Fort Supply’s Kaylee Whittley – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

When someone mentions the Future Farmers of America program, usually what comes to mind is agriculture and working with animals. But the program offers a wide variety of subjects to learn about. And Kaylee Whittley found the one that was perfect for her.

“I honestly was not sure on what all I wanted to do in FFA but it seemed like a great organization to be in,” she said. “As soon as I gave my first speech and got involved in different activities in FFA I found what I wanted to do.”

Kaylee is a senior at Fort Supply Public Schools, where she has attended since the fourth grade. She joined the FFA program in the eighth grade.

The things that Kaylee has learned during her time in FFA will stick with her after she graduates from high school.

“I have learned so many things through FFA that have not only helped me throughout high school, but I’m going to take with me to college as well,” Whittley said. “This organization has taught me how to confidently talk in front of people and has shown how hard work pays off. I choose to speak in the extemporaneous group the end of my sophomore year and instantly fell in love with it. My first year trying it, I placed third at area and this year I am hoping I can qualify for state.”

Kaylee says that she likes the wide variety of opportunities that the program provides to anyone who wants to join.

“They have something for everyone. Whether that be giving a speech or land judging there is always something to do.”

When she looks back over her time in FFA, Kaylee says her favorite moment took place during some off time at the National Convention.

“I was with my FFA chapter and as we were walking down the road all you could see was our corduroy jackets from all around the country. Seeing how many people this organization impacts is really inspiring.”

There is some simple advice from Kaylee for those who are thinking about joining FFA in the future.

“Try and get out of your comfort zone,” she said. “I never thought I would be able to perform public speaking or show an animal but looking back now, I am so glad I did. The experiences and life long lessons these activities provide are priceless. Never be afraid to try new things because I can almost promise you in the end, you will be so glad you did.