Ringling’s Larin Wade – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program introduced high school students to different agricultural topics. But Larin Wade says that the program is more than just learning how to take care of animals.

“Since I joined FFA, I have witnessed how important agriculture, leadership, and responsibility are to this world and the people in it.”

Wade, who is a senior at Ringling High School, has been a member of FFA since ninth grade. Before that, she was a member of the Ringling 4H club.

There are a variety of animals available for students to raise and to show, but since she was in sixth grade, Larin has raised and shown pigs. “For the last seven years, I have shown only pigs,” she said. “And for the last four years, we have worked with at least fifteen pigs in our barn. My brothers, cousin, and I each had three to five pigs so we could each take care of them.”

Larin says that her experience in FFA has been a great one, allowing her to do things she might not have been able to without FFA. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people,” she said. “Some of them I definitely would not have met without FFA. I have also learned more about agriculture and livestock.”

While in FFA, Larin has racked up a variety of awards and honors. When she was a sophomore, she served as Vice-President. She served as Reporter during her junior year, and will also do the same during her senior year. She won the STAR Chapter Farmer Award for 2018, and has also placed in numerous livestock shows.

Though she enjoys FFA, that is not the only place she spends her time. She has or is part of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Academic Team Captain, and Colorguard Captain.

Larin also excels in the classroom, where she holds a 4.0 Grade Point Average and is ranked at the top of her class. During her Freshman year, she won the Geography, English I, Algebra II, Spanish I, and Physical Science awards. In her Sophmore year, she added the English II, Spanish II, History, Geometry, and Biology awards. Last year, she added the Oklahoma History/Government, English III and Chemistry awards.

There have been alot of great memories that Wade has made during her time in the program. Narrowing it down to one was tough. “My favorite memory from FFA is our trip to the Oklahoma State FFA Convention this year,” she said. “The officer team and I got to know each other even better, and we had fun going around OKC. I also enjoyed the speakers at the convention, they had great messages regarding the importance of leadership and integrity in even the small moments and decisions of life.”

Larin has some good advice for students considering joining the program. “FFA has a place for everyone,” she said. “Speech competitions, numerous workshops for leadership and other important attributes, alumni camp, livestock showing, gardening, agriculture research…there are so many opportunities open to those who join. I would tell them they would definitely not regret becoming a part of FFA! I would also urge them to take part in activities they aren’t 100% comfortable doing–to take chances and embrace new opportunities, because they might just find something they love. There are so many different aspects of FFA, I would recommend they take part in all to see which interest them.”