Thackerville’s Cameron Shurbet: FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By John Tranchina

Cameron Shurbet shines as a prime example of how much the FFA (Future Farmers of America) can help prepare high school students for the challenges of adult life.

The Thackerville senior has served as the President of his school’s FFA chapter for the past two years and he points out that being heavily involved in the organization has helped him grow in numerous ways.

“I’ve gotten a lot of friendships, I’ve gotten a lot of leadership and responsibility out of it, it just helps with everything like that,” Shurbet said. “I’m responsible, because I show all kinds of pigs and I’m getting up and working with them and everything like that. Becoming the president of the FFA is like being the leader of our team and (I work on) how to make our chapter see more things, do more things like that, and try to make our chapter better by leading it.”

Shurbet also plays center on the Thackerville football team and is involved with the student council. He used to play baseball but ended up giving it up because he felt he couldn’t commit enough time and energy to it while also devoting his time as the FFA president. 

He’s also still deciding on his plans for next year – whether he wants to attend college or get started in the workforce, perhaps as a welder. But Shurbet knows that whatever he does, he will continue to raise pigs. Currently, he has about 15 pigs at home that he takes care of, and he notes that his association with the FFA at Thackerville is just an extension of what he’s done for as long for a long time.

“I’ve been around FFA my whole life pretty much,” he said. I’ve been in FFA since freshman year, I’ve done a little of everything. We’ve competed in lots of contests, like public speaking contests, I show a lot of pigs and we go all over the world showing pigs.”