Twenty incoming high school seniors were selected to attend the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 13-16 in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference is hosted by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee to instill leadership skills and provide attendees a deeper look into Oklahoma agriculture.
The conference features a variety speakers, team-building opportunities, and media communications training. Selected students will also complete a community service project at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and visit different agricultural businesses surrounding the Oklahoma City metro.
The students selected for the 2023 conference are:
- Aubrey Koehn, Canadian County
- Cora Sullivan, Comanche County
- Ashlee Purvine, Dewey County
- Jaci Gholson, Jefferson County
- Patience Green, Johnston County
- Rhianna Ross, Johnston County
- Rylan Harris, Kiowa County
- Berklee Gossen, Lincoln County
- Cooper Kline, Lincoln County
- Presley Strickland, McClain County
- Courtney Blagg, Rogers County
- Kelsey Smith, Okfuskee County
- Erin Stevenson, Payne County
- Jake Odom, Payne County
- Ryne Crosthwait, Payne County
- Blake Weeks, Pottawatomie County
- Trenton Briley, Rogers County
- Kendall Guinn, Wagoner County
- Madison Church, Washita County
- Meliah Sutton, Washita County
Selected students are those at the top of their class with the intention to pursue a post-secondary education, especially in the agricultural industry. Students plan to attend multiple universities including Black Hawk College, Murray State College, Oklahoma State University, Redlands Community College and Rogers State University.
The participants plan to pursue degrees in a variety of industries including agricultural business, agricultural communications, agricultural education, agricultural leadership, animal science, applied exercise science, crop production management, elementary education, entomology, political science, recreational therapy and veterinary technology.