By Tyler Menane
Senior, agricultural communication major
For many of us agricultural students, we spent four years of high school in a blue corduroy jacket that kept us hot in the summers and cold in the winters. One memorable event from wearing the FFA jacket is attending the California State FFA Convention. We couldn’t wait to flood Selland Arena on the first night of convention to watch as the State FFA Officers traveled back and forth in time, drive in on an ice cream truck, or pop out of the stage jamming on the drums. The night was insanely exciting! From sitting in the chairs, to standing on the stage, to now serving as a staff member there seems to be four days in April that I look forward to every year.
This time in Fresno lets staff catch-up and have fun while working together to make the convention “Limitless”. This year several Cal Poly students contributed to help putting on a convention that included everything from challenging magic tricks to showcasing the amazing successes and work of members and the 2016-2017 State FFA Officer team.
Cal Poly student staff:
One Cal Poly student whose success was highlighted was freshman student, Emma Manoukian, who won the State Proficiency Award for Viticulture Production.
Another student who made a big statement was Armando Nevarez, a freshman BioResource & Agricultural Engineering student. He arrived at the conference with the goal to serve as a State Officer in the coming year. After numerous rounds of interviews, he was announced on April 25th as the 2017-2018 State FFA Treasurer.
“Excitement” is how Nevarez simply stated his feelings when finding out he had made it to the top 12. “I’m most excited for Chapter Visits to see what they do and to have one-on-one conversations with members to actually get to know them,” explained Nevarez when asked what he expects to find
most thrilling during his next year.
In the end, every April our Facebook or other social media posts remind us of our favorite times in and around Selland Arena. Late night talks with friends, making new connections with those who turn into best friends, and even listening to the inspirational messages during sessions, are all memories that I will look back on with a smile from State FFA Convention.
This next year marks a monumental change in the convention as it begins a two-year rotation between Anaheim and Sacramento as a result of the immense growth in the association in the past several years. One thing we can be most certain about is that we can’t wait to see how Armando will embrace the journey ahead.
We’ll see you in Anaheim!