On April 12, Gustine FFA members attended the FFA State Graduation Ceremony. The FFA State Diploma is the third highest diploma within the organization. Freshmen receive the Greenhand Diploma, sophomores receive the Chapter Diploma, and juniors receive the State FFA Diploma.
The FFA State Diploma is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the California State FFA Association and achieved significant accomplishments in their supervised farming experiences. In addition to their diploma, each recipient receives a gold FFA State Diploma charm.
This year, nine members graduated.
The members who received it were Christina Moitozo, Austin Bell, Kaitlin Dores, Garret Gomes, Darian Nunes, Raul Nunes, Emma Woods, Jasmine Reynoso, and Ashlyn Alamo.
Tyler Borba was recognized for receiving the Agricultural Sales Proficiency Award, and Garret Gomes was recognized for being Central Region’s Featured Reporter.
We would like to congratulate and thank all our members for their dedication to the FFA organization and to our section.
Gustine FFA attends the 94th State Leadership Conference
After two years of virtual FFA State Conferences, the California FFA was thrilled to finally host an in-person conference in Sacramento. This year, the Gustine FFA chapter was delighted to finally be reunited to celebrate our organization.
Eleven Gustine FFA Chapter members attended the leadership convention. On March 26, the students loaded the farm trucks and headed to our state capital for the four-day conference. Members who attended the conference, representing Gustine FFA, were: Austin Bell, Garret Gomes, Daniel Gomes, Grant Hazan, Tyler Borba, Savanna Barcellos, Janai Navarro, Kaitlin Dores, Christina Moitozo, Mikayla Silveira, Darian Nunes and Kailyn Medeiros .
“It was an honor to be able to attend my first FFA State Convention in person. It was amazing to see my friends take the stage and receive awards, as well as see people from all over California that I had met before the convention,” said Junior Gustine FFA member Kaitlin Dores.
Members attended the opening session of the 94th California State FFA Leadership Conference. To kick off the conference, students had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Adolf Brown, who shared some inspiring words with our members.
The students woke up early the next day to start interviews for scholarships and awards. Daniel Gomes, Tyler Borba and Savanna Barcellos were the scholarship finalists. Tyler Borba was up for a skill award and Garret Gomes was up for the California Star State Reporter award. Later that night, in the second and third sessions, the results were announced. Tyler Borba received the Mabel W. Jacks Memorial Scholarship and was named the State Competency Laureate in the Agricultural Services category. Savanna Barcellos received The Almond Board of California Scholarship and Daniel Gomes was recognized on stage as a finalist for the Jamie Lynne Petty Memorial Scholarship. Garret Gomes was recognized on stage for being awarded Central Region State Reporter. This year, Austin Bell served as chair of the committee, where he led discussions on the accessibility of supervised farming experiences.
Members attended leadership workshops and visited the career fair and FFA store the following day. The students had the opportunity to speak with members of different colleges and leaders in the agriculture industry. The Gustine FFA Chapter discovered the results of the state’s impromptu public speaking contest. This year, Mikayla Silveira participated in the state competition, where she obtained second place at the state level. We are beyond proud of her and all her hard work.
The students attended the closing session of the 94th California State FFA Convention. During the closing session, the Gustine FFA Chapter had the chance to meet the 2022-2023 FFA State Officer Team. This year, Christina Moitozo and Mikayla Silveira served as state delegates, representing Gustine FFA. They had the opportunity to vote for the incoming officer team as well as other important amendments and proposals.
We were all very grateful to have been able to attend the conference. Students were able to listen to addresses from the 2021-2022 State Officers Retreat and keynote speakers who continue to inspire us all. We also met new people and learned a lot more about farming, as well as gained new leadership skills and ideas to bring back to our chapter. Thank you to the California State FFA Officer Team and their staff for putting on such an amazing event.