River­bank FFA Stu­dents At­tend State Con­fer­ence

Riverbank News - - NEWS - BY VIR­GINIA STILL vstill@oak­dale­leader.com

Sev­eral mem­bers of the River­bank High School FFA at­tended the 90th An­nual State FFA Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia a few weeks ago. The con­fer­ence was hosted in Ana­heim this year for the first time.

“For the last 10-plus years it has been in Fresno but due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents join­ing FFA we out­grew Fresno and took it down to Ana­heim,” ex­plained RHS FFA Ad­vi­sor Dustin Par­son. “This dy­namic con­fer­ence con­sists of work­shops, ses­sions, and a ca­reer fair broad­en­ing each stu­dent’s lead­er­ship skills and per­son­able skills as well as meet­ing fu­ture col­leges and trade schools that they could at­tend post-high school.”

Stu­dents Nathan Rum­mer­field, Marissa Garza, Juan Vigil, An­gel Gar- cia, Austin Schurer, Zac Richi­son, and Ju­nior Jiminez from River­bank High School par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence.

The stu­dents en­gage with other chap­ters through­out Cal­i­for­nia and in at­ten­dance at the con­fer­ence this year were over 7,300 FFA mem­bers. The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the vote for the 2018-19 Cal­i­for­nia State FFA Of­fi­cers.

“We also at­tended Dis­ney­land with a two day park hop­per pass and on the last day of the con­fer­ence Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­tures closed down for all of Cal­i­for­nia FFA to at­tend a spe­cial event,” added Par­son.

“We’ve had loads of fun and have learned so much about agri­cul­ture and lead­er­ship; the stu­dents can­not wait to bring back all they have learned to the chap­ter.”

Ac­cord­ing to Par­son, the grad­u­a­tion rate for FFA stu­dents is at 98 per­cent na­tion­wide. He stated that over half of those stu­dents will fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion af­ter school at­tend­ing col­lege or a trade school.

“River­bank FFA is on the rise with our chap­ter and we can­not wait to get more stu­dents in­volved with what we have to of­fer,” said Par­son.

PHOTO CON­TRIB­UTED

These FFA mem­bers rep­re­sented River­bank High School at the 90th An­nual State FFA Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence April 22-25 in Ana­heim.

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