POSTED MAY 9, 2019
By Adrienne Blakey
State FFA Media Intern
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hannah Williams of the Elmore City-Pernell FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award area during the 93rd Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 1.
Williams’ supervised agricultural experience includes working at The Blue Daisy in Elmore City, Oklahoma, she said. In this role, she said she assists customers, designs arrangements and cares for the inventory of the store.
“The floral industry sells products that depend on the employee managing them,” Williams said. “I have learned every individual plant and flower carried at the blue daisy so I can give them the proper care.”
The diversified horticulture proficiency award is designed to recognize students involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to managing two or more of the following proficiency areas: floriculture, landscape management, nursery operations or turf grass management.
Williams is a student at Oklahoma State University studying agribusiness and agricultural communications, she said. She said she has plans to own her own horticultural business in the future.
The 19-year-old Elmore City-Pernell FFA member is the daughter of Terry and Susie Williams. Her agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Tanner Nauta.
This award is sponsored on the state level by the Oklahoma Horticulture Society and the Cherokee Nation. The national sponsors are The Toro Co. and Wilbur-Ellis Co.
Pullen Wins State Speech Award
Presley Pullen of the Stratford FFA Chapter recently traveled to Stillwater to compete in the State FFA Speech Contest. She spoke last week at Shawnee in the Central Area contest after qualifying from regionals. The top two speakers from every division get to advance to the next round and Presley placed second in a room of 10 at the area contest. Speaking against the 10 best 9th grade FFA speech contestants in the state Presley found herself in 1st place. For winning this contest Presley received a check for $375 in addition to a $1,000 scholarship. She also received a prestigious state medal to be worn on her FFA jacket. This is the first state champion Stratford FFA has had in public speaking in over 20 years and we congratulate Presley on all of her hard work.