78th Annual AFR State Speech Contest Challenges Oklahoma Youth

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STILLWATER—American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) wrapped up its annual fall speech contest series Saturday Dec. 2 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater.


This marks the 78th year of the statewide contest. The event has gone through many changes over the years but has always maintained its central agricultural theme. Varying by grade level, this year’s speech categories are AFR/OFU, Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness, Natural Resources, Extemporaneous and Agri-Science.


Nearly 500 students will compete in AFR district speech contests this fall, resulting in more than 160 finalists advancing to the state contest. At the state level, the top three competitors in each category receive cash awards.



Novice: 1st Jeryn Lundry, Haworth; 2nd Jamie Parson, Valliant; 3rd Kreed Campbell, Jet

Junior: 1st Brigham Bunt, Ringwood; 2nd Claire Stafford, Altus; 3rd Sutton Brown, Jenks

Intermediate: 1st Kaden James, Wellston; 2nd Attisyn Knight, Silo; 3rd Taylor Rose, Springer

Senior: 1st Leala Begley, Elgin; 2nd Dayla Connors, Silo; 3rd Claycey Rowland, Silo



Junior: 1st Lincoln Stafford, Altus, 2nd Jayln Lundry, Haworth; 3rd Fletcher Inman, Mulhall-Orlando

Intermediate: 1st Paxton Brown, Jenks; 2nd Paige Morris, Hydro-Eakly; 3rd Camila Carter, Perkins-Tryon

Senior: 1st Callen Veit, Morrison; 2nd Jacob Mannen, Fletcher; 3rd Gabby Cervantes, Dover



Intermediate: 1st Lilly Roush, Arapaho-Bulter; 2nd Claire Meyers, Lomega; 3rd Isabella Clay, Coweta

Senior: 1st Maci Flowers, Tecumseh; 2nd Madison Walker, Red Oak; 3rd Braden Hamilton, Durant


Natural Resources

Intermediate: 1st Luke Lundry, Haworth; 2nd Meredith Pye, Mtn. View Gotebo; 3rd Ben Eddy, Lone Grove

Senior: 1st Coy Davidson, Elgin; 2nd Aubrey Rakestraw, El Reno; 3rd Darla Fesmire, Oklahoma Union


Ag Policy

Intermediate: 1st Ellie Aldridge, Perkins-Tryon; 2nd Kinna Turner, Owasso; 3rd Emma Carter, Seiling

Senior: 1st Addyson Schneberger, Hydro-Eakly; 2nd Jocelyn James, Latta; 3rd Kate Meyers, Lomega



Senior: 1st Cooper Kline, North Rock Creek; 2nd Taylor Marrs, Tecumseh; 3rd Chance Kruger, Atoka


“Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills young people can gain for their future careers,” said AFR Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “We are honored to host the 78th Annual AFR Speech Contest, which has a long-standing tradition of fostering professionalism and confidence in Oklahoma’s youth.”


The AFR Annual Speech Contest is just one of many AFR Youth Program traditions. The organization also hosts a youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, livestock judging and grading competitions, and many other development opportunities. For more information on this contest or other AFR Youth Program projects, contact AFR Youth Development Coordinator Tailor Atkinson at (405)218-5566 or [email protected].


AFR Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR principles.