New Year For Escalon FFA

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

With a new crop of fresh­man stu­dents to join their ranks, the Escalon FFA hosted its first meet­ing of the school year on Aug. 29, with a ‘wel­come back’ bar­be­cue for stu­dents, in­for­ma­tion for par­ents and a run­down of the ac­tiv­i­ties for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The of­fi­cer team for the 201819 Escalon FFA in­cludes Pres­i­dent Scott Terp­stra, Vice Pres­i­dent Danny Bava, Sec­re­tary Jack Fitzger­ald, Trea­surer Austin Terra, Re­porter Tren­ton Nasci­mento, Sen­tinel Noah Rast and His­to­rian Me­gan Rocha.

“We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate you all be­ing here,” Pres­i­dent Terp­stra told the huge crowd of stu­dents as­sem­bled in the cafe­te­ria on the EHS cam­pus. “We’re very ex­cited with the fresh­man base.”

A num­ber of re­ports were on the agenda as well, rang­ing from the par­tic­i­pa­tion in this sum­mer’s AgFest at the San Joaquin County Fair­grounds to the ef­forts of as­sist­ing with fire­works sales to ben­e­fit the or­ga­ni­za­tion, part­ner­ing with the Escalon Amer­i­can Le­gion.

Re­porter Nasci­mento told the group that dur­ing the sum­mer, sev­eral of­fi­cers and FFA ad­vi­sors at­tended a three-day event to plan out ac­tiv­i­ties for the chap­ter for the year.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited for this year and we hope you guys are too,” Nasci­mento said.

While the FFA was hav­ing its first busi­ness meet­ing, par­ents of the new­est FFA mem­bers were meet­ing with ag ad­vi­sors and learn­ing more about the pro­gram and what the re­quire­ments are for stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion. They also learned about dif­fer­ent fundrais­ers sched­uled through­out the year, with a Rub­ber Duck race, a Dive Though BBQ, cook-

ie dough sales and more planned.

Also, the stu­dents were treated to a din­ner of bar­be­cued hot dogs and grilled corn on the cob, then ad­journed to par­tic­i­pate in or watch a dodge­ball tour­na­ment, hosted out­side the ag de­part­ment build­ings.

Ad­vi­sor Gypsy Stark said the Escalon FFA has al­ways been among the top per­form­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in the re­gion and they hope to con­tinue with that streak.

“We ex­pect noth­ing less than ex­cel­lence,” Stark said.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Escalon FFA Ad­vi­sor Kenny Saephan, left, and EHS sopho­more Emma Bracco, at right, a mem­ber of the FFA’s Hos­pi­tal­ity Com­mit­tee, over­see the grilling of corn on the cob for the re­cent FFA bar­be­cue while sopho­more Nick Freeseha, cen­ter, en­joys the food.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Part of the fes­tiv­i­ties for the first meet­ing of the new school year for Escalon FFA was a dodge­ball tour­na­ment, with plenty of stu­dents get­ting in on the ac­tion.

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