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School speech contests helps students develop skills
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Winners in Holy Family Schools oration contest were, front row, from left: Owen Murphy, second place; Marcie Schartz, first; and Katherine Snapp, third. Other finals were, back row: Josh Hoisington, Chance Perry and Ryen Wilkens.

Students from Holy Family School recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments.  On Monday, April 8, 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 5th and 6th grade level competition. This school level was held at Holy Family School, as each student shared presentations on this year’s topic, “A Person Who Has Overcome.”
The winners were Marcie Schartz, first place; Owen Murphy, second place; and Katherine Snapp, 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, Josh Hoisington, Chance Perry and Ryen Wilkens.  All participants received certificates of participation for their hard work. Schartz was scheduled to go on to compete at the Diocesan level competition which will be held in Dodge City on April 13.
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.