Pictured L to R: Natalie Long, Sara Grace Abernathy, and Gracie Hutcheson
Sara Grace Abernathy, a sixth-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2019 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest. The oratorical event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other students. The 2019 contest was the 10th annual competition and used the speech theme "Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?".
Abernathy and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle, and Pepperell Middle participated in the 10th annual oratorical contest on Friday, January 25, at the Floyd County Board of Education’s central office on Riverside Parkway.
Gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school and advance to the system contest. The top two school qualifiers from each middle 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 Toastmasters of Rome and the contestants were scored on poise, speech content, delivery, and overall effectiveness. The speech could be no more than five minutes.
The winners of the contest were:
Armuchee Middle First place: Grayson Perry, seventh-grade Second place: Elan McClain, sixth-grade
Coosa Middle First place: Claire Gilreath, seventh-grade Second place: Colton McBurnett, sixth-grade
Model Middle First place: Sara Grace Abernathy, sixth-grade Second place: Natalie Long, sixth-grade
Pepperell Middle First place: Gracie Hutcheson, seventh-grade Second place: Violet Lefevers, seventh-grade
Overall Winners First place: Sara Grace Abernathy, sixth-grade, Model Middle Second place: Gracie Hutcheson, seventh-grade, Pepperell Middle Third place: Natalie Long, sixth-grade, Model Middle