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3 Central High FFA students head to DC

CENTRAL  Three students from Central High School will travel over 1,300 miles away from home to attend the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., June 17-25.

Central High FFA Chapter President Garrett Thornton, Vice President Riley Scott and Secretary Lauren Perry will be among 100 Oklahoma students who will join 300 other students from across the nation at the conference. 

R.J. Curry, Central High agriculture adviser, said this year is the 41st time that Central High FFA students have participated in the program, which enables them to gain valuable leadership skills.

The students are still raising funds to offset the cost of the conference, which is $1,250 per student, plus an additional $200 for travel expenses, Curry said. Each student will need a total of $4,000 for the trip.

Curry said anyone who would like to contribute funds on behalf of the students may mail donations to Central High FFA, 274801 W. Broncho Road, Marlow, 73055.

"We would appreciate any help that you can give. A suggested amount is $50 to $100," he said. "Any excess funds received over the cost of the trip will be utilized by the Central High FFA Chapter for leadership development for the FFA officers and Chapter FFA members."

Two to three FFA advisers will accompany the Central High students to Washington, D.C., Curry said. They will ride a bus chartered by the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. 

Curry said the conference serves as an opportunity for students to network with fellow FFA members across the United States and expose them to different walks of life.

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