President, Audrey Arntz~ Audrey is a Senior at Petaluma High School and is in her fourth year of the FFA. Her SAEs include both her dairy project and her work experience at the Sonoma-Marin Veterinary Office. She has been showing dairy cattle since she was 13, and currently owns 6 of her own dairy cows and heifers. Beginning in May of her sophomore year, Audrey has worked at the vet office cleaning veterinary supplies and the facility, making/mixing medication, helping customers, and answering phones. Throughout her years in high school, Audrey has taken Ag Biology, Ag and Soil Chemistry, Floral Art and Design, and has been enrolled in the SAEP class. She has also been on the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Team since her freshman year and was on the swim team her freshman and sophomore years. Audrey looks forward to her year as president, hoping to encourage new and existing members to take part in CDE teams, perform at public speaking competitions, attend conferences and conventions, and much more. She hopes to do what she can as president to make the 2019-2020 school year successful for Petaluma FFA, keeping students involved and enthusiastic about the FFA and its opportunities.
Vice President, Samantha Gambonini~ Samantha is a Junior at Petaluma High School and is in her third year of the FFA. Her SAEs include dairy cattle entrepreneurship, agricultural education, work experience at Gamlake Dairy, and raising a market steer. Samantha raises and cares for a large herd of dairy cattle and exhibits her cattle locally and nationally. She has taken the agricultural classes of Introduction to Agricultural Welding and Advanced Agricultural Welding. Samantha is apart of the dairy cattle judging team and is also the North Coast Region Vice President of the Sonoma Section. Samantha is extremely excited to serve Petaluma through showing fellow members opportunities and their potential in the FFA through enthusiasm and dedication.
Secretary, Logan Pomi~ Logan Pomi is a Junior at Petaluma High School and it is her third year in Petaluma FFA. Her SAEs include Beef and Dairy Cattle entrepreneurship. Logan lives on a cattle ranch in Marin and raises purebred Hereford cattle for market and show purposes. Along with the beef cattle, she raises Guernsey dairy cattle. Logan exhibits her beef cattle, locally, state wide, and nationally. She shows the dairy cattle locally and at the state level. Besides showing her beef cattle, her project includes selling animals for other members to show and sell at fairs. Logan has taken the agricultural classes of Intro to Ag Mechanics, Intro to Welding, Sustainable Ag Biology, and Art and History of Floral Design. She is a member of the current dairy cattle judging team and has high hopes as they compete this next year. Logan is excited to represent the Petaluma FFA as secretary and has high hopes for the chapter. She wants to increase member involvement as well as get more members to see the same potential she sees that agriculture has to offer.
Treasurer, Ben Forney~ Ben Forney is a Senior at Petaluma High School for the 2019-2020 year and has been involved within the FFA for the past four years. Through his time in the FFA he has developed Supervised Agricultural Experiences in the areas of raising laying pullets and working alongside his father at his Petaluma Business. During his enrollment in Agricultural Education, Ben has taken Introduction to Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Welding, Art and History of Floral Design, and Sustainable Ag. Construction. He has been a member of a state winning Farm Business Management Team that went on to place fifth at the national level in 2018. Since he has been involved on the Agricultural Mechanics Team and aspires to win at the state competition in May of 2019. His ambition for the year is to promote the accomplishments and importance of the FFA and the lasting impact it has had in developing future leaders for all industries. Moreover, Ben wants to build the capabilities of the entire program by investing in the members of the chapter through classroom and shop technologies.
Reporter, Olivia Poncia~ Olivia Poncia is a Senior at Petaluma High School and it is her fourth year in the FFA. Her SAEs include a market swine project as well as a work experience at Poncia Fertilizer and Spreading company. Throughout the school year she is a very involved member and participates in numerous speaking activities, conferences, as well as community service events. This year will also be her fourth year on the Petaluma FFA dairy cattle evaluation team. She has taken multiple Agriculture classes including, Ag Biology, Ag Soil Chemistry, and Ag Systems Management and looks forward to taking Veterinary Science her this upcoming school year. As your chapter reporter, she aspires to focus on chapter involvement among the students and community.
Sentinel, Andy Ghirardelli~ Andy Ghirardelli is a Senior at Petaluma High School and is currently in his fourth year in FFA. Andy has SAEs consisting of market hog projects and NorCal Pump Works work experience. Andy is a heavily involved member, as he helps out at community service events and conferences. Andy is also a fourth year member of the Petaluma FFA Agricultural Mechanics Team. He has also taken at least two ag classes per school year. Those classes include Introduction to Agricultral Mechanics, Agricultural Biology, Introduction to Agricultural Welding, Agricultural Soil Chemistry, Supervised Agricultural Experience, Advanced Welding and Art and History of Floral Design. He is looking forward to taking Advanced Welding and Supervised Agricultural Experience again this upcoming year. Andy's goals for this upcoming year, as Sentinel, is to encourage new incoming freshmen to try out FFA and to show them what Petaluma FFA has to offer in future career pathways after high school.