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Ava Jernigan

Chapter: Owasso

Letter to the Members:
Hello! My name is Ava Jernigan, and I am serving the Oklahoma FFA association as the 2022-2023 state FFA secretary. I grew up in Owasso, Oklahoma, and was enrolled at Owasso Public Schools.

When I was growing up, you could always find me in one of two places: the music studio or a tennis court. I have been singing since I was 6 and started playing tennis when I was 8 years old. I would compete in tennis tournaments regularly throughout middle school as well as performing every chance I could get. Some of my favorite memories about these activities is that I did them with my sister. We are only 13 months apart, which means we did everything together. She was my built-in duet and doubles partner.

It wasn’t until the eighth grade that I branched out from my normal and joined the FFA. This was the first time I had ever joined an organization without my sister right by my side. Going through school, teachers always asked me if I was “Chloe’s little sister.” From the moment I stepped into the ag building doors, nobody cared whose little sister I was. They all wanted to know me, Ava Jernigan.

Everyone always talks about their “FFAmily.” Honestly, I was very skeptical of that old cheesy saying. Regardless, I gave this organization a chance and decided to get involved by showing cattle and competing in opening and closing ceremonies. I was still very hesitant to get involved in this organization until that following summer when I attended my first Alumni Leadership Camp. This camp opened my eyes to so many different amazing opportunities.

At the beginning of my freshman year, I was faced with one of the hardest decisions I would ever have to make. My tennis coach wanted me to pick between tennis and FFA. I couldn’t tell you why I took such a leap of faith in FFA, an organization still so new to me, but I have never been more grateful for that decision.

Who am I to finish this letter to members without the mention of some amazing supporters? My mom and dad will always be my biggest supporters. Regardless of how stubborn I can be, they never lost faith in my ability. My biggest role model and critic has to go to my sister, for whom I couldn’t be more thankful.

Mr. Holloway and Mr. Turner will always be my go-to people for success, failure and moments of indifference. I know that I can always count on them for the best advice and words of encouragement. Having advisers who were always so invested in me helped shape me into the person I am today. These advisers and Owasso FFA are the reason I am here today. I couldn’t be more proud to call these people home.

My Favorites:
Favorite Candy: Nerd Clusters
Favorite Sport: Tennis
Favorite TV show: The Vampire Diaries
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Drink: Capri Sun
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Vehicle: My car
Favorite Speaker: Kelly Barnes Favorite Drink: Anything Dutch Bros
Favorite Snack: Popcorn
Favorite Role Model: My ag teachers
Favorite FFA Activity: Extemporaneous Public Speaking
Favorite Store: Target
Favorite Pastime: Quality time with friends
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