The Cal Poly hands behind State FFA Finals

In a few short days, hundreds of blue and gold jackets will swarm the Cal Poly campus and San Luis Obispo streets as Future Farmers of America (FFA) members come together for the State FFA Finals. From livestock judging to the marketing plan competition, a wide range of skills will be displayed by these young and ambitious students.

As the big day approaches, students throughout the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) are putting together last minute preparations for a successful competition. Specifically the 16 individuals who bravely took on the role of an overall State Finals committee chair. Each of these individuals

Meet these volunteers below and learn a little bit about their educational goals and FFA backgrounds.


Bailey Riedel

Bailey Riedel is a graduate student in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Cal Poly working on obtaining her masters degree and single subject teaching credential to be an agriculture educator. She was involved in FFA all four years of high school and was on the state winning livestock judging team her senior year.

Paul Cardinalli 

Born and raised in Hollister California, Paul transferred to Cal Poly in 2014. He is working on his agricultural science degree to become a Pest Control Adviser.

Samantha Maas

Samantha is a 4th year agricultural science major from Petaluma. She was raised on her family’s dairy and beef cattle ranch and was very involved Petaluma FFA. She is the President of Sigma Alpha, sheep committee chair for Cal Poly’s Western Bonanza, and a part of this year’s tabulations team for State FFA finals.

Cody Davis 

Cody comes from Walnut Creek where his father was a FFA advisor, although he wasn’t personally involved. He is a Cal Poly Graduate of the dairy science program, one of the student managers of the Cal Poly dairy, and a part of other extra curricular activities on campus like Ag ambassadors, Dairy Club, and the Cal Poly Loggers club.  He hopes to work within the Department of Interior as a national park ranger as an interpreter.

Hannah Fortin

Hannah grew up with an agricultural background, raised animals, competed in floral judging and parliamentary procedure. She is majoring in agricultural communication and hopes to go into labor and immigration policy.

Kenna Sandberg

Kenna is a third-year agriculture science major who was involved in both 4-H and FFA. She raised turkeys and hogs, competed in speaking contests, and also served as an FFA chapter officer for three years.

Tyler Dickinson

Tyler is a fourth-year agricultural science undergrad pursuing a career in berry production on the Central Coast. This is his third year involved with State Finals at Cal Poly in addition to serving as a judge for multiple FFA public speaking contests.

Kayla Manning

During her four years in the FFA, she developed a passion for agriculture and for the National FFA Organization. She is excited to become an agriculture teacher and give back to the FFA as one of this year’s Results and Finance Committee Chairs.

Nicole Davis

Prior to her education, her exposure to the agriculture industry was very limited. However this led to her fascination with all things agriculture. She hopes to be a professional in PR or marketing for specialty crops, beef, or dairy.

Katie Fernandes 

Katie competed in State FFA Finals in high school and continued her involvement in college as the chair of the floriculture contest for two years. She is currently an  agricultural science major and plans to become a high school agricultural teacher.

Trey Johnston

Throughout Trey’s years in high school and college he has been active in the agriculture industry. He was part of the Hilmar FFA where he showed dairy cattle, participated in Career Development Events, and was an officer. He plans to become an agriculture teacher.

Julie Schellhase

Julie was actively involved in FFA and competed on her chapter’s state champion livestock judging team. She attributes her passion for agriculture to her time in the blue and gold. As a graduating senior, Julie is excited to go into a career in agricultural law and policy.

Meagan Dunlap 

Meagan’s background in agriculture began when she became an FFA member at Highland High School. She raised market lambs for the Kern County Fair, participated in public speaking events, and served on several leadership teams. After graduation, she plans to work towards her teaching credential and become a high school agriculture teacher.

Brian Snyder

Brian grew up on a cattle ranch and was actively involved in FFA. His SAE’s were swine and cattle. He plans to return to Cal Poly in the fall for his Masters and Teaching credential in agricultural education.

Nathan Kesser

Nathan was involved in FFA for 2 years and fell in love with the program.  This led him to his career goal of becoming a high school agriculture teacher.

Dustin Mollard

Besides volunteering for FFA State Finals, Dustin likes to spend his free time fishing and playing rugby for Cal Poly.






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