The last time Luther had a state FFA officer was 1953. That dry spell could end in May if Luther FFA President Makala Parsons is elected as a Central Region Vice President. An intense weekend of interviews and waiting ended Sunday afternoon. With bated breath, there were plenty of high-fives and hollering as eyes quickly scanned the roster to find the name we were looking for.
Makala Parsons, Luther, Central Vice President
“The interview was very intense: there was a series of questions that ranged from my own FFA experience, politics, and so much more. I was nervous, but after a few deep breathes I got through it,” she said.
She said her speech focused on her experience in Washington DC last summer at Washington Leadership Conference. Parsons said she emphasized a guiding quote that she has carried throughout her life. “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” The biggest challenge was keeping under the two-minute limit to explain why she wants to serve on the state FFA leadership.
After the experience, the waiting began.
“After a day of being very anxious about them posting it, I finally saw the link and was honestly very scared to click on it, but when I did and I saw my name, happy tears flowed!
“I feel super blessed to have made it through, and I’m thankful for the help of mentors and my awesome Ag teacher, Holly Drake. Without her pushing me, and encouraging me to believe in myself I couldn’t have done it! I hope to make Luther Proud!” she said.
We’ll find out at state convention May 1 & 2 if she is elected. A student from Stillwater and one from Newcastle are also candidates.
Charles Wilson was the last FFA Officer in 1953 from Luther, according to FFA Advisor and Ag Teacher Holly Drake who has mentored Parsons throughout the senior’s high school and FFA career. Parsons will graduate in May from LHS, and hopes to attend OSU in the fall.
Congratulations Makala! It’s inspiring to see your preparation and hard work pay off.