74th Annual Speech Contests Kicks Off With Northeast District


Oklahoma City, Okla. ­- The 2018 American Farmers & Ranchers Northeast District speech contest was held Nov. 1 in Sapulpa, Okla.

The winners include:

AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Jancie Cantrell, Dewey; 2nd: Dade DeLozier, Adair; 3rd: Danika Spaulding, Keys

AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Jack Taylor, Adair; 2nd: Lacey Laymon, Keys

AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Dax DeLozier, Adair; 2nd: Tanner Franklin, Porum; 3rd: Laine Forrest, Keys

AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Payton McGowin, Keys

Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Grace VanWagner, Cleveland; 2nd: Ellie Walls, Keys; 3rd: Braden Hopkins, Keys

Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Kadie Kellogg, Oologah; 2nd: Lillie Plane, Kiefer; 3rd: Averee Murray, Owasso

Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Carley Schroeder, Sequoyah; 2nd: Tanner Taylor, Adair; 3rd: Allie McCracken, Claremore

Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Blake Long, Adair; 2nd: Paige Kitterman, South Coffeyville

Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Madison Hutton, Owasso; 2nd: Emma Lewellen, Oologah; 3rd: Ryan Clark, Henryetta

Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Josie Heston, Olive 4-H; 2nd: Jaycie Gideon, Keys; 3rd: Sage Budde, Sequoyah

Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Rebekah Rake, Owasso; 2nd: Callie Moseley, Owasso; 3rd: Emily Dangott, Kiefer

Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Kayli Hasselbring, Owasso; 2nd: Madalynn Banks, Kellyville; 3rd: Lara Hays, Sequoyah

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.