Gustine FFA

Gustine FFA’s meats judging team placed fourth in the recent state finals. Team members included, from left, Nick Alamo, Gurleen Kaur and Damien Rangel.

Gustine FFA members have had a busy spring, rehearsing for their judging contests, working with their fair animals and preparing for end-of-year activities and events.

A group of FFA members attended the FFA state convention in Anaheim on April 26-28. On Thursday night of that week, students were excited to visit Disney’s California Adventures and were able to interact with members from across California. The rest of the week, students were attending the state convention, where they listened to motivational speakers, leaders in the ag industry, state officers and more.

Aubrie Hazan and Patrick Broderick were voting delegates for Gustine FFA. They discussed and voted on various amendments and helped select the 2019-20 state officer team.

At the convention, Gustine FFA had a student competing in a speaking contest and others competing for scholarships, star awards and proficiency awards.

Nicole Moitozo placed fourth in the state job interview contest, and she was awarded a $7,500 scholarship from the Almond Board of California.

“The state FFA conference was a memorable experience,” she related. “It was incredible to see members from all across our state come together and electrify the Anaheim Convention Center for every session that was held. My time spent competing in the job interview contest and going through interviews as part of the state nominating committee, as well as the Almond Board of California scholarship, were all lasting memories and wonderful experiences. My last state conference was filled with new friends, exciting moments and a sense of pride in wearing ‘Gustine’ on my back as I walked up on stage.”

Darren Borba was named State Star in ag placement and was awarded a $5,000 scholarship. Borba also won the state proficiency award in state services and will now have the opportunity to compete at the national level.

“It was a great experience and truly a humbling one,” Borba commented. “This could not have been possible without the help from my family as well as my ag teachers.”

Gustine FFA’s dairy, meats and livestock judging teams competed Saturday, May 4, in the California state finals at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The meats team placed fourth overall. Team members included Nick Alamo, Gurleen Kaur and Damien Rangel.

The dairy team, comprised of Tyler Borba, John Toste Jr., David Wilson and Joseph Lopes, placed eighth.

The livestock judging team members included Jefferey Botelho, Aubrie Hazan, Savanna Barcellos and Danny Gomes.

(Submitted by Aubrie Hazan, Gustine FFA Reporter)