County 4-H Public Speaking contest winners announced
Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 6:03 pm
By: Bob Shumake, Ag Extension
Fifty-nine 4th- and 5th-grade students competed in the county’s 4-H Public Speaking contest held at the Dresden Middle School Dec. 6.
Each of these students received an invitation to attend this event after competing in the local classroom speech contests in November.
More than 500 students across the county participated in the local competitions at their schools. Each student participated by delivering a prepared speech on a given topic.
In the 4th-grade competition at the county level Will Spencer of Martin was chosen as the overall winner with his speech in which he discussed the options of trying to select a favorite thing for a speech topic.
Three finalists were also chosen in the 4th-grade division.
Those students were Josie Long of Gleason, Kara Needham of Dresden and Alexis Callins of Martin.
Twelve students in the 4th-grade division received blue awards for their speeches. Those students were Nolan Johnson, Bailey Gordon, Kassidy Harris, Tristen Trevathan, Maci Forrester, Kenady Atkins, Braxton Gunter, Sam Garrard, Harley Curry, Blake Lewis, Brooke Parker and Tinley Winn.
Fifteen red ribbons were awarded to 4th-grade competitors. Those receiving red ribbon awards were Emily Grace Bell, Sarah Foltz, Dryver Finch, Ashlyn Bright, Wesley Sawyers, Lauren Kelly, Colton Freeman, Maya Rash, Hannah Totty, Marsha Nichols, Missy Saunders, Katie Freeman, Laila Obadat and Michael Cantrell.
The overall winner for the 5th-grade division was Ester Kim of Martin. Kim’s speech was on Albert Schweitzer. Finalists in the 5th-grade competition were Hannah Grace Garner, Joshua Floyd and Blaine McDonald, all of Martin.
Blue ribbon winners in the 5th grade were Tayler Reynolds, Kaitlyn Gallimore, Rachel Powers, Loral Winn, Ainsley Freed, Kennedy Reese, Ally Spain, Emma Taylor, Anna Johnson, Naomi Griffin, Caroline Perry and Briley Johnson.
Red award recipients for the 5th-grade division were Drake Yates, Grant Huffstetler, Natalie Ball, Ethan Parham, Anna Hazlewood, Mabry Lewellen, Davon Trice, Seth Davidson, Annie King, Alex Stoneburner, Sylvia Longacre and Heath Mansfield.
The 4-H Public Speaking contest was held with support from the Weakley County School System, members of the Weakley County 4-H Honor Club and various volunteers serving as judges.