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Above, the Gustine FFA chapter recently installed its 2020-21 officers, who appear from left as listed in the submitted graphic.

On Friday, Aug. 28, Gustine FFA held a virtual meeting with last year’s chapter officer team and our FFA chapter members. The past officer team announced and installed the 2020-2021 officer team.

The election process is made up of elements. First the candidates must fill out an application which tells the ag teachers about their involvement in FFA and their qualifications to serve as an officer. Twenty-five percent of the results are based on the application, which is graded by the advisors. The candidates must also go through a 10-question interview which is also 25 percent of the result. The interviews were done on Aug. 25-26. Possibly the most important part of the whole process is the speech which was given by all candidates on Thursday, Aug. 27. This gives the candidate the opportunity to tell the chapter members why they should vote for them. The speeches show creativity and passion for the organization. Normally the speech portion would be held at a chapter meeting but due to COVID-19, this, among the rest of the process, was held virtually in Zom meetings.

Gustine FFA Historian Christina Moitozo said that the process was very different than how she has seen it in the past.

“I had the opportunity to grow up watching my older sisters run for FFA office and I am so happy to finally be part of the tradition, even though it has been done virtually,” she reported.

Finally, it comes down to member votes which makes up for the last 50 percent of the results. After the speeches were given through Zoom the Gustine FFA members were asked to vote through Google forms.

The results of the election are as follows: President Daniel Gomes; Vice President Lalanie Brace; Secretary Janai Navarro; Treasurer Savanna Barcellos; Reporter Austin Bell; Sentinel Tyler Borba; and Historian Christina Moitozo.

“This year’s officer team is filled with leadership and creativity. It will be a great year for Gustine FFA,” commented past Gustine FFA officer Madison Woods.

(Submitted by Austin Bell, Gustine FFA Reporter)