Program News

Let the Sparks Fly

On October 1st, six students and Mr. Dreesmann left Gridley high school to go to a welding academy at Shasta College. They got to Shasta college that morning, and ate breakfast and met knew people. They started their rotations of the three classes they would go through which would be using a cutting torch, TIG welding, and MIG welding. First they went to a class teaching them about a cutting torch. After being in the classroom they got to go use the cutting torch the way they learned in the class. Their second rotation was MIG welding and the guys that went from Gridley made a car out of the scrap metal they were welding on. Then they went to go carts and played laser tag. After having some fun at go carts they had dinner then went to the hotel for the night. The next morning they woke up early for TIG welding and the competition. They did TIG welding on aluminum which is something most of them never did before. After TIG welding they picked what they were best at for the competition. Hayden Shadd got third in TIG welding.

Yet Another Successful Drive Thru

On the 17th of October 2013, the Gridley FFA Chapter held their annual Drive Thru BBQ. This year was another year that was successful, due to all the help and donations we had. We’d like to start off by thanking everyone in the community for their donations and time, and our FFA members for helping out with all the set up, and deserts, our advisors Mathew Reed, Niki Flosi, and Nick Dreesman were a huge help as well. I would like to address, Save More, Tower Mart, and Winco for supplying the bread, the Kossow family for the wood, S &L meats for our ribs, and Pro Pacific for the salad. Also we the Gridley FFA chapter would like to thank UPS, for the printing of our Drive Thru BBQ tickets.

Thank you all for making this year’s fundraiser another success.

Local Opening & Closing Contest

Gridley FFA’s first local contest for Opening and Closing was a huge success. Our judges showed up prepared and happy to assist Gridley FFA. This event prepares our teams for the sectional contest at Colusa Field Day. The groups that went had almost everyone show up dressed to do their part. Our officer team gave an example to the judges of how things should be, and with only one mistake they wowed the judges. Judges who had never been introduced to Opening and Closing judged the three novice teams. Judges with experience in Opening and Closing judged the six advanced teams. Continuing to Colusa for the advanced team is Teresa Levya as President, Ariel Ingram as Vice President, Sandra Dreesmann as Secretary, Macy Thomas as Treasurer, Alexis Taylor as Reporter, and Jennifer Goldfarb as Sentinel. Representing the novice-gold team is Celeste McConnell as President, Jarred Kopp as Vice President, Maribel Gomez as Secretary, Judith Rosales as Treasurer, Lily Martinez as Reporter, and Carlos Jauregui as Sentinel. Representing the novice-blue team is Chris Bowers as President, Colton Naylor as Vice President, Geydi as Secretary, Cheyann Huff as treasurer, Julia Hall as Reporter, and Jacob Holland as Sentinel.

Spotlight SAE

Tyler Wilkerson of Gridley FFA has five SAE projects that he cares for daily. Those SAE’s include breeding and market swine, breeding ewes, market lambs, and layer hens. Wilkerson says that his favorite SAE is market lambs. Tyler spends five hours a day caring and tending to his projects. In hopes to get the award of Diversified Livestock Production, Wilkerson gets involved in all aspects of FFA. While also being involved in swim team at Gridley High School and being the Gridley FFA Chapter Reporter, Tyler always makes time for his projects. Currently, Wilkerson is caring for 2 breeding ewes, 1 breeding gilt, and 47 laying hens.

Livestock Parent Meeting

It's that time of the year again! Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7PM is when we are having our livestock parent meeting. If your student plans on or is even considering showing at either Silver Dollar (May) or Butte County Fair (Aug) the student and a parent must be at this meeting. This allows parents a chance to hear about project options and potential financial investments that may need to be made. Please be aware if you do not attend you will not show.  However; If you absolutely can't make the meeting, there will be a makeup meeting on December 3, 2013 at 7PM.  Can't wait to see you there!

Harvest Day Fun!

The 1st annual Harvest Day took place October 24th at the Gridley FFA Farm. Kindergarteners from McKinley Primary School and Manzanita Elementary attended. Workshops such as hacky sack throw, face painting, potato sack races, and grow your own pumpkin were put on by the Gridley FFA Leadership class. Kids also got to venture through the corn maze and pick out their very own pumpkins. The petting zoo and baby chicks were a huge hit amongst the future Ag students. You could see the excitement on the kids faces as they took the hay ride to and from the farm.

Colusa Sectional Contest

On Tuesday November 12th, Gridley FFA traveled to the Colusa Sectional Contest to compete in B.I.G., Farm Records, Co-Ops, and the Opening/Closing Ceremony.  In Farm records, Gridley FFA received 3rd High Team composed of Michael Munro, Kristen Sannar, and Jessica Davis.  Jessica also received 3rd High Individual.  Gridley FFAs Mackenzie Naylor, Sandra Dreesmann, and Alexis Taylor took 3rd High Team in Co-Ops.  Mackenzie also received 4th High Individual.  In the Opening/Closing Ceremony competition, the Gridley FFA Blue team composed of, Jacob Holland, Jarred Kopp, Celeste McConnell, Geydi Orozco, Julia Hall, and Cheyann Huff received 5th High Team in the Novice division.