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Piper Merritt – FFA

What started as an “accident" became a passion for Owasso FFA member.

THEN: An Owasso eighth-grader with no particular interest in FFA who joined the student organization by accident. A counselor suggested Piper Merritt sign up for agricultural education and she did, not knowing what she was getting into.

“I was hooked after that first day,” she said. “I began getting involved in anything and everything that I could participate in.”

Piper said being involved in a CareerTech student organization

  • Helped her develop a skillset that included leadership and communication.
  • Instilled in her a strong work ethic.
  • Taught her how to work in high-pressure environments.

Piper was elected National FFA Central Region vice president in 2017.

As an eighth-grader, Piper was in the same small group at Oklahoma FFA Alumni Leadership Camp as Ridge Hughbanks. Ridge followed Piper as National FFA Central Region vice president in 2018, the first time two Oklahomans have served back to back since the 1970s.

NOW: An agricultural economics major at Oklahoma State University. Piper said her FFA advisers helped her choose her major based on her interest in agricultural policy and government affairs surrounding the agriculture industry.

 

 

I’ve learned through FFA and CTSO involvement that it doesn’t matter where or when you start. Where you are now is the perfect place - just take the next step.”

Piper Merritt

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