Banquets were held across the county to celebrate a successful year for the Future Farmers of America. 

Arbuckle FFA adviser Luke Van Laningham said this year was full of exciting events and a lot of accomplishments for the Arbuckle FFA chapter. Last week this chapter held Parents Member Banquet to end their year, where nearly 250 people attended to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. 

“We took 30 students to the FFA state conference in April,” Van Laningham said. “There, our Advanced Parli Pro team made it to the final top 24 teams in the state, and our very own Carlyn Marsh was elected to be California FFA State President!”

In addition to the Parli Pro team being state competitors, the Arbuckle FFA Ag Sales team placed 7th in the state, Small Engines placed 8th in the state and Ag Communications placed 3rd in the state. Plans are already under way to take students back to the National Convention in Indianapolis this fall, said Van Laningham. 

“Over 70 students gained confidence with their public speaking and leadership skills at different competitions and conferences this past year,” Van Laningham said. “Adding to our student successes, this year we had 19 kids earn their State Degree and four earned their American Degree, which is the highest degree available in FFA.” 

Van Laningham said the Arbuckle FFA students also hosted and rwan the 21st annual Field Day this year.

“We had over 100 schools and 1,600 FFA students participate in competitions,” Van Laningham said. “It was a definite success.”

The 2019 Colusa County Fair is coming up, and this year Arbuckle FFA students will be taking 57 lambs, 47 hogs, nine goats, four steers and six rabbits  as well as six Ag Mech projects. 

FFA students in Williams have been holding an annual banquet to end the year since the chapter began years. 

We have the awards banquet every year so I couldn’t tell you how many years it has been held. I would say as long as there has been a chapter.

“We gave out our Greenhand and Chapter Degrees as well as our Star Greenhand and Star Chapter Farmer,” said Colusa FFA adviser Kristi Hill. 

Students that received the Greenhand degrees included: Lupita Alcarez, Princessa Ambriz, Erika Cano Arambula, Rylee Brunner, Emily Cano, Jesus Careno, Monseratt Castillo, Nadia Chavez, Crystal Garcia, Evelyn Garcia, Michael Cervantes, Viannay Guzman, Angel Hernandez, Litzie Leos, Eveleyn Perez, Perla Ramierez, Edith Rosales and Guadalupe Saavedra.

Litzie Leos accepted this year’s Star Greenhand Award.

Recipients of this years Chapter Degrees included:  Nayeli Contreras, Emiliano Garcia, Jovanna Hernandez, Michelle Lopez, Karina Martinez, Paola Orduno, Jasmin Paiz, Selina Perez, Lynda Reynolds, Vanessa Sanchez and Bryan Solis.

“We also gave out a couple of proficiencies, high point awards and the senior stoles for graduation,” Hill said.

During the ceremonies next years new officers were also installed. Representing the Williams Chapter of FFA for the 2019-2020 year will be Lizeth Madrigal as president, Paola Orduno as Vice President, Jovanna Hernandez as Secretary, Emily Cano as Tresurer, Nayeli Contreras as Reporter, Litzie Leos as Sentinel, Esteban Tinoco as Historian and Public Relations officer Giselle Salazar.

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