The Oklahoma Youth Expo will host an event open to all 4-H and FFA members of Oklahoma: the OYE Skillathon. Students will be competing for $10,000 in scholarship money, which will be divided amongst the top five individuals in three age categories: junior, intermediate and senior. Age brackets will mirror the OYE showmanship age brackets. 4-H and FFA members do not have to exhibit at the OYE to be eligible for the Skillathon.
The OYE Skillathon will be a written exam based on cumulative knowledge over the four livestock species shown at OYE: beef, swine, sheep and goats. In order to qualify to take the test, ALL students must have completed certification in YCQA or PQA.
Information for certifying in YCQA can be found here: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login
Information regarding PQA certification can be found here: https://www.pork.org/certifications/youth-pork-quality-assurance-plus/
These certifications should adequately prepare youth for the exams. Certification AND registration must be complete by March 1st in order to participate—no exceptions.
On Monday, March 16 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. a unique test will be administered for each age division. The written tests will be administered in the Barn 3 Sales Pavilion.
At 6:00 p.m., the top ten test scores for each division will be posted and a finals identification practicum will be administered at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn 3 Sales Pavilion.
Scholarships will be presented prior to the OYE Grand Drive on Thursday, March 19th in State Fair Arena. Winners must be wearing official dress for the presentation.
Once a 4-H or FFA member wins a division, they are not eligible to win that division again. Students do NOT have to show at OYE in order to participate. OYE reserves the right to disqualify any students. All decisions are final and no protests will be accepted. All tests are property of OYE and will not be taken from the testing site. No parents, agricultural instructors, or electronic devices including smart watches will be accepted or tolerated in the testing room.
1st: Weston Houck — $1,500
2nd: Braden Burns — $1,250
3rd: Reagan Stephens — $1,000
4th: Pace Mittelstaedt — $750
5th: Trey Roberts — $500
1st: Maysen Garrett — $1,500
2nd: Blake Janssen — $1,000
3rd: JacKelsey Dowdle — $750
4th: Karson Osborn — $500
5th: Wyatt Jensen — $250
1st: Amey Haymaker — $1200
2nd: McKenna Gay — $750
3rd: Claire Janssen — $500
4th: John Garrett — $350
5th: Maddison Wynd — $200