2020-2021 Chapter Officer Team 

This year's officer team is ecstatic for another exciting, energetic, and successful year! They hope to lead our chapter into becoming leaders themselves and to help them harness the values of the FFA, premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. 

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President: Jazmin Rodriguez 

Hello Newman FFA! My name is Jazmin Rodriguez and I’m your 2020-2021 Chapter President! Over the past 4 years, I have competed in various public speaking contests that have helped me develop confidence. I have also competed in other teams such as Best Informed Greenhand, Vet Science and Parliamentary Procedure. All these competitions have helped me develop relationships with my peers as well as with other members around the state. Outside of FFA, I play volleyball for the school and run for the track and field team. Although this year isn’t ideal, the officer team and I hope we can make it as engaging as possible by embracing the change!!

Vice President: Lia Tristan
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Hello Newman FFA! I am Lia Tristan a senior at Orestimba High School. While in FFA I have been  Greenhand Reporter as well as the Chapter Reporter before becoming Chapter Vice President. My SAE Projects consist of market lambs, a dairy grade replacement heifer, and a market hog. I have participated in Parliamentary Procedure, Opening/Closing Sectional Contest, Veterinary Science, and Impromptu. While in FFA I have attended the Greenhand Leadership Conference, California State FFA Leadership Conferences, National FFA Convention & Expo, Made For Excellence Conference, Chapter Officer Leadership Conferences, and Camp Sylvester. As well as I have also served as a voting delegate at the sectional, regional, and state level. 

Outside of the FFA I participate on the Orestimba track & field team, as well as clubs such as the Interact and the Fine Arts Clubs.

Secretary: Natalie Velasquez

Hello Newman FFA! I am Natalie Velasquez and I am junior at Orestimba High School. I am involved in a competition dance team outside of Orestimba High School at the Cornerstone Dance Studio. In FFA, I have participated in the Creed Speaking Contest and earned first place in sectional level, in the Prepared speaking competition and earned fourth place in the sectional level, as well as complete with Parli Pro. Last year I competed in the Opening and Closing ceremonies with the Newman FFA Advanced team. I have also raised market sheep, and have attended events including; Made For Excellence, National Convention, and Camp Sylvester. One of my goals for FFA is to be more organized as an officer team, and to be able to recruit more members this year. 

Treasurer: Matthew Grimaldo

Hello Newman FFA!  My name is Matthew Grimaldo and I’m serving as your 2020-2021 Treasurer.  Within our chapter, I have competed in Livestock Evaluation, Job Interview, and Opening and Closing.  Along with being on various teams, I have also shown market hogs for the past 2 years and a market lamb this last year.  Through all of this, I have made countless connections within our chapter and this great organization as a whole.  Outside of FFA, some hobbies I enjoy are welding and working on cars.  The team and I hope to make the best out of this year and most importantly Embrace the Change

Reporter: Grace Kimbrough

Hey Newman FFA! My name is Grace (Gracie) Kimbrough, I am a junior at OHS and will be serving as your 2020-21 Reporter!! I have been involved with FFA since my 8th Grade year. I have competed in Opening and Closing for two years, Impromptu, Livestock Judging, and this year I will compete in Prepared Speaking. My SAE project consists of raising and showing market lambs at the Stanislaus County Fair! Besides being involved in FFA, I also play softball for Orestimba and enjoy training dogs. In my down time, I enjoy reading and binge watching Friends. I also really enjoy traveling, camping, hunting, and pretty much anything outdoors. As an officer, I would love to help the members expand their knowledge in the FFA and I can’t wait to see how our chapter grows!

Sentinel: Diego Garcia 
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Hey Newman FFA! My name is Diego Garcia and I’m proudly serving as your 2020-21 Chapter Sentinel. I have been involved in FFA since my freshman year where I initially joined the Best Informed Greenhand team and attended the State Leadership Conference as a participant in the Honors Band where I sported the clarinet! I am now involved in the Parliamentary Procedure & Debate Team, the Extemporaneous Public Speaking Competition and formerly the Livestock Evaluation Team. I have also attended a number of conventions, even going as far as to attend the National Convention in October 2019. Outside of FFA, I’m the President for the Orestimba Hispanic Youth Leadership Council (HYLC), a Presiding Officer for the Orestimba Pride Warriors (OPW), a Drum Major for the Orestimba Warrior Marching Band, and the Student Board Representative for OHS Executive Student Council! FFA has taught me that building relationships is important for understanding your personal growth as well for those around you. As we continue the year, let’s embrace the changes that we encounter and continuing serving our communities  excitedly and humbly.