A Members of Central Valley High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) were able to try their hand at new experiences and competitions in the first months of this spring semester.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, Central Valley FFA hosted a local dairy judging competition at Germann Brothers Dairy in Ceres. Students from CVHS, Enochs, and Westport 4-H were able to practice their judging skills and prepare for upcoming contests. Andrew Dias of Central Valley High won top high individual for FFA and Cherish Machado of Enochs won first place for reasons. Other award winners were Cierrah Phelps of Enochs with second place, Cherish Machado of Enochs with third, Patty Brazil of Central Valley with third, and Taylor Menezes for top 4-H individual.
Central Valley also has five 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.
Also, on Thursday, January 29, Central Valley FFA sent members to compete at the sectional Super Thursday public speaking contest at Pitman High School in Turlock. Participants were Andrew Dias, who advanced to Regional Preliminaries and now to the Regional competition, and Angelina Alvarez, Emanuel Alvarez and Karina Cercas.
CVHS FFA members have also been active chapter-wide, participating in dress-up days and lunchtime activities for FFA week this past 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 which was accompanied with a lunchtime food giveaway for FFA members; and Friday was Blue and Gold spirit day with a tractor pull activity at lunch. Members all enjoyed National FFA week as a time to have fun and celebrate the National Association.