Participants chosen for 2015 okPORK Youth Leadership Camp


After reviewing a multitude of applicants statewide, Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK) officials have selected 12 Oklahoma high school students as 2015 okPORK Youth Leadership Camp participants. The students will spend June 15-19 learning about the pork industry, including production, sales and career opportunities.

The student participants are:

Paige Dearrington – Sapulpa High School

Braden Egger – McLoud High School

Zacchary Guy – Meeker High School

Piper Merritt – Owasso High School

Jaclyn McCormic – Ponca City High School

Katelyn Pierce – Woodward High School

Rhett Pursley – Locust Grove High School

Cory Roe – Shawnee High School

Nicole Stevens – Yukon High School

Maverick Williams – Walters High School

Amber Wright – Rush Springs High School

Jessica Young – Tecumseh 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 Keith Reiner, 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, Platt Culinary Institute, Crest Foods and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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