Accolades: FFA students win state awards
by TP staff
May 09, 2014 | 2751 views | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West High School student Alex Russo took home a second-place State FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award at the California State FFA Conference on April 13.

The state-level award, which has 54 different categories, is based on a candidate’s Supervised Agriculture Experience and is awarded only when a student has completed an application and has qualified at the regional level.

Each of the six regions within the California FFA Association sends one candidate to the state level. The selected regional candidate then undergoes the State FFA Agriculture Proficiency Award application scoring process.

Russo spent more than 500 hours growing pumpkins for the West High Fall Festival and completed four years of FFA Record Books in pursuit of his award in vegetable production.

The young farmer was honored with a Central Region plaque, a state award certificate and a cash prize.

Two Tracy High School FFA students also received honors. Emily Thompson was named the state winner in agriculture processing and was a state Star finalist and regional winner for agriculture business.

Rebecca Metz was a state scholarship winner, receiving $1,000 from the California Almond Board. She placed third at state in fiber and oil crop production.

The Tracy FFA Chapter and Program was named a National Chapter Gold Award winner, a State Superior Chapter Award winner and a Regional Agriculture in the Community Award winner.

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