(Photos: National FFA Organization, “Future Farmers of America”)

By Valley Ag Voice Staff

Spring was a season of significant events for California’s FFA Association. Kern County was represented by students from several schools/chapters at both the regional and state competitions for the presentation of The FFA Creed in Spanish, El Credo de FFA. 

This is the first year that this public speaking event was held at the state level and the first year the California FFA Association held a public speaking competition in Spanish. The students who presented El Credo de FFA did very well, with five placing at the regional level and one going on to placing 5th at the state level. The local competitors represented three KHSD schools: Independence, Mira Monte, and West.

At regionals, their placings were:

Azul Division (Freshmen and Sophomore grade)

Jesus Garcia, Mira Monte – 2nd place overall
Oro Division (Junior and Senior grade) 

Diego Rojas, Independence – 1st place overall

Paulina Vazquez, West – 2nd place overall

Takari Zepeda, West – 3rd place overall

Emily Garcia, Mira Monte – 5th place overall

At the State Competition, Jesus Garcia, Mira Monte, brought home the 5th place title. 

Roobie Richards, the Agriculture Department Chair at Mira Monte High School said of the students, “They represented KHSD, their school sites, and their communities very well as they recited the creed and answered questions demonstrating their knowledge as well as sharing their experience and beliefs in agriculture.”

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