Meet the Henryetta FFA Chapter
This year the Oklahoma FFA had three brand new agricultural education programs. One of which was the Henryetta FFA Chapter.
Henryetta FFA was chartered in July in Henryetta, Oklahoma. The chapter became the first ever agricultural education class for the school and first ever FFA program. The chapter faced many growing pains, but persisted and set a solid foundation.
A memorable moment for the students and community was when the students received their FFA jackets at the Jim Shoulders Living Legends Rodeo. As Henryetta FFA Members were called to the arena, Miss Rodeo USA came riding out with a Henryetta FFA flag flying. The students were then given their jackets, which they excitedly zipped up.
After that moment students were sent off to leadership camps, livestock shows, various FFA competitions, state convention, etc. and found a new found passion for the FFA. The students grew into their FFA jackets and found a sense of pride in the blue corduroy jacket. Students found confidence, friendship, and began a tradition of their own in the jacket.
The kids competed in many competitions this year, and placed third overall at the Tulsa State Fair Cattle Grading Competition. Many students brought home ribbons and plaques from their involvement in the program.
The program ended the school year with 75 FFA members. Many of the students enrolled in the class had little to no prior knowledge of the agriculture industry or FFA. The students were taught the FFA motto, “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” It was then their mission to encompass the motto and strive to find growth.
Cody Dawson, Henryetta FFA Advisor said, “We might not have a state of the art facility, but Henryetta FFA is growing. The students have stepped out of their comfort zones and zipped up blue corduroy jacket and learned just how life-changing FFA is.”
“The most exciting part of this whole experience has been watching the change in the kids. I have had students terrified to speak in public, who are now public speaking pros,” Dawson said. “I have watched students have fun working with plants and learning about livestock.“
Having a newfound confidence, the students have worked with their community doing countless community service projects.
Their goal is to make a positive difference. The first community service project was cleaning their towns Main Street. They spent eight hours walking up and down the streets, cleaning sidewalks and weeding flower beds. The community was excited to see their effort and awarded them the Youth Development Award by the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce.
When asked what their next big plans were, it seemed like a unanimous answer from the Henryetta FFA Chapter. To do more, to grow more, and to be more. There is always room for improvement, and they want to continue to improve and grow.
-Henryetta FFA Chapter Reporter, Allison DeVore