Hi! My name is Julianna Figone and I am a senior at Gilroy High School and a fourth year member of the Gilroy FFA. All my life, I have been involved with the agricultural community and the cattle industry. I am very proud of the fact that I am a third-generation agriculturalist in Santa Clara County.

At the age of five, I joined 4-H and have raised rabbits, swine, sheep, goats and cattle. I have served as a club officer and All Star for the past two years and have attended many leadership conferences.

In Gilroy FFA, I have served as a chapter and sectional officer, raised sheep and goats, and have attended annual leadership conferences as well. I have a growing passion for agriculture and am excited to attend University of Idaho in the fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics. I hope to eventually earn my master’s degree and become a water attorney representing agricultural interests in the United States.

This year, I am fortunate enough to receive the opportunity to raise the Heritage Hog that will be sold at the 2017 Santa Clara County Fair Livestock Auction. Along with the hog, I was awarded a scholarship which will help me achieve my goals of becoming a water attorney. When my hog is auctioned, all profits will go toward future college scholarships and zero interest loans for youth in Santa Clara County that are involved in 4H or FFA.

The Clover Foundation has provided tremendous support to 4H and FFA members for many years and I’m extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to help support future youth. I am looking forward to raising awareness of The Clover Foundation of Santa Clara County and furthering the progress of the organization.