Diedrich places second in AFR Central District Speech Contest | Community

TECUMSEH — Katy Diedrich, Marlow, placed second in her category in the American Farmers and Ranchers (AFR) Central District Speech Contest held in Tecumseh on November 4th. She competed in the Senior Ag Policy category.

This marks the statewide competition’s 76th year. The event has seen 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, agro-industry, natural resources and agro-science. All students, from grades 4 to 12, are eligible to compete.

Nearly 500 students will participate in the AFR District Speech Contests this season, which will see more than 160 finalists advance to the state contest held on December 4 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater.

“Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills young people can learn for their future careers,” said Scott Blubaugh, president of the AFR cooperative. “We are honored to host the 76th Annual AFR Speech Competition, which has a long tradition of promoting professionalism and confidence among Oklahoma youth. ”

The AFR Annual Speech Contest is just one of the many traditions of the AFR / OFU Youth Program. The organization also hosts a Youth Leadership Summit, statewide scholarships, cattle judging and grading competitions, and many other development opportunities. For more information on this competition or other AFR Youth Program projects, contact AFR Youth Development Coordinator, Tailor Atkinson at (405) 218-5566 or tailor.atkinson@afrmic.com.

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