FFA Scholarship

Melinda Lowe of the Orland Future Farmers of America chapter, third from the left, was awarded a scholarship at the 91st State FFA Convention. Also pictured: Kayla Zalesny, Niomo; Ashley Porter, Livermore; Cameron Kemper, Dixon; Alexis Lupton, Galt-Liberty Ranch; Mason Justice, Etna; Nicole Moitozo, Gustine; Shelby Stillman, Merced-Golden Valley; and Maico Ortiz, Galt.

An Orland Future Farmers of America chapter member received the Almond Board of California Scholarship at the 91st California FFA Leadership Conference in Anaheim on April 27.

Melinda Lowe, of the Orland chapter, will receive $5,000 toward college.

Lowe is a senior at Orland High School and is planning to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall to double major in agriculture communications and agriculture education, according to the press release.

She has been a chapter, sectional and regional FFA officer, participated on many Career Development Events teams and attended the National FFA Convention as a member and as a delegate to the California FFA Association. 

More than 6,500 students, including 15 from the Orland FFA chapter, were in attendance to cheer Lowe on as she accepted the award.

CDE events develop individual responsibility, foster teamwork and promote communication while recognizing the value of ethical competition and individual achievement, according to the press release.

State Leadership Experience, California FFA’s premier capstone conference, individuals and teams are prepared to make things happen, according to the press release.

Skills for solving problems, making decisions and accomplishing goals are developed. Students step into the role of one of California’s state legislators, are assigned a specific California district and spend four days in Sacramento. 

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