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A record setting crowd cheered Darci Lynne Farmer Friday night as she was honored as the 2017 Citizen of the Year at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet inside the new Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center.

“It’s very exciting to me,” Darci said. “I am super excited about it. And I just feel so supported and loved by everyone here in Oklahoma and Edmond.”

The seventh grade Deer Creek student, who won season 12 of the CBS show America’s Got Talent, dazzled the crowd as she performed her ventriloquist act with her puppet, Petunia, and flawlessly sang “O Mio Babbino Caro,” a soprano aria from the opera Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini.

Darci said her life is different since winning the title, but in a good way. She is able to share with her community and at performance engagements. Darci said she encourages other youth to follow their heart if they aspire to fulfill their talents.

“I was the Citizen of the Year,” Darci said to Petunia while entertaining the approximate 480 banquet attendants as a ventriloquist.

“I thought I was Citizen of the Year,” Petunia said. “What do you mean? Oh dear, did they get it wrong?”

Darci thanked Edmond and Deer Creek for encouraging and believing in her.

Darci’s parents are Misty and Clarke Farmer. Misty said she couldn’t be more proud of her daughter. Darci has three brothers: Nick, 20; Dalton, 18; and Nate, 9. Her coach is Gary Owen.

Farmer was awarded the $1 million grand prize and a chance to headline her own Las Vegas show, after outperforming the other contenders and after 52 million votes had been cast during the largest voting frenzy ever on America’s Got Talent.

A self taught ventriloquist,
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Darci started at the age of 10, three short years ago. Her mother, Misty, is a great singer herself her daughter said and taught her to sing when Darci was six. Hancuff said Price helped the Edmond Fine Arts Institute grow from the original 800 sq. ft. to the art center’s 8,000 sq. ft. today.

“I have seen Shannon grow from a very, very part time art teacher at the Fine Arts Institute to the executive director,” Hancuff said.

Price said a lot of the women who have been past Woman of the Year have been her mentors. She started working at arts institute in 1994.

“The company came out of the Francis Tuttle Think Tank,” Slusarchuk said.

Not only his career path performance but also his military career made him stand out, said Leslie Buford with the OU Medical Center.


Michael Buoy was chosen Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Mercy. Buoy is the broker owner of Bonanza Real Estate Auction.

“I enjoy being able to connect with other people. The company’s motto, ‘We’re here to SERVE’ describes the one stop shop real estate company by offering residential, commercial, construction, auction and property management services,” Buoy said.

“Baggerley started in1907 to help honor people’s lives and celebrate them in meaningful ways,” Boydstun said. “Being in Leadership Edmond helped me get a different perspective on leadership. Being involved in the chamber helps you connect and be involved.”

He said the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is a great way to grow himself as a person, and it reminds him of all the different ways to be involved, be plugged in,
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and to serve.

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