St. Benedict School hosts speech contest

The annual speech contest for St. Benedict School was held Wednesday, April 20, at St. Benedict School.

Speech coordinator, Paula Jewell, worked with the seventh and eighth grade students as they each memorized a three to eight minute monologue. Jewell said the monologues varied from serious to humorous to motivational.

“They all did an awesome job,” Jewell commented.

Twelve contestants advanced to the Northeast Iowa Catholic Speech Contest held at St.Benedict Catholic School in Decorah, Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m.

The students advancing include:: Vivian Searcy – “Prove Everyone Wrong;” Bennett Coppola – “Cell Phones;” Gracie Tangen – “Believe You Can;” Jalen Klees – “Chocolate  Cake;” Bill Fullhart – “Noah;” Rachel Weis – “Politically Correct Story of ‘The Three Little Pigs;’” Audrey Essa & Willow Blair (duo) – “The Speaker;” Margaret Hahn – “Three Seconds;” Gabe Monroe – “Growing Up in the 80s;” Jay Jensen – “Big Bad John;” Carissa Peel – “Why Am I Not Good Enough?”

Jewell thanked St. Ben’s alumni for judging at the local contest: Jenna Hartz, Abbie Valkosky, Amy Jensen, and Alex Kane.

Photo: Top 12 speech contestants
Front left to right: Jay Jensen, Carissa Peel, Rachel Weis, Jalen Klees
middle row: Margaret Hahn, Gracelynn Tangen, Bennett Coppola, Vivian Searcy
Back row: Audrey Essa and Willow Blair (duo), Bill Fullhart, Gabe Monroe

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