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AFR Northeast District Speech Contest Winners Announced

The 2017 American Farmers & Ranchers Northeast District speech contest was held Nov. 16 in Sapulpa, Okla.


The winners include:

AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Jaycee Gideon, Keys; 2nd: Sophia Serebro, Keys; 3rd: Teagan Neal, Sapulpa

AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Hayden Thomas, Keys; 2nd: Dax DeLozier, Adair; 3rd: Gabriel Burney, Keys

AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Alex Snodgrass, South Coffeyville; 2nd: Elijah Ryan, South Coffeyville

AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Tuff Johnson, Afton; 2nd: Payton McGowin, Keys

Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Blake Long, Adair; 2nd: Lillie Plane, Kiefer; 3rd: Blakelee Pugh, Gore

Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Katie Kellogg, Oologah; 2nd: Dalton Rogers, Owasso; 3rd: Kayli Hasselbring, Owasso

Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Taylor Randall, Cleveland; 2nd: Cade Leonard, Sequoyah; 3rd: Morgan Valliere, Foyil

Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Taylor Bordenkircher, Owasso; 2nd: Jordyn Nowlin, Owasso; 3rd: Anabeth Livingston, Owasso

Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Kenzie Cannaday, Adair; 2nd: Carley Schroeder, Sequoyah; 3rd: Gracie Norris, Oologah

Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Rebekah Rake, Owasso; 2nd: Brice Miggletto, Tahlequah

Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Mickaila Kelley, Vinita; 2nd: Abby Livingston, Owasso; 3rd: Averee Murray, Owasso

Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Aubrey Layton, Welch; 2nd: Aspen Hedges, Cleveland; 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 & 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 marks 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 Development 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.