By Clarissa Elias
National FFA Convention is held every year on the east coast in October. Three of Woodlake’s very own FFA members were blessed with the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, Indiana. Alyssa Mendez, Sophomore, earned her ticket by placing first in her category in the Agriscience Fair, giving her the chance to compete at Nationals. She traveled alongside Mrs. Moran to present her SAE project to a group of judges. Alyssa was brought onto stage in front of thousands of FFA members from across the country to receive her award of being third in the nation. Congratulations Alyssa on all your hard work and dedication.
Each state is required to selected delegates to represent them at National Convention. Two Woodlake FFA members applied to take on the role and they were selected. Edith Guijon (Senior) and Rogelio Chavez (Junior) served with 50 other delegates to represent and be the voice of the member of the California FFA Association. Students who are selected as a California National Delegate are expected to travel to National FFA Convention, serve on National FFA committees, and debate National FFA issues on behalf of the California FFA membership. It is an extreme honor to be selected as a National Delegate for California. Thank you Edith and Rogelio for your dedication and service at this year’s convention.
By: Kiara Benavides
Every year, each state in the FFA Association puts on a statewide conference for its members to take part in. Being one of the biggest states in the association, California FFA is famous for their elaborate, thrilling conferences (with more than 7,000 members in attendance) consisting of motivational speakers, keynote out-of-state officer speakers, leadership workshops/ seminars, awards, scholarships, delegate work, concerts, and installation of new state officers. This year, the conference made its debut in Anaheim and had sessions and workshops hosted inside the California Adventure and Disneyland parks. Taken from the state officer’s message, “We are thrilled to celebrate our state’s talents and achievements from this past year! We will be empowered by our Keynote Speakers, Brett Culp and JesseLeBeau,as well as our visiting National Officers,Breana Holbert and Gracie Furnish! We are looking forward to seeing members innovate in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences, as we present STAR and Proficiency Awards. We will embrace those who support us, envision a brighter tomorrow, and accelerate towards the future, as delegates vote on amendments that shape the future of our association.” The conference is extremely high energy and is something that members look forward to all year. Edith Guijon represented the California FFA Association as a member of the nominating committee. Kiara Benavides and Daniella Frausto took part as voting delegates and voted on FFA constitutional amendments and state officers. Alexis Morales and Gary Spivey showcased their talents as they participated in state band and state talent. Overall, members were able to active during the impactful and lively event.
By: Amarys Gonzales
Rogelio Chavez and Edith Guijon have received one of the highest honors the FFA leadership organization can allow for its members. These two students have worked very hard to receive this special opportunity by being involved with competitions and several meetings, as well as being active in their chapters and sections. Both of these individuals have went above and beyond to make new connections with other Chapter members along the State of California, as well as having new FFA members here at home to feel welcomed into the Chapter. To earn this title, they both competed against many other members from different chapters to earn their position on the team. Clearly, this is something that requires a lot of hard work, determination, and endless amounts of dedication. This just goes to show that hard work pays off when you are dedicated to something.
By Student Reporters: Isabella Torres & Isabel Garcia
National FFA week is when FFA members from all over nation show their pride in taking part of the FFA organization. Traditionally, FFA chapters set up dress up days and activities for their members/school community. Woodlake not only participated in these dress up days and lunch time activities, but they also host a host donkey basketball game for the Woodlake community in honor of National FFA week. during that game, the Miss Sweetheart and Mr. Sweetheart royalty is crowned.
Dress Up Days:
Tuesday: College Day
Wednesday: Camo Day
Thursday: Barnyard Day
Friday: Blue and Gold
By: Nikole Kimble
It’s that time of year again folks! Woodlake’s Annual Donkey Basketball is finally here. It will take place at the old gym. This year it will be FFA vs. varsity football. Tickets will be at the gate; $9 for adult, $7 for students, and $5 for children. There will be concessions selling sandwiches and nachos. At halftime, they will be announcing the FFA sweetheart and stud. Make sure you vote!
Last year’s donkey basketball was a close game. Woodlake played against Exeter and Woodlake won by 1 point. Congratulations this year to Woodlake Football on winning!!! Here are some pictures of the game:
Update: To end the night of fun, Izaiah Benavides and Sierra Bolanos won the sweetheart titles!
By: Kiara Benavides
On February 8, Woodlake FFA traveled to Mission Oak in Tulare to compete in the Sequoia Section Public Speaking competition. The competition consisted of a multitude of LDEs (Leadership Development Events) such as the freshmen level Creed Speaking (competitors recite the FFA Creed and answer questions about it), the sophomore level Impromptu competition (competitors select questions at random and must answer them with 30 second preparation), the Prepared competition (competitors must create a 6-8 minute speech on any agriculture related topic, recite it to a panel of judges, and answer questions about it), the Job Interview competition (competitors fill out a mock job application, submit a resume and cover letter, and attend a mock job interview in an Ag related job of their choice), and the Extemporaneous competition (competitors are given 30 minutes to deliver a speech on one of the three agricultural assigned topics). Freshman, Izaiah Benavides, competed in Creed, sophomore, Rogelio Chavez, competed in Impromptu, juniors, Edith Guijon and Aaron Edwards, competed in Job Interview, senior, Kiara Benavides, competed in Job Interview, and senior, Pia Martinez, competed in Prepared. Izaiah placed 4th in Creed and will be moving on to the regional competition. Rogelio placed 1st in Impromptu and will also be moving on to the regional competition. Kiara Benavides made it to the final round of Job Interview. All Woodlake FFA speakers represented Woodlake FFA well that night.
