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Pitman student known for his love of agriculture
Pitman High senior Ethan Alvares poses in his FFA uniform, where he spends most of his time working with his cattle. He just recently received $750 for showing his market steer at the Cow Palace. - photo by Photo Contributed
Ethan Alvares can be seen showing his steer with the Pitman FFA or throwing down tackles Friday night for his school’s football team. But what really characterizes Alvares, is his desire to help others, his leadership skills and his sense of humor.
Last year, Alvares took it upon himself to mentor a student to get his grades up in order to be a part of the football team. Alvares helped the student with homework while he kept up his responsibilities of playing football, playing his role as FFA vice president, keeping his grade point average at 3.85 and attending monthly meetings for the California Scholarship Federation.  
“I felt like I had to take on a leadership role in helping him,” Alvares said.  
His high expectations and dreams for himself will lead him to a future at a university next fall.
Coming to the end of the first half of his senior year, Alvares has his sights set on California Polytechnic State University to pursue his love for agriculture. He plans to major in dairy science to continue work in the agriculture field when he graduates. While he is still waiting for an acceptance letter from CalPoly, Alvares already has an acceptance letter from Fresno State University.
“I just want to do anything in the agriculture field,” Alvares said. “I will take whatever job opportunity arises from majoring in dairy science.”
When Alvares was younger, he was never really around agriculture, said his mother, Amy Alvarez. His father was raised on a dairy, but by the time Ethan was born, the family lived in the city. Amy said she thinks his passion for agriculture started because of his teachers at Pitman High.
“I didn’t really know that much about agriculture,” Ethan said. “I showed a pig my freshman year and that’s what really started it. I really enjoy the involvement and the hands-on work involved.”
Ethan started in FFA his freshman year at Pitman High and has been actively involved since then. He shows steer and has won many awards since he first started.
He has won showmanship awards at the fair, placed in the top four every single year, and just recently won a Merit Award at the Cow Palace, he said.
When not focused on agriculture, Ethan has his mind on the gridiron.
“I love football,” Ethan said. “I am very competitive and I like how you can get physical with the other team and not get in trouble for it.”
Even with his extra-curricular activities, Ethan still manages to keep up his grades and keep his “quick with the wit” personality.
“He is very personable and easy to talk to,” Amy said. “He is a really cool kid.”
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.