As a student at a public high school, you get the opportunity to take electives such as ag science, ag mechanics, plant science and FFA.
As a student at Central Catholic High School, you get to celebrate your religion at school, learn more about your faith and pray with your classmates.
But until last year, an FFA chapter has been out of reach for Central Catholic. In September, the FFA state constitution was amended to expand beyond the public schools it has served for decades.
Not long after that, Turlock Christian School became the first private school in California to start an FFA chapter.
Central Catholic's Agriculture Club has been working toward bringing FFA to the school. Although students at Central Catholic love being part of Agriculture Club and helping at school events and with community service projects, they are unable to participate in FFA opportunities or events, such as entering animals or exhibits at the county and state fairs.
"It would mean a lot to me because it means I was helping start something that kids for many years to come would get to experience," said Gabrielle Sani, a junior. "It would really help Central to be more diverse and give kids more options of looking into a career they might be interested in.
"Also, it's another way to become closer to kids you may have never talked to before and start establishing relationships that may have never been started."
Sunday, Ag Club will hold a car wash to help with the development of an FFA chapter. It will be in the parking lot of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1200 Maze Blvd., Modesto, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
"To be recognized as an FFA chapter, you have to have a certain balance in your (bank) account, and we have not reached that amount yet. So we will be washing cars and also selling baked goods," Gabrielle says. "If we can reach our goal, we will be able to actually participate in real FFA events and fair."
The bake sale will follow the 10 a.m. and noon Masses at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Having an FFA program will allow students to attend leadership conferences and public speaking competitions and events, raise livestock for fairs and take agricultural classes on campus.
Taylor Menezes is a junior at Central Catholic High School and a member of The Bee's Teens in the Newsroom Program.