FFA Ag Welding and Vet Science shine at State Finals

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The Mariposa FFA Ag Welding and Vet Science teams qualified and competed at the recent California State FFA Final Competitions held on May 6-7 at Cuesta College and Cal Poly SLO located in San Luis Obispo.  The vet science team consisted of Justus Wellcome, Elona Brocchini, Elianna Dulcich, Sienna Davies and is coached by FFA Advisor Michelle Wise; The welding team consisted of Jared Ogilby, Austin Hatcher, Logan Campini, Kevin Lobaugh, Sean Avery and is coached by FFA Advisor Garrett Rowley.

Ag Welding Captures Third High Overall

The ag welding team finished the competition Third High Overall in the state finals. FFA Advisor and welding team coach Rowley said, “The team did very well this year with first’s and second’s in every contest and a third place finish at the California FFA State Finals competition hosted at Cuesta College. The team had their written portion of the competition on Friday and needed to be in the top 15 teams to advance and compete in the rest of the contest on Saturday. With a third place finish in the written test portion, the team advanced to do the hands-on welding application in SMAW, GMAW, OFC and FCAW with a weld certification test as one of their projects. Each rotation only allows for 35 minutes so it is a very high paced, high-energy contest. This is only the second year MCHS has had a welding team so a third place finish is fantastic.”

Mariposa’s FFA Ag Welding team competed in and placed Third High Overall in the California State FFA Finals. Pictured left to right is Coach Garret Rowley and team members Jared Ogilby, Austin Hatcher, Logan Campini, Kevin Lobaugh, and Sean Avery. (Photo submitted by Mariposa FFA)

Vet Science Finished 7th Overall

The vet science team finished the state finals competition with a Seventh High Overall finish.  FFA Advisor and vet science team coach Wise said, “Veterinary Science is one of the most popular career development contests in the State of California with over 60 teams that competed this year.  For state finals, teams actually have to qualify for state finals in order to compete.  Teams must be in the top 24 teams in the state to be able to travel to Cal Poly SLO and compete in the vet science state finals.” 

Mariposa was ranked Fifth High Team (out of 24 total) to qualify to compete at state finals.  “At state finals the girls competed in all components of the contest, which includes breed, tool and parasite Identification, a knowledge test, and three practicums (hands-on skills),” explained Wise.  

Mariposa’s FFA Vet Science team competed in and placed Seventh High Overall in the California State FFA Finals. Pictured left to right is Elianna Dulcich, Sienna Davies, Justus Wellcome, and Elona Brocchini. (Photo submitted by Mariposa FFA)

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