Award Winner: Maddy Avila
High School graduate, Maddy Avila, was recognized with a Future Farmers of America
Environmental Science Natural Resources
after working in partnership with the SLO County APCD. While
Avila had some background knowledge derived from past courses taken in school, she believes that the work she participated in with the APCD
is what made her project successful. Avila worked with the APCD to learn about permit checkups, a frequent task conducted by the APCD. Avila was able to succesfully lead and inspect Tally Farm Vineyards and their equipment, where she independently identified sources of emissions as well as communicated with the business owner about their current permits. She plans to attend Alan Hancock Community College in the Fall, with aspirations to continue on to Cal Poly in the future.