Riley Bingham won the state proficiency award in the Power and Technical system area with his outstanding project. Riley is a third generation carpenter and the FFA program allows him an opportunity to embrace his passion and heritage for carpentry. Riley began his FFA career his 8th-grade year and started in his SAE area by building a blanket chest for the Tulsa State Fair. He won grand champion on his chest and that lit a fire of how to marry his expertise in carpentry with the opportunities that the FFA offers. Riley centered his interests of carpentry into the research area with agricultural agriscience research. He has been a national finalist twice and placed 5th at the 2017 National FFA Convention. The concept of centering his focus on carpentry has also allowed him to be a two-time state finalist in his Supervised Agricultural Experience. He was the state champion in his division at the 2017 Oklahoma State Convention. Through his awards, he won $2000 dollars in prize money and put the monies into expanding his carpentry tools by purchasing a specialty saw that he will always be able to use throughout his career. He has been admitted to Oklahoma State University and is going to pursue a career based in architecture supported with a degree in agricultural leadership once he graduates from Vinita High School.

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