Exceptional orators shine at district tourney
Sixty-four of the top oration students, grades four to eight, from 14 local public and private schools, recently competed in the countywide Speech Tournament. The tournament was coordinated by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and the Nevada Theatre Commission.
This year’s speech topic was “The Greatest Moment in History”.
The tournament was conducted in a “round-robin” fashion, with students reciting speeches three times, each time to a different judge. Three finalists from each grade were selected to proceed to the Speech Finals competition. 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 on March 12, held at the historic Nevada Theatre. The panel of judges consisted of representatives from local Toastmasters groups.
Awards were presented by Scott W. Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools; Katie Sapp, Tri Counties Bank Branch Manager; and Kris Stepanian, President of Rotary Club of Grass Valley.
The 2019 Speech Tournament winners are as follows:
1st Place: Whitney Parnow Deer Creek Elementary School
2nd Place : Talli Davis – Deer Creek Elementary School
3rd Place: Taylor Browning – Scotten School
1st Place: Grant LaCosse – Lyman Gilmore Middle School
2nd Place: Riley MacDonald – Grass Valley Charter School
3rd Place : Elsie Herzog – Grass Valley Charter School
1st Place: Arianna Drageset – Seven Hills Middle School
2nd Place : Morgan Parnow – Seven Hills Middle School
3rd Place: Jamie MacDonald – Mt. St. Mary Academy
1st Place: Ashlynne Browning – Lyman Gilmore
2nd Place: Amarah Cox – Lyman Gilmore
3rd Place: Aspen Kendrick Cisneros – Grass Valley Charter
1st Place : Elsie Luisetti – Seven Hills Middle School
2nd Place: Jocelyn McKinley – Magnolia Intermediate School
3rd Place: Emmaline Harms – Mt. St. Mary Academy
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