JAMESTOWN – Two students from JHS recently took first and second place in JCC’s tenth annual College Connections Speech Contest.
McKenna Schneider, a sophomore and Siena DeAngelo, a senior at the school have a lot to be proud of, considering they ranked so high against the ten other students participating in the local competition.
Despite nerves running high, the pair were successful in delivering their speeches and impressing the judges.
“I was nervous to speak in front of so many high school students because I know how judgmental they are, but everyone was so supportive and friendly. The other contestants were respectful and beautiful speakers,” noted DeAngelo.
The girls are enrolled in Barbi Price’s Public Speaking classes, and both credit their teacher for the guidance and knowledge she provided.
“I never expected to grow as much as I did in Public Speaking. Not only have I performed vocally and physically better with the help of Mrs. Price, but I have also gained social skills and confidence,” DeAngelo said.
“I think Public Speaking is one of the most useful skills a person can have, not just for speeches and performances, but for any aspect of life when you’re presenting yourself. Taking Public Speaking has made me a more confident person overall, and I can’t thank Mrs. Price enough for all her wisdom and support,” added Schneider.
Schneider and DeAngelo definitely made their school, and their teacher proud with their incredible speech skills and professionalism during the competition.
This competition was not only about competing and demonstrating public speaking skills, it was also about making life long memories.
“Competing in the JCC Speech Contest was a fun and rewarding experience that I will never forget; furthermore, it gave me an incentive to keep bettering myself as a public speaker.” Schneider said.