4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest held

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By Lisa Statham Posteraro

The environment, sisters, a hero dad, pets, faith. The speech topics ranged the gamut for 4th and 5th graders at Williston Elementary School at the recent     4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest.
Fifth grade teacher Carol Glass sent the speech information to all the 4th and 5th grade teachers, who coached their students. The students were responsible for writing their own speeches.
 Next, each class held a speech contest to determine who would go to the grade-level contest; classroom teachers used the rubric provided for the contest. Each class sent a certain number of contestants to the competition. Speech chairman Glass recruited judges for the grade-level contests.
Next, the 4th grade winners – Hailey Fugate, Annie Hopping and Kami McCormick – joined the 5th grade winners – Torie Hill, Ashleigh Sisti, Katie Taylor and Lexi Zapata – in front of an all-new panel of judges.
The results? Placing third was Kami with her speech about the BP oil spill. Fifth grader Lexi placed second with her speech about her “furry family,” a menagerie of pets.
With her speech entitled “Faith,” 5th grader Katie Taylor brought home the gold. Traditionally, the GFWC Williston Woman’s Club honors the winners with monetary awards.
The next step for Katie was the county-level contest on Dec. 2, where she placed second in the elementary level competition.