This year, Righetti FFA will be traveling to Monterey, California on January 25 and 26th to attend the MFE and ALA conferences. Seniors and Juniors will be attending the ALA conference. This conference gives the students a chance to improve themselves in becoming a leader and developing traits it takes to become a great FFA member in the program. Past students that went to this conference say it was fun, exciting, and completed fun activities or missions as spies with the State officers. Taiz Delgado recalls this event and says, “It was definitely a great experience and I was thrilled to learn new things and become more open within my chapter.” Most of the students that remember the conference recall it as a great way to open up with others and have an exciting experience embedded in their memory. They took what they learned back to their chapters and shared their ideas in becoming more open with each other and finding the strength within all our members.
Righetti FFA held the annual Kinderpatch on October 25th, 2019 with the best turn out so far. We had a new layout using the whole agriculture area, which made more space for the activities. There were snacks and beverages for the kids to have after going to different activities. We had over two hundred student volunteers who lead in activities such as cookie decorating, bounce house, hay maze, and even a petting zoo. Over 600 kindergarteners and first graders from all over Santa Maria and Orcutt were able to attend our Kinderpatch. We are extremely thankful for all of our student volunteers, attendees, and sponsors for this event and look forward to next year’s Kinderpatch!
The very first Santa Barbara County Farm Day Dinner was held on September 27, 2019 at Tres Hermanas Winery in Sisquoc. The farm day dinner was held to help raise money for "See Ag" which put's on workshops and lessons for elementary schools to promote agriculture. The farm day dinner consisted of dinner, desert, a silent auction, and a live auction. There was 16 Righetti FFA members who attended this community service event. The students helped set up and decorate the event with Pioneer Valley FFA and Santa Maria FFA students. The FFA chapters also helped with the live auction. After dinner and the auctions we helped clean up. Overall it was a great event for our students and and it was another demonstration of FFA students helping in the community.
The freshman draft is a brand new idea brought on by the Righetti FFA officer team. Our Advisors have chosen 50 freshmen who have shown outstanding potential in leadership qualities and potential for future success in the FFA. The draft will serve as a buddy system for the select freshmen with the chapter officer team for this school year. The freshman who have been selected will be competing against each other on a point system and the group with the most points will be rewarded at the Annual FFA Awards Banquet in May 2020. This is a great way to get students involved who have the potential for success.
On October 16th, Righetti FFA was visited by two of our California state officers. Carlyn Marsh, our state president, and Miriam Alvarado, our state reporter arrived on October 15th and were welcomed with a home made tacos and corn tortillas; a great bonding experience with our Ag Leadership students. The next day, they gave lessons in our freshman Ag Science classes about SAE project types. This was a great learning experience for our students and it gave them a hands-on learning experience that everyone could participate in. Righetti FFA is extremely thankful for such a wonderful visit! We hope to welcome the state officer team back to our chapter in the near future!
On October 12th and 13th, the Righetti FFA officer team traveled to Hollister, California to attend the Chapter Officer Leadership Conference also known as COLC. At this conference we learned how to be better leaders in our schools, bonded with each other, made new friends, and had a lot of fun. We participated in activities with the state and regional officers and workshops for each individual office. The theme for COLC was “Envision your Mission” and we learned to envision our mission through teamwork, communication, innovation, individuality, and confidence. During reflections our officer team was able to get to know each other better and set goals for our chapter. We also completed in a lip sync competition and our chapter won regional officer favorite. Brooke, our Vice President says, “It was honestly one of the best conferences I have attended, and it helped me become so much closer with my team as well as become a better leader and teammate!” Overall it was a super fun and eye...
Wednesday September 11th, Righetti FFA held our Annual Greenhand Bootcamp. This event is organized by our Ag Leadership class for our new freshman Greenhand members. The freshman that attended the event were put into teams an taken through a rotation of various workshops in the Ag classrooms. The rotations included; opportuniies in the FFA, Career Development Event Teams, types of Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects, Leadership Conferences, and team building activities. At the end of the event the Greenhands were handed out awards to congratulate their successful completion of the bootcamp. We look forward to the amazing freshman and their future success in the Agricuture program.
Righetti FFA runs the concession stand for the Freshman, Junior and the Varsity football home games. At the football concession stand we sell a wide variety of items, such as our famous tri-tip sandwich, nachos, popcorn, candy, and much more. These home game football concessions are a great fundraiser for our chapter, helping to pay for the various competitions and leadership conferences we attend. Every football concession is very busy, and we are always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in working in the concession during a home football game, please talk to your AG teacher. Also, thank you to everyone who helped in our past concessions!
On October 5th, 2019 Sectional Opening and Closing was held at Pioneer Valley High School, we had many schools from our Santa Barbara Section attend this competition. Many students up to freshmen all the way to Seniors competed at this competition. Righetti FFA took 8 Novice teams 4 open teams and 1 officer team to compete at this years sectional opening and closing. Righetti FFA had a successful competition 1 of the novice team received fourth place and the other novice team received 3 place, 1 of our open teams received 5th place out of 16 teams, and our very own officer team place third place, our very own Eddie Munoz received outstanding sentinel and Kiyana Brown received outstanding Secretary. “ it was fun and I had a good time - said Lexi a freshmen from righetti high school . another student said, ``I was really proud of my team and I look forward to do better next year said - Evelin, overall this year's sectional opening and closing was a success.