By Logan Rhea
Newkirk FFA Reporter
TULSA — The 2023 Oklahoma FFA State Convention was a resounding success, as students from all corners of the state came together to celebrate their outstanding achievements and receive well-deserved recognition. The convention was a true testament to the hard work, dedication and passion of the students involved in the FFA program.
One of the most notable achievements was the awarding of the prestigious State FFA Degree to Carly Ballagh, Payton St. Andrews and Ethan Vap. These three exceptional students stood out among 700 participants, showcasing their unparalleled commitment to excellence and their unwavering dedication to the FFA program.
Furthermore, Ballagh was also awarded the highly-coveted State Champion Proficiency Award in the area of Goat Production. Her passion and dedication to the field were evident to all, and her hard work and perseverance have rightfully earned her this distinguished honor.
In addition, Ella Mott’s acceptance of the certificate for the donation of this year’s chapter pig showcased her exceptional care and devotion to the animal. Her selflessness and commitment to service are an inspiration to us all, and they applaud her efforts.
The Newkirk FFA Chapter was also recognized as a National 3-Star Chapter. This is the highest ranking chapter on the National Level. Only 36 chapters from the state of Oklahoma were selected for this honor.
Ballagh and Vap were awarded Agricultural Education Career Passports for Animal Science. This award is reserved for senior FFA members who have been prepared to enter the agricultural workforce through rigorous curricular and evaluation activities established by industry. Students must complete coursework in their chosen fields, be graduating seniors and successfully complete objective and skill-based competency tests.
The convention also provided an opportunity for students from the Newkirk FFA to unwind and have some fun at a local skating rink. This was a well-deserved break from their busy schedules and a chance for them to bond and celebrate their successes as a team.
The contributions of Miss Makala Parsons, an Agricultural Education student teacher who worked with FFA students throughout the semester, were also acknowledged at the convention. Her passion for teaching and dedication to her students have had a profound impact on their lives, and she will be sorely missed. Congratulations to Miss Parsons on her graduation from Oklahoma State University, and they wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Overall, the 2023 Oklahoma FFA State Convention was a true showcase of the values that the FFA program instills in its members – hard work, dedication, service and excellence. Members congratulate all the students who received recognition at this year’s convention and look forward to witnessing their continued success in the years to come.