Heritage Academy hosted its 2017 Modern Woodmen of America Speech Contest at the Academy on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Gary Harris, local agent for Modern Woodmen was instrumental in helping to sponsor the contest. The topic for this year, “What does it mean to be a hero?” was answered by eleven Heritage students. Each contestant needed to describe characteristics of a hero and provide examples of their own heroes.
Awards were provided for first to third place, with two honorable mentions for students in grades 5, 6, and 7. The top three winners will have their names engraved on a school plaque.The winners were: Madison Oakes - First Place; Matthew Scearce - Second Place; and MacKenzie Harris - Third Place. Honorable mention recognition was awarded to Sam Hurt and Madison Laughorn.
“I’m very proud of the hard work and communication skills that all my students exhibited,” Karen Brown, the 2017 Speech Contest coordinator, said.
Judging was provided by retired public school teacher, Nina Giles, retired Hargrave Military Academy instructor, Dianna Lavoie, and Rev. Ed Pope of White Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
The contest encourages public speaking and effective communication of thoughts and ideas by providing a formal and competitive platform. Each speech is 3-5 minutes long. No props or visual aids are allowed. Points are awarded on the material presentation, delivery/presentation and overall effectiveness. All participants received certificates of participation for their hard work.
Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest is one of many free Youth Educational Programs Modern Woodmen offers to schools nationwide. More than 100,000 students compete in the contest each year.
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