Go All Out- Oklahoma FFA Reporter Megan DeVuyst Wants Members to Give it Their AllWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:51:49 CDT
Sometimes in life you just have to face for biggest fears. Megan DeVuyst wasn't always the confident young lady she portrays today. In junior high she was shy, awkward and hated public speaking. During her 8th grade year, she was entered in a FFA speech contest. She was so nervous that she hide under her family's kitchen table and cried. She said her dad consoled her and helped her believe it would be alright.
"It was basically like my parents forcing me to do my first speech," DeVuyst said.
That first speech had her so nervous she was shaking, but the more she was forced to do public speaking the easier it has become. Today she is much more confident in herself and those jitters have gone away. She said public speaking has become something she enjoys, as she feels like public speaking allows her to be herself and show her personality while educating and informing the audience.
In moving from North Dakota to Oklahoma, DeVuyst was also nervous about making friends at her new school. She soon found a common bond with her peers through FFA.
"I was looking for my place and looking where I fit, so when I got into the FFA that's where I found my passion, so it started with public speaking and showing cattle," DeVuyst said. "It's really what got me involved and found what I think my future will be one day."
By her senior year of high school, she tried out to become a state FFA officer. She said this was an opportunity to serve the organization that has given her so much. Through her years involved in FFA she has found confidence in herself, but also belief in the organization. Through herself and others, she has seen how FFA has the ability to transform individuals.
"It's given me a passion," DeVuyst said. "You know, I am passionate about agriculture, I am passionate about service and the members of the FFA."
As the Oklahoma FFA Reporter, DeVuyst is getting ready for the 2015 Oklahoma State FFA Convention. With this year's theme "Go All Out", she said that means giving more than 100 percent. Whether members are competing in a speech contest or livestock judging, she said it's about giving all you have in putting forth the effort to be better and give it your best.
DeVuyst is being featured in April and May as one of the voices in an Oklahoma FFA radio campaign to raise awareness for the young men and ladies who wear the Blue and Gold jacket in the state of Oklahoma. The Campaign is being sponsored by SandRidge Energy, the Power of Us. Click here to learn more about the SandRidge story.
Once again in 2015, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report.com will be offering extensive coverage of the 2015 State FFA Convention in downtown Oklahoma City. The Theme of the 2015 Convention is "Go All Out" and details about the many aspects of the 2015 Convention can be accessed by clicking here.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays sat down with Megan DeVuyst to talk about her FFA experience. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.
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