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Eighty-one students from 15 local public and private schools competed earlier this month in the countywide speech tournament held over a two-day period.

Semifinals were held March 10 at Calvary Bible Church, with the speech finals on March 21 at the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School. This year’s speech topic was “My Favorite Place in Nevada County.”

Competition was conducted in a round-robin fashion, with students in grades four through eight giving their speeches three times to three separate judges. Semifinalists gave their speeches to a new group of judges that determined the top three finalists.



The winners of the 2005 Speech Tournament are:

Fourth grade: First place, Hannah Liserra, Mount St. Mary’s; second place, Raime Robertshaw, Deer Creek; third place, Kirsten Williams, Deer Creek.




Fifth grade: First place, Jennifer Meylor, Cottage Hill School; second place, Stefan Stackhouse, Deer Creek; third place, Sierra Bell, Deer Creek.

Sixth grade: First place, Bryanna Lloyd, Nevada City Home Study Charter; second place, Annie Creasey, Mount St. Mary’s; third place, Maddisson Easley, Seven Hills School.

Seventh grade: First place, Sadie Weinberger, Seven Hills; second place, Camille Lake, Mount St. Mary’s; third place, Jason McCreery, Mount St. Mary’s.

Eighth grade: First place, Hannah Limov, Seven Hills; second place, Kirsten Waters, Magnolia; third place, Liz Carlton, Seven Hills.

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On April 23, the fifth annual Bicycle Day at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento will take place. The day consists of a raffle of student-rehabilitated bicycles. On-site bicycle maintenance will be provided for the guests of Loaves and Fishes.

In preparation, the Bicycle Recycle Project at Seven Hills School in Nevada County is offering a basic refresher mechanics class for students, parents and any other volunteers who are planning to come to Loaves and Fishes to help distribute bicycles. Steve Davis, Bicycle Recycle Project director, will help lead the class. The class is April 9 at 9 a.m. For additional information, contact Steve Davis at 470-1641.

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Got local education news? Contact David Mirhadi at davidm@theunion. com or 477-4229.


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