Braden Burns of Kingfisher Named OYE Premiere Showman- Receiving Robert Funk Achievement AwardSat, 20 Mar 2021 13:43:57 CDT
It was a great night for Braden Burns of the Kingfisher FFA this past Thursday evening at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Burns was ending his show career at the 2021 OYE- and received several awards and honors to make it a night he will remember the rest of his life.
The OYE named Braden Burns of Kingfisher FFA as the winner of the Robert A. Funk Achivement Award. This award honors the ever-expanding legacy of OYE Chairman, Mr. Robert "Bob" A. Funk. Mr. Funk is a Champion of Champions, a friend to all and a genuine gentleman. It has always been his sincere hope to elevate and uphold the agricultural youth of Oklahoma unlike any other. Through his encouragement, support and remarkable vision, the Oklahoma Youth Expo is a success. Mr. Funk's personal contributions have ensured this program and event will continue for future generations of young agriculturalists. It is through faith, hard work, scholarships and a solid education that Mr. Funk has achieved significant milestones, and he genuinely aspires for others to experience even greater success in life. His accomplishments abound, but the accolades and earnings cannot begin to touch his caring and truly selfless heart that always considers others before himself.
This award is given annually to the premier junior livestock exhibitor achieving success in the show ring, academics and community involvement throughout their junior livestock show career.
Burns also was the high individual in the AFR Ag Achievement Contest and one of eight that were declared as an Academic All Stater. The Academic All State Program honors the top Oklahoma Youth Expo scholarship applicants. The Academic All State Program is designed to model athletic all-state programs in which a select few are recognized for their outstanding achievement and dedication to success. Each of the Academic All State members have been awarded a $5,000 educational scholarship. The Academic All State members were chosen based upon an application and interview process.
Besides Burns, seven others were given the title of being an Academic All State:
Braden Heisler Waukomis FFA
Taylor McGill Tuttle FFA
Halle Rowland Silo FFA
Austin Hooten Stillwater FFA
Marlie Farris Granite FFA
Mason Smith Elk City FFA
Abby Bell Bristow FFA
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays had the chance to talk with Braden Burns as well as Mason Smith- listen to our conversation with them by clicking on the LISTEN BAR Below. (Their picture receiving their award is shown above.)
Click here for the full updated Schedule of the OYE.
Click here for the landing page of the OYE website to explore more details about the 2021 event.
Click here for the full photo album for the 2021 OYE, as found on FLICKR.
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