As students have returned to a much more traditional learning environment this academic year, we can view how the Wasco FFA members are maintaining the great success that our chapter has carried for various years. Whether it is from livestock to public speaking, our members have all done an outstanding job in receiving awards and recognition within our county and within the South Valley section. In regards to livestock competitions, Wasco FFA found success in both the Kern County Fair as well as in the Charles Craig Classic. Wasco FFA also had the opportunity to compete in public speaking competitions such as the opening and closing ceremonies, and the most recent competitions such as extemporaneous, impromptu, and creed recitation. By far in all these competitions mentioned, we had members who received recognition or an award. This past November numerous of our members had the privilege to receive either their green hand or chapter degree- both degrees containing requirements that these members surpassed. On the topic of awards and great recognitions, Wasco FFA had three alumni who obtained the highest honor an FFA member could possess- the American FFA Degree. The three successful alumni mentioned are Andrew Morales, Jocelyne Juarez, and Nick Lopez. Wasco FFA congratulates all of our members as well as our previous members for their tremendous work
Opening and Closing 2021:
From left to right: Joanna Castro, Dayana Limon S, Jocelyn Barrera
Freshmen at Greenhand Conference 2021:
American Degree alumni: From left to right: Jocelyne Juarez, Andrew Morales
On December 1st, Wasco FFA opened our farm gates to students from Lost Hills Elementary(TK-Kindergarten). A student and current FFA officer, Sam Garcia, was present in this experience and describes it as “neat”. A handful of our current FFA members went out there to provide this unique adventure to those young students. They took out barn animals such as our goats and sheep for the students to pet; Garcia pointed out how the young students appeared to enjoy meeting and petting animals more than the delightful produce from our farm. The young students showed interest in the life of agriculture and were curious about the purpose that animals have in society. Sam Garcia mentioned, “It's a surreal feeling when you get to explain to the younger kids who are excited to learn about something you’re passionate about.”
During the holidays, Wasco FFA worked towards giving back to the community. This past month of December, members were encouraged to participate as well as volunteer in community events such as the Christmas Tree Spectacular hosted by the Toys for Tigers and the Wasco Christmas Parade. Wasco FFA members also participated in Toys for Tigers as well as a Canned Food Drive for the community.
Charles Craig 2021, Wasco FFA livestock team: