Provided by Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, State FFA Communication chairs
On May 6, more than 2,000 Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across California traveled to San Luis Obispo to compete at Cal Poly’s State FFA Judging Finals. Cal Poly is proud to have hosted this event for decades thanks to the support from students, staff and community members. With 21 different contests, FFA members compete in contests including agricultural mechanics, livestock judging to nursery landscape evaluation. All competitions are designed to equip students with skills in a particular career field.
For some FFA members, this was their first experience at State Finals — for others, this day represented the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. Competitors aspire to leave Cal Poly with a silver bowl and the esteemed State Champion title. Winning teams will represent California in October, 2017 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Every year, a hand-picked group of students from the Agricultural Education and Communication Department form the State FFA Finals Leadership Team. These individuals spend many hours coordinating with contest chairs, advisors, sponsors and many more. The 2017 State FFA Finals Leadership Team was comprised of the following individuals:
Kayla Manning, General Chair
Nikki Jorgenson and Katie Fernandes, Tabulations Chairs
Kenna Sandberg and Landon Sudberry, Awards Chairs
Veronica Lemus and Jerry Hansen, Sponsorship Chairs
Kacey Cadwell and Meagan Dunlap, Results & Finance Chairs
Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, Communications Chairs
Trey Johnston and Denise Jameson, Logistics Chairs
Mackenzie Bressler, Emma Morris, Logan Johnston and Clayton Carlson, BBQ Chairs
In addition to the leadership team, student contest chairs and faculty advisors volunteered their time to organize each contest. This includes coordinating contest materials, finding volunteers and procuring judges.
State FFA Finals is fortunate to have amazing support throughout the community. For many years, local businesses including Farm Supply Company, Farm Credit West and JB Dewar Inc. provide a tri-tip lunch for all in attendance. Their support of FFA members from across California is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the 2017 State FFA Finals Champions!
Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Farm Business Management
High Team – Visalia-El Diamante FFA
Best Informed Greenhand
High Team – Galt FFA
High Individual – Hannah Parker, Galt-Liberty Ranch FFA