On Saturday, March 8, members of the Escalon FFA traveled to the University of California, Davis to compete in the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences annual FFA Field Day. Teams competed in contests that tested their skill and knowledge in specific career development areas.
The Farm Records team placed third, and consisted of Abby Liv, Melissa Orosco, Edin Ochoa, and Lori Kroon. The Computers team was third, and consisted of Cassidy Pehl, Cameron Reed, Chase Borba, Miguel Gomez, and Samuel Tseng. Tseng was also fifth high individual overall. The Agronomy team placed fourth overall as a team, consisting of Megan Mullins, Mary Valencia, Joey Teixeira, Nick Russell, and Cassidy Ley-Han. The students in Mrs. Terpstra’s Ag Biology class entered their research projects in the Agriscience Fair. Escalon placed second as a school, with Natalie Bianchi placing fourth and Cassidy Pehl placing fifth overall.
The Floriculture team was fourth, with team members Mykayla Spurgeon, Logan LaRossa, and Katelyn Donelli. Donelli also placed as third high individual. The Ag Sales team, which consisted of Brooke Davis, Nick Alvarado, Jacob Alvarado, and Marcos Saldivar, placed fifth overall. The Vegetable Crops team placed as third high team consisting of Brooke Borba, Darian Caton, and Kelli Armstrong, and Addyson Luis, who also placed as fifth high individual.
Other teams that competed on behalf of the chapter were farm power, agriculture mechanics, poultry judging, ornamental horticulture, and livestock evaluation. This year, Escalon won the Sweepstakes award for the chapter with the most wins at the field day, making it the 11th year in a row the chapter has won that award at the UC Davis field day. Congratulations to all FFA members who competed and good luck in the rest of the judging season.