ST. JOHNSBURY -- Good Shepherd Catholic School's sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students recently gained the opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills and take pride in personal accomplishments. On March 26 the students took part in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization.
Each students was given a class assignment to research, write a report and give a 3- to 5-minute speech about "The Importance of Healthy Living." Out of 58 students in grades 6, 7 and 8, 23 students chose to compete in the contest; each received certificates of participation for their hard work.
The winners were seventh-grader Elizabeth Gilmartin of St. Johnsbury, first place; sixth-grader Sadie Chapman of Concord, second place; and seventh-grader Matthew Thomas of St. Johnsbury, third place. Each of them received a trophy and their names will be engraved on the school's speech contest plaque.
The Modern Woodmen Speech Competition reinforces Good Shepherd Catholic School's goals that all students strive for leadership, independence and academic excellence. This year's topic gave all students the opportunity to look at a national issue and identify a way in which they can be part of a solution.