The District’s top student speakers showcased their public speaking and speech writing skills at the District’s annual Speak Up Contest. Following the contest theme: “Global Warming has a significant impact on the world we live in. How can humans positively influence environmental change?” each speaker shared, in a two to four minute speech,the effects of global warming and ways we can all positively influence environmental change. Confidently taking the stage to present their well-researched, creatively written and articulately delivered speeches were 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from nine of the district’s schools. The students were extraordinary. They eloquently and compassionately delivered their speeches about the detrimental effects of global warming, and shared great ideas that we can all easily implement to help slow its effects on our planet. Showing determination, passion and deep concern for our Earth, each speaker gave us hope for a better future.
MVSD’s Superintendent, Lillian Maldonado French was very impressed with the speakers.
“Every year our contestants are amazing and do a fantastic job with their speeches. Their ability to stay poised and confidently deliver their well-researched speeches in front of the crowd is outstanding. I appreciate the efforts of our teachers and speak up coaches for the tremendous support and encouragement they provide to our students. The hard work was evident in all of the speeches,” she said proudly.
Each of the 17 contestants was a winner in their school level speech contest and did a great job representing their schools at the District level competition. With the support of teachers and coaches from their schools they each spent many hours researching, writing and perfecting their speeches.
Charged with the difficult task of judging the speeches were Amy Minick, Gretchen Bach and Danielle Rizo, Language Arts teachers from Mountain View High School.
“The students did a great job conveying the effects of global warming and they offered some excellent suggestions on how we all can do our part to slow down its impact on our world,” said Minick. “They all made some very strong points for both the positive and negative influences our advanced technological world has brought us. I was very impressed with the quality of the speeches and the confident deliveries.”
First place in the sixth grade division went to Twin Lakes School’s Wesley To. Placing second was Morgan Burton from Miramonte School and third place went to Berenice Benitez from Cogswell School. Earning an honorable mention was Aiden Ngo from Madrid Middle School.
The seventh and eighth grade division winners included first place, Elijah Saenz from Monte Vista School, second place, Nadine Ramirez from Madrid Middle School, third place, Christine Huynh from Kranz Intermediate School and honorable mention, Julissa Cesareo from Madrid.
The Mountain View School District is committed to providing a well-rounded education for its students. Programs like the Speak Up Contest enhance the educational program and provide students the opportunity to express their views in a public setting and develop skills that will enhance their future academic endeavors.