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  BRADEN HEISLER  
     
     
  Northwest Area VP
Braden Heisler
bheisler@okffa.org

Chapter:
Waukomis

Letter to the Members:
My name is Braden Heisler, and I am ecstatic to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as the 2021-22 Northwest Area vice president.

I was raised in the small town of Waukomis, 10 miles south of Enid. I attended Waukomis Public Schools from pre-K through 12th grade.

My experience with agriculture started before I was born; I am a fourth generation farmer. I spent most of my free time growing up bouncing back and forth between Waukomis and Pawnee, where the rest of my family’s shorthorn cattle operation is centered. My older sister Kaylee, younger sister Kelsee and I loved taking the trip with our dad because of the hilly roads that made our stomachs do flips.

My parents, Dale and Raeanne, got my sisters and I involved with agriculture and showed us the hands-on work ethic it takes to be a part of the industry, even if they had to use the hilly roads as incentive to do so.

When I got to eighth grade, joining FFA wasn’t even a decision I had to make. My entire family had done FFA, and I knew that I wanted to be just like them. Seeing my older sister be a part of the organization was all the incentive I needed.

Once I joined, my ag teacher, Amber Yandell, and my mom were able to talk me into giving a speech. After that first speech, I quickly fell into doing just about every FFA activity I could. I served on officer teams, competed in agronomy and livestock judging, exhibited livestock, gave prepared speeches and was a member of the National FFA Band. My SAE throughout high school consisted of my beef production operation.

My favorite high school memory was getting to serve on the officer team that created my chapter's special needs show. I got to work one-on-one with students from across the Enid area to introduce them to agriculture and learn about their experiences. The lessons these students taught me outweighs anything else I have experienced.

Outside of the ag building, I could be found in band, STUCO, Quiz Bowl and student government. I always enjoyed exploring different student organizations across my school.

My next step will be attending Oklahoma State University and majoring in agribusiness: pre-law. I hope to start a career in agriculture-based law and dedicate my time to lobbying for and bettering the Oklahoma agriculture industry.

My Favorites:
Color: Navy Blue
Drink: Dr. Pepper
Food: Quesaritos from Taco Bell
Dessert: Cheesecake
Season: Winter
Book: The Book Thief
Movie: Fifty First Dates
FFA Activity: Prepared Public Speaking
Animal: Elephant
TV Show: Friend
Bible Verse: Matthew 5:44
Restaurant: Ted’s
Fast Food Restaurant: Taco Bell
Role Model: Harriet Tubman
Vacation Spot: Gulf Shores, AL
     
     
 
     
     
 
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