Purcell’s Anoli Billy – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit

By Derrick Smith

If you ask any past or present member of the Future Farmers of America organization, they will all agree that the program is about more than just animals and agriculture. While those are two are a big part of the program, members have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of subjects.

Anoli Billy, a senior at Purcell High School, says that the FFA has helped her become a better public speaker.

“The FFA has increased my confidence in many aspects,” she said. “I have taken the speaking skills I have learned with me to many other aspects of my life. I have had the opportunity to serve as the Girls State Governor and Miss Indian Falls Creek, and I have been invited to speak at many other events on panels, thanks to the skills I have acquired in the FFA.”

Her brother, Nahinli, was a member of the program before Anoli and he encouraged her to join.

“I learned about all the leadership and agricultural opportunities from him and I knew I had to join. So I signed up during my freshman year.”

While being a part of the FFA, Anoli is also a member of the basketball and golf teams at Purcell. She also plays the traditional Native American sport of stickball.

Along with public speaking, Billy says that she has also learned a lot about many other things including, serving others.

“I have learned that the best thing you can do is to serve others no matter the capacity. I have learned that agriculture is much more than a farmer on a tractor and I have learned that leadership is more than a man or woman on stage.”

There have been a lot of great memories for Billy during her time in the FFA, but meeting a state official tops her list.

“One of my favorite FFA memories was when the Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur, visited my FFA chapter and spoke on the importance of agriculture, leadership, and what it means to wear the blue corduroy jacket,” she stated. “I have enjoyed attending State FFA Convention and this year I am excited to be attending the entire convention. In the past, I have only been able to attend one day because the golf state tournament has conflicted with state convention.”