OK Ag Credit 250

By Ember McElrath

Krystal McCollum, a senior at Lone Grove, has been involved with FFA (Future Farmers of America) since her eight grade year when she first joined in the small town of Waynoka.

“It is a huge agriculture-based community and I was eager to learn new things, so I joined,” said Krystal.

Being an FFA member keeps Krystal pretty busy, as she participates in showing animals, speech, livestock judging, Parliamentary Procedure, as well as holding the position as chapter president.

“My favorite thing about FFA is the people and opportunities in it,” said Krystal. “The opportunities in FFA are vast, the people you meet and things you learn will carry you throughout your life.”

The program has taught Krystal many lessons that are vital in everyday life as well.

“FFA has taught me to be outgoing and professional, it puts its members in situations where you talk to important individuals and you must present yourself well,” said Krystal.

While competing in speech, she has learned how important public speaking really is.

“Public speaking is an important skill no matter what job you do, because being comfortable and fluid in front of a crowd will carry people far in life,” Krystal said.

After high school Krystal plans to serve her country by enlisting in the military while also attending Oklahoma State University, working to earn a degree to become a veterinarian.

“I absolutely love the agricultural industry and I want to contribute to it in my future, I plan on owning my own ranch and farm when I have money to do so,” said Krystal.