Wednesday, December 7 , 2016, 6:46 pm | Mostly Cloudy 57º


Santa Maria High School FFA Students, Alumni Receive Special Honors

Santa Maria High School’s Future Farmers of America alumni and students have received two special honors in the agricultural world.

The awards, which recognize community service and a dedication to agriculture in numerous ways, were given several weeks ago during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The group also spent some time sightseeing in New York City.

Santa Maria High School math teacher and FFA adviser Shelly Klein said the FFA program “inspires all students to be lifelong learners who can determine their own success.” The FFA also promotes “personal accountability and social responsibility” among other qualities, she added.

Several alumni received their American FFA Degree, the top achievement within the organization. The four who attended were Alejandro Gonzales, Jeff Klein, Jayme Llamas and Rosario Reyes.

SMHS FFA officers Jose Baroza, Valerie Canas, Yessica Hernandez and Susan Reyes were also on hand to accept the National Chapter Award.

SMHS FFA adviser Marc Debernardi’s 10 years of teaching and positively encouraging students about agriculture was also noticed with an Honorary American FFA Degree.

Senior FFA officer Jose Baroza described the event as “amazing.”

“I enjoyed meeting many people and seeing how different their agricultural community is from ours,’’ Baroza said.

FFA reporter Giselle Sanchez-Zuno, who provided the majority of information for this release, said the students enjoyed New York City and experiencing its different lifestyle, the Statue of Liberty, a Broadway show and other attractions, including taking a first airplane ride for some.

— Kenny Klein is the media contact for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >