Amber-Pocasset's McKenzie Layton – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit
By Travis Sloat
McKenzie Layton, a senior at Amber-Pocasset and president of the school’s FFA chapter, said she’s trying to make a difference through the program by making sure her fellow members are staying involved and enjoying their time in FFA.
“I try to make sure everyone within our chapter plays a role in helping support the chapter,” Layton said. “I also make sure each event we hold is successful, and I try to make sure everyone feels comfortable and enjoys their time in FFA.”
In addition to FFA, Layton is the captain of the Lady Panthers volleyball team. She said she is comfortable in leadership roles now, but that wasn’t always the case.
“To be honest, I was nervous at first about everyone looking up to me,” she said. “But I’ve grown to learn that if try my best to succeed and do everything I can to help my team or chapter, people will watch and try to follow in my footsteps. Honestly, I like being in the leadership role now because I know that the power of the chapter’s future is somewhat in my hands and that I can shape it in the most positive way I can.”
After high school, Layton said she plans to do livestock judging at a junior college, then later transferring to Oklahoma State University and becoming a member of their livestock judging team while majoring in communications.
As for encouraging others to join FFA, Layton said her philosophy was a simple one.
“FFA teaches you many life lessons,” she said. “It will shape you into a better person in a numerous amount of ways. The advantages the chapter gives you are something no one will ever regret having.”