County FFA Activities


Maxwell, Pierce, and Williams FFA members found themselves at Chico High School last Wednesday for the 2019 Regional FFA Speaking Contest. 

For Maxwell, Jillian Ober and Morgan Dennis participated in the event. Ober competed in an Impromptu Public Speaking contest. This contest is designed for sophomores and consists of two rounds of competition, in which they draw topics and are timed to answer them off the cuff. Dennis competed in Prepared Public Speaking, where students write and deliver a six-to-eight minute speech on an agriculture related topic. 

The region takes the top four from each contest. 

“I’m proud of both girls for putting in countless hours to improve their craft of public speaking, a skill set that will better prepare them for college and career,” said Maxwell FFA advisor, Amber Charter.

Lizeth Madrigal competed at FFA Sectionals, in February, for Williams FFA, placing third and qualifying to compete at regionals last Wednesday. Madrigal competed in the Prepared Speech contest and received fifth place. 

“I am very proud of Lizeth’s accomplishments for the Williams FFA Chapter. As she always does, she went out there today and gave it her best,” said Williams FFA advisor, Kristi Hill. 

Arbuckle FFA competed in Advanced Parliamentary Procedure. The parli pro team is made of Crystal Medina, Hannah Doherty, Jack Marsh, Hudson Blair, Emiliano Rodriguez and Kyle Howell. The team placed fourth in the region and will move on to state competition, in Anaheim, April 22-23. 

Last Thursday at Chico State Laxson Hall, 19 members of the Arbuckle FFA, six members of the Maxwell FFA, and three of the Williams FFA received their state degrees. To earn this degree, students must have previously obtained their Greenhand and Chapter Degrees, plus have earned a minimum of $1,000 in their Supervised Agriculture Experience. Members also must show 500 hours spent on their projects. Of the 90,000 plus FFA members in California, only 3 percent will earn their state degree. 

“We are extremely proud of our students who earned their state degrees. It shows that they have put in the hard work and dedication needed to earn this degree. This is something that will only help them in the future, either on their high school transcripts or resumes,” said Arbuckle Ag Advisor, Luke Van Laningham.


Along with state degrees being issued, Arbuckle FFA member Crystal Medina was elected as Superior Region president. The superior region is comprised of all the schools with an ag program within 16 surrounding counties. 

“It is a great honor for Arbuckle to have a regional president,” said Van Laningham. “Crystal is a very dynamic young lady who is very dedicated to FFA and what it stands for. She will do a great job!” ■