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Local Students Participate in State Level Speech Competition

posted May 8, 2017, 1:41 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated May 8, 2017, 1:41 PM ]
Kaylee Page, an eighth grade student from Tar Heel Middle school and Sydney Gardner, a seventh grade student from Clarkton School of Discovery, participated in the soil and water conservation State Level Public Speaking Contest in Raleigh last Thursday. 

Kaylee was one of seven 8th grade contestants and Sydney was one of six contestants delivering a speech on “Soil and Water…Yours for Life” to five judges and an audience of more than sixty.

Students competing at this level have advanced through three and sometimes four tiers of competition before convening at the state’s capitol to represent their area against winners from across North Carolina. 

First and second place winners are awarded $200 and $100, respectively, in addition to the medallion given to all participants for their hard-work and dedication in reaching this level of competition.

Speeches must be from four to six minutes in length and demonstrate comprehensive subject knowledge, originality and the skillful use of facts.  Contestants are also judged on appropriate body language, voice, diction and style. 

Competition is so strong, winning students frequently do extensive research and weave general conservation measures and the work of the state’s 96 soil and water conservation districts into the body of their speech. 

The speech contest is sponsored on the local level by soil and water conservation districts and their association, and organized at the state level by the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation.