Escalon FFA had a great day of competition again, this time at CSU Fresno. On April 23, 2016, Escalon FFA members headed down to Fresno, CA. Some teams competed for a state championship, while others were simply getting ready for their state finals at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Teams that competed for the final time this year were: Farm Power who finished in 5th, Ag Pest with a 5th place finish, the Scrapbook, which placed 2nd, and Computer Applications, which was 2nd with Elliott Mello placing 1st individual and Madison Kindberg placing 4th. Agronomy, which will have their state final in San Luis Obispo, placed 5th with Cassidy Ley-Han placing 4th individually. Other teams that competed that day were Veg Crops, which was 6th, Livestock Judging, and Marketing Cooperatives.
The State Agriscience Fair was Sunday, April 24. In the advanced division, Julia Orlando was 1st in Animal Systems, and was chosen as the High Individual Overall. Brittyn Rocha was 2nd in Animal Systems. Adela Ley-Han was 1st in Engineering, and Morgan Hogue was 2nd. Alexandria Anderson was 1st in Social Systems, and Hannah Murphy was 3rd in Plant Sciences. In the novice division, Hailie Webster placed 2nd in Food Science. Orlando, Ley-Han, and Anderson will be competing this summer in the national preliminary contest to qualify for the National Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis in in the fall. The school was ranked 2nd overall.
Saturday was also the first day of the 88th annual California State FFA Leadership Conference. Fourteen Escalon FFA members attended the four-day conference. During the conference, members were recognized for their Supervised Agriculture Experiences. Members attend workshops to learn how to become better leaders within their chapters, schools, and communities. One of the most inspiring things at the conference was when the state officers gave their retiring address, which usually has to do with service, agriculture, or character. Escalon FFA had two members, Cydney Keener and Rachel Swift, participate as delegates. These delegates attended meetings, voted on constitutional amendments, and voted on the new state officers. On Monday night of the conference, the members were fortunate to hear Thompson Square live, and on Tuesday the 2016-2017 state officers were elected.