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May 2, 2012                                                           405-743-5498

                Harrah FFA Member Earns Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems
                                  State Proficiency Award
                               By Mallory Ross, Media Intern

OKLAHOMA CITY –Wacey McDuffee of the Harrah FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in

the Oklahoma FFA Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems Proficiency Award area during the

86th Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 2.

          McDuffee said he enjoys doing electrical work around the community of Harrah with his

father.

          “Ever since I was a young boy, I have always looked up to my father who has been an

electrician since he was 17 years old,” McDuffee said. “I always wanted to help him with his

jobs but I was too small.”

          The agricultural mechanics energy systems proficiency award is designed to recognize

students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to adjustments, repairs

and maintenance of agricultural power systems including mechanical power, electrical power,

chemical power, wind power, solar power and/or water power.

          The 18-year-old Harrah FFA member is the son of David and Tina McDuffee. His

agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Jack Gorczyca and Mason Jones.

          This award is sponsored on the state level by Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. and Mustang

Fuel Corp. The national sponsors are Lincoln Electric Co. and New Holland.

          FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division in Oklahoma’s CareerTech

system. With more than 23,000 members, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fifth-largest

state FFA association. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students

by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through

agricultural education. To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit http://okffa.org or follow

@ffaok on Twitter.
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CUTLINE:

Wacey McDuffee of Harrah FFA captured first-place honors in the 2012 Oklahoma FFA

Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems Proficiency Award area. Keith Kisling (right), vice

president of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, and Mike Caldwell of Oklahoma Natural Gas

Company (left) join McDuffee (center) as well as Luke Fuqua (second from left) of Canton FFA

and Seth Ragsdale of Fort Gibson FFA, who received second and third place, respectively.



This award is sponsored on the state level by Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. and Mustang Fuel

Corp. The national sponsors are Lincoln Electric Co. and New Holland. The awards were

presented during the 85th Oklahoma FFA Convention in Oklahoma City on May 2.

								
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