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County students stand out in speech tournament


Fifty-eight of the top oration students from 11 local public and private schools recently competed in the countywide Speech Tournament last week 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 “Courage is …”

The semifinals competition for students in grades four through eight took place March 7 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 at an evening program March 18 in 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 Tim McCall, president of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley presented trophies and gift certificates for the Book Seller to the winners.

The 2013 Speech Tournament winners are as follows:

Fourth grade:

First place Evelyn Grandfield - Deer Creek School

Second place Clara Luisetti - Deer Creek School

Third place Connor McGehee - Cottage Hill School

Fifth grade:

First place Jacob Trembley - Seven Hills School

Second place Eva Zlimen - Seven Hills School

Third place Bella O’Neill - Mt. St. Mary’s Academy

Sixth grade:

First place Katrina Ecke - Magnolia

Second place Natalie Webster - Magnolia

Third place Halle Neumann - Chicago Park

Seventh grade:

First place Bonnie Brown - Seven Hills School

Second place Anna O’Neill - Mt. St. Mary’s Academy

Third place Sam Nichols - Magnolia

Eighth grade:

First place Leo Zlimen - Seven Hills School

Second place Grace Sanders - Forest Charter

Third place Hanna Breeding - Forest Charter


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