More than 70 members headed to the show rings proudly representing the Blue and Gold in every species available! Many Gridley FFA members ended the long and tiring week with honors including: MacKenzie Mikulaco, FFA Champion Market Steer; Nicole Reis, FFA and Supreme Champion Market Lamb; Alyssa Todd, Reserve FFA and Reserve Supreme Champion Market Lamb; Samantha Waterbury, Reserve FFA Market Hog; Mackenzie Naylor, FFA and Supreme Champion Bred & Owned Market Hog; Michael Stohlman, FFA Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion Rabbit Meat Pen; Tyler Wilkerson, FFA Swine Showmanship Champion, FFA Sheep Showmanship Champion, and 2nd place in Round Robin; Nicole Reis, FFA Goat Showmanship Champion and 4th place in Round Robin. Ariel Ingram, FFA Rabbit Showmanship Champion and placed 2nd in Small Animal Round Robin, where Raina Wright took 1st place amongst all the exhibitors with small animals.
In other Gridley FFA news, the officer team and advisors took an officer retreat to Truckee River to bond and plan the upcoming year. The team was exposed to difficult team building challenges that required them to work together as a team to achieve a goal. The officer team, composed of 7 members including Katie Paredes, President, Abigail Pfister, Vice President, Samantha Waterbury, Secretary, Austin Howard, Treasurer, Tyler Wilkerson, Reporter, Jackson Becker, Sentinel, and Clara Rudd, Historian. The team has been working hard all summer to prepare exciting meetings, create educational FFA boards in each classroom, and inputting new ideas to increase member participation. To improve meeting participation, the officer team came up with ideas to get members, especially Green Hands, involved such as scavenger hunts, name that tune, and pumpkin smash. This year the Gridley FFA Ag Department welcomes a new Ag teacher, Niki Flosi. Ms. Flosi will be teaching Ag Earth Science, Ag Biology, Ag Mechanics, and Horticulture. Even though she’s just starting, Ms. Flosi has brought great ideas to improve our program. Ms. Flosi has decided to establish and create a Parliamentary Procedure team! Gridley FFA can’t wait for the exciting upcoming year!