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Southwest FFA members vie for state awards in Fresno

April 23, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Southwest High School's FFA members took two-thirds of the southern region California top awards recently.

During the past month El Centro FFA chapter members were interviewed by four of six California state officers for state star farmer and state star placement in agriculture awards. State president Jacob Wenger of Modesto FFA, state vice president Molly Fagundes from Atwater FFA, state treasurer Jeff Alves from Galt FFA and state sentinel Gabriel Ponce from Santa Maria FFA interviewed Garrett Bishop for star farmer and Justin Pritchard for star placement in agriculture Feb. 24.

Garrett and Justin left Saturday to the state FFA convention in Fresno, Garrett to find out if he won the awards for forage production and diversified crop production in placement. He also was interviewed for the Western Farm Service scholarship. Garrett has been working on his family farm for the last 10 years and has been involved in 4-H and FFA.

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Justin won the award in sectional and regional level for ag mechanics welding in placement and attended the conference to see if he won at the state level. Justin has worked for the Central Union High School District for a year and a half doing welding jobs for the school district. Some of the projects he built include a tilt trailer, soil compactor, wrought-iron fence, rebuilding a flatbed trailer and building four squat racks for the weight room.

Garrett and Justin are both four-year members of El Centro FFA and seniors at Southwest High School.

Stacey Wills, another four-year member of El Centro FFA, won a proficiency award in sheep production at the regional level. Stacey has worked at her family's sheep flock for seven years and has been showing lambs for 10 years in 4-H and FFA.

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