**For Immediate Release**
FFA Tradition Strong at OPSU
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-29-06
Goodwell, Okla. — For nearly 100 years, Oklahoma Panhandle State University has provided agriculture based education for students as well as research information for area producers. The OPSU ag culture also includes hosting an annual interscholastic competition for junior high and high school members of Future Farmers of America. This year, approximately 1,200 students representing FFA chapters in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska spent two days on campus delivering speeches, judging livestock, identifying plants and insects, and participating in several other contests. For complete results, see http://www.opsu.edu/UnivSchools/Agriculture/06scholResults.htm.
In keeping with that tradition, OPSU President Dave Bryant was active in his FFA chapter at R. A. Long High School in Longview, Wash. Earning the Scholarship Award for three years in high school, Dr. Bryant also served as President of his chapter during his senior year. That same year, he competed on the State of Washington Dairy Cattle Judging team and went on to judge at the national contest in Waterloo, Iowa and was also named the reserve champion swine showman at the Columbia Empire Fair. He credits his ag teacher, Mr. Harold Gilkey with much of his success and said, “Mr. Gilkey had a tremendous, positive impact on my life and the lives of many of my classmates. I maintained a relationship with him until he passed away a few years ago. FFA offers students many opportunities inside and outside of agricultural, and I’m proud OPSU continues that tradition.”