MMS wins gifted oratorical contest
Model Middle student wins gifted oratorical contest
Posted on 01/25/2011

Hunter Hays, a sixth-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2011 Gifted Education Middle School Oratorical Contest. Hays and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle and Pepperell Middle participated in the third annual oratorical contest on Wednesday, January 20 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school in the contest. The top two school qualifiers participated in the system contest for 6th, 7th or 8th grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools. 

The topic of the speech each student presented was: “If I were leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be . . . “. Hays’ focus would be directed at reducing profits of oil companies. In his speech, Hays said, “The first issue I would address would be the greed of oil companies.” He tied the continued problems of the economy to higher fuel prices. Hays cited the domino effect of rising fuel prices on prices of products purchased at stores and food purchased at restaurants. He also tied these increases to the loss of jobs. Hays’ conclusion proposed that problems with the economy and the jobless rate could be corrected by reducing the profits of big oil companies. See Hunter Hays’ speech

The participants in the oratorical contest were judged on poise, content of their speech, delivery and overall effectiveness. 

The winners of the contest were:
1st Place: Hunter Hays- Model Middle School
2nd Place: Rachel McCurry- Armuchee Middle School
3rd- Place: Ragan Ware- Pepperell Middle School

Participants included:
Armuchee Middle School: Rachel McCurry and Valerie Moore
Coosa Middle School: Mikayla Gentry and Chad Cawthorn
Model Middle School: Hunter Hays and Emily Tyler
Pepperell Middle School: Ragan Ware and Caleb Gilmore