AFTON – Two Afton FFA students, Tuff Johnson and Drew Wright, competed in the State Speech Contest held in Stillwater on the campus of Oklahoma State University on Saturday.

The Afton Board of Education discussed the contest in their monthly school board meeting Thursday.

The annual contest is the 72nd Speech Contest sponsored by the American Farmers & Ranchers. While competing in the contest, the top three category winners in each of the four divisions received awards and special recognition.

According to Afton FFA instructor Joe Wright, both students placed second in their divisions at the state competition. Johnson was in the Senior Student Organizations Division where he discussed the FFA Organization. Wright was in the Senior AFR Division and discussed the American Farmers & Ranchers.

Wright said he was very proud of his students for placing second in the State Speech Contest. He said they will both receive a $250 cash scholarship and a plaque.

In other high school news, principal O. Jay Bowen reported that Student Council coordinated the Veterans Day celebration and said it was a huge success. FCCLA students held a blood drive on Nov. 30 and they attended the National Cluster Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Career Tech came and spoke to sophomore students about offerings for next year. The Outdoor Channel's Fishing University visited the school for an assembly discussing jobs in the outdoors. The episode will air at the first of next year.

In elementary news, principal Kim Johnson said the school's Christmas program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 in the high school gym.

In superintendent reports, superintendent Randy Gardner informed the board that he accompanied Mrs. Gardner at the National FCCLA Cluster Meeting at Denver, Colorado, on Nov. 5-7 and had a successful trip.

Gardner also discussed upcoming events in December, including the 29th Annual Coca-Cola Classic basketball tournament, which will be held on Dec. 5-10. The Afton boys will not be participating in the tournament this year since they were still in the football playoffs.

In building news, the new activity van is scheduled to be delivered this week. The elementary roof project is progressing nicely. Gardner then asked the board to be thinking about future facility improvements for Afton Schools.

The board held a public discussion concerning educational opportunities of any Indian student or group of Indian students in Afton Public Schools. There was no input.

The board also approved the vocational program contract for the 2016-2017 school year.

In other news, the board:

• approved adding an Interactive Club account within the activity fund accounts.

• approved the Foster Care Plan.

• approved the dates for the regular board meetings for 2017.