Each fall, AFR/OFU Cooperative holds its Annual AFR Speech Contest at five district locations across the state, in the month of November.

All students in grades 4th – 12th are eligible to compete in their respective categories to enhance their public speaking skills. The contests are open to AFR members and non-members.

“Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills youth can gain for their future professional careers,” Scott Blubaugh, AFR/OFU Cooperative President, said. “We are honored to host the 75th Annual AFR Speech Contests, which have a long-standing tradition of fostering Oklahoma youth’s expertise in public speaking.”

The top three participants placing in their respective speaking category and age division at each district contest will receive an award. The first and second place winners in each category will advance to the State Speech Contest, which will be held on Saturday, December 7, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

This year, changes have been made in regard to time requirements and speaking categories. The time requirements for the Intermediate and Senior Divisions have been changed to correlate with the Oklahoma FFA public speaking guideline (6-8 minutes). Novice and Junior Divisions time requirements will remain the same as previous years.

The Science and Natural Resources speaking category has been separated into two separate categories. Junior Division speakers can speak in either the AFR/OFU or the Science category only. Listed below are the contest dates and locations for the 2019 AFR Speech Contests.

Central – Thursday, November 7th at Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh

Northeast – Tuesday, November 12th at Lone Star School, Sapulpa

Southeast – Thursday, November 14th at Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton

Southwest – Monday, November 18th at Cache High School, Cache

Northwest – Thursday, November 21st at Autry Tech Center, Enid

All speakers must pre-register at least one week in advance of their district contest. For more information about the 2019 AFR Speech Contests, please visit our website www.afrcoop.org or contact Vanessa Wiebe at Vanessa.wiebe@afrmic.com or 405-218-5561.