Local FFA Students Excel at 2018 Dean Merrell Memorial South Central District FFA Field Day
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Each year, Central Arizona College’s Dean Merrell Future Farmers of America Field Day brings together students from the south central Arizona region to compete in events such as Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Agriculture Mechanics, Entomology, Vet Science, Horse Judging, Job Interview, Livestock Judging, Nursery Operations, Range Management, and Soil. Total attendance at this year’s event was 195 students and guests.
Today, more than 653,359 FFA members, in grades seven through 12 throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are developing their own unique talents and exploring their interests in a broad range of career pathways.
FFA Field Days provide an opportunity for FFA members to showcase the skills they have been learning in the classroom by applying those ideas to real-world situations. Those who excel at the local level earn the chance to compete at the state and potentially, at the national level.
This annual competition is named for Dean Merrell, CAC’s first professor of agriculture and is co-sponsored by the institution’s Agriculture and Advanced Technology division and its students.
Following is a listing of the 2018 Dean Merrell Memorial Field Day winners:
1st Royal Whitehead, Casa Grande
2nd Seth Stager, Casa Grande
3rd Cutter Boyle, Casa Grande
1st Casa Grande (Cutter Boyle, Samuel Florez, Seth Stager, and Royal Whitehead)
2nd Casa Grande (Naiya Guin, Levi Joiner, Logan Mead, Leon Orlando)
3rd Marana (Lytle Albright, Jeff Block, Johnathan Conningham and Annysia Martinez)
1st Caleb Clark, Casa Grande
2nd Amanda Garcia, Casa Grande
3rd Hailey Ellison, Cienega
1st Casa Grande (Caleb Clark, Danna Conway, Amanda Garcia, and Blake Norris)
2nd Cienega (Jolee Amdol, Jazmine Arnold, Hailey Ellison, and Taylor Shipley)
3rd Rio Rico (Emma Luna, Anai Ruiz, Shelsie Trejo, and Marco Valenzuela)
1st Nolan Ferrell, Florence
2nd Brian Scott, Florence
3rd Alexander Ellis, Coolidge
1st Coolidge (Alexander Ellis, Kirynn Jauregue, Alex Renteria, and Tyler Tolley)
2nd Rio Rico (Samantha Dela Cerda, Jocelyn Giron, Joge Orrantia, Lizbeth Quiroz)
3rd Coolidge (Alexa Chavez, Chris Chavez, Allen Mix, and Manuel Perez)
1st Matthew Tran, Rio Rico
1st Dustyn Kornman, Coolidge
2nd Gwyneth Norwalk, Imagine Prep
3rd Alicia Cardona, Imagine Prep
1st Imagine Prep (Jake Ashford, Alicia Cardona,Gwyneth Norwalk, and Henry Ramirez)
2nd Coolidge (Deanna Arnold, Dustyn Kornman, Alana Sandnez, and Emily Tate)
3rd Rio Rico (David Alverez, Fey Castillo, and Danitza Gar)
1st Ryleigh Green, Marana
2nd Karina Norton, Patagonia
3rd Johnny Quiroga, Patagonia
1st Patagonia (Dylan Jacobs, Karina Norton, and Johnny Quiroga)
The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers with the mission of preparing future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. In 1988, the official name was changed to “The National FFA Organization” to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture.