Pryor’s Abbigayle Vargas – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit
By Derrick Smith
The Future Farmers of America program allows high school students to learn about a variety of topics. Obviously, agriculture and farming, but also public speaking, conflict resolution, and teamwork are a few that they explore.
Abbigayle Vargas, who is a senior at Pryor High School, had her interest caught by the farming aspect of the program.
“I have been in FFA for four years,” she said. “I showed cattle in 4-H and when I was old enough, I enrolled in Ag and FFA.”
Along with showing cattle in 4-H, Vargas has shown steers, heifers, and her horse. There have been a lot of things that she has learned during her time in the program.
“I have learned to work hard,” she said. “And also, you will have to work hard for everything you win. It won’t be handed to you.”
Abbigayle is not at a loss for hardware to show for all of her hard work.
“I won Reserve Heifer at the Tulsa State Fair in 2016,” she stated. “I also won Reserve Heifer at the National Western in Denver, Colorado in 2017 and Showmanship at the county fair in 2016. In 2018, I won Showmanship at the Tulsa State Fair in 2018 and 2019, along with a four year scholarship to Rogers State University. I had the Reserve Steer at the county fair in 2015 and the Reserve Steer and Grand Heifer at the county fair in 2019.”
While she enjoys winning the awards, Vargas says that she enjoys so much more about FFA.
“I have really enjoyed meeting new people from all over the state,” she said. “One of my favorite memories is going to Alumni Camp each year. It is always a great time.”
Vargas has some advice for any student considering joining FFA, but they are not sure.
“My advice would be to do it,” she said. “Try as many things as possible because you will regret it if you don’t.”
Besides FFA, Vargas is also a member of the Lady Tigers soccer team, as well as the cheer team during football team.