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Gustine FFA members competing in the section project competition were, from left, Emma Woods, Tyler Borba, Aubrie Hazan, Daniel Gomes, Christina Moitozo, Madison Woods, Austin Bell and Kaitlin Dores. 

Project competition is a local and section event that allows students with exceptional Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in their project area. Students are judged based on a rubric by members of the local community. The winners are chosen based on the knowledge and skill of the competitor, as demonstrated during the project visit. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to the sectional level.

Gustine FFA members participated in the local level project competition on the Nov. 15. Eight moved on to the section competition that was held Nov. 20. The members who participated at the section level were Aubrie Hazan, Austin Bell, Maddie Woods, Kaitlin Dores, Tyler Borba, Christina Moitozo, Emma Woods and Daniel Gomes.

The members who competed in the section competition in November learned the results of the competition at a banquet held Feb. 5 at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

Each Gustine member received a gold award for their project. Five Gustine members received a merit award, which is a high honor within the ranks of those who received gold. Merit award recipients included Madison Woods, Hazan, Bell, Dores, and Borba.

In addition, Emma Woods earned Outstanding Freshman Project honors. 

Gustine was named the section’s outstanding project competition chapter.

Scholarships were also awarded at the banquet. Madison Woods received the Anne Amarante Scholarship in the amount of $750. Hazan was awarded the Turlock Livestock Auction Yard scholarship, also in the amount of $750.

Mr. Cameron Wyman, ag advisor for the officer team and an ag teacher, also attended the banquet. “It’s a great honor to be recognized as the outstanding chapter,” he commented. “Every year I see our members excelling within different competitions. It is great that so many of our members were recognized.”

Austin Bell, a freshman member this year, and winner of the section creed contest, gave the creed at the banquet for all the attendees. “It was a little nerve-wracking talking in front of everyone but I’m glad I was given this opportunity,” he commented.