Four members of Lodi’s Future Farmers of America came home with some impressive hardware from last week’s National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. One of them is a national champion.
Jordan Sparrowk, son of Wendy and Jeff Sparrowk, was named one of four national champions in the beef production placement proficiency award program at the National FFA Convention. Sparrowk is a Lodi High graduate and an agribusiness major at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
“This is huge news,” Lodi FFA adviser JessaLee Goehring said.
Sparrowk, who grew up in Clements, works on his family’s ranches in California and Oregon, Goehring said. He and Lodi FFA member Roy Yates were quizzed by eight judges for 15 to 20 minutes to demonstrate their knowledge of the cattle industry, Goehring said. Yates was a beef production-entrepreneurship finalist at the national convention as well.
Sparrowk and Yates each won $500 for being a finalist, while Sparrowk earned an additional $500 for being a national champion, Goeh-ring said.
Yates, who led Lodi to the state FFA championship in April, is the son of Bruce and Sherry Yates of Stockton.
Yates tends to cattle ranches he leases in Wallace, Clements and Roberts Island on Highway 4.
Yates pays the lease for the four ranches from the money he makes selling cattle. He wants to make a career out of cattle ranching.
Additionally, Lodi High senior Samantha Correia was a delegate at the convention, while Sparrowk and Courtney Miller earned their American Farmer Degree, the highest degree a member can earn in the FFA. Fewer than 10 percent of more than 550,000 FFA members will earn the American Farmer Degree, Goehring said.
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