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Officers with the Elgin and Fletcher chapters of Future Farmers of America participated in the 2021 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference, which took place Sept. 21 at Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton.

Eight state FFA officers planned and conducted the conference based on the theme “Lead Up,” the Oklahoma FFA Association said in a news release. Elected officers from each of the 64 high school FFA chapters in the southwest area attended the event, which gave the students leadership tools focused on specific officer duties and leading when one is unsure how to proceed.

Rhett Laubach, a professional speaker and leadership coach who served as the state FFA president in 1992-93, was the keynote speaker

Oklahoma FFA is an outstanding organization because its members are natural leaders, said state FFA president Dalton Rogers.

“As an association, we want to make sure that those officers elected to serve on the local level as prepared to ‘Lead Up’ within their chapters,” Rogers said in the news release. “Expressing to the best of their abilities the leadership that our association is best known for.”

Elgin chapter officers who attended the conference were Sierra Spencer, president; Sadie Keith, vice president; Hayden Hilliary, secretary; Tommy Glover, treasurer; Natalie Reed, reporter; Ryder Owens, sentinel; and Cassie Graham and John Lastly, advisers.

Officers who represented the Fletcher chapter at the conference were: Caleb Mannen, president; Jacob Mannen, vice president; Gage Grimes, secretary; Kenley Simmons, treasurer; Suton Paulson, reporter; Sarah Whitman, sentinel; and Kashen Urban, adviser.

The COLT Conference is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma as a special project of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. FFA is part of the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech’s agricultural education division