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Youth briefs


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Any high school students interested in competing in a speakers’ contest sponsored by the local American Legion Post 130 should contact Commander Rudy Kutchar at 273-4706 for more information.

This oratorical contest started on a national level in 1938. Winners on the national level: first place is $18,000, first runner-up is $16,000 and second runner-up is $14,000.

The main purpose of the National High School Oratorical contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students.

Other objectives of the contest included the development of leadership qualities and the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently. There is a tape available on last year’s three winners at the national contest level.

Youth speakers are

honored at contest

The Nevada County Historical Society’s annual speech contest for area high school students on Nov. 21 produced Nevada Union High School Junior Senior Natalie Russell as the first-place winner.

Russell won with her speech, “Beer, bars, brawls and broads.”

Second place went to Brian Gardner, a senior at Nevada Union, for his speech, “The Lone Grave.” David Payne, a junior at Bear River High School, was in third place for his speech, “The Nevada County Fair.”

Runners up were Andrew Cox and Tyger Roy from Bear River High School and Nicole Jaggi from Nevada Union. In addition to cash prizes the contestants were given one year honorary memberships in the historical society.

– The Union staff

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