By: Kiara Benavides
Agriscience Fair is a leadership development event which recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural related scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. As part of their curriculum, Woodlake FFA Ag Academy students are required to complete an agriscience fair project. Students are compelled to create a project following one of six categories: animal systems, environmental services/ natural resource systems, food products and processing systems, plant systems, power structural and technical systems, and social science. After the completion of all projects, a local competition is put together for the academy students to display their research and experiments. The competition is judged by the advisory board and will be hosted on January 31. Those projects that meet a certain threshold grade will advance to compete at the state level. Here is insight on two agriscience projects.
Kirsten’s project is on the effect of root stocks on several mandarin varieties. Kirsten planted Argentina Clementine and Mihowase Satsumas on Keriza root stock, C35 root stock, and Rich 16-6 root stock (she used the most well known mandarins and root stock in the citrus industry). Kirsten tested the sugar level and the acidity level. Her hypothesis was that Argentina and Mihowase on Keriza root stock would have the highest sugar to acid ratio. Following her experiment, Kirsten concluded that her hypothesis was wrong. The highest sugar to acid ratio was on the C35 root stock.
Izaiah’s project is about water sealants effect on various wood types. Izaiah sprayed three different types of water sealants (polyurethane, lacquer, and oil) on redwood, pinewood, and oakwood. He did so to figure out which water sealant worked the best. After some online research, Izaiah conducted a hypothesis stating that polyurethane would work best on all wood types. Following his experiment, Izaiah concluded that his hypothesis was correct.
Woodlake Union High School has given a senior a huge opportunity to attend the Sacramento Leadership Experience. SLE is a four day FFA conference during National FFA week. The top 75 seniors from all different schools get to attend this amazing opportunity. Woodlake FFA President, Pia Martinez, is going to attend this leadership experience.
By: Jessica Ruelas
Q: What does Leadership mean to you?
A: “Leadership to me means focusing on guiding others and helping them achieve their goals. I believe a true leader cares more about helping those around them succeed, and less about their own personal success.
Q: How has FFA helped you as a person?
A: “FFA helped me personally grow into the person I am today. It has given me a sense of family and a passion for agriculture. Through my involvement in the FFA, I have learned leadership skills, about self-improvement and professionalism, as well as about all the wonderful things that the Agricultural Industry has to offer. I have experienced the power The Blue Jacket has, and it is truly life changing.
Q:What does being a FFA officer mean to you?
A: “Being an officer in FFA to me means fully devoting your time to servant leadership and the improvement of the organization. Being an officer has truly enriched my FFA experience and sparked my love for serving others. I am so grateful for the experience of being in a leadership role within the FFA, and could not picture my life without it.
By Student Reporter: Isabella Torres
It’s Citrus season for Woodlake FFA, and they’re ready for it. Mrs. Moran, Citrus Team Advisor, has really shown what this team has had to do to get where they are and where they plan to go.
What are your team’s recent accomplishments?
Moran: “The results of the Porterville Citrus Contest were that Pia, Edith, Kenya and Walter were first high team with Pia first high individual. The Tulare Citrus Contest, the team placed 3rd with Pia, Edith and Gerardo Palafox, The B team consisting of Rogelio, Kyle, Daniella placed 3rd high team.”
When are your next competitions?
Moran: “The Hanford Contest is next Saturday with State Finals on the following Weekend, February 3.”
What does this competition expect of the FFA members?
Moran “The contest requires students to judge classes of oranges, lemons, grapefruit, mango and trees and give three sets of reasons. In addition there are 20 identification items in which students must identify fruit defects, diseases or insect damage.”
By: Kiara Benavides
On October 12, Woodlake FFA took 8 teams to compete in the Sequoia Section Opening and Closing competition hosted at Tulare Union High School. The contest consisted of testing members’ abilities to properly open and close a FFA meeting. All the Woodlake FFA members have put forth much time and practice into the speaking competition in hopes of taking home winning titles. They surely did not fail. With over 200 FFA members from over 10 schools, Woodlake FFA took home the champions plaque for two out of three divisions and multiple members took home outstanding award titles! Woodlake FFA took three freshman novice teams to compete with one team rising to the top as champion novice division team and outstanding award recognitions going to Andrew Leon for outstanding president, Izaiah Benavides for outstanding vice president, Parker Davis for outstanding treasurer, Alejandra Sandoval for outstanding treasurer, Emily Mull for outstanding sentinel, and Alyssa Mendez for outstanding secretary. Woodlake’s four open teams also did phenomenal with another team taking home the champion title with outstanding award recognitions going to Jackie Rodriguez for vice president, Celeste Medina for secretary, and Kyle Davis for sentinel. The officer team represented Woodlake FFA just as well with outstanding awards going to Pia Martinez for president and Rogelio Chavez for secretary. Woodlake FFA’s hard work and dedication payed off that evening.