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December 6, 2023

Valley awards honor King City High School Agriculture Department and FFA

KING CITY — King City High School Agriculture Department and FFA were recognized with the 2022 Education Award last Saturday at the 16th Annual Valley of the World Awards, presented by the National Steinbeck Center.

The school is home to a state-ranking ag program, which offers 16 different courses taught by five teachers — Chelsey Cervantes, Blaise Chaney, Lauren Peterson, Patrick Smith and Jessica Souza — in one of the newest state-of-the-art agriculture facilities.

King City FFA is currently ranked third in California, according to statewide results released over this past weekend.

The Oct. 1 ceremony took place at the Braga Family Farm in Soledad, featuring a dinner by Salinas City BBQ paired with a selection of Monterey County wines followed by the awards presentation.

Other 2022 honorees were the Braga Family, who received the Hall of Fame Award; and Norm Groot, executive director of Monterey County Farm Bureau, who was presented with the Ag Leader Award.

“All of the recipients carry the desire to leave our Salinas Valley and the world a better place and have shown that through their actions,” said Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez, who was in attendance. “Their leadership is worth acknowledging and holding up as a model. Congratulations to all the winners.”

King City High School Agriculture Department teachers receive the 2022 Education Award on Oct. 1 at the 16th Annual Valley of the World Awards. (Courtesy of King City FFA)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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