Tuttle’s FFA Spotlight – Presented by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma

Their names are Kim Boyer, Taylor McGill, Brianna Pearson, and Madde Tinder. In Fort Collins, they represented the State of Oklahoma, as the Tuttle FFA team won the Reserve National Championship at the National Western Stock Show on January 11.

The Tuttle FFA team placed second in Meats Judging by six points behind a team from Texas. McGill (junior) was named High Individual of the contest, Boyer (junior) placed 3rd High Individual, and Pearson (junior) placed 11th High Individual. McGill won by 11 points, which is essentially winning by two touchdowns in football.

“They have to identify cuts of meat, and there are over 100 cuts that they have to know,” said FFA Coach C.L. McGill, who has been teaching at Tuttle for 20 years. “They have to judge classes and answer questions about the class. They also take a written test over the meat industry.”

Tuttle’s FFA program has won many state championships and represented the State of Oklahoma well over the years. McGill credits the success of the program to the kids, the community, and the school’s administration.

“We have had really good administration who has backed us 100 percent,” McGill said. “They’re really solid and help us and work with us. We have one of the nicest ag buildings around.”

Last October, Tuttle’s Livestock Judging Team won second reserve in Indianapolis at the National FFA Convention, which includes sheep, cattle, pigs, and goats. Those team members were Owen Lingle (graduate), Taylor Litterell (senior), Caleb Owens (graduate), and Cole Tompkins (senior).

“We have several state winning judging teams,” McGill said. “We’ve had some state winning public speakers. And our ag mechanic department has been successful as well.”

Next for the Tuttle FFA team, McGill, Boyer, Pearson, and Tinder are working to win state this year and represent Oklahoma in Indianapolis next Fall.

“That’s always our main goal,” McGill said.