Welcoming teams from around the region, Escalon FFA hosted its second annual Welding and Food Science Contest on Saturday, Jan. 28.
There were 14 chapters and 64 students competing in the welding contest and three chapters and 16 students in the food science contest. Escalon FFA would like to thank our supporters, judges and sponsors from Strand Ace Hardware, Lincoln Electric, California Welding Supply, Hogan Manufacturing, Panelized Structures, Weldway Steel Fab, and Kraft Heinz. It would not be possible to put on an event like this without the support of this community.
The Agriculture Mechanics event prepares students for the mechanics workplace. Workers seeking careers in agricultural mechanics must not only develop a high degree of knowledge and skill, they must also develop the ability to solve difficult problems. This event blends the testing of manipulative skills and knowledge required for careers in fabrication and construction. The purpose of the Food Science contest is to promote learning activities in food science and technology related to the food industry and to assist students in developing practical knowledge of principles used in a team decision-making process. Students compete in teams of four, where they will individually carry out food sensory evaluation, assess food safety scenarios, and complete a fifty question test. Additionally, the contest contains a group portion where each team will formulate a safety/sanitation report. The Escalon High School Agriculture Department is continuing to grow the food science program and looking forward to the completion of the new state of the art food science laboratory classroom.
Congratulations to Madison Smith who was First high individual, Jackson Runnels who was Second high individual, and Makenzie Mendes who was Third high individual, and the whole Escalon FFA Food science team for winning First high team. And a huge thank you to Matthew Terra for coaching, organizing, and setting up the entire contest.
This article was contributed by Escalon FFA members Haylee Castro and Jordin Lovett.