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Sixth Grade Student Wins Floyd County Schools’ 2019 Gifted Oratorical Contest


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