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Pioneer Valley High School’s Daniel Segura has been elected as the FFA Regional Vice President for the Santa Barbara Section, marking the first time a Panther has held that position in school history.

The junior will be inducted at the FFA State Convention later this month. This summer, Segura plans to attend a four-day leadership retreat with other 2016-2017 South Coast Region FFA Officers.

“This is not anything I would have expected as I took my first Ag class my freshman year,’’ Segura said. “It is indeed an honor and I look forward to serving as a role model in the region and as an inspiration to others in my school and community.’’

FFA Advisor and Ag Teacher Hector Guerra said Segura’s new position is a great way to showcase the talent the chapter has.

“Daniel is an outstanding articulate young man who will represent Pioneer Valley FFA very well,’’ Guerra said. “The South Coast Region has been waiting for a member like him.’’

Principal Shanda Herrera agreed. “Congratulations to Daniel on this notable accomplishment,’’ Herrera said.

Leadership roles are nothing new for Segura. He is presently in his second year as the VP of the school’s FFA Chapter, serves as the Sentinel at the Sectional level and is VP of the French Club. In addition, Segura finds time to participate in ASTRA (Altrusa Club - Student Group), CSF (California Scholarship Federation), runs cross-country, track and volunteers at MMC (Marian Medical Center).

The SMJUHSD has more than 1,500 FFA members at PVHS, Santa Maria and Righetti High Schools.

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