Cherokee’s Blake Failes – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Enid

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program introduces students to occupations that they may not have had the opportunity to learn about otherwise. But Blake Failes says he also appreciates the relationships that he has developed. “The best part about FFA has been the people I’ve met and what I’ve learned from them,” he said. “I have learned a lot about different ag-related industries and other lessons, too.”

Failes is a senior at Cherokee Public Schools, where he has attended since pre-k. Along with FFA, he is also a member of the school’s football and basketball teams. Joining FFA was an easy decision for Blake after a great experience during his time in 4-H. “I started showing sheep through 4-H, and Mr. Jeremy Johns and the older FFA kids made it such a positive and fun experience that I kept showing and joined FFA as an eighth grader so that I could also take ag classes.”

The list of Blake’s awards and honors from FFA is lengthy. He is a national finalist with his Diversified Agriculture proficiency; he made the Premium Sale with his show lambs at the Tulsa State Fair and the Northwest District Junior Livestock Show. He was also selected to serve on the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture’s Youth Council.

While FFA seems like it is geared towards agriculture, Failes says that is is open to anyone that is interested. “I have learned that FFA is a very diverse organization with something for almost everyone,” he said. “I also like learning about so much of the technology in the agriculture field and how it can really help the industry.  Of course, I’ve learned a lot about hard work and what it takes to be successful from my involvement with the FFA.”