Arnett’s Alyson Friesen – FFA Spotlight Presented By Farm Credit Western OK

By John Tranchina

For Alyson Friesen, getting involved in the FFA (Future Farmers of America) at Arnett High School was an obvious choice, even though she already participates in a number of other school clubs, in addition to playing basketball and softball.

The freshman saw her older brother and sister go through the FFA and had already been showing cattle since she was seven years old. So far, it has been both a fun and educational experience for her. “I grew up around it, my brother and sister showed before me,” Friesen said. “We went to this CDE (Career Development Event) contest yesterday and we tasted milks and cheese and had to decipher which one was which, which was really fun. I really enjoy FFA. I’ve gotten a lot of re-sponsibilities out of it, I’ve learned to take care of the cattle every day and I’ve had to manage showing cattle and then sports.”

A 5-foot-6 forward, Friesen has also been pulling double-duty on the basketball court. In addition to suiting up for Arnett’s varsity squad, which was 11-7 on the season after going 7-2 in its last nine contests heading into play on Jan. 24 and ranked 19th in Class B, she has also been contrib-uting to the Wildcats’ junior high team. She also played on the Arnett’s fast-pitch softball squad that went 24-9 and reached the Regional tournament.

Friesen is also involved in the Beta Club, Speech Club and Science Club at Arnett. With all that going on in her life, she admitted that she has experienced some difficulties getting all her school-work done. “Yes, very much so,” she said. “But I’ve kind of figured it out. My parents help a lot, my brother and sister help a lot.”