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Coyle FFA members attend reporter's symposium


Katie Brake and Ivy Hill of the Coyle FFA chapter recently attended the FFA Reporter's Symposium on July 28 in Cushing.

Hosted by the Cushing FFA chapter and presented by Oklahoma State University agricultural communications students, this year's event focused on 46 participants creating a sample FFA newsletter and news release to take home with them to utilize as samples within their own chapters. Participants were divided into small groups to better focus on effective writing skills, photo staging and FFA scrapbook and portfolio requirements.

"I've had a great time, and have learned so much that I'm going to take back and apply in my chapter," said Katie Brake, chapter member about her time at the symposium.

The symposium was presented in part by state FFA officers Amy Peel, Kelli Shenold and Robby Branscum, with special attendance from several OSU agricultural communications professors. The group was also treated to lunch sponsored by the Cushing FFA Booster Club.

Each participant took part in a news release competition. Each group winner received their registration money back. Group winners included Laurie Fitch of Stillwater FFA, Kera Parker of Spiro FFA, Cyriece Oliver of Owasso FFA and Ivy Hill of Coyle Hill. The overall winner was Hill.

The Coyle FFA chapter includes 37 students and is advised by Bert O'Hara.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential growth and career success through agricultural education.

FFA prepares students for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. For more information, visit http://okffa.org.

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