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Annual Speech Tournament nets results from schools around Nevada County

The winners from the annual countywide Speech Tournament coordinated by the Superintendent of Schools Office. The final round of speeches were delivered March 24 at the Nevada Theatre.
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Sixty-six of the top oration students from 14 local public and private schools recently competed in the countywide Speech Tournament coordinated by the Nevada County 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 “Respect is …”

The semi-finals competition for students in grades four through eight took place March 12 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 24 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 Bob Long, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley presented trophies and gift certificates for the Book Seller to the winners.



The 2015 Speech Tournament winners are:

Fourth Grade:




1st Place — Andrew Tice-Raskin, Cottage Hill School

2nd Place — Jacy Clawson, Deer Creek School

3rd Place — Connor Drew, Deer Creek School

Fifth Grade:

1st Place — Ana Hamilton, Cottage Hill School

2nd Place — Rowan Muir, Grass Valley Charter

3rd Place — Jack O’Neill, Mount St. Mary’s Academy

Sixth Grade:

1st Place — Clara Luisetti, Seven Hills School

2nd Place — Calais Poirson, Seven Hills School

3rd Place — Ellie Wood, Mount St. Mary’s Academy

Seventh Grade:

1st Place — Bella O’Neill, Mount St. Mary’s Academy

2nd Place — Karlie McCracken, Seven Hills School

3rd Place — Hazel Kyle, Grass Valley Charter

Eighth Grade:

1st Place — Lauren Yantis, Seven Hills School

2nd Place — Katrina Ecke, Magnolia School

3rd Place — Natalie Webster, Magnolia School


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