Schools participate in speech contests

Middle, elementary schools participate in speech contests
Posted on 12/02/2021
Burke County Public School’s recently held its annual middle and elementary school speech contests at the Old Rock School and awarded several students from around the county for their hard work. The categories for the middle school competition included Interpretative Poetry, Interpretative Prose, Original Oratory, Recited Oratory and Interpretive Duo. The categories for the elementary competition included Interpretative Poetry, Interpretative Prose, Original Composition and Notable Speeches. Students recited their speech in front of a panel of judges who then scored them on a predetermined rubric. After scores were finalized, each student was recognized at the awards ceremony and then first-, second- and third-place awards were announced. Each first-place winner had the option to deliver their speech again in front of the audience in the auditorium of the Old Rock School. Each category’s winners are as follows:

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Elementary School
Interpretative Poetry
1st place - Ella A. (Heritage)
2nd place - Emma R. (Table Rock)
3rd place - Madelyn H. (Heritage)

Interpretative Prose
1st place - Abigail G. (East Burke)
2nd place - Sydney S. (Liberty)
3rd place - Saylor W. (Heritage)

Original Oratory
1st place - Katherine H. (Heritage)
2nd place - Elliot W. (Liberty)
3rd place - Braxton K. (Heritage)

Recited Oratory
1st place - Lilah J. (Heritage)
2nd place - Jordan A. (East Burke)
3rd place - Maggie P. (Heritage)

Interpretive Duo
1st place - Lawson G. and Karson K. (Liberty)
2nd place - Emilee C. and Zoe R. (Heritage)
3rd place - Reagan W. and Marissa W. (Heritage)

Notable Speeches
1st place - Jonathan T. (Hillcrest)
2nd place - Kason K. (Mull)
3rd place - Hadley C. (Ray Childers)

Interpretative Prose
1st place - Beckett B. (George Hildebrand)
2nd place - Sam E. (Hildebran)
3rd place - Luciana H. (Salem)

Interpretive Poetry
1st place - Gwynie P. (Ray Childers)
2nd place - Zoey T. (Icard)
3rd place - Isabella C. (Mull)

Original Composition
1st place - Paula S. (Hillcrest)
2nd place - Jayden D. (Oak Hill)
3rd place - Kinsley I. (Icard)

Superintendent Mike Swan said of the elementary speech competition, “It was a joy to see each of our elementary contestants competing in this year’s speech competition. At that age, it is quite the feat to be in front of a panel of judges to recite a memorized speech. We could not be more proud of these students for all their effort and hardwork. And of course I want to thank parents and teachers for helping to prepare their students. Your dedication does not go unnoticed. Congratulations to each student!”

Swan said of the middle school speech competition, “We are thankful that we were able to offer this experience for our middle school students and help them grow in their personal confidence and public speaking. Each student did a tremendous job reciting their speeches in front of a panel of judges. We are very proud of our students for competing. I would be remiss, though, if I did not mention and thank our staff who helped to make this competition possible.”

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