74th Annual Speech Contest in Southeast District


74th Annual Speech Contest – Southeast District

The 2018 American Farmers & Ranchers Southeast District speech contest was held Nov. 6 in Wilburton, Okla.


The winners include:

AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Kyleigh Eppler, Silo; 2nd: Isabella Whitlock, Silo; 3rd: Kale Brister, Silo

AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Gage Bradley, Silo; 2nd: Madison Walker, Red Oak; 3rd: Claycey Rowland, Silo

AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Hayley Lundry, Haworth; 2nd: Kendyl Eppler, Silo; 3rd: Jordan Jones, Haworth

AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Colt Crowson, Madill; 2nd: Cord McDonald, Silo; 3rd: Kaylan Plemmons, Battiest

Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Sam Whitlock, Silo; 2nd: Scotlynn Hatton, Vanoss; 3rd: Caleb Willoughby, Byng

Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Hayden Harper, Madill; 2nd: Mollie Westfall, Canadian; 3rd: Sydney Williams, Durant

Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Britt Duncan, Silo; 2nd: Jaycie Shelburne, Durant; 3rd: Natalee Richardson, Latta

Agribusiness Junior: 1st: Kayla Poling, Silo; 2nd: Carlee Harrington, Vanoss; 3rd: Raegan Reid, Silo

Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Halle Rowland, Silo; 2nd: Kristian Thralls, Calera; 3rd: Abby Inman, Byng

Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Kaycee Reeves, Latta; 2nd: Brett Forgy, Silo; 3rd: Calley Martin, Byng

Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Brooklyn Toney, Silo; 2nd: Lexi Nations, Silo; 3rd: Mary Alice Wise, Vanoss

Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Andrea Martin, Byng; 2nd: Preston Pratt, Silo; 3rd: Ashlynn Barnes, Byng

Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Rio Bonham, Madill; 2nd: Krista Carroll, Tishomingo; 3rd: Paxton Hutchings, Achille

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.