Ten Oklahoma high school seniors spent three days learning about leadership, team building and agriculture at the sixth-annual Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 14-16 in Oklahoma City.
The ten students were:
- Cheyenne Britt of Tulsa County
- Rayli Cunningham of Harper County
- Karson Dodd of Cotton County
- Halle Hartman of Beckham County
- Anna Jeffrey of Canadian County
- Gracie Norris of Rogers County
- Alisa Northcutt of Johnston County
- Murray Powers of Stephens County
- Blake Runner of Rogers County
- Bralea White of Cotton County
Hosted by Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, the OYLA conference is designed to prepare high school students for a future career in agriculture and to advance youth leadership.
“These high school seniors are some of Oklahoma’s most promising agriculturalists,” said Zac Swartz, OKFB YF&R coordinator. “We hope these students will continue to be involved in Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau.”
The group learned about working with the media, tips for success in college, the importance of legislative involvement and how to take agriculture back to their classrooms. Students also enjoyed tours at Lopez foods in Oklahoma City, where they learned how food reaches their tables, and the Oklahoma State Capitol with Sen. Chris Kidd, who shared his experience in crafting policy in the state legislature.
“We had great activities for this year’s group,” Swartz said. “These tours and sessions will help students further their career goals through enhanced leadership training and education.”
The students attending the conference have a wide variety of agricultural career interests and are choosing degrees spanning the agriculture spectrum, including business, pre-law, agricultural communications, marketing, pre-medicine, animal science, engineering, agricultural education, agricultural economics and pre-vet.
Participants of the conference were selected through an application process.