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Alumni from Gila Ridge and Cibola receive prestigious FFA Degree

Six former Yuma Union High School District students from Gila Ridge and Cibola high schools received their American FFA on Oct. 27, 2018 at the National Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Taylor Van Why, Fernando Olivas, McKenna Good and Michayla Martinich from Gila Ridge and Harleigh Auza and Madison Moreno from Cibola all graduated in 2017.

“Getting my American Degree means meeting the highest achievement in the FFA and fulfilling everything I set out to do when I gained my membership my freshman year,” Good said.

Olivas shared a similar feeling. “This was a big milestone of mine from the beginning and it has now become an accomplishment,” he said.

Only 1 percent of more than 600,000 FFA members receive the award. According to, the American FFA Degree is presented to members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs). An additional requirement is that students be out of high school for at least seven months. In addition to their degree, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key.

“Cibola FFA is extremely proud of these young ladies,” Cibola agriculture teacher and FFA adviser Erika Derma said. “We cannot wait to see what they do in the future.”

Four YUHSD students received the American FFA Degree in 2017 (three from Cibola and one from Gila Ridge).

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Eric Patten