Vinita FFA earns awards at state ceremony

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 and high school students. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to state and national levels.”

Both Emma and Brannan Vail were named “Stars over Oklahoma” during the May 12 virtual ceremony for Oklahoma FFA. Emma earned the honor in Agriscience and Brannan in the Farmer category. 

The Star awards for each division in these categories: Ag Production(Star Farmer), Agribusiness, Ag Placement and Agriscience are considered the highest honor in the state for FFA. Each winner earned a $500 cash award and a plaque. 

The awards are given based in part on the students’ SAE (Supervised Agricultural Education) project. They are considered to the standard that other students in FFA should aspire to reach in their education. We are proud of our students! 

Another part of the virtual Oklahoma FFA awards ceremony was to recognize the degree candidates. The candidates from our chapter were: 

  • Emma Winesburg
  • Brannan Vail 
  • Mickaila Kelley (AE)
  • Alex Prince
  • Bracie Sasser
  • Nate Sauer
  • AJ Shults

The FFA Degree shows the member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. “It demonstrates the effort FFA members apply toward their supervised agricultural experience and the outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement they exhibited through their FFA career.”

As always, we are incredibly proud of all our students for what they achieve! See an award we missed? Let us know!