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Students From Elk Grove, Florin and Sheldon Win National FFA Awards

More than a dozen awards were given to students from the Elk Grove Unified School District during the Annual National Future Farmers of America Convention.

Dozens of students from three Elk Grove Unified School District high schools brought home awards from the 85th-annual National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention in Illinois last week, the district announced.

The students attend Elk Grove, Sheldon and Florin high schools. Below is the full press release from the district:

EGUSD students bring home awards from 85th National FFA Convention 

Elk Grove Unified high school students brought home a host of awards from the 85th  Annual National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention held October 24-27 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

EGUSD students competed in a variety of events and earned the following national awards:

National FFA Proficiency Awards

The National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company, performing agriscience research or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. It serves as the award structure for an FFA member’s supervised agricultural experience (mandatory for all FFA members) and is designed to develop specialized skills in 49 categories that they can apply toward their future careers.

The following student earned an award in this competition:

School

Student

Award Area

Award Rating

Elk Grove High School

Madison Albiani

Agriscience Research Animal Systems

National Winner

National Agriscience Fair Award Recipients

For FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture, the National FFA Agriscience Fair competition provides the perfect opportunity to do so.  Held each year during the National FFA Convention, students can compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories: animal systems; environmental services/natural resource systems; food products and processing systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; and social systems.

School

Student(s)

Award

Category

Elk Grove High School

Madison Albiani

Gold

Social Systems

Elk Grove High School

Josh Kelly

Gold

Environmental Science

Elk Grove High School

Natalie Resler

Gold

Food Systems

Elk Grove High School

Samantha Clifford & Rachel Patterson

Gold

Power, Structural and Technical Systems

Elk Grove High School

Hazen Biznett

Gold

Animal Systems

Elk Grove High School

Asia Solano-Lim

Gold

Animal Science

Elk Grove High School

Mary Swanberg & Lexi Stoud

Gold

Environmental Science

Florin High School

Anh Nguyen & PaNhia Yang

Gold

Plant Systems

Elk Grove High School

Brian Kroger & Kevin Ormande

Silver

Environmental Science

Sheldon High School

Ian Cabacungan

Silver

Power, Structural & Technical Systems

National Career Development Event (CDE) Award Recipients

The Career Development Events (CDEs) help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.  There are a total of 25 CDEs, which cover job skills in everything from ag communications to veterinary science. The following students won awards in these categories:

School

Student(s)

Category

Award

Elk Grove High School

Gerald Mohen, Molly Swanberg, Joey Clifford

Marketing Plan

National Champions

Elk Grove High School

Abby Carlson, Brian Kroger, Sammy Clifford, Rachel Patterson

Farm Business Management

Bronze Emblem

Elk Grove High School

Taylor Francesconi, Anthony Arellano, Lindsey Thornberg, Maddie Stone

Agricultural Sales

8th Place

American FFA Degree Recipients

FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) can earn the American FFA Degree – one of the organization’s highest honors.  Each year at the National FFA Convention, approximately 3,500 American FFA Degrees are awarded to students. In addition to their degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

School

Recipients

Elk Grove High School

Tom Hardesty, Sylvia Bauer, Jake Carlson, Kirianne Olsen

Florin High School

Javier Zamora 

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, has over 540,000 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.   There are 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 1988, the National FFA Organization changed to its present name to recognize of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.  Click here for more information about FFA. 

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