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With the end of the first semester Southside FFA had a great Fall Semester. It has been a record breaking year for the FFA it all started with members participating in the Alamo District Leadership Lab at Somerset High School. This event is geared towards sophomores through seniors to gain leadership experience and knowledge through work stations to help promote teamwork and leadership qualities. Next, our 8th graders and freshman members participated in Area VII Greenhand Camp at Floresville High School. This event is tailored to members who are in their first or second year of membership. It is very similar to the Leadership Lab, but geared towards students who may never have had any experience leading. This was our largest group to date with more than 30 members going.
After leadership events concluded we were already in full swing with Fall Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Leadership Development Events (LDE’s). This was our first year to have two teams compete in Fall CDE’s with our Range Team finishing 11th in their first Area Contest and our Plant ID Team consisting of Annabelle Alvarado, Alexia Torres, Izabella Kibiger, and Noah Kibiger bringing home the 8th Place banner. No sooner had we finished with Fall CDE’s we were gearing up for LDE’s. This was another record breaking group with the most participation we have had to date. We had a Greenhand and Senior Quiz team, Radio Broadcasting Team, 2 Greenhand Creed Speakers, 2 Spanish Creed Speakers, and a student in Job Interview. We went to several invitational contests with Melany Avila bringing home a First Place Plaque from the Palo Alto Invitational. District LDE’s was another record breaking event with our Greenhand Quiz team consisting of Benjamin Ebner, Eduardo Galindo, Kayla Craig, and Cesar Cavzos coming in 3rd bringing home a banner and Melany Avila bringing home the second place banner and qualifying for Area which is a first for our chapter. At Area Melany was able to bring home a 4th Place banner just missing qualifying for state. Finally, in December over the second week of the Christmas break several students participated in the Bexar County Junior Livestock Show. Placings from the show can be found below. We had 25 exhibitors qualify for the Auction of Champions which was the largest number of exhibitors from Southside to qualify for auction in a single year.
With a record breaking 80 members and 14 junior members Southside FFA is on the rise and looking forward to a great Spring Show Season and CDE Season. Check back at the end of the year for a Spring Review. If you are interested in getting your child into the FFA or Junior FFA please call the Agriculture Department at (210) 882-1600 ext 1584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or swing by the AG complex located behind the Southside High School ACES gym after school and talk to members or advisors.
Bexar County Junior Livestock Show Results
We had 25 exhibitors make it into the Auction of Champions this year which is the most Southside FFA has ever placed in the Auction.
Hilda Dominguez- 2 first places and a third as well as American Division Champion and Showmanship Finalist
Naomi Brander- 4th Place
Dacee Vela- 4th Place
Dacee Vela- 6th Place
Izabella Kibiger- 3rd Place
Ariel Hernandez- Participant
Montana Bevel- 3rd, 5th, and 13th place
Macie Goff- 11th and 15th place
Camila Ojeda- 14th place
Kayla Craig- 11th place
Melany Avila- 14th place
Charlyn Chavez- 14th place
Olivia Benitez- 16th place
Amy Rodrigue- 12th place
Robert Carver- 10th
Noah Silva 1st place as well as Percentage Doe Champion and Overall Breeding Doe Champion and Junior Showmanship Winner
Nikko Garcia- 17th place in both Pullets and Cockerels
Journey Montemayor- 23rd place
Mileena Sanchez-24th place
Mary West- Participant
Leandra West- Participant
Kayla Padilla- 20th place
Selah Vela- 36th place
Annabelle Alvarado- 38th place
Mason Rodriguez- 43rd Place
Camila Ojeda- Participant
Natalia Castro- Participant
Beau Payton- 1st in breeding and 4th and 7th in market as well as junior showmanship finalist
Skyler Payton- 2nd and 7th in breeding and 4th in market as well as junior showmanship finalist
Jacob Best- 5th place in breeding and market
James Best- 12th in breeding and a 4th and 8th in market
Kendra Gallegos- 3rd in breeding and 4th in market
Mary West-8th in market
Leandra West- 4th in breeding and 3rd and 10th in market
Nikko Garcia- two 2nd places in breeding and 6th, 8th, and 10th in Market
Jason Garcia, a long time Science teacher and coach, has received the honor of Losoya’s Teacher of the Year. Mr. Garcia has been with Losoya since we were a 5th and 6th grade Intermediate Campus. He has a quiet and humble demeanor, always willing to help both teachers and students alike. Back in the day…. he taught robotics, handling a club that spread its Lego Robots across the old Losoya Library after school. He spent many extra hours to encourage the STEAM initiative, not because it was mandated, but because he believed in it. Mr. Garcia was certainly surprised by the announcement this week – but to many Losoya oldies – we say well, it is his turn and his time. We just have so many talented teachers on this campus that it is difficult to make these tough decisions. Congratulations, Mr. Garcia, to a well-deserved honor.
The SISD Feast of Giving is more than an event it is heart warming and just the kind of community involvement we all need from time to time. From smiling warm faces at the SHS cafeteria commons area to the auditorium stage, thousands of people gathered for a free meal and free entertainment. More than 3100 people from all over the area came to break bread and enjoy some turkey with all the trimmings. The event also featured a stunning display of talent from hundreds of Southside ISD student performers.
Here is a quick snapshot of a great event that we are all grateful for this holiday season: https://photos.app.goo.gl/gXsrZiox59jQe34T9