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Vinita FFA earns awards at state ceremony

September 2, 2020

Last year’s school year ended in a strange way, we all admit. But that won’t stop us from honoring a couple of our students who received awards!  Emma Winesburg qualified for Nationals at the Oklahoma Agriscience Fair in Division V, which is for students in 11th and 12th grade. She qualified in the Food Products & Processing Systems Category, which is the study of product development, quality assurance, food safety, production, regulation and compliance and food service within the food science industry. The FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes students who “gain real-world, hands-on experiences in agricultural enterprises. Students use scientific principles and emerging technologies to solve complex problems related to agriculture, food, and natural resources,” according to the FFA website. “The agriscience fair is for middle…

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Emma Beekeeper

SAE Project Leads to Better Appreciation for Bees

September 1, 2020

Bee Appreciation Project Emma Winesburg and the FFA Bee Project Bees may be tiny but they provided a huge learning experience for one of our recent graduates in Vinita FFA.    Emma Winesburg graduated in 2020 and recently shared about her experience with cultivating our first beehives at Vinita High School. As her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, Emma helped create and manage the hives from her sophomore year through graduation.    “The main goal was to inform the community, younger FFA members, and new beekeepers the importance of bees. As well as share with them the success and struggles in the Vinita FFA hives,” she said of her project.   Supervised Agricultural Experiences are a student-led, instructor-supervised, work-based learning experience. SAEs result in measurable…

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FFA honors graduating seniors

August 4, 2020

Each year, we say farewell to seniors who have been part of our program and excelled in many areas. While the 2019-2020 school year did not end as expected by anyone’s standards, we still want to take an opportunity to honor our graduating seniors.    First, we know that we probably have many proud family members reading this or people who might be interested in FFA so we thought we would define some of the common terms and acronyms that so many of us who are involved with FFA might take for granted as far as knowing the meaning.    Terms you should know:  CDE and LDE: Career and Leadership Development Events develop college and career readiness skills through competitive events that serve as an…

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Vinita FFA Helps Okmulgee

Helping Okmulgee FFA

February 22, 2018

  Vinita FFA helps with Okmulgee agricultural education relaunch OKMULGEE, Okla. — Agricultural education is coming back to Okmulgee Public Schools, with the help of area FFA students and volunteers. On Saturday, January 27, twenty-four members of the Vinita FFA chapter traveled to Okmulgee to assist former Vinita FFA member and current Okmulgee Agricultural Education Instructor, Tim Taylor, with preparing the Agricultural Education Building for students this fall. “I was overwhelmed by their support and enthusiasm,” Taylor said. “These students gave up their Saturday morning to fulfill a critical component of the FFA motto, ‘Living to Serve,’ by helping prepare the Agricultural Education Building for its re-opening later this fall.” Okmulgee’s Agricultural Education Building has been vacant since the program shut down in 2011. The…

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Vinita FFA presentation to State Career Tech Board

Vinita FFA Presents Program to State CareerTech Board

February 6, 2018

Pictured left to right: Marcie Mack, State Director of Career Tech, Carolyn Piguet, Vinita FFA Advisor, Calvin Johnson, Vinita FFA President, Faith Swart, Vinita FFA Officer, Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Chairperson of the Career Tech State Board. Vinita FFA was a guest presentation at the recent State Career Tech Board meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 18th at the State Department of Education located at the state capital. The Vinita FFA catering team members prepared a brunch for the board and committee members resembling the street tacos that they sell on their chapter food truck. The meal was centered around “Farm to Fork” ideals with over 90% of the meal components being chapter grown or locally sourced. “This was a great opportunity…

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Carolyn Piguet

Carolyn Piguet honored by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

November 6, 2017

______ VINITA – Our heritage is a love of the soil. This phrase, engraved on the headstones of Carolyn Piguet’s parents, fuels her passion for agriculture. One of her fondest childhood memories is watching the soil turn over as her dad plowed the fields. As the once buried soil resurfaced to the top, the field began its “restart.” As a fifth-generation agriculturalist, Piguet considers it a family tradition, a part of life, a heritage. Piguet grew up in Omega on the Kingfisher-Blaine County Line. Her parents, Delbert and Agnes Fisher, were wheat farmers and raised beef cattle. She graduated from Lomega High School with a class of 13 people. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree…

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