MMS student wins oratorical contest
Model Middle eighth grader wins gifted oratorical contest
Posted on 01/25/2013
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Sam Bryant, an eight grade student at Model Middle School, used his voice and theatre experience to take the title in the 2013 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest.  Bryant and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle and Pepperell Middle participated in the fifth annual oratorical contest on Thursday, January 24, at the Floyd County Board of Education central office on Riverside Parkway.  You may view Bryant's speech on the Floyd County Schools YouTube channel at

The gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school to advance to the system contest. The top two school qualifiers from each school participated in the system contest for 6th, 7th or 8th grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools. The contest was judged by members of the Toastmasters of Rome Club. The participants in the oratorical contest were judged on poise, content of their speech, delivery and overall effectiveness.  Each contestant was to give a speech of no more than five minutes on the topic: "Why my voice is important."

Bryant will deliver his speech at the February Floyd County Board of Education meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. 

The winners of the contest were: 
  • First Place: Sam Bryant, eighth grade, Model Middle School
  • Second Place: Keiley Rowland, eighth grade, Coosa Middle School
  • Third Place: Hunter Hays, eighth grade, Model Middle School

School Representatives:

Armuchee Middle School

  • First Place - Rachel McCurry, eighth grade
  • Second Place - Ella Carpenter, eighth grade

Coosa Middle School

  • First Place - Keiley Rowland, eighth grade
  • Second Place - Julissa Vasquez, eighth grade

Model Middle School

  • First Place - Sam Bryant, eighth grade
  • Second Place - Hunter Hays, eighth grade

Pepperell Middle School

  • First Place - Ragan Ware, eighth grade
  • Second Place - Brice Green, eighth grade
Contest Winners
Photo (L to R): Hunter Hays, MMS; Sam Bryant, MMS; Keiley Rowland, CMS