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Local students shine in Optimist Oratorical Contest

May 9, 2011 by Anonymous

By RUBY McCLAIN
Hall Middle School Counselor

Recently, three outstanding WISD students received the top honors in the Optimist Club of Weatherford’s oratorical contest based on a theme of “If I Were Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I would Address Would be… .”

Carter Gass, son of Harold and Debra Gass and a 7th grader at Hall Middle School, Katelyn Key, daughter of Steven and Susan Key and a ninth grader at the WHS Ninth Grade Center, and Erika Lowry, daughter of Gabriel and Debra Lowry and an 8th grader at Tison Middle School, received the top three honors respectively.

Gass, Key and Lowry received gold, silver and bronze medallions for their honors. All three students were also invited to present their speeches to the members of the local Optimist club at one of their weekly breakfast meetings on the campus of Weatherford College.

Other WISD students participating in the local contest included: Ninth Grade Center students Brianna Holding, Emmale Murphy, Ignacio Martinez and Andy Swain; Tison Middle School students Jamie Stockman and Conner Lang; and Hall Middle School students Abby Williams, Madison Comstock, Baylee Black, Jesse Hensley and Connor Turan.

“All fourteen students did a wonderful job presenting their speeches. Every student was well-prepared and presented some very thought-provoking solutions to the issues facing the world today. I learned some pretty interesting facts!” local Optimist Club Oratorical chairperson, Ruby McClain, said.

Campus coordinators who guided the students in the preparation and rehearsals of the speeches were: Mrs. Casey Watson-Gardiner, theatre teacher at Hall Middle School; Mrs. Wendi Anderson, theatre teacher at Tison Middle School; and Mrs. Linda Williams, speech teacher at the Ninth Grade Center.

Judges for the contest were Weatherford College students and local thespians Kelsey Moore, Marcos Barron and Matthew Myers. Timekeeper was Shantee Siebuhr. Dr. Molly Harris,Weatherford College speech professor and Weatherford High School graduate, supervised the contest.

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