On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Nipomo FFA competed at the Sectional Best Informed Greenhand contest held at Nipomo High School. Nipomo FFA’s Best Informed Greenhand team did exceptionally well and ended up winning the contest. The members who competed were Samantha Alvarado, Megan Gaalswyk, Jason Millhorn, Jackson Powers, and Chloe Silva. The 3rd and 4th high individuals were Jason Millhorn and Megan Gaalswyk.

The objective of the Best Informed Greenhand contest is to understand the aims, purposes, history, and structure of the state and national FFA student organizations. They must also know the opportunities it makes available as referenced in the current National FFA Manual. The contest is only for freshmen agricultural education students who are FFA members. Each chapter may enter up to five participants in the Best Informed Greenhand contest, with the top three scores counting toward the team total, with all five being eligible for individual awards.

After asking Chloe Silva about her experience in the contest, she replied, “I was very nervous going into the test. Even though I was scared about the whole thing, I knew we would do good because we had lots of time to prepare. I’m really proud of my team and I’m super excited to keep working with them throughout the year.”

Nipomo FFA is proud of their Greenhand members for taking the first step in their FFA careers. The students were able to gain experience and confidence in their first contest, and will take away valuable information for future contests. This is just the beginning of their Greenhand FFA career and will help prepare them for the biggest contest of the year, which is the State competition in May.