AFTON – Officers of the Afton FFA chapter participated in the 2017 Oklahoma FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training Conference Sept. 12 at the Glenpool Conference Center.

The eight state FFA officers planned and conducted this year's conference based on the theme "Dare to Be Different." Elected officers from each of the 88 high school FFA chapters in the northeast area attended leadership training designed to equip their teams with exciting tools to help them be different as individuals, different as officer teams and different as FFA chapters.

Kelly Barnes of Norman was the keynote speaker for the conference. Barnes is a professional speaker and leadership coach who served as state FFA president 2003-2004.

'We believe great individuals make great teasm, great teams make great chapters, and great chapters make for a sucessful Oklahoma FFA Association," said Ridge Hughbanks, current state FFA president. "Sometimes you need to do things a little differently in order to accomplish greater things."

Officers attending from Afton were: Drew Wright, president; Tuff Johnson, vice president; Lyndsie Wilson, secretary; Case Hudleson, treasurer; Alli Clayton, reporter and Joe Wright, adviser.

COLT Conference is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma as a special project of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education division of the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech Education. There are 26,912 Oklahoma FFA members in 360 high schools statewide. For more information visit