Cherokee’s Ruston James – FFA Spotlight Presented By Oklahoma Ag Credit

By Derrick Smith

High School students may join the Future Farmers of America program for a variety of reasons. For some, it may be to learn a skill or two, while others may see it as an opportunity to expand their learning. Others may be like Ruston James, who was a part of FFA even before he was in high school. “The FFA runs deep in my family,” he stated. “It starts with my mother and my brother. FFA was just something that was there from the start and I was raised around it. From going to stock shows and being around the older FFA members at the time of my younger years and seeing how FFA affected them positively.”

Ruston is a junior at Cherokee High School. He says that while he enjoys all aspects of FFA, there are a few things that he really enjoys. “ I really like the contests and getting to meet new people and the experiences that come with it,” he said. “I also enjoy being a leader in my chapter and being someone that younger FFA members can look up to and strive to be better than.”

Ruston is a multi-sport athlete for Cherokee. He is a member of the school’s football, basketball, and baseball teams.

Ruston says that there are a couple of people that have influenced his life and really made an impact. “My Brother is one that I have always looked up to and still do,” he said. “He has helped me through a lot of things and taught me a lot things throughout my life. Julie Matlock is another person I looked up to because she is one of the main reasons I found a love for animals. She was one of those people that had no reason to be a part of my life but chose to be and even though her time with me was cut short through cancer, the impact she made on my life by just choosing to be involved when she didn’t have to be will stick with me forever.”