Sharon-Mutual’s Connor Thompson – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program offers students the opportunity to learn more about showing animals, agriculture, and a variety of other things. For some students, like Conner Thompson, joining FFA is just a family tradition.  “I have several family members that have been involved in FFA,” he said. “My cousin, Lloyd Fletcher, was an Ag instructor at Mangum, my mom, Grandpa and many, many cousins were and are involved in FFA. My sister is currently in 4-H but already can’t wait to be in FFA.”

Thompson is a junior at Sharon-Mutual School, where he has attended for ten years. He has been a part of the FFA program for four years. One of the things that Conner enjoys most about FFA is the relationships he has made. “I have met some awesome people through the FFA and made great friendships along the way that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The experiences that I have been able to have through FFA has taught me so much.”

He has also brought home is share of awards and honors from different FFA events. He has earned the Green Hand degree, Star green hand award, Sheep production proficiency award, Chapter FFA degree, star chapter award, and the prepared public speaking award. He has also had local showmanship, county showmanship, and district showmanship awards.

While in FFA, Conner has learned a lot of things, some that will stick with him even after he leaves high school. “I have learned self discipline, leadership, and self confidence. These not only help me to be a better FFA member, but also a better person overall.”

Conner says that joining the program was one of the best decisions he made. “FFA provides opportunities that you don’t see or receive in other organizations it helps you to build relationships that can help you decide on a career path and helps you develop skills for your future.”