Annual Speech Tournament nets results from schools around Nevada County
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:
1st Place — Andrew Tice-Raskin, Cottage Hill School
2nd Place — Jacy Clawson, Deer Creek School
3rd Place — Connor Drew, Deer Creek School
1st Place — Ana Hamilton, Cottage Hill School
2nd Place — Rowan Muir, Grass Valley Charter
3rd Place — Jack O’Neill, Mount St. Mary’s Academy
1st Place — Clara Luisetti, Seven Hills School
2nd Place — Calais Poirson, Seven Hills School
3rd Place — Ellie Wood, Mount St. Mary’s Academy
1st Place — Bella O’Neill, Mount St. Mary’s Academy
2nd Place — Karlie McCracken, Seven Hills School
3rd Place — Hazel Kyle, Grass Valley Charter
1st Place — Lauren Yantis, Seven Hills School
2nd Place — Katrina Ecke, Magnolia School
3rd Place — Natalie Webster, Magnolia School
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