Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - FFA career convention draws thousands to OKC

FFA career convention draws thousands to OKC

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The 2015 Oklahoma State FFA Convention and Career Show continues Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It includes leadership and professional development workshops, a career show and awards and scholarship presentations.

BY SILAS ALLEN
The Oklahoman

A few minutes after noon Tuesday, Jozlyn Kaizer and Austin Woods were playing with robots.

The sophomores from Mooreland High School are among thousands of students attending the 2015 Oklahoma State FFA Convention and Career Show in downtown Oklahoma City. While browsing through booths at the convention, Kaizer and Woods stopped at an Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City display to look over a pair of soccer-playing robots.

Kaizer, who plans to pursue a pre-med sequence when she gets to college, said the convention is an opportunity to get more information on what fields of study are available and get an idea of where she might like to go to college.

“It’s a really great program,” she said. “It’s just so energetic.”

The convention continues Wednesday at the Cox Convention Center. It includes leadership and professional development workshops, a career show and awards and scholarship presentations.

Oklahoma FFA Executive Secretary Kent Boggs said the convention gives high school students a way to explore a range of careers in agriculture sciences. Students also receive awards for competitions they’ve participated in throughout the year, he said.

Organizers expected about 8,000 students from 355 high schools across the state, Boggs said.

Drake Boyce, southwest district vice president, said FFA can be life-changing for the students who participate.

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