2020 Jamison Merit Award Winners

Written By: Steve Olson
Published: July 1, 2020

The Rotary Club of Santa Rosa Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Jamison Merit Award Grants to assist local FFA members to purchase market lambs, pigs, goats and steers for the Sonoma County Fair. Thirty FFA members received merit awards this year ranging from $200 for pig and goat exhibitors to $250 for lamb exhibitors and $1,000 for steer merit awards. The amount of the award is targeted to 50% of the cost to purchase a high quality market animal. The recipients are expected to cover the remaining expense to purchase and raise the animal until market weight for the fair. Many students get bank loans to cover the added expenses or cover the cost from earnings from prior FFA projects. The recipients are selected through an application and interview process which is based on their relevant livestock experience, FFA leadership, community service and future plans.

The merit awards are made possible through the generosity of 60 donors to the J. Wesley Jamison Memorial Fund. Special thanks this year goes to the Sonoma County Fair Foundation, the Richard Kunde & Saralee McClelland Kunde Fund and the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa for their generous contributions. 

Steers were added to the merit award program this year for the first time. The recipient was Emily Maners from Analy FFA. Plans call for up to five steer merit awards for the 2021 fair. 

Each recipient receives a special Jamison Merit Award Banner to display with their market animal. Thanks to the support of the Richard Kunde & Saralee McClelland Kunde Fund, three FFA members were selected this year based on their exemplary achievement in FFA. The recipients receiving a special Kunde banner were Blaine Mills, Elsie Allen FFA (market goat) and both Rocio Jimenez and Dasie Keeler, Santa Rosa FFA (market pigs). 

The other FFA members receiving Jamison Merit Award Grants are as follows:


Jovanni Barragan

Angel Hernandez

Lily Sotto Orozco

Maya Gamez

Alissa Johnstone

Leslie Pagua

Emma Garcia

Jasiel Olmos  


Alisa Bowerman

Jocy Hernandez

Vanessa Reynolds

Joe Camacho

Sierra Letvinchuck

Taylor Seder

Hailee Chavez

Sofia Navarro

Ally Sylipone

Gracie D’Amato

Alyson Oakley

Carey Willis

Sierra Gage

Emma Ogden

Giana Woods

Emma Hart

Kate Price

Jennifer Young

It is unfortunate this year’s Jamison Merit Award winners will not be able to exhibit their market animals at the fair but they will be participating in the Junior Livestock Auction and have been working very hard to prepare their animals for the August 1, 2020 auction. The fair officials have been working overtime to ensure the FFA market animal exhibitors have an opportunity to sell their animals and hopefully make a profit. Additional information about the auction can be found on the Sonoma County Fair website. 

For further information about the Jamison Merit Award Program, please email Steve Olson at olsonsa@sbcglobal.net.

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