Community shares favorite FFA moments

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The Winters FFA program has been thriving at Winters High School since it was first offered in 1955. Between opportunities to compete and hands-on experience on campus, many students have graduated with memories they hold dear.

Josh Cody, Class of 1998, said he has much gratitude for the experience in livestock showmanship.

“One of the greatest accomplishments of my show career was to earn the Reserve Champion Market Lamb Honors at the Yolo County Fair,” Cody said. “My ag instructor Kent Benson and the Winters FFA program provided the foundation for my current success.”

Cody said his favorite FFA memory was in 1998 at the Yolo County Fair where he achieved the honor of Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Champion Showmen — Round Robin.

Students aren’t the only ones who enjoy participating in the Winters FFA program activities. Their families also get an opportunity to engage in them, and watch as their children experience growth in many ways as they learn more year to year.

Cari Kiefer said one of her favorite FFA memories was watching her son Michael Kiefer receive his State FFA Degree in March of 2020 right before the pandemic lock down.

“He worked so hard to earn this degree and the FFA program has helped him grow so much,” Kiefer said.

Jill Aguiar said her favorite memory was watching her son Joe Aguiar during the auction of his hog in August 2021. Joe was awarded Novice Grand Champion for his hog Petunia at the Yolo County Fair.

Traci Calvert said her favorite FFA moments have been when Austin Calvert (class of 2012) served at the first ever California Central Region President from WHS, and Andrew Gonzales (Class of 2013) served as the second California Central Region President from WHS.

Andrea Hurst shared her favorite FFA moment so far was from earlier this month was watching Riley Hurst compete in the 2022 Creed Speaking Contest.

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