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Holy Family School speech contest helps students develop skills
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Winners of Holy Family Schools annual oration contest were, front row, from left: Alyssa Keller, 3rd place; Baleigh Fry, 1st place; and Katherine Snapp, 2nd place. The remaining finalists, pictured here in the back row, were: Isaac Prosser, Alaina Schneider, Krista Schneider and Marcie Schartz. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Students from Holy Family School in Great Bend recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments, Principal Karen Moeder said. On Tuesday, April 10, the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs.
Students competing in the contest were those with the winning speeches from the fifth- and sixth-grade level competition. This school level was held at Holy Family School, as each student shared his or her presentations on this year’s topic, “A Time When Volunteers Made a Difference.”
The winners were Baleigh Fry, first place; Katherine Snapp, second; and Alyssa Keller, third place. Each of these students received a trophy and a gold award pin, and their names will be engraved on the school’s speech plaque. Gold award pins were also given to the remaining finalists: Isaac Prosser, Alaina Schneider, Krista Schneider and Marcie Schartz.
All participants received certificates of participation for their hard work. Fry had the opportunity to go on to compete at the Diocesan level competition, which was held Saturday in Garden City.
Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest is one of six free Youth Educational Programs Modern Woodmen offers to schools nationwide. Over 100,000 students compete in the contest each year. Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.