Lincoln High students win state FFA scrapbook competition

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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When Lincoln High School sophomores Jocelyn McCoy and Abby Williamson were elected historians of their Future Farmers of America (FFA) group last year, one of their duties was to compile an official scrapbook.

One year and 300 hours later, the girls won fourth place in the FFA State Scrapbook Competition held this April 20 to 23 at the California State University in Fresno.

At the 2012 Placer County Fair, the 104-page scrapbook won first prize. The book was judged on criteria such as chronology, historical value, quality photographs and story telling.

“Everything in the book is supposed to give a good description and tell a story. The girls worked really hard on the scrapbook,” said Victoria McCoy, Jocelyn McCoy’s mother.

One of 10 finalists from six state regions, the scrapbook documented a year in the lives of more than 300 Lincoln High School students enrolled in FFA curriculum. As FFA historians, McCoy and Williamson’s task was to keep a detailed record of the organization’s community services and outreach projects, events, ceremonies and agricultural programs.

Founded in 1928, FFA is a national youth organization for middle and high school students. The organization is designed to promote leadership skills and broaden students’ experience in different fields of agriculture.

Jocelyn McCoy is a “Lincoln city girl.” She joined FAA because she saw the opportunity to experience leadership growth through the organization. McCoy is raising a lamb.

Williams lives on a cattle ranch near Camp Far West and raises Hampshire pigs. She joined 4-H when she was 5 and transferred to FFA at Lincoln High School.

 “We’re really proud of them,” said their mentor and Lincoln High School teacher Cassandra Walker. “They were responsible for all the details of names, places and events in the scrapbook and they had to make each page look different.”

Walker teaches ag biology, ag science 1 and ag leadership at Lincoln High School.

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