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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

March 07, 2019

College of the Ozarks hosts 37th Annual FFA Workshop for high school students

C of O student, Jessica Crawley, assists at FFA workshop for high school students.Jessica Crawley, C of O senior agriculture business and dairy science major, leads a heifer through one of the dairy evaluations in the College of the Ozarks National FFA Workshop for high school students.

C of O student, Amanya Pavelka, volunteers at FFA workshop held at C of O.Amanya Pavelka, C of O freshman nursing major, volunteers at National FFA Workshop held for high school students on March 2, 2019.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks Agriculture Department hosted a National FFA Workshop for high school students on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The workshop brought over 1,100 students from more than 50 schools in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas regions. Schools from as far as Beebe, Arkansas, and Drexel, Missouri, attended, making this event one of Missouri’s largest and farthest-reaching high school agriculture functions.

The workshop is an opportunity for high school students to develop their critical thinking and leadership skills, while sharpening their contest abilities. Throughout the workshop, College students shared the knowledge and skills they have gained through their education and work experiences on campus. The event included workshops presented by C of O students on dairy foods, dairy cattle evaluations, livestock evaluation, agronomy, floriculture, entomology, meat evaluation and identification, farm business management, soils, poultry evaluation, forestry, nursery/landscaping, equine evaluation, creed speaking, division 1 and 2 public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, and advanced prepared public speaking.

“I had the opportunity to participate in this workshop when I was in high school, and being able to volunteer brought the whole experience full-circle for me,” said Jenna Ogletree, junior animal science major. “I remember leaving the workshop prepared for the contest season ahead, so I love giving back by helping students learn and encouraging them to do their best.”

Academic advisors and current students were available during the FFA Workshop to discuss the College’s agriculture program. The agriculture department offers majors in agriculture business, animal science, horticulture, agriculture education, agronomy, agriculture development, pre-vet, and wildlife conservation and management.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


03.07.19 – Juliet Thompson



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