Oklahoma Youth Top Poster Contest

AFR Youth Program
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OKLAHOMA CITY—More than 2,000 students statewide competed in the 2023 American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Cooperative Poster Contest. Participation is limited to Oklahoma elementary students in 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.

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 “Plant and Grow.”

“We are proud to sponsor a contest that educates and encourages creativity in our state’s youth,” said AFR Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “Agriculture is an incredibly important part of Oklahoma’s history and Oklahoma today. We are pleased to provide an opportunity for families to learn about it.”

The 2023 AFR Poster Contest Top 5 Division I:

First Place: Liliana Lopez, Prather Brown

Second Place: Hailey Robert, Garber

Third Place: Sofia Arana, Chisholm

Fourth Place: Marlee Williams, Prather Brown

Fifth Place: Aislee Collom, Prather Brown

The 2023 AFR Poster Contest Top 5 Division II:

First Place: Angel Rubio, Prather Brown

Second Place: Laya Woodring, Hinton

Third Place: Stella McKee, Chisholm

Fourth Place: Hadli Patterson, Cherokee

Fifth Place: Oziel Castaneda, Prather Brown

The 2023 AFR Poster Contest Top 10 Finalist:

Elizabeth Collins, Wellston

Bentley Wano, Tonkawa

Paisley Groves, Washington

Stephany Martinez, Pioneer Pleasant Vale

Leigha Cervantes, Prather Brown

Melody Macario, William R Teague

Rylen Ging, Cimarron

Jaden Chavez, Carnegie

Rosie Rilmelo, Garfield

Tucker Treadwell Jacobs, Frederick


The poster contest is just one of several AFR 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.