AFR Southeast District Speech Contest Winners Announced
The 2017 American Farmers & Ranchers Southeast District speech contest was held Nov. 2 in Wilburton, Okla.
The winners include:
AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Claycey Rowland, Silo; 2nd: Madison Walker, Red Oak; 3rd: Isabella Whitlock, Silo
AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Julie Coats, Konawa
AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Halle Rowland, Silo; 2nd: Haylee Lundry, Haworth; 3rd: Emily Farley, Haworth
AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Khord Vining, Silo; 2nd: Drew Hardaway, Battiest; 3rd: Serena Woodard, Canadian
Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Mollie Westfall, Canadian
Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Madeline Milks, Silo; 2nd: Aaron West, Calera; 3rd: Colby Doyle, Silo
Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Alisa Northcutt, Tishomingo; 2nd: Toby Carr, Silo; 3rd: RaeLeigh Northcutt, Silo
Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Preston Pratt, Silo; 2nd: Brett Forgy, Silo; 3rd: Kristian Thralls, Calera
Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Kylie Carrell, Haworth; 2nd: Dillon Whitlock, Silo; 3rd: Calley Martin, Byng
Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Andrea Martin, Byng; 2nd: Kendyl Eppler, Silo
Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Marilyn Rawls, Silo; 2nd: Hannah Maxwell, Talihina; 3rd: Jaxon Allen, Haworth
Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Krista Carroll, Tishomingo; 2nd: Rio Bonham, Madill; 3rd: Kalynn Williams, Latta
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. 2.
This year will mark the 73rd year of the AFR speech contests.
“We are proud to host a contest that highlights outstanding youth across Oklahoma,” said Micaela Danker, AFR Youth Programs Coordinator. “The fall speech contests proves 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 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 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.