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FFA Interscholastic Contest Sees Record High

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 11/21/2017

Goodwell, Okla. — The annual Oklahoma Panhandle State University FFA Interscholastic Competition was Tuesday, November 7, 2017 on the campus and at the school farm. The event was hosted by the School of Agriculture and Collegiate FFA and saw nearly 600 student competitors.

It was a sea of blue corduroy FFA jackets in Goodwell as high schools from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas tallying 32 in total brought students to compete in various contests with options in 14 Career Development Events (CDE’s) and 11 public speaking events.

Panhandle State Agricultural Education Director Nels Peterson was thrilled with this year’s event and the record-number of participants.

He said, “Not only does this provide a service to FFA Chapters as an exploratory event for them to determine what they know and what they need to know, but it is also a great ‘boots on the ground’ event for our Ag Education majors as they prepare to be in a classroom of their own.”

Peterson continued, “A great amount of the credit for the success of the contest goes to the Ag Education students. The entire School of Agriculture and the Science Department play a big role in making each event happen. The support from the entire OPSU family and community is huge in making this successful.”

Panhandle State student Alicia Allen helped organize the event. She commented, “Seeing how much effort the students put into practicing and how much the Ag teachers encourage and support them reminds us as Ag Ed majors why we are doing what we do.”

For many of the FFA students, college is right around the corner. This contest allows many of them to see the campus and become familiar with its buildings and faculty. Panhandle State showcases a broad spectrum of choices for students to pursue, even outside of the agriculture department