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Peoria Unified students compete in annual patriotic speech contest


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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Area 1 Winners (from Left To Right) Sarabeth Smith, Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould And Ryan Repak. Photo Courtesy Of Peoria Unified School District

Four students emerged as first place winners in the Peoria Unified School District’s 31st Annual Patriotic Speech Contest on Thursday, March 1.

For the contest, fifth- and sixth-grade students delivered a two-to-three minute persuasive speech on one of several topics patriotic in nature based on a prompt. Seventh- and eighth-graders prepared a three-to-five minute persuasive speech on patriotism, and interpreted famous quotes as the inspiration for their speech.

Peoria Unified students compete in annual patriotic speech contest Area-2-Winners

Area 2 Winners (from left to right) Esteka Hernandez, Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould and Frank Beard. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

The judging panel consisted of Interim Superintendent Linda Palles-Thompson, Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould, Dr. Jim Reed of Glendale Community College (GCC) and several Peoria Unified staff and retirees.

In addition to serving as a judge, Dr. Reed recruited the GCC Speech and Debate team to hold a workshop for students at Sunrise Mountain High School on Feb. 20 in order to better prepare them for their speeches.

Sunrise Mountain’s National Honor Society assisted GCC during the workshop and at the Patriotic Speech Contest which will count towards their community service project for the semester.

Parents and community members can watch and listen to all of the Patriotic Speech Contest contestants on the district’s YouTube Channel at the end of March at www.youtube.com/pusdofficialchannel.

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

1st Place: Sarabeth Smith from Foothills Elementary School

2nd Place: Chiamaka Nwazue from Oakwood Elementary School

3rd Place: Kenzie Prazak from Coyote Hills Elementary School

4th Place: Colleen Corcoran from Frontier Elementary School

5th Place: Mia Siqueiros from Zuni Hills Elementary School

 

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

1st Place: Ryan Repak from Frontier Elementary School

2nd Place: Elena Lucero from Sunset Heights Elementary School

3rd Place: Craig Barrett from Oasis Elementary School

4th Place: Zoey Wilhelm from Foothills Elementary School

5th Place: Averi Johnson from Zuni Hills Elementary School

 

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

1st Place: Frank Beard from Country Meadows Elementary School

2nd Place: Eva Cherian from Marshall Ranch Elementary School

3rd Place: Erica Maglalang from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School

4th Place: Nate McLamb from Sky View Elementary School

5th Place: Jasmine Puffer from Cotton Boll Elementary School

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

1st Place: Esteka Hernandez from Santa Fe Elementary School

2nd Place: Joey Young from Alta Loma Elementary School

3rd Place: Kenneth Armstrong from Desert Palms Elementary School

4th Place: Kayla Jones from Sky View Elementary School

5th Place: Gabrielle Samuel from Cotton Boll Elementary School

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. It is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. The Vision of the Peoria Unified School District is “Every student, every day, prepared to shape tomorrow.” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaunified.org.