This week at the Capitol saw a flurry of activity as the deadline for passing bills out of the opposite chamber arrived on Thursday. Besides the floor activity, however, there was also a flurry of activity with constituents visiting the Capitol for various honors. It seems that there is always people from this area visiting their Capitol to be honored or to participate in the process.
I had the honor of introducing the National President of the FFA, Travis Jett, on Monday. He is a Laverne graduate and is presently taking a year off from OSU to perform his duties. He addressed the House for about ten minutes on the importance of agriculture and its widening influence on individuals in rural and urban settings. He did an outstanding job as do the rest of our youth in the FFA program.
On Wednesday my family and I were able to attend the closing session of the FFA conference. Once again, the music presented by the FFA Show Choir was absolutely spine tingling. At the close of the ceremony, those hard working individuals throughout the state that had earned the State FFA degree were honored. We had fourteen students from this area so honored.
Also during the week, I was able to witness three elementary students from our district that won state awards in Well Site Safety Day poster contest. Tatum Hansen who is a 6 th grader at Turpin, Yessica Carrera and Marily Mesta who are 5 th graders at North Park in Guymon were winners in the contest. There were just twelve overall winners, so this area had 25% of the winners. What a privilege for me to meet and congratulate them.
A young student from Fort Supply also won a state award for the Playground Safety Award. Sage Kinsey won third place in her category and did an outstanding job. Her parents were able to accompany her to the Capitol to get a tour and the award. Her poster will be in a calendar published statewide.
On Wednesday a group of elementary students from Boise City were here to take a tour of the Capitol. This group of eager 4 th graders taught by Mrs. Rita Smith witnessed a very special program. They were able to see a special joint session of the Legislature to welcome President Paul Kagame of Rwanda to Oklahoma . The Governor, Lt. Governor, the Supreme Court, and other elected and appointed officials joined the House and Senate for this historic time. This is the first time that a sitting head of state has been welcomed at the Capitol.
On Friday night I had the privilege to witness three area teachers honored for their outstanding abilities by the Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators (APOE). Mendi White, Delvenia Hipp, and Betty Kincannon were selected as outstanding educators in their field.
That is why we continually have so many youth recognized for statewide honors. The teachers that we have in this area do such a great job in our rural schools. As always, if you're in this area stop by and visit YOUR Capitol.
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