By Cali Griffin, Loyalton High School
Howdy everyone from the Superior Region! Programs are in full swing, running up and down the state, busy as ever, along with several programs that have been rebuilding their programs.
South Lindhurst High School will be participating as a test site for a Water Diversion unit that was created through the Yuba Water Agency. They are very excited to be working with several other schools to work through this curriculum and help to develop it more. It is focused on drought in California as well as getting to know our local watershed (Bullards Bar). The kids will be learning through engineering practices and developing solutions for the current dam to be a better source of flood control. At the end of the unit, the kids will also get to go to Bullards Bar and explore and learn about the dam and the watershed through a hands-on field trip.
Hannah Wrenn was hired in August to restart the Quincy High School FFA program. Since starting the program she has had taught several periods of junior high students who are eager for their freshman year so they can be a part of the FFA. She also has an officer team full of go-getters who have really put in the time to get their chapter started. The high school classes are: Natural Resources, Greenhouse, and Agriscience. The Quincy High School students have been eager to get out and compete, and they show an eagerness to experience new things after the last few years of being affected by the pandemic. Prior to being hired at Quincy High School, Hannah earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, and then taught at Red Bluff High School for the 2020-2021 school year.
Alex Whitney was welcomed to Lassen High school in the fall of 2020. Originally from Fall River and TCU, Alex is teaching sustainable agricultural biology, floral design, and greenhouse. Alex coaches Novice Parliamentary Procedure, Creed, Job Interview, Floral, and Opening and Closing. Alex has been an eager and exciting addition to the program.
In retirement, Holly Egan has been working with Chico State to mentor student teachers in the credential program. You have probably seen her the last two years on various high school campuses helping to ensure our new teachers are set up for success. Holly coached the state-winning vegetable crop team last year and is coaching Susanville FFA’s Floriculture team this year. Next year, she will be completely retired!
The Superior Region CATA had two Teachers of Excellence! Way to go Superior Region. Caroline (Cali) Griffin from Loyalton High School and Stacey McWilliams Dutra from Yuba City High School. Way to go, gals! The Teacher of Excellence Award is a prestigious award that is given to someone who has been teaching for over ten years, has a strong involvement in professional activities, has helped multiple students, and who has improved their program with innovative instructional techniques.
Through iCEV, the following certifications are available to your students this spring:
- AMSA Culinary Meat Selection & Cookery
- AMSA Food Safety & Science
- AMSA Meat Evaluation
- BASF Plant Science
- Benz School of Floral Design Principles of Floral Design
- Center for Financial Responsibility Personal Financial Literacy
- Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management
- EETC Principles of Small Engine Technology
- Elanco Fundamentals of Animal Science
- Elanco Veterinary Medical Applications
- Express Employment Professionals Career Preparedness
- HBAA Residential Construction Skills
- National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association Equine Management & Evaluation
- NCLCA Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation
- Southwest Airlines Professional Communications.
AgAlign Tier 1 Certifications will be utilized by many of our Superior Region programs including ag mechanics, biology, chemistry, and floriculture. The platform through AET will be a first and we look forward to having our students get closer to being certified and going into the work world.