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County students take speech contest honors

Eileen JoyceErin Jamison of Deer Creek School gives her prize-winning speech on her opera singer brother, Connor, on March 26.
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Seventy of the top Nevada County oration students recently competed in the countywide speech tournament held over a two-day period.

Semifinals were held on March 2 at the Calvary Bible Church, with the awards banquet and speech finals on March 26 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.



This year’s speech topic was “The Arts or Artists: How They Have Influenced the World or You.”




The 2002 speech tournament winners and their subjects are:

Grade 4

— First place. Erin Jamison of Deer Creek School: Brother Connor, who sings opera.

— Second place. Eli Kirshbaum of Deer Creek School: Vincent van Gogh.

— Third place. Sophia Weight of Deer Creek School: The Beatles.

Grade 5

— First place. Colby McCarron of Cottage Hill School: Disabled artists.

— Second place. Kathleen Tobie of Deer Creek School: Authors.

— Third place. Joe Gillespie of Grass Valley Charter: Art.

Grade 6

— First place. Elizabeth Gregory of Magnolia School: Beethoven.

— Second place. Ryan Wells of Magnolia School: George Lucas.

— Third place. Caitlin Pfarr of Magnolia School: Vincent van Gogh.

Grade 7

— First place. Katherine Carlsberg of Pleasant Ridge Home School: Neighborhood Center of the Arts.

— Second place. Zena Brenner of Seven Hills School: Graffiti.

— Third place. Wesley Leonard of Lyman Gilmore School: Great artists.

Grade 8

— First place. Christina Tobie of Seven Hills School: Theater.

— Second place. Caitlin Avery of Magnolia School: Elvis.

— Third place. Jaime Flippin of Magnolia School: Music.

Judges were:

— Alexi Bonifield – Nevada County Arts Council.

— Chuck Coovert – vice president, Toastmasters; marketing/sales consultant.

— Penelope Curtis – executive director, Nevada County Arts Council.

— Paul Harrar – arts liaison, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools.

— Kathy Hillis – owner, Mountain Pastimes.

— Jim Kerr – news anchor, KNCO radio.

— Dr. Win Rogers – educator, consultant.

— Ed Scofield – manager, Nevada County Fair.

— Mary Ann Trygg – Nevada County Branch head librarian.

— Cathy Whittlesey – executive director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.

Presenting the awards were Gino Manfredi, senior vice president, Bank of America; and David Ropp, Exalted Ruler of the Grass Valley Elks Lodge No. 538.

Competition was conducted in a “round-robin” fashion, with students in each grade giving their speeches three times to three separate judges. This group of students was narrowed down to semifinalists who gave their speeches once more to a new panel of judges that determined the top three finalists.

The speeches were evaluated on content and delivery with a time limit of no less than two minutes and no more than 31/2 minutes. The student finalists gave their speeches at the evening program to the audience containing a panel of five judges.

The Grass Valley Elks Lodge served a complimentary meal to all in attendance. The winners were presented with awards consisting of a trophy and a $50 savings bond sponsored by the Bank of America and Grass Valley Elks Lodge.


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