Elk City’s Byler Nichols – FFA Spotlight Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

By Ember McElrath

Elk City High School senior Byler Nichols has been involved in the Future Farmers of America program since he was a freshman in the school. For this FFA member he does something a little different than than the average member who usually show the animals. Byler trap shoots and is involved in the ag mechanic projects.

Getting involved in FFA for Byler was all about his future. “I wanted to develop life skills that would help me far into the future,” said Byler.

Byler believes wholeheartedly in Future Farmers of American and in the tools FFA is instilling in him. “FFA will make me a great leader in society,” Byler said.

FFA teaches Byler many skills and abilities that brings a lot of enjoyable memories for the high school senior. Byler’s favorite part of FFA is learning all about leadership and social skills though.

Not only is Byler highly involved in FFA, but he is also in several sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and clubs like the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Future Christian Athletes.

This season Byler will be playing basketball for Elk City High School for the last time. He started playing basketball in the grade and hasn’t looked back since. He helps to support his team by playing point guard and wing.

Being in FFA comes pretty natural to someone who enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time. He has a sister, Brooklyn, who he is extremely close to. Byler has a dog named Butch that he enjoys spending time with when he can get a few minutes to relax.

Byler would like to carry over his FFA ag mechanic projects into his future career, as he would like to attend college and become a petroleum engineer.