Seven high school students were honored here this week as recipients of this year's Gordon Richards FFA Awards.

Seven high school students were honored here this week as recipients of this year's Gordon Richards FFA Awards.

Prior to being presented their awards, the honorees, family members and others heard Chris Clark discuss what he described as three seeds which are important in life.

Clark is president of Arvest Bank in Shawnee and over the locations in Shawnee and in Ada.

He talked about character, commitment and communication and how essential those are in one's life.

The seven include: Kendra Burch, Shawnee FFA; DaLacy Dockrey, Dale FFA; Rebecca Quarrels, Macomb FFA; Steven Larimore, Bethel FFA; Brittany Deardorff, McLoud FFA; Lacie Underwood, Tecumseh FFA; and Dusty Kiser, Wanette FFA.


Kendra Burch, daughter of Todd and Shelli Burch, is a sophomore at Shawnee High School. She previously attended North Rock Creek School for 10 years.

This is her second year in FFA. She is currently serving as her chapter's Vice-President. Her Supervised Agriculture Experience includes showing sheep, prepared public speaking and Agriscience projects.

This past year Burch was the chairman of the Project Hope toy drive that was hosted by the Shawnee FFA. She attended FFA Alumni Camp last summer and is currently conducting an Agriscience Research Project with plans of competing at the State FFA Agriscience competition. Burch won the Sophomore FFA Creed this past year at the Shawnee PI group competition and was the President of the Opening/Closing Ceremony Contest team that finished in the top five at the Shawnee PI contest.

In addition to FFA, Burch is a member of the Shawnee High School varsity cheer squad, FCA, is active in her church youth group and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Upon graduation from high school, she plans to attend college and major in pre-pharmacy. She enjoys working with other students and excels in her leadership qualities.


DaLacy Dockrey is a junior at Dale High School and serves as the Dale FFA Secretary. Her agricultural experience involves showing pigs and competing in speech competitions.

She serves in leadership positions for the Dale Student Council, FCA, Book Club, Oklahoma 4-H Ambassador Team, and is active in her church's youth group. She plays for the Dale Lady Pirates softball team and is a two time state champion. Academically, she maintains above a 4.0 grade average through advance placement classes.


Rebecca Quarrels is a junior at Macomb High School. Her parents are Tim Quarrels and April Ragland.

She's been involved in the FFA for three years. She's gone to numerous livestock judging competitions, and speech contests. She says her passion, however, is showing pigs.

She's been showing pigs since she was 11 years old, and says she has learned a lot of valuable life skills over this period. Upon completing high school, she plans to pursue either a career in Agricultural education or a career in the field of veterinary medicine.


Lacie Underwood is currently a senior at Tecumseh High School. She is the daughter of Tim and Robin Underwood. She also had a sister, Lindsey Underwood, who was active in the Tecumseh FFA program and received the Richard's Drug Award. She has been an active member in FFA for five years and has held chapter offices for three years. Underwood is currently the chapter President.

She was awarded the Star Greenhand Award her freshman year. She has attended the state and national FFA conventions. Underwood has also represented the Tecumseh FFA Chapter at the Central District COLT Conference as President of the Opening Ceremonies her Junior Year. She has attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. , Chapter Officer Leadership Training, Made for Excellence, Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp, AFR Leadership Summit, and the Oklahoma Pork Council Youth Leadership Camp.

Underwood has participated in the local food drive and helped with the United Way Days of Caring and Faith Christian Outreach Bikes for Kids. She has shown livestock since she was nine years old at the local, state, and national levels. She has sold two gilts at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. She has also been raising and showing a few of her own show pigs. Three years ago, she began exhibiting cattle.

Underwood is a member of the Tecumseh FFA Livestock judging team. The team has competed at the Pottawatomie County fair, placing first in 2013. She was also third high individual. Throughout the past five years she has also competed in various speech contests.

She is a member of the National and Oklahoma Honor Society and on the Superintendents Honor Roll.

Underwood is currently ranked 10th in her class of 133 students and holds a 3.93 grade point average. Following graduation from Tecumseh High School, she plans to pursue a degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University. She then plans to attend Parkers University to obtain a doctorate in Chiropractic.


Steven Larimore is the Richard's Drug Award recipient for the Bethel FFA chapter. He has been a Bethel FFA member for the last five years. He is currently a high school senior and will graduate in May.

His SAE has included raising cattle, hogs, poultry (chickens, turkey and quail) and he has exhibited both sheep and hogs at the Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show. Another large part of his Supervised Agricultural Experience project includes operating a butcher shop with his parents.

While in FFA Larimore has attended several leadership conferences and conventions along with participating in various Career Development Event contests that include but not limited to land judging and farm shop. He has also served as the Bethel FFA Chapter Treasurer and will also be receiving his Eagle Scout this spring.


Brittany Deardorff is the daughter of Bobby and Shelly Deardorff of McLoud. She is currently serving as McLoud FFA Secretary. She is a member of the chapter livestock judging team and has attended state and national conventions and numerous leader conferences throughout the district and state.

Brittany is a junior in high school and has received the FFA academic award for grade point. Her SAE project consists of swine and sheep. After graduation she plans to attend college and enter the field of education.


Dusty Kiser has attended Wanette Public School for 12 years. She has been showing pigs with the Wanette FFA Chapter for three years. She has also been an active FFA Officer for four years.

She served as Secretary, Chaplain and Reporter. After high school Kiser is going to England for the summer so that she can see a broader view of the world. After she returns she will be attending Seminole State College where she plans on getting a degree in business so that she can one day work for a company as an event planner.