Carl Hayden students compete in Speak like Sparky
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Carl Hayden students compete in Speak like Sparky

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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

Carl Hayden High School students were asked to “Speak Like Sparky” in Sparky’s Next Great Public Speakers team speaking competition, sponsored by the ASU Communication Assessment Learning Lab, April 25-26 at ASU West.

The Falcons had the highest overall score and highest originality in the preliminary rounds, and ended up finishing as the first runner-up, or 2nd place in the finals.

Students Gema Trejo, Francisco Gonzalez, and Louis Mendez spent Friday morning working with ASU  mentors, then competed Friday afternoon.

They were assigned a topic, a type of visual aid, a research source, a ‘surprise from Sparky’, and just 20 minutes to prepare their presentations.

It was a fast-paced, fun competition.

“We were so close.  The kids were disappointed, but vowed to rock it next year,” reading teacher Jeanne LeSage said.