from Dena O’Hara
The Woodstock Middle School Public Speaking team is proud to announce a victory in their forth competition this season against Tyl Middle School, Montville CT on May12, 2010. The students competed in all 6 categories. There were 31 participants in grades 5-8. These students have been practicing diligently twice a week since September and will continue through May. Woodstock Middle School was honored for keeping the 1st place trophy. We are particularly proud of Cuinn Stevenson & Nick Wootton who had to compete last minute without their partners. They were quite courageous to maintain their composure. Nicely done!
The following students participated in the competition. For those who placed in their event, it is so noted in parenthesis.
Impromptu: Patrick Salisbury, Noble Valentine (2nd), Will Smith (4th), Erin O’Leary (5th)
Expository: Nick Wootton, Hannah Guilani & Brent Sorensen(1st), Jason Brule (5th), Richard Bibeault
Persuasive: Michael Audet (2nd), Natalie Bessette (4th), Jack Kelly, Rhone O’Hara (5th)
Story Telling: Melodie Newman, Shylin Albert, Allie Hill (4th), Patrick Houlihan
Poetry: Hunter Garceau & Hannah Mueller(4th), Bill Wong & Meg St. Jean (1st), Anna Grudzinsky (2nd), Brooklynn Saracina & Deanna Guilani (3rd)
Dramatic & Humorous: KC O’Hara (4th), Jack Liggett & David Redfield (3rd), Cuinn Stevenson, Emily Faist & Jordyn Woodland (1st)
Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and effort this entire year! They carried themselves with honor and respect representing their school, their families, and their community. Thank you to the Woodstock Education Foundation for funding this program, we are very appreciative of their efforts for which many programs would not exist.
As always, this program reflects the best of Woodstock Public School’s mission which emphasizes “a love of learning in an atmosphere based on respect and trust.”
A special thanks to our coaches and organizers of this program, as well as their commitment & dedication, Dena O’Hara, Maggie Houlihan, Sharon Wolf & Deb Faist. A special thank you to those parents who traveled to see us compete.
Their support & time is greatly appreciated.