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73rd Annual Speech Contest

General Information

This popular event is held in the fall of each year and is available to members and non-members. Students in grades 4-12 compete in their respective category at District contests held around the state. First and second place winners in each of the categories advance to the State Speech Contest held in Stillwater on the campus of Oklahoma State University.

While competing in the contest, the top three category winners in each of the four divisions receive awards and special recognition. First, second and third place state contest winners receive awards and cash scholarships.

All District Contest registrations will begin at 4 p.m. and the contest briefing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Judges and speakers will then disperse to assigned classrooms for competition. Immediately following competition, a meal will be served. Awards, special recognition and final comments will conclude the contest.

Dates & Locations

November 2nd
Southeast District
Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton
November 7th
Southwest District
Cache High School, Cache
November 9th
Northwest District
Autry Tech Center, Enid
November 14th
Central District
Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh
November 16th
Northeast District
Lone Star School, Sapulpa
December 2nd
State Finals
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
2016 Speech Contest Winners

Divisions

Novice Division
Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 May only compete in the AFR/OFU category
Time Limit: 2-4 minutes
Junior Division
Students in grades 7 and 8
Time Limit: 4-6 minutes
Intermediate Division
Students in grades 9 and 10
Time Limit: 4-6 minutes
Senior Division
Students in grades 11 and 12
Time Limit: 4-6 minutes

Categories

NOTE: Changes have been made this year. A new category, Ag Advocacy & Policy, has been added to replace Student Organizations.

AMERICAN FARMERS & RANCHERS/OKLAHOMA FARMERS UNION

Participants may speak on the history or current activities of American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, and its fight to support agriculture and rural families through legislation, cooperation and educational opportunities.

SCIENCE & NATURAL RESOURCES

Participants may choose any current issues such as natural resource conservation, forestry, aquaculture, energy, environment, agronomy, biotechnology, genetics, engineering, farm safety, food production or any animal science related topic.

AGRIBUSINESS

Participants may choose any current issue that deals with any topic such as cooperatives, value- added products, sales, service, traditional/non-traditional entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, commodities, advertising, economic development, etc.

AG ADVOCACY & POLICY

Participants may speak on laws, regulations or legislation for any current agricultural issue. Participants may also choose any topic that deals with consumer awareness, literacy and advocacy programs, social media, food security, trade, climate change, animal rights/animal welfare, etc.