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Carter Gass, son of Harold and Debra Gass and a seventh grader at Shirley Hall Middle School, recently won the Optimist International Regional Oratorical Contest based on a theme of “If I Were Leader of the Free world, the First Issue I would Address Would be… .” Gass spoke out against child abuse and proposed several solutions to the problem facing all countries and cultures.
Gass was awarded a plaque for the honor. In addition, he will travel to Abilene on May 15, where he will compete in the Optimist District Oratorical contest, where he has a chance to win a $2, 500.00 scholarship.
“Carter did a wonderful job presenting his speech about child abuse,” local Club Oratorical Chairperson Ruby McClain said. The members of our Optimist Club have no doubt that Carter has a bright future ahead of him.”
Also competing at the Regional contest was Katelyn Key, daughter of Steve and Susan Key and a freshman at the WHS Ninth Grade Center. Key spoke about the dangers of the gasoline additive, ethanol. She was the second place winner at the local Optimist Club Oratorical contest held earlier this year.