Local students participate in AFR Central District Speech Contest

TECUMSEH – Several students recently placed in the Central District of America’s Farmers and Ranchers (AFR) Speech Contest held in Tecumseh.

From Edmond, Sophie brentlinger ranked # 1, Senior Ag Policy; Gianna Nichols placed second,Senior natural resources; Chance Kennedy ranked first, Junior Agri-Science; and Madison Whalen placed first, Senior Agribusiness.

From Harrah, Pretty Marshall ranked second, Junior Agri-Science category and Chrissie leaves ranked fourth in the Agri-Food Intermediate category.

Jolie Marshall, left, placed second in the Junior Agri-Science category in the American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Central District Speech Contest.  AFR President Scott Blubaugh is at right.  Not pictured is Harrah's competitor Chrissie Sheets.

From Normand, Bella seargent ranked second, Senior Agri-Science category, and Remington davis ranked fifth in the Senior Natural Resources category.

Bella Seargent, of Norman, is pictured with Scott Blubaugh, President of American Farmers & Ranchers.  Seargent recently placed second in the Senior Agri-Science category in the AFR Central District Speech Contest.  Remington Davis, not pictured, placed fifth in the Senior Natural Resources category.

From Wellston, Kolton Hunt placed first, Senior AFR; Liddy hunt classified second, Junior AFR; Shaley barnes ranked third, natural resources; and Emma hash ranked fourth, Junior Agri-Science category.

The students from Wellston who entered the recent AFR Central District Speech Contest were Kolton Hunt, Liddy Hunt and Shaley Barnes.  Emma Hash is not pictured.

This marks the 76th year of the statewide competition. 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, in Grades 4 through 12, are eligible to compete.

Nearly 500 students will participate in the AFR District Speech Contests this season, which will allow more than 160 finalists to advance to the state contest to be held Dec. 4 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. .

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