By Selina Padilla, Esparto FFA Chapter Reporter
Special to the Express
It’s wheels up for Joseph Echarte and Thomas Simas as these two young men travel across the country to represent the Esparto FFA chapter on the National level.
Esparto FFA is proud to report that Simas (a senior) was selected this year to serve the California FFA association as a National Convention Delegate. Forty-nine outstanding FFA members were selectively chosen from across California to represent our state at this year’s National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Five hundred students representing each state association will meet the week of Oct. 27–30 to share ideas and local perspectives which will help advance the FFA organization.
Delegates are tasked with participating in committee hearings to address pressing issues within the National FFA organization. According to the National FFA website, “delegate experience ensures that the National FFA Organization remains a grassroots organization that serves students at the local level.”
When asked what he most looked forward to, Thomas said, “I am very excited to go to the National Convention and interact with the top FFA leaders from across the country.”
The Esparto FFA could not be more excited to have Thomas representing them at this year’s National FFA Convention.
Ehcarte is a former active Esparto High School FFA member and current alumni. Throughout his four years in agriculture, Ehcarte served on many committees and held several leadership roles. He worked diligently in his mechanics, livestock and farming operations Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) to earn his Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA degrees.
Ehcarte will be honored on stage in front of 80,000 FFA members and receive the American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention. The American Degree is the highest degree bestowed upon an FFA member. To earn this degree students must be active in an agriculture class all four years of high school, maintain an active SAE project, invest over $7,500 or have earned a minimum of $1,200 in their SAE project, keep consistent records with over 2,250 hours invested in agriculture, participate in community service, and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.
Ehcarte has far exceeded the qualifications of this degree. His commitment to agriculture continues into his college studies this year at Chico State as he pursues his degree in agriculture mechanical engineering.
Esparto FFA is proud to have members like Ehcarte and Simas and appreciates the commitment and dedication both have invested into their local program, national organization and the agriculture community.