California FFA News Fall 2016 - Page 13

{ Continued from page 12 } Modesto-central Catholic FFA Living to Serve Submitted by Josephine Henderson Central Catholic FFA has been a chapter for only two years, but that hasn’t stopped us from becoming highly active, enthusiastic FFA members! This year, just like last, we were given the chance to help work at Ott U-Pick Blueberry Farms. Five years ago, Ott Farms started off as a small business owned by a local farmer and her husband. It grew to the point where Ott’s owner couldn’t manage or work there alone. So she turned to Central Catholic FFA to help manage the business. This year, two student managers from Central are in charge of 25 CC FFA members who choose to work eight hour shifts every weekend. When we asked Ott’s owner why she chose FFA members, she said “The FFA students have given us the opportunity to expand our business even more. This year, we have more than doubled the amount of customers, because we have been able to provide the community with a friendly atmosphere with FFA kids who are excited to teach the public about the importance of agriculture... Not only do the students get paid for their hard work, they also get hours that go towards their State and American FFA Degrees and they get direct work experience, which is priceless!” Bakersfield-Highland FFA Lip Sync Battle Submitted by Madelyn Lara This year our chapter had its very first Lip Sync Battle. We had teams of teachers and students from our chapter compete for awards such as: Best Costume, Best Song Choice, Best Dance Moves, and Best Overall Performance. Our auditorium was filled with FFA members and non-FFA members alike, and it was a fun way to get people excited about chapter events. It was also a great way to get kids out of their comfort zone and perform in front of their peers. We had some amazing entries and chapter members are excited to participate, and see amazing performances next year. Santa Rosa FFA YouTube Challenge Submitted by Karen Lopez This was our first time doing the YouTube Challenge, thinking it was good way to motivate our chapter members, and allow them to become more involved. This activity consisted of different nationwide known YouTube challenges in which members participated. These challenges were the Baby Food Challenge, in which you got blindfolded and had to guess the type of baby food you were given. The What Is It Challenge, where you got blindfolded, were given an item, and had to guess what the item was. Finally, the Skittles Straw Challenge where you were given a handful of skittles and had to transfer them from the napkin to your Dixie cup in 30 seconds, with the catch that you could only use a straw and your ability to inhale air to transfer them over. Santa Maria-Righetti FFA New Year, New Accomplishments! Submitted by Koby Ernst As the school year comes to an end, new officers got elected for the 2016-17 school year. Our officer team for Righetti FFA Chapter wants to bring back Greenhand Bootcamp, and make our annual Kinder Patch bigger and better this upcoming year. The new officer team wants to accomplish a lot of new and exciting things this year! We know that this year’s officer team will accomplish great things! Stay motivated officers! { Continued on page 14 } California FFANEWS • Page 13 • Fall 2016 { Continued from page 12 } Modesto-central Catholic FFA Living to Serve Submitted by Josephine Henderson Central Catholic FFA has been a chapter for only two years, but that hasn’t stopped us from becoming highly active, enthusiastic FFA members! This year, just like last, we were given the chance to help work at Ott U-Pick Blueberry Farms. Five years ago, Ott Farms started off as a small business owned by a local farmer and her husband. It grew to the point where Ott’s owner couldn’t manage or work there alone. So she turned to Central Catholic FFA to help manage the business. This year, two student managers from Central are in charge of 25 CC FFA members who choose to work eight hour shifts every weekend. When we asked Ott’s owner why she chose FFA members, she said “The FFA students have given us the opportunity to expand our business even more. This year, we have more than doubled the amount of customers, because we have been able to provide the community with a friendly atmosphere with FFA kids who are excited to teach the public about the importance of agriculture... Not only do the students get paid for their hard work, they also get hours that go towards their State and American FFA Degrees and they get direct work experience, which is priceless!” Santa Rosa FFA YouTube Challenge Submitted by Karen Lopez Bakersfield-Highland FFA Lip Sync Battle Submitted by Madelyn Lara This year our chapter had its very first Lip Sync Battle. We had teams of teachers and students from our chapter compete for awards such as: Best Costume, Best Song Choice, Best Dance Moves, and Best Overall Performance. Our auditorium was filled with FFA members and non-FFA members alike, and it was a fun way to get people excited about chapter events. 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