Oklahoma Farm Bureau has selected 17 incoming high school seniors as the next class of the organization’s Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 10-12.
The OYLA conference is a three-day gathering of some of Oklahoma agriculture’s top youth. Conference participants are selected through an application process.
Participants for the 2015 OYLA conference are: Marisa Burke, Harper County; Braden Egger, Pottawatomie County; Shelby Schulte, Comanche County; Sadie Higgins, Caddo County; Sydney Cannon, McClain County; Lauren Lacy, Oklahoma County; Jaryn Frey, Kingfisher County; Sarah Gruntmeir, Kingfisher County; Lexi Newman, Stephens County; Victoria Chapman, Carter County; Ross Priddy, Johnston County; LeighAnn Alexander, LeFlore County; Chelsea Allen, Rogers County; Grant Wilber, Alfalfa County; Kailee Fitzpatrick, Grady County; Alexis Musshafen, Grady County; and Jill Coats, Seminole County.
The program, sponsored by OKFB’s Young Farmers and Ranchers, provides opportunities for participants to hone their teamwork abilities, leadership skills and agricultural knowledge. Students also learn about college life and how to prepare for the next step in their education.
Highlights for the 2015 conference include presentations on OKFB, agriculture in the classroom, communications training, a presentation by Oklahoma State University’s Jayson Lusk, a tour of Whole Foods in Oklahoma City and a team building exercise at OKC’s The Escape.