State FFA convention wrapping up in OKC

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

More than 10,000 Oklahoma FFA members representing 355 high school chapters attended the 89th State FFA Convention Tuesday and Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

The convention is a culmination of an FFA member’s year and includes award recognition, delegate business, officer elections and chapter accomplishments.

“Convention is a time to celebrate the success of FFA members, chapters and the state association as a whole,” said Garrett Reed, state FFA president. “I am continually amazed at the achievements of our students.”

The Oklahoma FFA Foundation has raised approximately $670,000 from sponsors providing cash awards, scholarships, plaques and honor banquets to various award winners. Title sponsors include Devon Energy, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Ford Dealers, Blue & Gold Sausage Co., Chesapeake Energy, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma, McDonald’s, SandRidge Energy, and Sonic Drive-Ins.

“We are so proud of our FFA members and all they have accomplished this year,” said Kent Boggs, state FFA executive secretary, “but the support FFA receives from our business and industry partners is truly inspiring. They really support the agricultural youth of Oklahoma.”

Seven hundred and forty-two members received the State FFA Degree — the highest degree the Oklahoma FFA can bestow upon its members. This award is presented to members who have achieved exceptional success in his or her respective supervised agricultural experience program. From the 742 recipients, a State Star Farmer, State Star in Agribusiness, State Star in Agricultural Placement and State Star in Agriscience was named.

Oklahoma FFA also honored 99 of its outstanding supporters by conferring the Honorary State FFA Degree upon them. Other awards presented included 49 agricultural proficiency awards and 46 career development events.

During the convention, which was held at the Cox Convention Center, FFA members had the opportunity to attend 14 leadership and career development workshops. Presenters ranged from professional speakers to successful businesspeople covering topics from career opportunities to finding purpose.

FFA members also attended the convention concert featuring Aaron Watson.

The FFA Career Show, held in conjunction with the convention, included more than 100 exhibitors offering members an array of educational opportunities, agricultural careers and effective fund-raising programs. Exhibitors represented business and industry, colleges and universities, agricultural products and services and other areas supporting the FFA experience.

The Oklahoma FFA state officers, a team of eight student leaders, planned the convention and conducted the official ceremonies. The 2014-2015 officers are: Garrett Reed, president; Gatlin Squires, secretary; Megan DeVuyst, reporter; Paige Clare, northeast district vice president; Logan Johns, northwest district vice president; Cody Dean, central district vice president; Wyatt Shaw, southeast district vice president; and Drake Boyce, southwest district vice president.

FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 27,000 members, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth-largest state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about Oklahoma FFA, visit its website at: www.okffa.org