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Sierra FFA recognizes Greenhands
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FFA is a dynamic youth organization that is a part of agricultural education programs at middle schools and high schools. Founded as the Future Farmers of America, the name was changed in 1988 to reflect the growing diversity of agriculture. Today, student members are engaged in a wide range of curriculum and FFA activities, leading to over 300 career opportunities in agriculture. FFA is structured on three levels: local, state and national.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the Sierra-Manteca chapter awarded the Greenhand Degree to its first year members. The Greenhand Degree is the first of five recognitions that a student can earn while participating in an FFA organization throughout their high school career. In order to be eligible for the Greenhand degree, he or she must be enrolled in at least one Agricultural-based class during the school year. The student can be any grade level, but the Greenhand Degree is reserved only for a first year member.  The 2009-10 chapter officers including President - Danielle Shaw; Vice President - Lucas Maestas; Treasurer - Daniel Enriquez; Secretary - Tayler Kelley; Reporter - Victoria Watson; Sentinel - Steven Detmers; Historian - Jessica Ray; and Parliamentarian - Ashley Owensby and adult advisors Amanda Gardner and Pat Ariaz hosted a fun ceremony for the students and their parents culminating with a dessert reception.  
The following Sierra High students earned Greenhand Degrees for the 2009 school year:

Austin Acker, Diana Avila, Liana Bassett, Emily Cargill, Ryan Carlile, Christopher Casas, Edward Chavez, Justin DeHart, Alvino Diaz, Josh Dollar, Rickey Espinoza, Catrina Frey, Kelly Fuentes, William Fuerte, Selena Garcia, Danisa Gerarduzzi, Aaron Godwin, Mathew Haverkamp, Jennifer Hernandez, Adrianna Inguanzo, Kristen Javier, Zafar Khan, Jason Landes,

Taylin Landry, Juvenal Lechuga, Agustin Leos, Veronica Lopez, Brittany Machado, Mason Merilles, Ryan Murphy, Adam Namza, Valerie Nestor, Ryan Nielson, Wyatt Nilsson, Nathaniel Norman, Benji Pacheco, Gerald Parente, Kyle Pereira, Elliot Pestana, Daniel Portillo, Kaitlyn Puente, Robert Ramirez, Jordan Rasmussen, Milik Rice, Jaime Rivera, Esly Romero, Brian Ruiz, Salvador Ruvalcaba, Aneal Sahota, Hayley Salazar, John Sandoval, Vic Singh, Anthony Talton, Eric Tate, Richard Trader, Adan Urquieta, Abel Valdez, Josh Vargas, Kellie Wenstrom, Christian Yasay, Dillon Zamora, Arturo Zarate, Alex Zepeda, Cecilia Zepeda and Jennifer Zizzo.

FFA includes a wide variety of fun activities beyond the typical animal projects at local fairs. Thousands of dollars in educational scholarships are awarded each year at the chapter level. For more information on the unique opportunities offered by FFA, please contact Amanda Gardner at Sierra High School (209) 825-3175.