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AFR Central District Speech Contest Winners Announced

The 2017 American Farmers & Ranchers Central District speech contest was held Nov. 14 in Tecumseh, Okla.


The winners include:

AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Taryn McCaa, Elmore City-Pernell; 2nd: Lawson Hunt, Wellston; 3rd: Chance Kennedy, Edmond

AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Chloe Kelsey, Tecumseh; 2nd: Kolton Hunt, Wellston; 3rd: Haleigh Ohl, Carney

AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Bailee Collins, Elmore City-Pernell; 2nd: Addison Hunt, Wellston; 3rd: Hillary Hill, Turner

AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Maggie Thompson, Elmore City-Pernell; 2nd: Kabrin Martin, Harrah; 3rd: Hunter Mckinnon, Lone Grove

Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Rachel Roof, Elmore City-Pernell; 2nd: Taylor McConnell, Wellston; 3rd: Logan Barber, Elmore City-Pernell

Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Lexie Evers, Edmond; 2nd: Lexi Malaske, Harrah; 3rd: Gracie Carpenter, Edmond

Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Jessica Kenville, Edmond; 2nd: Hannah Williams, Elmore City-Pernell; 3rd: Hadley Griffith, Dale

Agribusiness Junior: 1st: Gage Dellin, Elmore City-Pernell; 2nd: Lillie Blubaugh, Carney

Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Gracie Price, Edmond; 2nd: Jacob Nunley, Tecumseh; 3rd: Alayna Thackerson, Edmond

Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Austin Sack, Tecumseh; 2nd: Seth McCaa, Elmore City-Pernell; 3rd: Parker Terrell, Prague

Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Piper Turner, Edmond; 2nd: Adam Sack, Tecumseh; 3rd: Keegan Carrera, Shawnee

Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Emily Kennedy, Edmond; 2nd: Paige Nagy, Wellston; 3rd: Seth Jackson, Bethel


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.