Senior at Merced High School
Oscar has been very involved in the Merced FFA Chapter and served as this year's Chapter President. Oscar decided to join FFA when he realized that FFA provided numerous opportunities for all students regardless of their background. Another driving force behind his passion for the FFA is that FFA opened the door to many different career pathways for him by showing him that while farming and ranching is a huge part of agriculture, there is more to the agriculture story. He started showing swine as he was encouraged by his shop teacher to start a livestock SAE and that was the species that the shop teacher advised. This is the third year Oscar raised a swine project for the Merced County Fair. Oscar was fortunate to keep his animal at a local farmers place in Merced County and from the care and dedication to his project that was observed, Oscar was offered a job by that farmer. Oscar's love for the FFA and the experiences that come from raising livestock shines bright.