The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 14, 2013

Light attends annual leadership summit


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Lakan Light, of Enid and a Kremlin-Hillsdale High School student, attended the American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) 2013 Senior Leadership Summit this summer.

The annual retreat develops leadership skills to help prepare high school students for their future educational and professional lives. Attendees learn such skills as setting and achieving short- and long-term goals and working in teams. They also learn the value of personal responsibility, respect for their peers and other positive attributes. The theme for this year’s Summit was “Lead by Example.” Attendees were encouraged to become involved in their communities and in the lives of others through team-building and cooperation exercises.

“The AFR/OFU Leadership Summit is an excellent way for the youth of Oklahoma to learn skills that will benefit them in their futures,” said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick.

Each year, the AFR/OFU Youth Advisory Council is selected at Senior Leadership Summit. All summit attendees are included in the selection process to exhibit the importance of involvement in government and civic processes. The council, consisting of five junior or senior high schools students, participates in agriculture-based service projects throughout the year and assists in planning many AFR/OFU Youth Program activities. They also facilitate AFR/OFU events and act as mentors for younger Oklahoma youth. Members of the 2013-2014 AFR/OFU Youth Advisory Council members are Bethany Harder, Battiest; Megan DeVuyst, Morrison; Brooks McKinney, Spiro; Brady Womack, Morris; and Ryan Danker, Wellston.

Previous year’s council members play an integral role in Senior Leadership Summit as their last service project. Members of the 2012-13 council that acted as facilitators and mentors for the 2013 summit were Taylor Green, Wellston; Gatlin Squires, Kingfisher; Whitney Wilkinson, Cement; Desiree Masterson, Spiro; and Chance Imhoff, Prague.