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Tuesday Recap from Indy- Featuring our Conversation with National FFA President Riley Pagett

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 20:47:03 CDT

Tuesday Recap from Indy- Featuring our Conversation with National FFA President Riley Pagett There has been a lot of activity as thousands of FFA members from across the country begin to arrive in Indianapolis for the 2011 National FFA Convention. For one Oklahoma FFA member, today marked an end to a dream that he has been pursuing for the last several months. Word came on Tuesday evening that Stephen TIllinghast of Owasso was not one of the 19 national officer candidates that will continue the process Wednesday morning- leading up to the announcement on Saturday afternoon of the six new National Officers of this youth organization.

Of course, Oklahoma happens to have one of the six national officers serving this year- and Riley Pagett has had a busy 362 days of his year of service as National President of the group. Pagett is an agricultural communications major at Oklahoma State University after graduating from Woodward High School. His college career will resume in January in Stillwater, after taking a one year break to be a full time representative of the National FFA organization.

After several hours of practice on the stage at Conseco Field House in downtown Indy on Tuesday afternoon- Riley sat down and talked with us about the his year as President, getting ready for this meeting, and how losing two years ago in his quest to be a national officer made his focus on who he was and why he wanted to serve as a national officer- decided it was worth the time to try again- was picked as the Oklahoma rep for a second year in a row last summer (2010) and heard his name called this past October here in Indianapolis. We also talked about his expectations for this week- as he wears the blue and gold jacket for the final few times as a member of the FFA.

You can hear our full conversation with Pagett by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.

We have pictures of Riley and his fellow officers practicing for sessions that will be held later this week as a part of the 2011 National Convention- and have added them to our Flickr set of 2011 National FFA Convention photos- click here to jump over to Flickr and enjoy the pictures we have posted to date.

Our exclusive coverage from the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for the State FFA website for more information about this youth organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Ron Hays visits with National FFA President Riley Pagett- Riley calls Woodward, Oklahoma home.
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