National FFA Organization
In the summer of 2018 Garces Memorial chartered a chapter of FFA with six founding members – Catherine Bayne, Clarisse Tracy, Garrett Wiswall, Van Templeton, Caroline Napier and Lindsay Magar and FFA Program Instructor, Mrs. Ashleigh Rossi. By the start of the school year, FFA had 27 students. Fall of 2019 it grew to 47 students. This year, we have 62 students in our FFA program.
FFA is more than showing animals at the Fair or studying agriculture in the classroom. It is a school-based agricultural education comprised of classroom instruction, leadership development and hands on learning. Garces has a four year classroom instruction program plus internships for seniors. Students who wear the FFA blue jacket represent themselves and Garces Memorial in a professional and respectful manner everywhere they go.
In 2019, Garces FFA students showed pigs, pigmy goats, a dairy heifer and sheep at the Kern County Fair. We even had the Kern County Fair Lamb Grand Champion – Catherine Bayne. In the FFA speaking competition, we had several students compete locally and Gabby Camou moved on and competed at the regional level.
Mrs. Ashleigh Rossi was in FFA in high school and has brought her love of FFA to our campus and it shows. FFA is a student led organization and she allows the students, with some guidance from her, to make choices and decide for themselves what drives them and what they want to be known for. She teaches them what it means to act professionally. Ashleigh shared, “You see it when they put on their blue jacket. It’s a transformation. They take pride in themselves and hold themselves to a higher standard. They are respectable, polite, well mannered – everything we want in a Garces student.”