74th Annual Speech Contest – Central District
The 2018 American Farmers & Ranchers Central District speech contest was held Nov. 15 in Tecumseh, Okla.
The winners include:
AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Chance Kennedy, Edmond; 2nd: Taryn McCaa, Elmore City-Pernell; 3rd: Kash Moser, Norman
AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Morley Griffith, Dale; 2nd: Kolton Hunt, Wellston; 3rd: Lawson Hunt, Wellston
AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Ethan Phillips, Tecumseh; 2nd: Emily Wendt, Tecumseh; 3rd: Anna Pratt, Tecumseh
AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Addison Hunt, Wellston; 2nd: Keegan Carrera, Shawnee; 3rd: Jessica Kenville, Edmond
Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Makayla Berg, Wellston; 2nd: Jessica Walker, Harrah
Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Lexie Evers, Edmond; 2nd: Emma Janes, Wellston; 3rd: Logan Barber, Elmore City-Pernell
Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Megan Johnson, Meeker; 2nd: Emily Kennedy, Edmond; 3rd: Emma Rich, Prague
Agribusiness Junior: 1st: Logan Bays, Wellston
Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Taylor McConnell, Wellston; 2nd: Gracie Price, Edmond; 3rd: Samuel Snider, Glencoe
Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Piper Turner, Edmond; 2nd: Kabrin Martin, Harrah; 3rd: Seth McCaa, Elmore City-Pernell
Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Georgia Griffeth, Cushing; 2nd: Chloe Kelsey, Tecumseh
Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Lexi Malaske, Harrah; 2nd: Adam Sack, Tecumseh; 3rd: Paisley Sturgill, Bethel
Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Lillie Snider, Glencoe; 2nd: Paige Nagy, Wellston; 3rd: Jacob Nunley, Tecumseh
The AFR Speech Contests consist of five district contests and a state contest. At each contest, students in grades 4-12 compete in one of four categories – American Farmers and Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, Science & Natural Resources, Agribusiness and Ag Advocacy & Policy. First and second place winners of each category will advance to the state speech contest to be held at Oklahoma State University on Dec. 1.
This year will mark the 74th year of the AFR speech contests.
“We are proud to host a contest that highlights outstanding youth across Oklahoma,” said Micaela Danker, AFR/OFU youth development coordinator. “The fall speech contests prove to be a successful event every year. It gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge about current issues and topics facing the agricultural industry as well as improve their public speaking skills.”
The AFR speech contests are just one of several ways for Oklahoma’s youth to become involved in AFR. Poster contests, summer youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contest, livestock judging and grading contests and many other leadership opportunities are available.
AFR/OFU had its beginning in 1905 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City. The organization is actively supportive of Oklahoma’s agricultural industry and rural population, and provides educational, legislative and youth leadership development programs across the state. AFR Insurance provides automobile, home, farm and life insurance with an emphasis on quality products and exceptional customer service. Available statewide, AFR Insurance is recognized as a leading domestic insurance carrier with 162 agencies serving communities throughout Oklahoma.
Photos of the winners will be posted to the AFR youth Facebook page.