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Talking the talk: elementary schools to host speech contests

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By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos Public Schools fifth- and sixth-graders will be presented with an unusual opportunity: they will be encouraged to talk while class in session. Students can show off their gift of gab during the annual speech contest at 4:15 p.m. April 17 at Pion Elementary School.Rose Martin, speech contest coordinator, explained t hat before the district contest, students needs to test their skills at their schools. Each class will send representatives to the schools’ contests. The winners from these contests will advance on to the district competition.Competitors present either a humorous or serious piece, Martin said. They memorize a written speech, she explained. Typically for the humor category, students recite a story while for the serious category they might perform a famous speech, such as “I Have a Dream,” by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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