Southland Academy hosted its Lower School Speech Contest for fourth and fifth grades on Thursday, February 24, 2021, in the Melvin T. Kinslow Gymnasium. Ten very talented finalists were in the competition. Each of the ten finalists invited four adult guests to attend. Already meeting the length and content requirements, each student presented a speech to their guests, their teachers and classmates, and three guest judges. They were scored on presentation, clarity, expression, projection, poise and posture, and interpretation.
The speech contest is just one of the avenues that allow Southland Academy to strive to challenge the best in its students to showcase their talents. Adolescent learning needs encouragement and support from parents and teachers, and Southland desires to help its students achieve their potential and help them expand their horizons. Likewise, beginning this type of academic endeavor as lower school students will help Southland’s young students evolve into integral participants in our upper school literary teams as well as help them develop a life-long skill.
The winner of the 2021 Southland Academy Speech Contest with “How to Procrastinate Like a Pro” is fifth grader Hays Hagerson. He is the son of Chris and Katy Hagerson. The second place winner is fifth grader Lanier Yeiser, daughter of Jay and Heather Yeiser. She presented her interpretation of Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit. The third place winner is Ryan Peck with his speech, “My Dad’s Rare Disease.” He is the son of Nathan and Allison Peck.
Receiving Honorable Mention Awards are: Wes Brock, Lucy Duke, Reese Fennessy, Elliot Ferguson, Emmie Graft, Miller Anne Pryor, and Gamble Wiggins.