Walters’ Clay Graham – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Rachelle Rogers

Clay Graham grew up in Walters. He spent his summers growing up working on his family's farms from the wheat fields to raising cattle.

“Both my parents and grandma all went to OSU,” says Clay. “My papa is a farmer and ever since I was little kid, we'd help him on the farm and my dad used to raise cattle. I've just always been around farming and it's all I've ever known.”

Clay got started in 4-H at a young age, so it was a natural fit for him to join FFA and now he even works on his Ag teachers sheep farm. He's known his Ag teacher, Mr. Jimmy Davis, his entire life. Last year, when Clay was a freshman, his teacher encouraged him to start showing sheep.

“I wish I would've started showing sooner. I didn't realize how much passion I had for it until this year. Showing has taught me great responsibility... having animals depending on you. I'm always up for a good challenge,” states Clay.

Clay is the President of Opening Ceremonies, does livestock and land judging, participates in the creed contest, and quiz bowl team. He hopes in the future to be an officer in his local chapter, just like his two older brothers. He maintained an A average throughout his freshman year despite finding it more challenging than his previous years.

Clay also plays football, baseball, and runs track. Football is his favorite sport and he plays both running back and linebacker.

“I like the brotherhood and the leadership skills football builds,” says Clay. “You can't really get that bond anywhere else. The brotherhood built on a football team is one of a kind and almost unbreakable.”

Clay wants to follow in the footsteps of much of his family an attend OSU when he graduates. He's interested in lots of different things and as he continues in Ag, he knows even more opportunities will open up. Right now he's interested in becoming an AI technician, wildlife biologist or working in the Agricultural industry.