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District FFA chapters celebrate successful chile roast


Three Las Cruces Public Schools chapters of Future Farmers of America (FFA) wrapped up this year’s harvest season with their annual – and highly successful – chile roast fundraiser.  

Students from Centennial, Las Cruces and Mayfield FFA sold and roasted a total of 38,800 pounds of Gillis Farms green chile. Proceeds from the sale help students attend the National FFA Convention and Expo, where several teams and individuals compete. This year’s expo will be Oct. 27-30 in Indianapolis.  

According to Cassie Goff, agriscience teacher at Centennial High School and an FFA advisor, nine district students will compete in Indianapolis. Representing this year’s Food Science Team at Centennial are Faith Leal, M’Kenna Price and Serenity Leal. The Las Cruces High School Dairy Evaluation Team includes Elida Miller, Zia Miller, Emily Slaughter and Yamili Terrones. Grady Hodnett will represent Mayfield in the FFA Talent Competition.  

“The chile roast helps fund our program, but it’s primarily a great opportunity for our chapters to provide a local, quality product to the consumers of the Mesilla Valley,” said Goff. “One of our biggest goals when raising the future agriculturist of America is to close the gap between consumers and producers. Our chile roast is an example of that effort, and it shows our students what we are capable of when a community comes together.”  

Along with Goff, LCPS has six FFA advisors, including Sharlae Garcia, Jessie Gute, Raul Perea, Kendall Gonzalez and Trevor Wax.  

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