Oklahoma Students attend okPORK's Youth Leadership Camp

After reviewing a multitude of applicants statewide, Oklahoma Pork Council officials have selected 12 Oklahoma high school students as 2013 okPORK Youth Leadership Camp participants. The students will spend June 17-21 with 11 other Oklahoma high school students learning about the pork industry, including production, sales and career opportunities.

The student participants are:

  • Ashton Baggs - Woodward High School
  • Kolby Coday - Coweta High School
  • Kelby Corbett - Elgin High School
  • Mathew Drake - Haskell High School
  • Makyla Hudson - Collinsville High School
  • Steven Larimore - Bethel High School
  • Jacob Magar - Wellston High School
  • Taylor Pruitt - Tecumseh High School
  • Kylie Sellers - Marlow High School
  • Paige Stevens - Pauls Valley High School
  • Emily Wilkinson - Cement High School
  • Deekota Williams - Central Marlow High School

The camp begins in Stillwater, and includes sessions in Ames, Hennessey, Guymon, Woodward and Oklahoma City.  Camp participants will learn all phases of the industry from breeding sows to selling pork chops. Participants will also complete a live animal evaluation and actually harvest and process the hogs they evaluate.

The pork industry is the state’s second-largest agriculture enterprise and provides 15,000 jobs for Oklahoma,” said Basil Werner, President of the okPork board of directors. “We want young Oklahomans to know how our industry impacts our state and most importantly that there are great career opportunities in this growing industry. The students will learn all of this and more next week at camp, including getting a chance to visit with members of Oklahoma’s agricultural news media.”

The Youth Leadership Camp is also being presented, sponsored, or hosted by the following partners: OSU Animal Science Department, OSU Food & Agricultural Products Center, Luthi Farms, Roberts Ranch of Oklahoma, Seaboard Foods, Hitch Enterprises, Lopez Foods, Crest Foods and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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