Introducing Yukon's Nicole Stevens, Oklahoma FFA's SW District Star in AgriscienceWed, 12 Apr 2017 09:43:45 CDT
During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the twenty District Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization. The stars come from the five districts in four categories- Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agriscience, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Production Agriculture. Last week, we spotlighted the five district stars in Ag Placement- this week we move on to the Agriscience Stars for 2017.
We begin this week highlighting those competing in the Agriscience category, starting with Southwest District Star Nicole Stevens of the Yukon FFA Chapter. Stevens has complete more than ten agriscience projects since first joining the FFA her 8th grade year. She credits her sister and her father with getting her started and keeping her involved with her projects that range from fertilizer run-off to bio-gas production. Her favorite project though-
"Definitely the organic insulation," she exclaimed. "We tested three types of insulation soybean spray-foam based insulation, recycled cotton and man-made fiberglass insulation."
Stevens decided to find an effective and cost-efficient alternative to building insulation after what turned out to be a funny moment of inspiration. Stevens recalls that one day working in the shop of her ag-mechanics class, a piece of insulation from the building fell from the ceiling and onto her partner's head. This spurred Stevens to take note of the condition of the insulation throughout the building finding most of it in bad shape, and close to 60 percent of it actually missing.
"We found out that the soybean based spray-foam insulation was not only the most efficient, but it would save our school money in the years to come," Stevens reported.
While Stevens and her agriscience experiments have contributed to the success of her FFA chapter, she says the stream of success flows both ways.
"FFA means the world to me," she insisted. "It's gotten me where I am in life and it's helped me develop skills like public speaking and it's really helped me come out of my shell."
After graduating, Stevens plans to pursue a major in agribusiness with an option in pre-law at Oklahoma State University.
You can hear her entire conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping on the LISTEN BAR below.
A complete list of the District Stars can be seen on the Oklahoma FFA website by clicking or tapping here.
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