Pell Competition Results

The Pell Public Speaking Competition

The Madison County Education Foundation hosted the Pell Public Speaking Competition on January 25 in the Madison High School Auditorium. The number of entrants—15 in all—was the largest number of student participants ever engaged in this competition.

The first-place winner, Michael Broyles, delivered Harold Ickes’s speech, “What constitutes an American?” Broyles was awarded a cash prize of $700. The second prize was awarded to Ben Butterworth, who delivered Winston Churchill’s speech, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” and was awarded $500. Molly Thomas delivered Nellie McClung’s speech, “Should Men Vote?” She was awarded third prize of $300.

Kevin Nguyen and Eli Priest both gave strong presentations of Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall.” Steven Franklin reprised Martin Luther King’s inspirational, “I’ve Been to the Mountain” address; the speaker was featured at the Martin Luther King Commemoration at the Culpeper NAACP.

Hailey Helm delivered stirring words of Clara Barton’s “Women’s Suffrage Speech,” and Caleb Mayer shared Theodore Roosevelt’s understanding of “Strength and Decency.” Kathy Dyer spoke on “George Washington,” and Maya Powell delivered Hillary Clinton’s “United Nations Women Plenary Session Remarks.”

Samuel Decowski gave renewed energy to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Hannah Gessler showed us Susan B. Anthony’s position in “Women’s Right to Suffrage.” David Miller offered an interpretation of “What Constitutes an American.”

The time-span of these speeches captured one historical landmark after another. Kaitlyn Adams gave John F. Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” and Drake Truman delivered Richard Nixon’s “Farewell Address.

Annual Pell Public Speaking Competition is Coming!

Is public speaking your thing? Have an interest in history? Combine those two and come to the Pell Public Speaking Competition! This contest is open to all MCHS students. Participants will be giving a 5-minute, memorized, historical speech. First place will be receiving $700, and second and third places receiving $500 and $300 respectively.

Pell Grant Winners 2017 MCEF MCHS Pell Grant Public Speaking Competition
2017 Pell Public Speaking Winners Rose Young, 3rd place; Samuel Decowski, 2nd place; Rebecca Young, 1st place

It’s easy to find historical speeches. Ask your librarian, Google “historical speeches,” check your history books, or Google any subject + speeches to begin your search. Baseball fan? How about Lou Gehrig’s “Good-bye to Baseball” speech? Just Google “baseball speeches.” Are you a Civil War buff? Just Google “Civil War speeches.” It’s amazing how many historical speeches there are.

If the written speech is too long, you many edit it down to five minutes as long you use the writer’s words and keep the speaker’s meaning and intention. When giving the speech, be sure to show the audience the heart-felt emotions of the writer.

Please join us on January 25th at 6:00 to watch these amazing students. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, please see any MCHS English teacher or call Lynn Young at 540-948-6989.

Updated: Spring 2018 Teacher Grants

MCEF wants to support teachers like you!

Applications Accepted for Spring Teacher Grants

We have had quite a few applications from the Primary School (Middle School, High School, Elementary School) over the past several years.  It is a tradition we want to continue.  The good news is that these applications have been strong and the teachers have been successful in obtaining grants from the Madison County Education Foundation.

Success is contagious.  Make it your turn next.  PLEASE go to the MCEF website for application directions and criteria.  Send your grant application electronically to  by January 9, 2018.  Grant winners will be announced by January 23, 2018.

Grants generally total between $500 and $1000 and can often be matched with school funds.

For questions, please call or email Jayne Penn-Hollar, chair, any  members of the Grants Resource Team:

For general information or questions, call Barbara Kres Beach (540-948-5317) or

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Grants for Teachers—Essential Requirements

Be Audacious, Confident, Creative, and YOU

Grant applications are easy—

  1. Get your application form.
  2. Complete it.
  3. Ask a teacher who has received a grant and who is now part of the Resource Team for assistance.  The names are included below.
  4. Email your application to, or give it to Jayne Penn Hollar, or mail it to PO Box 1277, Madison, VA 22727 by Thursday, October 26, 2017
  5. How much should you ask for? Generally, grants are between $500 and $1000—sometimes more or less.

Resource Team:  Ashleigh Pugh <>; Rebecca LaVoie <>; Tiffany Kitner <>; Nicole Keys <>; Jennifer Taylor <>; Martha Clements <>; Marty Ward <>

We believe teachers creative solutions to critical teaching and learning challenges , along with the audacious on-the-ground ability to put both together.

The Madison County Education Foundation understands that your work is at the intersection between possibility and learning.

A grant could help better learning take place in your classroom!  Get in touch with the Resource Team or with us before October 1 if you have questions.

Madison County Education Foundation

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