71st Annual Speech Contest
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 plaques and special recognition. Each contestant receives a certificate of participation. First, second and third place state contest winners receive plaques 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.
Thursday, Nov. 5th
Autry Tech Center, Enid
Tuesday, Nov. 10th
Tecumseh High School
Thursday, Nov. 12th
Tuesday, Nov. 17th
Lonestar School, Sapulpa
Thursday, Nov. 19th
Cache High School
State Finals will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015, at OSU-Stillwater, Classroom Building, Room 313. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 10 a.m.
Novice Division -- Students in grades 4, 5 and 6. Time Limit: 2-4 minutes.
Novice speakers may only compete in the AFR/OFU Category.
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.
Participants may speak on the history of American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, and its fight to support agriculture and rural families through legislation, cooperation and educational opportunities.
Participants may choose any current issues that deals with their student organization. Topics such as leadership, leadership training, personal development and growth, goal setting and team work, community activities, competitions, etc. Organizations should be limited to 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, TSA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Participants may choose any current issues such as soil, water, air, rural water, wildlife, forestry, aquaculture, conservation, recreation, recycling, energy, environmental issues, agronomy, etc.
Participants may choose any current issue that deals with topics such as cooperatives, value-added products, sales, service, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, commodities, futures, advertising, international trade, rural economic development, politics, animal rights/animal welfare etc.
Participants may choose any current issue that deals with topics such as biotechnology, biogenetics, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, farm safety, use of technology, research, embryo transfer, organic/conventional food production. Participants may also choose an animal science related topic dealing with dairy, equine, poultry, sheep, swine, beef, specialty animals, etc.
Speeches pertaining to Right to Farm may fit in several categories including AFR/OFU, Agribusiness and Agriscience.