Anadarko’s Rylee Hrbacek – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program offers education on more than just farming and agriculture, but it is a benefit to those that have a background in those areas. One of those students that does is Rylee Hrbacek. “I have been raised around Ag and livestock animals,” she said. “My family has been in the agriculture industry since 1908 and most of them have been in FFA. I was also in 4H when I was younger, where I began showing livestock and participating in 4H competitive events. That start helped lead me into FFA.”

Rylee is a freshman at Anadarko High School. She says that her time in FFA has been really great so far. “I have enjoyed showing sheep, going to FFA events like RoundUp and the opening and closing ceremonies.”

She has shown both swine and sheep while in FFA. 

Rylee has also picked up some valuable skills that will stick with her even after she graduates high school. “I have been able to learn leadership skills, public speaking skills, and life skills that I will carry with me forever.”

There are also a few honors and awards that Rylee has to her credit. “I earned my chapter Start Discovery degree last year,” she said. “I was also selected as the Anadarko FFA Chapter 2019-2020 Secretary.”

While she has enjoyed her time in FFA, some of her best moments have come in the form of building friendships that will last. “I have really enjoyed car rides to different FFA events with friends and our Ag teacher,” she stated. “FFA Alumni Leadership camp this summer was an amazing experience that I was able to enjoy.”

The advice Rylee has for younger students considering FFA is simple. “Be involved in as much as you can and have fun with it.”