The PRHS FFA was ranked 11th out of more than 330 agricultural programs in the state
PASO ROBLES – For the second year in a row, the Paso Robles High School (PRHS) Department of Agriculture has been named one of the top 20 agriculture programs in the state of California.
Each year, a statistical analysis is used by the California Department of Education to evaluate the more than 330 farm programs statewide.
Last year, the PRHS FFA chapter placed 17 on the top 20 list. Their goal this year was to win at least one place. Instead, the chapter grew six spots, ranking 11th on the Top 20 Schools list.
Agriculture departments are evaluated based on student achievement and achievement, such as the number of state and U.S. degree holders, skill finalists, and career development teams.
In addition to continued student success, Paso Robles also set a new personal best for 17 students to graduate with their US FFA degree.
The American degree is the highest attainable degree in the national organization of the FFA. It shows the dedication of an FFA member to his chapter and to the state FFA association. FFA diplomas are obtained by fulfilling the qualifications defined by the national FFA organization, in particular:
- Obtaining the FFA State Diploma
- Be an active member for the past three years
- Completing secondary education in an agricultural education program
- Hours of community service
- Leadership skills
- Exceptional academic achievements
U.S. degree holders are among the top percent of domestic agriculture students. These students are honored and receive their diplomas at the FFA National Convention and Exhibition.
Paso Robles FFA Advisor Justin Pickard said: “Over the past three or four years we have made a constant effort to ensure that our students participate fully in the program rather than being selective in one or more. two areas. “
This effort led Paso FFA to dramatically increase the number of state and US degree recipients.
” This number [degree holders] represents that we have so many students who are not only successful, but who are recognized for that success, ”said Pickard.
Increasing the number of their American degrees has not been an easy task given the events of the past two years. The lack of community service events last year was no excuse for Paso Robles FFA. The students created their own community projects, including their Paso Strong panels, the proceeds of which were donated to the SLO Food Bank.
“We are proud of our students and what they have been able to accomplish. We see a lot of resilience in our young people, and I think that’s to be commended on their part, ”said Pickard.
Farm Advisors Justin Pickard, Amanda Gardner and Theresa Clark have worked diligently with their talented students and families to achieve this great achievement.