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2018 Speech Tournament

2018 Speech Tournament

2018 Speech Tournament

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools held its 2017-18 Speech Tournament on March 8th.    The topic was: Technology’s Impact:  Past, Present and Future.

Kaeli Horn, Ashlynne Browning  and Molly Hope -alternate(6th grade), Sierra Hoyle (7th grade),and, Faith Stubbs (8th grade) represented Lyman Gilmore School.  All Gilmore contestants made the semi finals that day.  Ms. Horn and Ms. Browning are going on to the top 3 contestants for their grade level.

The Finals will be held Tuesday March 13th – 6:30pm at the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City.  The public is welcome to watch and cheer fellow schoolmates. 

Congratulations to the participants and the winners! Hard work and practice really paid off!

Ashlynne, Kaeli, Faith and Sierra


Congratulations to Ashlynne Browning who took 3rd place & Kaeli Horn who took first place for 6th grade on March 13 at the Nevada Theatre in the speech tournament!

Speech Tournament : Ashlynn 3rd place  Kaeli 1st place - 6th grade
Nevada County speech contest award winners announced

Nevada County speech contest award winners announced

Winners from the 2018 Nevada County Speech Tournament focused their talks on the topic “Technology’s Impact: Past, Present, or Future." The finals took stage at the Nevada Theatre Tuesday, March 14.

Article from The UNION:

Sixty-four of the top oration students, grades four to eight, from 13 local public and private schools, recently competed in the countywide Speech Tournament.

The tournament was coordinated by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office and sponsored by Tri Counties Bank, the Rotary Club of Grass Valley and the Nevada Theatre Commission.

This year's speech topic was "Technology's Impact: Past, Present, or Future".

The preliminary and semifinals competition for students in grades four to eight was held on March 8 at Calvary Bible Church. The tournament was conducted in a "round-robin" fashion, with students reciting speeches three times, each time to a different judge. Semifinalists were determined, and speeches were recited one last time in front of three judges.


Three finalists from each grade were selected to proceed to the Speech Finals. The initial judging team consisted of 15 volunteers from local businesses and organizations as well as retired professionals. The speeches were evaluated on content and delivery with a time limit of no less than two minutes and no more than three and a half minutes.

The student finalists presented their speeches at an evening program on March 13, held at the Nevada Theatre. The panel of judges consisted of representatives from local Toastmasters groups.

Each finalist received a first, second, or third place trophy and a $25 Book Seller gift certificate. These awards were presented by Kathleen Kiefer, director of curriculum, instruction and accountability for the Superintendent of Schools office; Judy Wirkner, vice president, branch manager of Tri Counties Bank; and Robert Long, past president of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley.

The 2018 Speech Tournament winners are as follows:


1st Place: Greyson George – Bell Hill Academy

2nd Place: Carson Horn – Bell Hill Academy

3rd Place: Kara Kirkpatrick – Union Hill Elementary


1st Place: Morgan Parnow – Seven Hills School

2nd Place: Jamie MacDonald – Mt. St. Mary's Academy

3rd Place: Spencer Gillespie – Seven Hills School


1st Place: Kaeli Horn – Lyman Gilmore Middle School

2nd Place: Aria Conte – Nevada City School of the Arts

3rd Place: Ashlynne Browning – Lyman Gilmore Middle School


1st Place: Jocelyn McKinley – Magnolia Intermediate School

2nd Place: Drake Woodford – Magnolia Intermediate School

3rd Place: Megan Hundemer – Mt. St. Mary's Academy


1st Place: Jack O'Neill – Mt. St. Mary's Academy

2nd Place: Corina Shaw – Magnolia Intermediate School

3rd Place: Jordan Vogt – Magnolia Intermediate School