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Piper Wray of Lomega FFA Wins Oklahoma Wheat Show for Second Year in a Row

Fri, 02 Sep 2011 06:12:40 CDT

Piper Wray of Lomega FFA Wins Oklahoma Wheat Show for Second Year in a Row


Despite the fact that 2011 was a tough year for growing wheat in the state of Oklahoma, a group of young people involved in the Oklahoma Wheat Show pushed forward and harvested some high quality wheat- and a bushel basket full of scholarships and prize money.


The top award winners received about $16,000 in scholarships, with another $4,000 being paid out in prize money and premiums for a job well done.


At the top end of the award winners, it was Deja Vu- as Piper Wray of the Lomega FFA Chapter won the Grand Championship for the second year in a row- and for the second year in a row, she won with the variety Overley- a Kansas State release. Wray placed sixth in the beauty contest of visual, while the sample from her crop placed first in the milling and baking portion of the contest. She won a $3,000 scholarship for being the FFA Champion, which brings her two year total to $6,000, the maximum amount a student can win in their career as a competitor in the Wheat Show.


We talked with Piper about her back to back wins- and we also visited with Dr. Kim Anderson of Oklahoma State University's Department of Ag Economics about the value of this contest in teaching young people about tying good looking wheat at the elevator down the pipeline to wheat that performs well for the end user. You can hear comments from both Piper and Dr. Anderson by clicking on the Listen Bar below.


The picture here is of Piper Wray with her Championship trophy- standing with Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese, OSU dean of the division of Agriculture Dr. Robert Whitson and Oklahoma State FFA Vice President for the Northwest District, Joshua Conaway. We have pcitures from the other top finishers in both the 4-H and FFA divisions- click here for our Flickr set of pcitures from the 2011 Oklahoma Wheat Show.


As far as the other top award winners go- here are the top five in both FFA and 4-H


4-H Division



Dylan Chaney of Garber 4-H in Garfield County used the variety "Duster" and placed 14st in the Production and Visual contest, 1st in Bake contest and 1st overall in the 4-H Division. He receives a $32.50 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a club medal, a $100 premium, a trophy and $3,000 scholarship for 1st place overall and 4-H Wheat Champion.

Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated also presented Dylan a $500 premium for entering the Oklahoma variety "Duster" and placing 1st overall.

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Chance Bedwell used the variety "Duster" and placed 1st in the Visual and 2nd in the Bake contests. Chance receives a plaque for 1st in Visual, a $45.00 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a $50 premium for 2nd place overall, a club medal and a $2,000 scholarship. Chance is a member of the Okeene 4-H club in Blaine County.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents a $400 premium for entering the Oklahoma variety "Duster" and placing 2nd overall.

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Blake Bedwell grew the variety "Duster" and placed 2nd in Production and Visual, 6th in the Bake contest and 3rd overall. He receives a club medal, a plaque for 2nd place in Production and Visual, a $35 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a $50 premium and $1,000 scholarship for 3rd place overall. Blake is a member of the Okeene 4-H club in Blaine County.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents a $300 premium for entering the Oklahoma variety "Duster" and placing 3rd overall.

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Kohl Murray utilized the variety "Overley" and placed 8th in the Production and Visual contest, 5th in the Bake contest, and 4th overall. Kohl receives a $25.00 premium for the Visual and Bake contests, and a $1,000 scholarship for 4th place overall. Kohl is a member of the Perkins 4-H club.

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Kristi Burghardt raused the variety "Duster" and placed 17th in the Production and Visual contest, 3rd in Bake contest and 5th overall. Kristi receives a $25.00 premium for the Production and Visual and the Bake contests and she receives a $1,000 scholarship for 5th place overall 4-H. Kristi is a member of the Okeene 4-H club in Blaine County.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents Kristi a $100 premium for entering the Oklahoma Genetics variety "Duster" and placing 5th overall.


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FFA Division


Piper Wray placed first in the FFA Division as well as then winning the Grand Championship of the show with her variety Overley. Besides Piper, here are the second thrugh fifth places in FFA:

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Will Bedwell raised "Duster" and placed 3rd in Visual, 3rd in Baking and 2nd overall in FFA competition. Will is awarded a $40.00 premium for Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a plaque for 3rd place visual, a chapter medal, and a $2,000 scholarship for placing 2nd overall in FFA contest.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents Will a $400 premium for entering the Oklahoma variety "Duster" and placing 2nd overall.

Bedwell is a member of the Okeene FFA chapter.



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Tanner O'Kelley produced his show entry using "Duster" and placed 2nd in Visual, 4th in Baking and 3rd overall in FFA competition. Tanner is awarded a $35.00 premium for Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a plaque for 2nd place visual, and a $1,000 scholarship for placing 3rd overall in FFA contest.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents Tanner a $300 premium for entering the Oklahoma variety "Duster" and placing 2nd overall.

O'Kelley is a member of the Okeene FFA chapter.

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Brooke Harden also raised "Duster" and placed 23rd in Visual, 2nd in Baking and 4th overall in FFA competition. Brooke is awarded a $25.00 premium for Production and Visual and the Bake contests, a chapter medal, and a $1,000 scholarship for placing 4th overall in FFA contest. Brooke is also chapter winner.


Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents Brooke a $200 premium for entering the Oklahoma Genetics variety "Duster" and placing 4th overall.


Brooke is a member of the Hammon FFA chapter.

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Tanner Bedwell raised "Duster" and placed 5th in Visual, 6th in Baking and 5th overall in FFA competition. Tanner is awarded a $30.00 premium for Production and Visual and the Bake contests, and a $1,000 scholarship for placing 5th overall in FFA contest.



Oklahoma Genetics, Incorporated presents Tanner a $100 premium for entering the Oklahoma Genetics variety "Duster" and placing 5th overall.


Tanner is a member of the Okeene FFA chapter.



   
   

Ron Hays talks with Piper Wray and OSU's Kim Anderson about the 2011 Oklahoma Wheat Show
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