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Representatives of the SMHS FFA have returned after receiving group and
individual honors in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 87th National FFA Convention, which took place the week of October
26th, is held annually in the fall. This year, about 60,000 FFA members, advisors, and supporters

The SMHS FFA was one of ten chapters from California to earn the National Chapter Awards, marking
the fifth year in a row. They also presented their “Hall of States” booth. The booth won first
place at the state level and represented California FFA and California agriculture in the Hall of
States Competition, an event that introduces non-California residents to the traditions and
commodities found in California agriculture.

“I am very proud to show off our Hall of States booth,’’ said sophomore Leslie Garcia. “We have put
a lot of effort into the booth. While at the convention my favorite part was meeting FFA students
from around the nation.’’

Agriculture teacher Luis Guerra was one of seven ag teachers in California to be awarded the
Honorary American Degree by the FFA Organization.

Agriculture Department Chair Marc Debernardi said he is proud of all the accomplishments and
recognition at the national level.

“It means we are doing the right thing in our program,’’ Debernardi said. “It’s nice to see Mr.
Guerra be selected for this distinguished award, he’s an exceptional teacher, works very hard and
helped many students over the

In addition, several students also received the America FFA Degree Award on November 1. The honor
is the highest overall achievement in National FFA Organization and given to less than one percent
of all agricultural students nationwide. In 2014, only 300 in California were awarded the degree.

The students include Noe Perez, Marisol Bernal, Ricardo Osorio, Noel
Garcia, Juan Hernandez, Elmer Barrueta, Adan Martinez and Valerie Canas.

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