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AFR Southwest District Speech Contest Winners Announced

The 2017 American Farmers & Ranchers Southwest District speech contest was held Nov. 7 in Cache, Okla.


The winners include:

AFR/OFU Novice: 1st: Addyson Schneberger, Carnegie; 2nd: Gage McNeil, Elgin; 3rd: Brooklyn Beams, Yukon

AFR/OFU Junior: 1st: Mason Krey, Sterling

AFR/OFU Intermediate: 1st: Liberty Carson, Yukon; 2nd: Kelby Shumaker, Navajo; 3rd: Kevin Bridgewater, Snyder

AFR/OFU Senior: 1st: Tyler Wilkinson, Calumet, 2nd: Kolton Hurst, Navajo; 3rd: Casey Burnett, Blair

Science & Natural Resources Junior: 1st: Bailey Hatfield, Weatherford; 2nd: Payton Cole, Cache; 3rd: Luke Gallagher, Altus

Science & Natural Resources Intermediate: 1st: Tayten Lierle, Hydro-Eakly; 2nd: Landri Chaplin, Weatherford; 3rd: Clay Grossnicklaus, Chickasha

Science & Natural Resources Senior: 1st: Amy White, Tipton; 2nd: Angela Ramming, Hinton; 3rd: Allison Ragsdale, Tuttle

Agribusiness Junior: 1st: Renae Edgar, Snyder

Agribusiness Intermediate: 1st: Allie Dixon, Burns Flat-Dill City; 2nd: Sara Howard, Altus; 3rd: Brayden Smith, Navajo

Agribusiness Senior: 1st: Bailey Nunn, Apache; 2nd: Alison Moore, Hammon; 3rd: Dakota Ross, Cache

Ag Advocacy & Policy Junior: 1st: Karla McConnel, Calumet; 2nd: Wyatt Jensen, Altus; 3rd: Bailee Jackson, Union City

Ag Advocacy & Policy Intermediate: 1st: Madison Stephens, Weatherford; 2nd: Gunner McNeil, Elgin; 3rd: Ava Swanson, Cache

Ag Advocacy & Policy Senior: 1st: Alexis Woodford, Apache; 2nd: Dixie Boyce-Smith, Cheyenne; 3rd: Randi Lee Troglin, Mountain View-Gotebo


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.