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National FFA Names 17 Oklahoma FFA Members as National Finalists in 2016 Proficiency Awards- Second Most From Any State in US

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:13:14 CDT

National FFA Names 17 Oklahoma FFA Members as National Finalists in 2016 Proficiency Awards- Second Most From Any State in US The Oklahoma FFA Association will once again be strongly represented in the 47 program areas that make up the National Proficiency Awards that will be selected and recognized at the 89th National Convention of the FFA. Over the last four years, Oklahoma has amassed twenty five national titles in the Proficiency contest- the most of any state in the country. In 2015 and 2014, five Oklahoma FFA members won national titles, Oklahoma claimed seven in 2013 and eight in 2012.

One of the 2015 National Proficiency Award Winners from Oklahoma, Kaylee Brunker of Perkins- Tryon is back to compete for a national championship for a second year in a row. Brunker won in Sheep Production in 2015- and competes this year in Small Animal Production and Care. Jordan Storey of Valliant was a National Finalist last year in Beef Production- Placement and is back this year hoping for national honors in the Agriscience Research- Animal Systems category. (Pictured in our story here is our returning National Champion- Kaylee Brunker.)

In 2016, Oklahoma has the second most finalists of any state- with a total of 17 Oklahoma FFA members heading to Indianapolis to compete in their Proficiency Award area. A year ago, Oklahoma had 16 finalists vying for honors in Louisville.

Four members of the Fairview, Oklahoma FFA Chapter are national finalists- and only the Lowdes County FFA in Georgia can claim more, with five finalists headed to Indy in 2016. Only three chapters nationally have three- the Burlington, Oklahoma FFA Chapter, Tri Point in Illinois and McCook Central in South Dakota.

Top states in the numbers of finalists that will be traveling to Indy for the 89th National Convention and Expo include Georgia with 21, Oklahoma with 17 and Ohio bringing 16 finalists to the party.

Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.

Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related enterprise.

The 2016 National Finalists that will represent Oklahoma in the National Profiency Contests include:

Bethany Niles, Fairview
Agricultural Communications

Maggie Martens, Fairview
Agricultural Education

Tanner Rieger, Burlington
Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication

Riley Mussett, Valliant
Agricultural Sales- Placement

Jordan Storey, Valliant
Agriscience Research Animal Systems

Jaryn Frey, Kingfisher
Beef Production Entrepreneurship

Jonathon Armbruster, Burlington
Diversified Agricultural Production

Sadie Collins, Burlington
Diversified Horticulture

Madison Phillips, Mulhall- Orlando
Equine Science Entrepreneurship

Jessica Cinnamon, Garber
Forage Production

Beecher Owens, Mannford
Forest Management and Products

Jesse Rader, Oologah
Fruit Production

Mckenzie Torrance, Cheyenne
Goat Production

Ethan Sacket, Fairview
Landscape Management

Mason Pitts, Ripley
Poultry Production

Kaylee Brunker, Perkins-Tryon
Small Animal Production and Care

Dawson Haworth, Fairview
Veterinary Science

Click here to see how the complete lineup of 44 Oklahoma FFA members did in the National Proficency placings for 2016.

Our exclusive coverage of the 2016 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this coming October is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about one of the top states in the US in the FFA- the Oklahoma FFA Association. With more than 27,000 members and 359 chapters, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth-largest state FFA association in the United States.



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