On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Woodlake FFA hosted the chapter’s annual Canned Food Scavenger Hunt meeting. All FFA members were invited to spread holiday cheer that evening as they helped collect cans and boxed goods throughout the neighborhoods of Woodlake. The chapter collected over 500 nonperishable food items. All food was donated to the Woodlake Food Pantry.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Woodlake FFA Alumni Boosters hosted its annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser, which was held at the Woodlake Lions Rodeo Grounds. The public was invited to participate in the event that consisted of competing in the sport-shooting of clay pigeons in order to win a turkey. Proceeds from the competition will assist chapter members with scholarships for college and various conferences, and lodging and travel expenses when attending FFA events around the state.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, Woodlake FFA’s Chapter and Greenhand (freshmen) officer teams kicked off the new semester with a Winter Leadership Retreat in Sequoia National Park. The retreat gave the two teams an opportunity to bond while participating in various activities including a ranger-guided snowshoe hike.
Information for the above FFA updates provided by Kiara Benavides, Woodlake FFA reporter
Tulare County Farm Bureau awards FFA jackets to WHS students— Five Woodlake FFA students will receive the organization’s signature blue corduroy jacket, thanks to the Blue Jacket Bonanza program launched in 2012 by the Tulare County Farm Bureau. The program provides an opportunity for area FFA students who may not have the financial means to purchase a jacket to earn one instead by completing an application process, participating in personal interviews with a selection committee, and completing a specified amount of community service hours.
Woodlake High students who will be recognized and awarded their jackets at a special awards night on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Farm Bureau office in Visalia are: Edlin Gonzalez, Trinity Hernandez, Cesar Lara, Carolina Lara, and Magdalena Villasenor.