TEEN FACE: Teen ready to plant roots

Petaluma born and raised, high school senior Jessie Peterson plans to be a lifelong resident and turn her agriculture interests into a local career.

Active for most of her life in 4H and FFA programs, Peterson also works at a local veterinary office and sees a future for herself in teaching ag.

Some teens struggle for direction and focus, but that isn't an issue with the 18-year-old Petaluma High School senior.

"I'm going to go to the JC for two years, get my general ed and go through the ag ambassador program," Peterson said.

Then it's Chico State for a double major in animal science and agriculture education.

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