Escalon FFA Shines At Chico, Le Grand Field Day Con­tests

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By MATTHEW LIMA Escalon FFA Re­porter

Thirty-one Escalon FFA mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in seven Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Events (CDE) at the Chico and Le Grand Field Days on Satur­day, March 11. The Escalon FFA’ers def­i­nitely didn’t walk home empty handed.

The FFA Field Days, which are hosted by the agri­cul­ture stu­dents and pro­fes­sors at col­leges as well as in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, gives FFA mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete against other mem­bers and earn awards based on their knowl­edge in an agri­cul­tural field. These field days are one of the many ways FFA mem­bers are en­cour­aged to ful­fill the FFA motto by “Learn­ing to Do” and “Do­ing to Learn” as they are given the op­por­tu­nity to learn skills that can be used in a fu­ture ca­reer in Agri­cul­ture.

At Chico, 20 Escalon FFA mem­bers par­tic­i­pated in five CDE con­tests: Live­stock Judg­ing, Ag Pest, Best In­formed Green­hand, Farm Power, and Horse Judg­ing. At the Le Grand Field Day, 11 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in two ca­reer de­vel­op­ment events: Vet­eri­nary Science and Ag Me­chan­ics.

In Ag Pest, Escalon’s Gold Team, made up of Noah Rast, Jack Fitzger­ald, and Is­abel Coelho, won fifth place while Escalon’s Pur­ple Team, made up of Ja­cob Walden, Zack Hearn, and Austin Terra, won first place. Also, at the in­di­vid­ual level, Austin Terra won fourth over­all, Zack Hearn got third, and Ja­cob Walden was first high in­di­vid­ual.

In Horse Judg­ing, Escalon’s team, made up of Gil­lian Goodman, Mon­ica San­doval, Brit­tyn Rocha, and Emma San­tel­lan, won sec­ond high team with Emma San­tel­lan win­ning first In­di­vid­ual over­all.

A sim­i­lar re­sult was yielded in the Vet Science con­test with Julia Or­lando, Scott Terp­stra, and Mary Va­len­cia tak­ing fourth place as a team and Julia Or­lando win­ning first.

Also, in Farm Power, Jake Kroon won sec­ond in­di­vid­ual over­all.

We are all very proud of ev­ery­one who com­peted and can’t wait to see the con­tin­u­ing suc­cess ev­ery­one has at the com­ing field days.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Shown, the group of Escalon FFA mem­bers who went to the Chico Field Day, com­pet­ing in mul­ti­ple events ear­lier this month.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

Smil­ing and dis­play­ing var­i­ous awards won are the par­tic­i­pants from Escalon FFA who trav­eled to the Le Grand Field Day.

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