When Madera South students Sarah Reece and Mario Alvarez were exploring possible career paths, they had no idea at the time the school’s agriculture department would play such a big role in not only their education, but also in helping clear up a big misconception.
Contrary to popular belief that Madera South’s School of Agriculture is for students who have grown up raising animals on a farm or have strong roots in the dairy life, incoming sophomores Reece and Alvarez are learning on-the-go in the ag program, despite not having a background in that field.
Now Reece’s leadership skills have come to the forefront as an FFA (Future Farmers of America) officer in the state’s largest and nation’s second largest chapter. Alvarez is a member of the state-winning Best Informed Greenhand team that will compete in Nationals in October.
Kristin McKenna, who was the FFA advisor for the past three years and is now the head of the ag department, believes that having a program that is open to all gives students like Reece and Alvarez a chance to learn lessons they might not otherwise have been exposed to...