PVHS FFA Ranked 2nd Best Ag Department in California

PVHS FFA Ranked 2nd in the State





October 14, 2021


The Pioneer Valley High School FFA recently was awarded Chapter of the Year for the Santa Barbara FFA Section, which consists of all the high schools between Arroyo Grande and Lompoc.


They were also ranked the 2nd best Ag Department in California, compared to 352 agriculture departments at the Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC) in Hollister, California.


During the last school year, agriculture students earned 31 State Degree Awards, 8 American Degree Awards and had 1 State Champion Team, 2 State Proficiency Winners, and 2 Executive Committee Members – including the current State FFA President Marc Cabeliza.


Chapter Sentinel, Luis Hernandez states, “This was my first time attending COLC, and it was a great experience. I was able to meet so many new people, and I strengthened my bond with my own team.”


Chapter President, Gillian Villa said, “I know I speak for everyone when I say that hearing Pioneer Valley called out as Chapter of the Year for the section at COLC, as well as being announced as 2nd in the state has brought the biggest smiles and happy tears to our faces. That feeling I got while being on the stage and looking out to our team is one that I will remember for a lifetime. With determination, the members made this possible and we will continue to show why Pioneer Valley is the best in what we do!”


The PV FFA Chapter Officers were also able to improve their leadership skills, meet other members from throughout the region, and bring back new energy and ideas to Pioneer Valley.


“This was the first in-person conference where our FFA leaders have had the opportunity to attend since we have transitioned back to regular in-person school this year,” according to Ag and FFA Teacher Marcie Guerra.


The PV Agriculture Teachers say they are extremely proud of what the department has accomplished and hope to carry this momentum into the current school year. PV FFA looks forward to the upcoming year of FFA activities back in person, and our continued student achievement. Go Panthers!


SMJUHSD Media Contact: Public Information Officer Kenny Klein
805 709-1454 or kklein@smjuhsd.org