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Preparing for the National FFA Convention in Indy

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 15:49:33 CDT

Preparing for the National FFA Convention in Indy The 81st National Convention is upon us- and this past week, many of the Oklahoma FFA members who will be competing in Indianapolis over the next seven days converged on Stillwater for a time of practice as a final tune up was held for these FFA members. One of those getting final instructions was the Creed contestant for the state of Oklahoma, Spencer Stuck of Kingfisher. In the picture, you can see Spencer getting some pointers from Kelly Barnes, who works with youth groups nationally as a leadership development trainer.

Oklahoma has 27 National Finalists in the Proficiency Award Competition here in 2009. Last year, Oklahoma had the most in the nation of any state with 21- and the 27 easily leads all other FFA State Associations in 2009. Wisconsin has 20 National Finalists, California 15; Georgia 14; Kansas 13; Illinois 12 and Texas 7. Mulhall-Orlando has three national finalists- the most of any single FFA Chapter in the nation, while the Adair, Burlington and Lomega FFA Chapters each having bragging rights for two National Finalists.

In addition, Oklahoma has 33 chapters that will be receiving the Three Star Award for program excellence, again easily the most of any state in the nation.

For a full listing of all of these honors, plus a complete list of all Oklahoma FFA members who will compete and participate in some official capacity, click here.

We talked with Jack Staats, State FFA Advisor about the upcoming 2009 National FFA Convention- and you can hear our conversation with Jack by clicking on the Listen Bar below.

A reminder- we will have ongoing coverage of the National FFA Convention all of this coming week within the Blue Green Gazette at OklahomaFarmReport.Com. Our coverage is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association.


Ron Hays talks with Jack Staats, State FFA Advisor for the Oklahoma FFA about the week ahead for FFA Members
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