FFA Field Day results

COOLIDGE, Ariz. – Flowing Wells High School captured five first-place finishes at the 2008 South Central Dean Merrell Future Farmers of America Field Day hosted by Central Arizona College, taking home the most blue ribbons and plaques in the competition.

More than 300 high school students from Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties converged on Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus on Feb. 15 for the annual FFA competition that featured participation in 13 different career development disciplines.

Members of the first-place teams received plaques and ribbons, while teams finishing second or third also received ribbons.

Flowing Wells boasted a pair of double-winners in Chris Bell for agricultural issues and wildlife management, and Jessica Nielsen also for agricultural issues and soil.

Amphi High School posted three first-place finishes for dairy management, livestock evaluation and meats evaluation, while Casa Grande Union High School posted victories in agricultural mechanics and agronomy.

The following is the list of winners from the FFA event at Central Arizona College:

Agricultural Issues - Flowing Wells

  • Chris Bell
  • Megan Goldkuhl
  • Jessica Nielsen
  • Triuitie Webb

Agricultural Mechanics - Casa Grande

  • Dylan Deeds
  • Nathan Fry
  • Jonathan Hall
  • Tommy Wuertz

Agronomy - Casa Grande

  • John Mason
  • Brittnie Nilson
  • Chelsea Schlittenhart
  • Carlyn Taylor

Dairy Management - Amphi

  • Charlie Duran
  • Daniel Lopez
  • David Lopez
  • Melanie Martinez

Entomology - Flowing Wells

  • Michelle Garcia
  • Trinda Huerta
  • Rachael Meek
  • Nikki Reck

Horse Evaluation - Marana

  • Chelsey Meade
  • Analeasa Montalbana
  • Marlon Pimient
  • Hannah Woehlecke

Job Interview - Rio Rico

  • Luisa Lopez

Livestock Evaluation - Amphi

  • Alexis Becker
  • Jonathan Jimenez
  • Jordan Sisler
  • Yvonne Williams

Meats Evaluation - Amphi

  • Colton Brown
  • Amanda Hutchison
  • Ashly Maxey
  • Zander Urias

Nursery Operations - Flowing Wells

  • Christina Armstrong
  • Danielle Mettler

Range Management - Baboquivari

  • Zade Arnold
  • Odelia Francisco
  • Arlis Havier
  • Amber Tiokasin

Soil - Flowing Wells

  • Ricky Aguirre
  • Brittany Gielsler
  • Jessica Nielsen
  • Wylynn Poe

Wildlife Management - Flowing Wells

  • Basil Beach
  • Chris Bell
  • Jason Harris
  • Cody Rinker

The 2008 South Central Dean Merrell Future Farmers of America Field Day is named for Dean Merrell, Central Arizona College’s first professor of agriculture and was co-sponsored by the institution’s agricultural department and its students.

The National Future Farmers of America is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The FFA was founded in 1928 to provide leadership training for high school students of vocational agriculture. The 33 young farm boys who congregated in Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel that year could not have predicted how the organization they started would become a leader in agricultural education nationwide.

In 1950, the 81st Congress of the United States, recognizing the importance of the FFA as an integral part of the program of vocational agriculture, granted a Federal Charter to the FFA. Today, the FFA uses agricultural education to prepare students for more than 300 careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

Since 1928, millions of agriculture students - no one knows exactly how many - have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed.

The FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students can reap the benefits of agricultural education, which prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

The Future Famers of America organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Now the organization is expanding the nation’s view of traditional agriculture and finding new ways to infuse it into the classroom.

Today, the FFA boasts a 29-year high of 500,823 members in more than 7,200 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The iconic blue corduroy jacket proudly worn by FFA members embodies years of history, tradition and excellence in agricultural education.


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