Okeene FFA sweeps scholarships at Oklahoma Wheat Quality Show
The Okeene FFA claimed all five scholarships at the 2012 Oklahoma Wheat Show Banquet held in Stillwater Aug. 8. The Okeene FFA students swept the top eight placings and took home all five division scholarships as well the overall Grand Champion. Although Okeene students have always been competitive in this event, this is the best performance Okeene has presented since the scholarships were first awarded in 2003.
In preparation for the Oklahoma Wheat Quality Show, Okeene exhibitors planted five or more acres of any variety of hard red winter wheat, submitted an accurate record of production and marketing costs, and spent hours cleaning their samples for the show. Okeene students' work paid off as they collected nearly $10,000 in scholarships and cash awards.
The samples of wheat were first judged July 18 at Stillwater. Brett Carver, Ph.D., OSU Regents Professor of Wheat Breeding and Genetics, evaluated the 10-pound samples of wheat from youth exhibitors from around the state. Carver evaluated the wheat samples' color, kernel size, kernel consistency and cleanliness of wheat chaff and foreign material.
After Carver evaluated the wheat on visual appearance, Kim Anderson, Ph.D., OSU Professor and Extension economist, recorded the test weights of the top 25 FFA samples. Connie Shelton at the OSU Wheat Quality Lab milled and baked the top samples to determine the end use quality of the students' wheat samples. Finally, Anderson totaled all the entries sub scores to determine the winners.
In the FFA division, Morgan Westfahl started the FFA Scholarship sweep by being named first and Grand Champion with her Billings sample. She collected a $3,000 scholarship from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, a $500 scholarship from Westbred for being named Grand Champion, a $500 premium from Oklahoma Genetics Inc. for entering the OGI variety Billings and a plaque for having the second place visual entry. Morgan's second wheat sample, Duster, placed 15th. Jackelyn Parrish placed second overall with her Billings sample, and she received a $2,000 scholarship from the OWC, as well as a $400 premium check from OGI for her OSU variety. Dylan Sawyer finished third with his Westbred Winterhawk variety and claimed a $1,000 scholarship from the OWC for his hard work. Dylan also had a Billings sample that finished eighth overall. Bringing in the last two scholarships was Olivia Westfahl with her fourth place Fuller sample and fifth place Billings. Olivia received two $1,000 scholarships for her fourth and fifth place finishes as well as a $100 check from OGI for her Billings sample and a plaque for her first place visual placing on her Billings entry. Nicole Rauh placed sixth, Charity Robinson placed seventh, and Brexton Smith placed 11th all with Billings entries. Scott Dobrinski placed 14th with his Fuller sample, and Will Bedwell placed 16th with his Billings entry. Kelsi Burghardt placed 18th with her Fuller sample, Adam Robinson placed 19th with his Duster sample and Hadley Gambill finished 25th with his Jackpot entry.
The prize money and scholarships are made possible by Oklahoma Wheat Producers Checkoff funding. Okeene wheat exhibitors are grateful for Oklahoma Genetics Inc. for the extra premiums for OSU varieties that finished in the top five and we are also thankful for Westbred for adding two new scholarships to this year's event, which were claimed by two Okeene exhibitors.