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.
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.
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.
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 www.madisonedfoundation.org for application directions and criteria. Send your grant application electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Ashleigh Pugh email@example.com;
- Rebecca LaVoie firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Tiffany Kitner email@example.com;
- Nicole Keys firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Jennifer Taylor email@example.com;
- Martha Clements firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Marty Ward email@example.com
For general information or questions, call Barbara Kres Beach (540-948-5317) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latin Rhythms at MCHS
By Ana Barros
The following video is a compilation of The Latin Rhythms Show the Madison County Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 classes attended in the Fall Semester of 2016. Students enjoyed listening to music and seeing dances, both traditional and contemporary, from all over the Spanish speaking countries of the world.
Students were mostly impressed with the costumes and their vivid colors. They talked about how exciting the show was as they had never seen anything like it. It was truly an enriching experience for our students who had never seen culture through this art form.
Jamar said he liked the Tango because of the straight forwards and backwards movements. Jerica commented how much she liked the clothing because it was so colorful. Gaines said it was a lot of fun to watch how fast some of the dances were and he had never seen a show like that before.