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AARP Speech Contest Builds on Public Speaking Skills

 

Jenny Kauffman

The 2017 AARP Speech Contest Participants with their ribbons. Front (L-R): Connor Matthew, Jalen Kauffman and Matthew Cardenas. Middle (L-R): Rose Mercer, Trista Alexander, Kyla Conley, Christopher Auchenbach and Nakira Morgan. Back (L-R): Rialee White, Aspen Conley, Kinley Moore, Seth Richardson and Nick Bedson.

SWAN VALLEY – For more than 20 years the Swan Valley AARP has sponsored the biennial Speech Contest for local students. On April 26, Swan Valley Elementary School (SVES) students gave their speeches for their fellow students, community members and AARP judges. Supervising teacher Susan Bracha felt all of the students did an amazing job and was proud of each one.

Thirteen fifth through eighth grade students chose one of three categories for their speech: an original speech, a memorized speech or a demonstration. AARP members Mary Fitzsimon, Mike Childs, Joe Raible and Sharon Lamar judged...



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