AFR/OFU Promotes Creativity in Oklahoma Youth with Poster ContestWed, 26 Feb 2014 14:39:55 CST
American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) hosted the organization's annual poster contest earlier this year. Each year, the AFR/OFU Youth Program captures the creativity of students across the state through the themed poster contest. This year, more than 2,000 students statewide competed in the contest.
Through agriculture-based themes, the annual contest allows educators to promote agriculture and to introduce aspects of the industry to students and parents alike. This year's theme was "I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture." Students were encouraged to illustrate what agriculture meant to them or why they believed in agriculture in Oklahoma.
"We are proud to sponsor a contest that not only educates, but also encourages creativity among our state's young people," said AFR/OFU President Terry Detrick. "Agriculture is important to Oklahoma for many reasons, and we are pleased to provide an opportunity for families to learn about it. "It is exciting to think more than 2,000 young people sat at their family's kitchen table and illustrated their vision and understanding of Oklahoma agriculture and where their food comes from."
The contest consists of two age divisions-Division I for students in grades 1-2 and Division II for students in grades 3-4. The top five posters in each division received cash awards. AFR/OFU recognized these top five winners at the organization's 109th state convention in Norman Feb. 22.
Division I winners were Lucas Stanley, Maryetta Elementary in Stillwell, first place; Alaina Warford, Little Bears Homeschool, second place; Jania Smith, Lindbergh Elementary in Tulsa, third place; Austin Crawley, Wellston Elementary, fourth place; and Kevin Barrer, Prather Brown Elementary in Frederick, fifth place.
Division II winners were Heaven Pahsetopah, Lone Star Elementary in Sapulpa, first place; Janessa Chastain, Maryetta Elementary, second place; Cory Keasler, Frederick Elementary, third place; Talib Mink, Maryetta Elementary, fourth place; and Kylie Warford, Little Bears Elementary, fifth place.
The poster contest is just one of several AFR/OFU Youth Program traditions. In addition, the organization also offers a speech contest series, 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 poster contest or other organization youth events, contact AFR/OFU Youth & Education Coordinator Nikki Slagell at (405)218-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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