PVHS Ag Department Name Outstanding Agricultural Program from South Coast Region


April 13, 2022

The Pioneer Valley High School Ag Department was recently named the Outstanding Agricultural Program for the South Coast Region, which stretches from San Jose along the coast to Los Angeles.

The honor is awarded each year at the South Coast FFA Region Annual Awards Ceremony. It was held at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande on April 3.

California is broken into six FFA regions, and the Pioneer Valley Agriculture Department will now continue and compete against the regional winners in the other five agriculture regions in the state. The state winner will be awarded at the annual California Ag Teachers Association Annual Conference at Cal Poly (SLO) in June.

“It was incredibly fitting that the award was granted to us by our previous student (Marc Cabeliza) who has served as the California State FFA President this year. The Pioneer Valley Agriculture Department has worked extremely hard to earn this accolade. The FFA program has produced countless State FFA degrees, American FFA degrees, state qualifying speakers, state champion judging teams, regional and state winning student proficiency awards, and students earning leadership roles at the sectional, regional, and state level. The Ag teachers at Pioneer Valley are so proud of the hard work our students have put in, especially in a time when many of our activities were forced to go virtual. The students persevered and carried the momentum as we reopened our school and got back to in-person events and conferences this year. We, as Ag teachers, push our students to challenge themselves and open up to the opportunities this organization can offer them. The PV Ag Department continues to be amazed by the passion our students hold for agriculture and our FFA program.” – Panther Ag Teacher Marcie Guerra.

SMJUHSD Media Contact: Public Information Officer Kenny Klein 805-709-1454 or kklein@smjuhsd.org