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Oklahoma Qualifies More than 20 National Finalists for the 2012 National FFA Convention

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:50:43 CDT

Oklahoma Qualifies More than 20 National Finalists for the 2012 National FFA Convention For the fourth time in the last five years- Oklahoma FFA has qualified more than twenty proficiency award contestants as a national finalist for the upcoming 2012 National FFA Convention to be held in October in Indianapolis. The Oklahoma FFA organization returned to this elite level after qualifying only 14 national finalists in the Proficiency Awards in 2011. The 21 National Finalists that will represent Oklahoma this fall rank third nationally when it comes to the number of National Finalists qualified by a state. Oklahoma is a part of the Central Region and has the most of any state in our region again in 2012. Georgia, out of the South Region, has placed 24 FFA members into the "Final Four" in their respective Proficiency Award, while California, a part of the West Region, claims 22 National Finalists this year. The top state in the East Region is Ohio, with 14 National Finalists, while the second place state in the Central Region when it comes to Proficiency Awards is Wisconsin- this year claiming 14 national finalists.

Pictured here is Reighly Blakely of Oologah FFA, who has qualified for a second straight year as a National Finalist for a Profiency Award- here in 2012 she will be competing in Indianapolis in the Nursery Operations- Entrepreneurship/Placement.

Traditionally, Oklahoma is one of about five states that bring the most National Finalists in Profiency Awards to the National Convention- and several times in recent years has both brough the most National Finalists to the Convention- but has walked away with the most National Awards on Friday afternoon at the Convention when they are announced on stage. Profiency Awards are one measure of the high quality FFA and Ag Education program that Oklahoma has developed and nurtured- earning respect nationally as one of the elite states in the US within the FFA organization.

The following list are the twenty one National Finalists that have qualified from the state of Oklahoma for the 2012 convention:

Garrett Yerigan, Pryor FFA

Agricultural Communications - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Drake Boyce, Cheyenne FFA

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance - Entrepreneurship


Lane Newlin, Burlington FFA

Agriscience Research - Animal Systems


Gatlin Squires, Kingfisher FFA

Agriscience Research - Plant Systems


Layne Meriwether, Waynoka FFA

Beef Production - Entrepreneurship


Jarred Strate, Garber FFA

Beef Production - Placement


Amber Allen, Burlington FFA

Diversified Agricultural Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


William Maltbie, Burlington FFA

Diversified Horticulture - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Tyler Sanders, Wanette FFA

Diversified Livestock Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Carson Vinyard, Altus FFA

Emerging Agricultural Technology - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Trenton Grimes, Pond Creek-Hunter FFA

Environmental Science and Natural Resources - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Megan Magness, Elgin FFA

Equine Science - Placement


Zane Schurter, Burlington FFA

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Bryce Bulling, Mulhall-Orlando FFA

Forage Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Tanner Miller, Mulhall-Orlando FFA

Goat Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Garrett Sharp, Waukomis FFA

Grain Production - Placement


Talon Alexander, Madill FFA

Landscape Management - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Reighly Lou Blakley, Oolagah FFA

Nursery Operations - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Chase Hunter, McGolden-Fairview FFA

Sheep Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Dylan McGill, Tuttle FFA

Turf Grass Management - Entrepreneurship/Placement


Alison Lynn Slagell, Weatherford FFA

Vegetable Production - Entrepreneurship/Placement

Click here for the complete listing of the Oklahoma members that competed in the various areas for 2012- and the ranking that they received. The Radio Oklahoma Network/OklahomaFarmReport.Com coverage of the 2012 National FFA Convention is made possible by support from the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Association- Click here for the Oklahoma FFA Association website to learn more about the Blue and Gold here in Oklahoma.



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