Woodward’s Carlie Burton – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program was founded over ninety years ago to help educate youth in agricultural fields of study. The program is still around today and is still helping students learn about agriculture, as well as a variety of other topics.

Carli Burton is a member of the Woodward chapter of the FFA. She is a freshman and is in her first year of the program. Burton enjoys being a part of a great group of friends. “FFA is the best thing you can ever get into. You are all like family and there are many things that you can choose from to do in FFA.”

Being new to the program, Carli has not been able to experience everything that is available, but there is one thing that definitely caught her eye. “I have seen other people show animals,” she said. “It looked really exciting and I decided that was something I wanted to do. I decided to show goats.”

Carli is excited about her future in FFA. “I am looking forward to joining more groups, meeting new people, and achieving goals,” Burton said. “In life, FFA will help you out long after high school. I am looking for the programs to grow with new people every year.”

Along with FFA, Burton is also a member of the Lady Boomers basketball and soccer teams. “I enjoy playing basketball because it teaches self-discipline, structure, and self-pride,” she said. “Soccer is my favorite sport because there is a lot of physical contact, as well as self-discipline.”

Clint Burton and Kelli Burton, Carli’s parents, have served as role models for her throughout her life. “They have taught me what is right and what is wrong,” she said. “When I do wrong, they explain why. They help me out a lot whenever I need it.”

Outside of FFA and sports, Burton is a member of the Pep Club and FCA. She is also a member of the youth group at Woodward First Baptist Church.