As one of 51 delegates, Victor attended the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this October. At this convention, held at the Westin Hotel, Victor participated in various activities such as the passing of an amendment to the National FFA Constitution and Bylaws. Additionally, he and his peers were addressed by keynote speaker Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s series “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.”
Ironically, Victor’s relationship with FFA was unintended. His first experience with the FFA program was when it was introduced at Santa Rosa Middle School where he was a student in the eighth grade. A year later, as a freshman, he chose to take an animal anatomy class. He recalls that this sparked his interest in becoming a member of FFA.
His favorite aspect of being a delegate and attending the convention getting to participate in the passing of an amendment to the FFA Constitution and Bylaws. He enjoyed being behind the scenes; being closer to the action.
Victor’s membership in FFA hasn’t been easy, however. Due to the costs of the program, Victor was given a scholarship and has paid his way through by purchasing, raising, and selling animals for profit. Such an impediment proved to be insignificant to Victor as his work ethic has ultimately prevailed and resulted in his selection as a National FFA Delegate. His mother, he pointed out with a smile, is very proud of him.
Victor plans to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College and ultimately transfer to University of California at Davis or California State University at Chico. Professionally, he plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.