74th Annual Speech Contest – Northwest District
The 2018 American Farmers & Ranchers Northwest District speech contest was held Nov. 13 in Enid, Okla.
The winners include:
AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Kord Campbell, Jet; 2nd: Hadley Ott, Lomega; 3rd: Adam Anderson, Ringwood
AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Alec Anderson, Ringwood; 2nd: Kole Campbell, Jet; 3rd: Emma Stover, Okarche
AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Stran Wagner, Boise City
AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Peyton Burns, Kingfisher; 2nd: Tate Ott, Lomega
Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Alli Themer, Kingfisher; 2nd: Madi Myers, Lomega; 3rd: Sarah Simons, Morrison
Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Cora Taylor, Kingfisher; 2nd: James Perdue, Kingfisher; 3rd: Kale Campbell, Jet
Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Bree Kisling, Chisholm; 2nd: Victoria Gerken, Kingfisher; 3rd: Lane Dobrovolny, Kingfisher
Agribusiness Junior: 1st: Ivy Hartman, Kingfisher; 2nd: Gentry Taylor, Kingfisher
Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Katon Lunsford, Kingfisher; 2nd: Alexa Anderson, Ringwood; 3rd: Cati Pendergraph, Fairview
Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Weston Church, Fairview; 2nd: Reagan Detrick, Ringwood; 3rd: Emma Detrick, Ringwood
Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Kelby Ott, Lomega; 2nd: Sara Brashears, Fairview; 3rd: Rylee Glazier, Lomega
Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Ally Newman, Ringwood; 2nd: Katy Brashears, Fairview; 3rd: Loren Smith, Kingfisher
Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Cade Jenlink, Timberlake; 2nd: Jentry Squires, Kingfisher; 3rd: Koda Oller, Garber
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.