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Okarche’s Jaycee Taylor – FFA Spotlight – Presented By Farm Credit of Enid

Now that her junior year is behind her, Okarche senior Jaycee Taylor is looking forward to the summer. For the softball player, it also means being prepared for the start of a new season. 

“I am the second basemen for Okarche softball,” said Taylor. “This year has not been the best, but I have worked diligently to make it better for myself. I’ve used softball and rodeo as an outlet to escape the harder challenges.”  

Her commitment to the softball team and her commitment to the FFA chapter at Okarche are both important to Taylor. 

“I first got started in FFA in 2019. My mom was my biggest supporter. She loved public speaking and wanted me to really step out of shell and create my own voice,” Taylor said. “I participated in live stocking judging, agriculture issues, opening and closing ceremonies, shoot sports, farm business and management, but my favorite one that I personally believe had the biggest impact on me was public speaking. I used to have a hard time with stuttering and being shy definitely was not a plus. Through speeches I was able to advocate for certain organizations and topics I found interest in. My ultimate enjoyment in FFA, if I had to choose one thing, is the community centered around it. I also have a strong appreciation for the fact that anyone can join FFA. You do not have to be a fourth-generation farmer to find something that fits you.” 

Taylor plans to attend college once she graduates. 

“My plans are to go to college and work my tail off for a medical degree. Ever since I can remember I have had a passion for helping someone or something in need,” said Taylor.  

For anyone considering the FFA, Taylor offers some friendly advice. 

“First going into FFA I had no clue what I was stepping into. That overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do as your first contest can feel like a lot. My advice to anyone that wants to join is to go to your advisor. They have been down that road and are going to be your best friend in the long run. Step out of your shell and do something that you would not see yourself doing because you really don’t know if you like something unless you try it. That’s the beauty of FFA and it can change your life for the better,” said Taylor. 

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