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Speech contest helps Holy Family students develop skills
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Winners of a speech contest at Holy Family School are, front row, from left: Gavin Haberman, Ellyson Somers and Brecken Carroll. Finalists are picutred in the back row: Brody Feist, Alyssa Habash, Joseph Moeder and Mathew Moeder. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Students from Holy Family School participated in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. The contest, held Tuesday at the Great Bend school, provides an opportunity for fifth and sixth graders to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments. This year’s speech topic was “Hunger in America.”
Ellyson Somers won first place, Brecken Carroll was the second place winner and Gavin Haberman took third. 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, Brody Feist, Alyssa Habash, Joseph Moeder and Mathew Moeder.
All participants received certificates of participation for their hard work. Miss Somers won the right to go on to compete at the Diocesan level competition which was held Saturday in Ness 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.