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March 19, 2014
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Nevada County Speech Tournament winners announced (video)

Sixty-five of the top oration students from 15 local public and private schools recently competed in the Nevada County Speech Tournament coordinated by the Superintendent of Schools office and sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, Rotary Club of Grass Valley and the Nevada Theatre.

This year’s speech topic was “My One Wish for America”

The semifinals competition, for students in grades four through eight, was held on March 6 at Calvary Bible Church and was conducted in a “round-robin” fashion with business members from the community serving as judges. The speeches were evaluated on content and delivery, with a time limit of no less than two minutes and no more than three and a half minutes.

The student finalists presented their speeches during an evening program Tuesday at the Nevada Theatre to an audience containing a panel of judges from local toastmaster groups.

Holly Hermansen, Nevada County superintendent of schools; Anita Daniels, vice president, branch manager of Tri Counties Bank; and Steve Spiller, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley presented trophies and gift certificates for the Book Seller to the winners.

The 2014 Speech Tournament winners are as follows:

Fourth grade

1st place — Jackson Witt - Deer Creek School

2nd place — Ana Hamilton - Cottage Hill School

3rd place — Rowan Muir - Grass Valley Charter

Fifth grade:

1st place — Riley Madigan - Seven Hills School

2nd place — Madison Meilinger - Cottage Hill School

3rd place — Sarah Hunter - Seven Hills School

Sixth Grade

1st place — Jacob Trembley - Seven Hills School

2nd place — Lexie Madigan - Seven Hills School

3rd place — Brekyn Vasquez - Magnolia School

Seventh grade

1st place — Monica Kittle - Seven Hills School

2nd place — Leah Ellis - Seven Hills School

3rd place — Niles Lozano - Grass Valley Charter

Eighth grade:

1st place — Bonnie Brown - Seven Hills School

2nd place — Sam Nichols - Magnolia

3rd place — Kylee Dresbach-Hill - Mt. St. Mary’s Academy

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