Carnegie’s Ganden Clark – FFA Spotlight Presented By Farm Credit Western OK

By Travis Sloat

Carnegie junior Ganden Clark is well aware of the hard work that goes into his favorite activity, showing sheep in the FFA. “The actual showing part is not hard at all,” Clark said. “It’s just the time, effort and heart you throw into the livestock to get them ready. Setting them up like you would at a normal show, wrapping their legs to make them look their best in the ring, and spending late hours in the barn on the treadmill and walking, between all of that it’s hard work.”

Clark is the vice-president of the Carnegie FFA chapter. In addition to showing sheep, he also judges livestock and was once involved in giving speeches in their local area. He praised his advisor, Ronnie Nix, for keeping his love for the FFA so strong. “He always knows what’s best for me,” he said. “He pushes me out of my comfort zone into things he knows I will have fun and do well in. He has helped ever since I joined the FFA, and he is always there when I need him. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be there today.”

Clark also is very vocal about others joining the FFA, whether it’s his local chapter or their own. “FFA can leave a lasting impact on anybody and everybody’s life no matter where you are,” Clark said. “There are always positive people involved who make you feel welcome, just like you’re at home. FFA is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build, grow, and influence others around you.”