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4-H and FFA Youth to Compete for State Honors at 76th AFR State Speech Finals Saturday in Stillwater

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 05:32:57 EST

4-H and FFA Youth to Compete for State Honors at 76th AFR State Speech Finals Saturday in Stillwater American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) Cooperative will celebrate a legacy of support for Oklahoma youth with its AFR State Speech Contest Dec. 4 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater. This marks the 76th year of the contest.


Each year, the contest encourages young Oklahomans to hone their public speaking ability through district contests. This year, nearly 500 students competed throughout the state, resulting in more than 160 finalists advancing to the state level. At the state contest, the top three competitors in each category will receive cash awards.


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, Ag Advocacy and Policy, Agribusiness, Natural Resources, and AgriScience. All students, grades fourth through 12th, are eligible to compete.


“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 76th Annual AFR Speech Contest, which has a long-standing tradition of fostering professionalism and confidence in Oklahoma’s youth.”


The AFR 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 about the 2021 AFR Speech Contest, contact AFR Youth Coordinator Tailor Atkinson at (405)218-5566 or tailor.atkinson@afrmic.com.



   

 

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