National FFA Week

By Student Reporters: Isabella Torres & Isabel Garcia

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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









Donkey Basketball

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:

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Update:  To end the night of fun, Izaiah Benavides and Sierra Bolanos won the sweetheart titles!

FFA Speaking Competition

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.

Ag Academy Agriscience

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 Killian:

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 Benavides:

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.


Harvesting Leaders

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

Pia Martinez

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.


Ci-TRUST The Citrus Team To Bring Home Another Victory!

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.”


FFA Opening and Closing Speaking Competition

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.

Hee-Haw Game Time

By Alyssa Baker

For those who are unfamiliar, Donkey Basketball is an annual FFA basketball game that takes place every year. The amazing AG teachers, run a presale of tickets before the day of the game, and the top sellers get to ride donkeys. On Thursday, February 23, 2017, Woodlake FFA vs Exeter FFA had their annual donkey basketball game, taking the win at 8 to 7. The game was intense and fun. The whole night was filled with laughter and cheers as Woodlake took home the win! The game was almost sold out of tickets, and everyone enjoyed the game. Congratulations to our riders on the amazing game!

During halftime of the game, our FFA Sweetheart was crowned by last years queen, Kiara Benavides! Congratulations to Reanna Munoz for winning the crown for FFA Sweetheart last Thursday night. Good Job to the other competitors; Callie Vincent, Pia Martinez, and Edith Guijon.

World Ag Expo!!


By: Jocelyn Sanchez

Last week February 16, our Woodlake Academy of Sustainable Agriculture Academy class traveled to the World Ag Expo Farm Show in Tulare. Our Academy students visited several interesting work cite booths and made connections with hundreds of business all around Fresno and Tulare Counties. There were over 49 country business representatives that attended this three day event. Countless people waited in line for the famous tri-tip sandwiches and homemade peach cobblers made by vendors all around the county. Andrew Skidmore, our state FFA President, gave our students a tour around the entire expo. The Academy students were given the opportunity to meet our California State FFA officers, and build connections will their fellow peers to prepare for State Conference this upcoming year.

Spring in FFA!

By: Alyssa Baker


Welcome back FFA family! Looking back on the month of December, our FFA students and parent volunteers raised over 500 cans to donate to the Food Pantry! Good job team with the amazing community service skills! In the beginning of January, our Citrus Judging team took 4th place in the High A division, and 3rd place in the High B division. Congratulations to Edith Guijon for taking 3rd High Overall in the A division. Citrus Judging is a contest about judging the quality of two types of oranges, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin oranges, and citrus trees. The students also learned how to identify diseases and the damaging effects to fruit, trees, and leaves. During Citrus Judging, students must defend their result with explanations and oral reasoning. Good Job Citrus team!

This month in January, FFA students are preparing for future competitions. Within the first week of school, several students met for the CDE Speaking team interest meeting. The purpose of the CDE Speaking team is to develop students’ speaking abilities and self-confidence. The students are also pretty busy filling out State Degree Applications that are due January 27th. Other than the overwhelmed feeling of preparing for competitions this month, on January 25th, FFA students have the chance to have some fun at the Visalia AMF Bowling Lanes from 3:30- 6:30.  Have fun!

Looking further into the future, the Sequoia Section Speaking contest takes place on February 9th at Mission Oak High School! Best of luck team! On an exciting note, get prepared for the FFA Annual Donkey Basketball game that will take place on February 23rd at 7pm in the WHS Old Gym. FFA students from Exeter High School will be joining us for the event. FFA students are pre-selling tickets: adults are $8.00, students are $6.00, and children are $4.00. Ticket prices will go up a dollar at the gate. Get ready for a fun filled night with tons of laughs. Also, the FFA floral class is also pre-selling a valentine arrangement for $25.00. Get in the spirit and buy a lovely arrangement for your significant other, friends, or family. Have a great semester students and faculty!