Patterson FFA members attended the 89th Annual California FFA State Conference in Fresno recently.

Thirteen Patterson FFA members attended "general sessions” with more than 6,000 FFA members from all over the state of California. At these general sessions, FFA members are recognized on stage for their outstanding accomplishments. There is an amazing light show and introduction to every general session to set the mood for this amazing experience. FFA members hear from the State FFA Band, Choir and Talent, as well as the California State FFA officers. Attendees hear retiring state FFA officers’ addresses, as well as speeches from the new State Officer candidates. In addition to the general sessions, FFA members attend one-day educational workshops at Fresno State, during which they learn more about becoming leaders and advocating for the agriculture industry. This allows our FFA members to personally become acquainted with these leaders. And lastly, members attend a Career Show and a meet and greet with colleges as well as agricultural companies.

PHS junior Samantha Wisbar, this year's Patterson FFA Treasurer and next year's Patterson FFA President, was chosen as one of 10 FFA members to serve as writers with the California FFA State Conference Press Corps. Students from all over the state apply for these positions, and Wisbar took it on with enthusiasm. She conducted interviews and wrote articles on the California State FFA Sentinel, California FFA State Treasurer, the California FFA State Advisor and the National FFA Vice President.

Six of the Patterson FFA members, Xandra Carter, Cayla Gagnon, Adam Heath, Jasmine Collins, Keihaulani McDonnell and Caleb King, were honored at the conference for taking part in the FFA State Conference Courtesy Corps, a group of FFA volunteers who take time out of their conference attendance to help things run smoothly. They attended meetings and welcomed others to events to make sure that the conference was an enjoyable experience for all.

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