Oakdale, Modesto FFA fin­ish strong

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local - BY JOHN HOL­LAND jhol­land@mod­bee.com

Live­stock judg­ing teams from Modesto High School and Oakdale High School placed sec­ond in con­tests at the

Na­tional FFA Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual con­ven­tion.

The strong show­ings in In­di­anapo­lis in late Oc­to­ber qual­i­fied the teams for a tour of Ire­land and Scot­land next June.

The Modesto High team com­peted in dairy eval­u­a­tion, test­ing its knowl­ege of cat­tle health, hous­ing, mar­ket­ing and re­lated top­ics. The team mem­bers are Emily Bavaro, Shi­anne Om­lin, Sierra Om­lin and Aspen Silva.

The Oakdale team com­peted in live­stock eval­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing beef cat­tle, sheep, swine and goats. The mem­bers are

Dal­ton Breazeale, Grace Verde­gaal, Blake Mor­gan, Kim­ber Tavares and Tavin Barry.

The top three fin­ish­ers in FFA and 4-H are in­vited to the Royal High­land Show in Scot­land and the Charleville Show in Ire­land. The two-week trip also will in­clude vis­its to farms and breed­ers and gen­eral sightseeing.


Three peo­ple from the North­ern San Joaquin Val­ley were cho­sen for Class 49 of the Cal­i­for­nia Agri­cul­tural Lead­er­ship Pro­gram:

Brean Bet­te­court is whole­sale ac­counts man­ager for Bella Viva Or­chards, a dried fruit pro­ducer near Hugh­son. Jake Wenger grows wal­nuts, al­monds and corn west of Modesto and pre­vi­ously served on the Modesto Ir­ri­ga­tion District board. Betty Lin­de­man of Los Banos is water re­source su­per­vi­sor for the James M. Stevin­son dairy farm and gen­eral man­ager of the Stevin­son Water District.

The 17-month pro­gram pro­vides lead­er­ship train­ing to 24 early and mid­ca­reer peo­ple in farm­in­gre­lated fields. It is funded by do­na­tions to the Cal­i­for­nia Agri­cul­tural Lead­er­ship Foun­da­tion.

The foun­da­tion also pre­sented a Pro­files in Lead­er­ship Award to Paul Wenger, a Class 17 alum­nus and father of Jake Wenger. The elder Wenger served as pres­i­dent of the Cal­i­for­nia Farm Bureau Fed­er­a­tion from 2009 to 2017.


Three em­ploy­ees of HavenWomen’s Cen­ter

of Stanis­laus re­ceived an award from the Cal­i­for­nia Part­ner­ship to End Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence.

Cristal Baez, Hend Saadeh and MaiBao Yang won the Brav­ery Award for their work with Haven’s “cul­tural re­spon­sive­ness” group. It aims to en­hance ser­vices for abuse sur­vivors from di­verse back­grounds.

The part­ner­ship pre­sented the award at its an­nual meet­ing Mon­day, Oct. 29, in Ana­heim.

Baez is man­ager of the Be­hav­ioral Health Ser­vices Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Pro­gram. Saadeh is an ad­vo­cate with the Fam­ily Jus­tice Cen­ter/Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Re­sponse Team. Yang is man­ager of the Fam­ily Jus­tice Pro­gram.

Names of Note rec­og­nizes peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions for their con­tri­bu­tion to their com­mu­ni­ties. Sub­mit items to jhol­land@mod­bee.com.

Modesto FFA

The dairy judg­ing team at Modesto High School placed sec­ond at the na­tional FFA con­ven­tion in In­di­anapo­lis on Oct. 26. It in­cludes, from left, coach Billy Silva, Emily Bavaro, Aspen Silva, Shi­anne Om­lin, Sierra Om­lin and ad­viser Julie Schell­hase. The lo­cal FFA chap­ter is rais­ing funds to send the team to the Royal High­land Show in Scot­land and the Charleville Show in Ire­land.

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