Village News Reporter
The 2022-2023 academic year was the first for Sabrina Stanwick as a Fallbrook High School agriculture teacher and National FFA Organization adviser, and the new agriculture teacher and FFA adviser for swine considers her first year to be successful.
“It went really great,” Stanwick said.
Fallbrook has three agriculture teachers and FFA advisers. Doug Sehnert is the instructor and FFA adviser for cattle, sheep and goats. Before the 2022-2023 school year Margaret Chapman was the teacher and FFA adviser for swine and Brian Kantner had been the Fallbrook High school horticulture teacher and FFA adviser.
Kantner is now at Hemet High School. Chapman has taken over as Fallbrook High School’s horticulture teacher and FFA adviser. Stanwick replaced Chapman with the high school swine.
Stanwick had taught at San Jacinto High school for the previous three years. It was her first teaching position. Stanwick attended Escondido High School and was in Escondido’s FFA chapter for four years, including serving as president for her senior year. She showed pigs at the San Diego County Fair following all four of her high school years, and she also showed goats and showed a heifer as a senior.
Before joining Escondido FFA Stanwick was not in 4-H Club.
“I didn’t know anything about agriculture really or FFA at all until we had our welcoming freshman night,” she said.
The introduction to the high school included booths for various activities including FFA. Stanwick visited the FFA booth.
“That’s what made me decide to join,” she said.
The 2022-2023 swine group at Fallbrook High School had 21 students. Some of those showed multiple pigs at the San Diego County Fair. Fallbrook FFA had 30 pigs at the county fair.
“We had a few more students who were raising pigs this year who decided not to go to the fair,” Stanwick said.
Market livestock exhibitors initially show their animal in organization weight classes. Cadi Ewig raised a pig she called Paso which won first place in her class.
“We had a few second place ones,” Stanwick said.
The showmanship competition has divisions based on the FFA member’s experience, but all pigs regardless of weight are in that division.
“Where our students did really well was in showmanship,” Stanwick said.
In the FFA novice showmanship division, Mira Walton took second; Olivia Castillo placed fourth and Linnea Harrington received seventh place. Mallory Sehnert placed second in the FFA advanced showmanship contest; Jordan Reyburn was fourth and Preston McCarthy was given ninth place.
Reyburn’s father, Marc, was one of Stanwick’s agriculture teachers and FFA advisers at Escondido High School and he is still with that program as is Nicole Hoofard, who was also an Escondido agriculture teacher and FFA adviser when Stanwick was a student.
The county fair also had awards for three animals together from the same organization. Ewig, Reyburn and Castillo placed second overall. Hazel Rodriguez, Landon Pellanda and Walton combined for the fourth-place trio.
“It was a really great start to my career here at Fallbrook,” Stanwick said.
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