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We Break Bread with State FFA Officers- and Other Tidbits from Wednesday at the National FFA Convention

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 21:05:05 CDT

We Break Bread with State FFA Officers- and Other Tidbits from Wednesday at the National FFA Convention From Wednesday- a few bits and pieces-

We enjoyed dinner with the Oklahoma and Ohio State Officer team- and state ag education officials from both states- the picture here is of the state officer team for this year from Oklahoma- State Executive Secretary Kent Boggs has to his left State President Amy Peel and is surrounded by the rest of the state officer team. (Thanks to Mr. Boggs for including us in this great evening)

It was the day for both Prepared Public Speaking and the Extemp contest as well. I heard McKenzie Walta of Kingfisher speak in both of her rounds- and based on the years I have judged- I would say she advanced easily to the Final Four- no one in either of her early rounds was even close. It gets a lot tougher for McKenzie on Thursday morning as she will be in the Prepared Public Speaking finals against three other top notch contestants- that starts 9 AM eastern time. We posted a story earlier on Wednesday featuring an interview with McKenzie- click to jump to the story and the audio.

Marty Jones of Owasso had a tougher time- caught a difficult topic in his second round and did not advance past the Sweet Sixteen in the Extemporaneous Speech Contest.

Several of the teams that represent Oklahoma this year were involved in competition earlier today- no details on how any of them did at this point.

Thursday will be a big day, as the Creed, the Star Farmer and all of the Proficiency Categories will be judged. Oklahoma has 27 finalists in the Profiency Awards- and we will know which of them will win the National contest on Friday afternoon. We won't know until Saturday morning if Slade Nightengale of Cordell wins the Star Farmer of America title or not- he is a finalist in that competition.

Friday morning is when we will see and hear Laila Hajii of Guthrie deliver her farewell speech as a National Officer- and Saturday afternoon is when we will find out if Riley Pagett has been able to secure a spot on the National Officer team for the coming year. He is a finalist, having made the one and only cut- that took those chasing one of the six national officer positions from 39 down to 20.

Be sure and watch us on Twitter- as that is where we are updating during the day while we are away from the computer. We have a widget on our website, www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com which shows the three or four "tweets" that we have made. We posted several times earlier today from wherever we were at- keeping those that read our Tweets up on our speakers and other issues of interest to Oklahoma.



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