Wyandotte’s Dalton Leal – FFA Spotlight Presented by Oklahoma AgCredit Vinita

By Derrick Smith

The Future Farmers of America program is more than just farming and animals. It opens its students up to a variety of different programs. A couple of the programs are what caught Dalton Leal’s eye and made him interested in joining. 

“The welding and livestock judging are what got my attention,” he said. “They are what made me want to join. I am glad I did because I really enjoy it.”

Dalton is a senior at Wyandotte High School. He has been a part of FFA for five years. He says his favorite memory in the program is a joke he played on his Ag teacher. “We were driving down Main Street in Stillwater,” he said. “I threw a piece of pizza out the window toward our Ag teachers truck. It went through the window and hit him.”

The best FFA event for Dalton has been the Big Three. “It is a livestock judging competition in Stillwater that lasts for three days,” he said. “I have a great time and really enjoy going.”

While in FFA, Leal has shown goats and hogs. The animals are another reason that he enjoys the program. “I really like being around and taking care of the animals.”

Dalton says that if someone is thinking about joining FFA, be sure you are prepared. “Make sure you have a strong interest in agriculture,” he said. “While it is fun, it can be a lot of work too.”

Along with FFA, he is also a member of the school football team, where he plays right tackle on offense and defensive tackle on the defensive side of the ball. He also does powerlifting in the winter. 

After graduation, Leal has his plans narrowed down to two options. “I will either be going to college to play football or going to VO-Tech for welding.”