Troup County middle and high school students participated in the annual Optimist International Oratorical Contest at the Griggs Recreation Center.
“How my Passion Impacts the World” was the topic on which all students wrote. Contest judges selected first through third place winners after all students delivered their speeches during a luncheon in which Optimist members, parents and school officials were present. Although unnerving for some of the students, each stepped to the podium displaying confidence and enthusiasm.
Libby Criswell and Liam McDonald, Gardner Newman Middle School students, were first place winners of the contest. Criswell and McDonald will now advance to zone competitions which are held later this month. Savanna Scott of Gardner Newman and Micah Bolden of LaGrange High placed second. Emily Walker of Long Cane Middle and Tate Johnson of Gardner Newman Middle placed third.
All winners received a medallion from the local Optimist Club and a gift sponsored by CB&T Bank.
The contest is open to students under the age of 18. Entrants deliver a four to five minute speech on the assigned topic. Participants are judged on content of speech, delivery presentation, poise and overall effectiveness.