Throughout the evening, the judges made several comments about the depth of knowledge students demonstrated and were nothing but impressed by the extreme professionalism, determination and passion for the agriculture industry each possessed.
However, the recognitions did not end there, to round out the night Kilee Gillard, Ross May, Madison Homen and Scott Avila all received Merit Awards for their outstanding projects that rose above the rest. In addition to the Merit Awards, Scholarships were also awarded to three BCHS FFA participating seniors. Madison Homen received the Hilmar Cheese Scholarship, Scott Avila the Cozzi Family Scholarship and Wyatt Gibson the Cunningham Family Scholarship.
Each of the sectional competitors should be proud of their efforts as we are proud of their accomplishments! Not only has each worked hard to develop, maintain and grow their respective SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) projects - they went through a local round of competition before being selected to represent our chapter at the sectional level. Each participant has grown immensely as individuals and their accomplishments thus far are nothing but impressive and we eagerly look forward to their future contributions to the agriculture industry! Congrat to all!
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