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Winners Crowned in 2012 AFR State Speech Contest

Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:47:08 CST

Winners Crowned in 2012 AFR State Speech Contest

American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) concluded its 68th annual AFR Fall Speech Contest series with the state competition in Stillwater, Dec. 1. More than 150 finalists from across Oklahoma showcased their public speaking skills for a chance to win at the state level.

The fall speech contest series is divided into five AFR district competitions, giving youth in every part of the state an opportunity to participate. This year, more than 500 youth statewide competed to advance to the state level. At each district contest, students grades 4-12 competed in five categories-American Farmers & Ranchers, Natural Resources, Student Organizations, Agribusiness and Agriscience. Competitors in this year’s contest wrote speeches based on the theme “I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture.”   

“AFR and its sister organization, Oklahoma Farmers Union, provide Oklahoma youth many opportunities to develop into the leaders of tomorrow,” said AFR President Terry Detrick. “It is an honor to support and encourage our state’s young people as they gain confidence and skill through such activities as the AFR speech contest.”

The AFR speech contest is just one of several AFR Youth Program traditions. In addition, AFR also offers a poster contest, a summer youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, livestock handling and skills contests, livestock judging and grading competitions, and many other leadership opportunities. For more information on the AFR fall speech contest or other AFR youth events, contact AFR Youth & Education Coordinator Lin Fariss at (405)218-5561 or lfariss@afrmic.com.

The 2012 AFR State Speech Contest winners are:

American Farmers & Ranchers
1st Place - Seth Jackson, Bethel
2nd Place - Emily Kennedy, Edmond
3rd Place - Victoria Gerken, Kingfisher

1st Place - Madelyn Gerken, Kingfisher
2nd Place - Kohl Murray, Perkins-Tryon
3rd Place - Hailea Hooton, Stillwater

1st Place - Sydnee Gerken, Kingfisher
2nd Place - Paige Garza, Yukon
3rd Place - Sarah Gruntmeir, Kingfisher

1st Place - Maegan Yost, Kingfisher
2nd Place - Alli Siler, Fairview
3rd Place - Sophie Gibson, Edmond

Student Organizations
1st Place - Brenna Flanary, Fairview
2nd Place - Lexi Alig, Kingfisher
3rd Place - Alyssa Snow, Lawton

1st Place - Macy Cothran, Tishomingo
2nd Place - Lane Holt, Kingfisher
3rd Place - Bryce Thralls, Calera

1st Place - Skylar Vogle, Perkins-Tryon
2nd Place - Cody Asche, Okarche
3rd Place - Elaina Jackson, Calera

Natural Resources     
1st Place - Victoria Swedelson, Calera
2nd Place - Abigail Anderson, Ringwood
3rd Place - Bayli Hyde, Burlington

1st Place - Vivienne Hasenback, Elgin
2nd Place - Beth Hallum, Lone Grove
3rd Place - Kase Doner, Konawa

1st Place - Savannah Godwin, Elgin
2nd Place - K.C. Barnes, Porter
3rd Place - Gatlin Squires, Kingfisher

1st Place - Anna Crosswhite, Kingfisher
2nd Place - Rylee Detrick, Ringwood
3rd Place - Kade Squires, Carnegie

1st Place - Kelby Corbett, Elgin
2nd Place - Dustin Kunkel, Afton
3rd Place - Kalee Horn, Edmond

1st Place - Chance Imhoff, Prague
2nd Place - Katie Lippoldt, Kingfisher
3rd Place - Desiree Masterson, Spiro Agriscience

1st Place - Will Church, Fairview
2nd Place - Katie Ashton, Elgin
3rd Place - Taylor Chapman, Kingfisher

1st Place - Brecken Horton, Spiro
2nd Place - Micah Mueggenborg, Kingfisher
3rd Place - Cale Jahn, Elgin

1st Place - Bradley Burchfield, Madill
2nd Place - Ryan Neal, Elgin
3rd Place - Hannah Cummins, Elgin

Tournament of Champions
(For Past 1st Place Competitors)
1st Place - Tyler Schnaithman, Garber



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