The 30th annual 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest was held at Central Elementary School on May 22. There were 15 fourth and fifth grade speakers and three sixth grade speakers.
In the fourth and fifth grade division, first place was awarded to Peyton-Grace Lee from Clewiston Christian School with her speech titled “Traditions”. Second place went to Country Oaks Elementary School’s Fatima Nucamendi with her speech titled “My First Trip to Mexico”. Raelynn Paniagua of Central Elementary School achieved third place with her speech titled “The New & Improved CES.” Madeline Mayo of Upthegrove Elementary School took honorable mention with her speech titled “How to Survive Being a Girl.”
The Judges Choice Awards in the fourth and fifth grade division were awarded to the following speakers: Most Humorous Award went to Madison Alford (Central Elementary School); David Perez-Gutierrez (Country Oaks Elementary School) received the Most Educational Award; Anastasia Nix (Upthegrove Elementary School) was honored with the Most Original Award, Best Presentation of a Serious Issue was awarded to Emmanuel Reyes (Upthegrove Elementary School) and Most Inspirational went to Valeria Valentin (Country Oaks Elementary School).
In the sixth grade division: Clewiston Christian School’s Hilary Martin captured first place with her speech titled “The Tale of Three Siblings”. Second place was awarded to Jaslyn Creagh with her speech titled “A Day in my Shoes”. Placing third was Jade Potter with her speech titled “The Lucky One”. Jade and Jaslyn are students at Clewiston Christian School.
The Judges Choice Awards in the sixth grade division were awarded to the following speakers: Jaslyn Creagh for the Most Humorous Award, Hilary Martin for the Most Original Award and Jade Potter with the Most Inspirational. Hilary, Jade and Jaslyn are Clewiston Christian School students.
The winners of the speech contest received a wooden plaque containing the 4-H/Tropicana Speech emblem sponsored by Tropicana Products, Inc. In addition to the plaques, first through third place winners were awarded cash awards in the amounts of $30, $20, and $10, respectively, sponsored by Hendry County 4-H. Furthermore, the first place winners received a scholarship to attend 4-H Camp Cloverleaf in Lake Placid, June 5-9, 2017, sponsored by Tropicana Products, Inc. The winners of the Judges Choice Awards received trophies sponsored by Hendry County 4-H.
To all of the 18 speakers, you did a fantastic job in presenting your speeches. To the school coordinators and teachers involved with the 4-H/Tropicana Speech Contest, you did an outstanding job in preparing your students for the school contest as well as for the county contest. Furthermore, thank you parents for getting your child to the competition and all the help you gave them. Many thanks to Ms. Jennifer Black, Mr. Frank Dowdle and Ms. Sherrie Llossas for taking time from their busy schedules to serve as official judges. Last but not least, thank you to our sponsor, Tropicana Products, Inc., for making this event possible as well as to Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Alford and the Hendry County School Board for allowing the contest to be held at Central Elementary School.