Students speak up in contest

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By The Staff

Ever try and stand up in front of a large audience and present a speech? The youth of Levy County have the opportunity to do just that.

The Tropicana Public Speaking Program for Levy County students culminated on Dec. 6 with the County School contest held at Bronson Middle/High School.

This contest is open to all students fifth through eighth grades. The contest begins in the classroom with students preparing and presenting a two-three minute speech. The classroom winners then proceed to compete with other classes in their school to come up with a school winner. The school winners then proceed to the county contest where all the schools come together to compete.

The Tropicana Company offers two divisions. The Elementary Division consists of all students in the fifth and sixth grades. The Middle Division consists of all students in the sixth grade.

The Levy County Board of County Commissioners also offers a division in the Public Speaking Program. The Intermediate Division is open to all students in the seventh and eighth grades.

Chiefland Elementary School, Chiefland Middle School, Yankeetown School, Cedar Key School, Bronson Elementary and Williston Elementary each brought a school winner in each division.

The judges were from the University of Florida ? two were of the Speech and Debate Team and one was a Doctorate Student with the Agriculture Education & Communications Department.

In the Elementary Division the Honorable Mention presentations were given by: Hoss Marino, Bronson Elementary and Ricky Slaughter, Chiefland Elementary. Third Place was Jeremiah Barnes, Cedar Key ?Driving Safely?. Second Place went to Zachary Carmon, Yankeetown ?Cereal?. The Elementary Division was won by Mackenzie Goode from Williston Elementary ?My Pregnant Mom?.

In the Middle Division: third place went to Casey Billups, Yankeetown School ?My Sister?. Second Place went to: Laia Gore, Cedar Key School ?Are you Fit or Fat??. The winning presentation in the Middle Division went to: Emily Smith, Chiefland Middle School with ?No Satellite TV?.

In the Intermediate Division: third place went to Sarah Greer, Yankeetown ?Smiling?. Second place went to: Jenny Bierman, Cedar Key School ?Flip Flops?. And the winning presentation was given by Lashae Smith from Chiefland Middle School with ?My Little Sister?.

To obtain more information on the Public Speaking Program or any other 4-H youth programs in Levy County, please call the 4-H Office in Bronson ? Evelyn or Brenda at 486-5131.