Members of Central Valley FFA already have been able to try their hand at new experiences and competitions in the first months of the spring semester.
On Jan. 24, Central Valley FFA hosted a dairy judging competition at Germann Brothers Dairy in Ceres. Members from Central Valley, Enochs and Westport 4-H practiced their judging skills and prepared for upcoming contests.
Andrew Dias of Central Valley won top high individual for FFA, and Cherish Machado of Enochs won first place for reasons (a judge’s explanation of why animals were ranked the way they were). Other award winners were Cierrah Phelps of Enochs with second place, Cherish Machado of Enochs with third, Patty Brazil of Central Valley with fourth and Taylor Menezes for top 4-H individual.
Central Valley also has six other teams that will be competing at upcoming field days: farm business management, which placed second in the state overall last year; poultry judging; dairy evaluation; floral; horse judging; and parliamentary procedure.
On Jan. 29, Central Valley FFA sent members to compete at the sectional Super Thursday public-speaking contest at Pitman High School. The participants were Andrew Dias, who advanced to regional preliminaries and now to the regional competition; Angelina Alvarez; Emanuel Alvarez; and Karina Cercas.
Central Valley FFA members have been active chapterwide, participating in dress-up days and lunchtime activities for FFA Week last week. Monday was Western dress-up day, with a carnival-style strongman competition; Tuesday was professional dress day, with an agriculture trivia activity along with a staff breakfast before school; Wednesday was camouflage and orange dress-up day, with an egg relay during lunch; Thursday was animal dress-up day, accompanied by a lunchtime food giveaway for FFA members; and Friday was blue and gold spirit day, with a tractor pull activity at lunch.
Gabriella Germann is the Central Valley FFA reporter.