Small Town FFA Alumnus Follows Passion for Successful Career | Agriculture News

Kass (Pfeiffer) Newell is pictured with her husband, Dalton, and daughter, Nyla. (Courtesy photo.)

The Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter has a long and proud tradition of success in a variety of competitions, but perhaps the most significant contribution is the success it has generated among its alumni after they leave its activities.

This small rural community has produced members of State Congress, bank presidents, successful entrepreneurs and leaders in all fields of agriculture. One of our most recent alumni has made waves in the breeding industry with her exceptional leadership.

Kass Newell currently works as the executive vice president of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, but her journey began at the family farm just outside of small town Orlando, Oklahoma. Growing up in Orlando, Newell was involved in many farming activities even before joining the FFA. Her family has a solid agricultural background which made her want more than anything to be part of the FFA.

She says “I still remember the day I received my FFA jacket, I was so excited.” The FFA participated in many activities, including livestock assessment, livestock display, and speech delivery. After graduating from high school, Newell used the knowledge gained through the FFA to secure a Cattle Judging Fellowship to Redlands Community College and eventually to Oklahoma State University, where she not only earned her Masters, but also was a winner of the All-American Livestock Competition and a member of the National Champion Meat Animal Assessment Team.

Newell credits FFA for providing the foundation for her success. “The lessons learned through FFA activities have paved the way for me in many areas of life and as a student. I acquired skills in leadership, networking, communication, respect, time management and much more. Beyond the lessons learned, the friendships acquired are irreplaceable. Most of the connections gained through FFA are still from people I associate with today.

Many former members of the FFA can relate to this experience. FFA’s unique learning model, based on three main areas, has provided effective instruction since its inception in 1928. This combination of classroom instruction, supervised farm experience programs, and farm activities and competitions FFA’s student organizations strongly influenced Newell and led her to seek a profession that would allow her to impact other young students and their experiences in agriculture.

Newell led several SAE projects during his time at FFA and participated in many activities at all levels. She raised, sold and exhibited Angus cattle and goats. She also participated in public speaking competitions and cattle judgments. Her CAS and her activities were areas of agriculture that she was passionate about. She recommends that if a student is looking for an LES today, he or she should find “an LES that you are passionate about” because “without passion the project would not make so much sense.” For parents new to FFA and CAS, she thinks it’s important to “don’t get overwhelmed”. Her advice to parents of a new FFA member is to “find out what’s going on with the chapter and contact their FFA advisor.” Newell believes parents should support their students, no matter what area of ​​FFA they want to get involved in.

Newell has exhibited cattle across the country, but some of his best show moments have been at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Today, she has come full circle, from a wide-eyed young girl walking down the ramp with her first heifer calf to the behind-the-scenes show manager. Serving as the executive vice president of the Oklahoma Youth Expo allows him to interact with many FFA members across the state and provide them with opportunities.

One of his greatest joys is being able to watch students who have worked hard all year and then seeing their hard work pay off in the ring. “Standing in Grand Drive watching the students achieve their goals gives me goosebumps every time. “

From a small town girl in Oklahoma with a passion for farming to a successful leader of the world’s largest junior breeding show, some might say Newell lived a lovely life. But it is this passion that has driven her to set an example to other FFA members and continues to push her to exert an influence in agriculture today. Mulhall-Orlando FFA is proud to name Newell to its alumni roster and is excited to see how her influence will affect the next generation of FFA leaders in Oklahoma.