Oklahoma's National FFA Officer Candidate Brooklan Light Reflects on Decision to Seek to Become One of Six National Officers in the Coming YearThu, 24 Oct 2019 08:48:07 CDT
Ever since the news came this past June that she would be representing Oklahoma as its National FFA officer candidate, Brooklan Light of the Garber FFA Chapter has been working tirelessly to prepare for the process she is about to undertake during the upcoming National FFA Convention in Indianapolis taking place this coming week. She spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about her experiences as an FFA member and her decision to run for national office ahead of her appearance before the convention's Nominating Committee. If tapped, Light would be the third consecutive Oklahoman selected to serve, behind Ridge Hughbanks of Alva and Piper Merritt of Owasso.
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Light's entry into the organization as she recalls, started as joke. Growing up, she explained, her grandfather raised butcher pigs. One day, he jokingly suggested to Light and her sister they start showing his pigs. Initially hesitant about the idea, her parents finally relented. By her freshman year, Light says she had discovered a home away from home within the Garber FFA Chapter. Eventually her interests within the organization grew to include not just livestock exhibition but also public speaking and mock ceremonies contests.
Her senior year of high school, Light was elected to serve as State FFA Reporter on the 2017-2018 Oklahoma FFA Officer team. By the end of her term in that role, Light still felt the call to serve and chose to run for State FFA President. Though not elected in the end, Light says her desire to serve continued to burn.
That desire was obvious enough that Light was eventually encouraged to seek national office. She admits that she struggled with that decision some time, questioning her chances of being selected to represent Oklahoma nationally when her bid for State President was unsuccessful. Ultimately, though, Light chose to follow her heart and made the decision to once again throw her hat in the ring. Upon receiving that phone call with the good news, Light remembers being wonderstruck and says if it had not been for the experiences she had along the way, things could have turned out completely different for her.
"Had I not had that experience, there is no way I would be sitting in this chair today, because I would have never thought to go so far as to pursue office on the national level," she said. "Just looking back on everything that's unfolded, it's really unique to sit back and reflect as I'm going through this process."
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