We are pleased to announce that five Littlestown High School students recently captured top honors at area speech competitions, including one who took a state prize and several who moved to regional contests.
For decades, LHS students have been competing in the Voice of Democracy contest, culminating in school awards during their annual Veterans Day Assembly. This year, junior Ashley Jacobs entered her Voice of Democracy speech through Maryland’s Taneytown VFW chapter, where she volunteers, and she took first place in local competition, first in districts, and went on to take third in the state of Maryland.
All the LHS students studying American Literature have produced speeches and competed in Voice of Democracy through the Littlestown VFW chapter. This year, under the guidance of English teachers Jennifer Yutzy and Sara Lawyer, students addressed the prompt, “Why veterans are important to our nation’s history and future.” In 2014-15, sophomores Javier Sandoval won first place locally, and J.E.B. Stuart Myers took second. Both speeches moved on to district competition, where J.E.B. won second place. Sophomore Melissa Hajek was also recognized at the local level.
Nearly 50 LHS students competed in the Rotary Four-Way Test speech competition this year, applying Rotary’s Four-Way Test to a current social issue (Is it the truth? Is it fair? Will it build good will? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?) Juniors Hannah Bowers and Lucas Schuman, along with other top LHS finishers Shelby Dews, Ashley Heldibridle, and Kaetlin Wienholt, presented their speeches to the Littlestown Rotary. Hannah and Lucas were selected to move on to Mid-Level competition at Shippensburg University, where Hannah won first place for her speech on feminism and Lucas took second place for his speech on capital punishment Hannah will move on to compete at the Rotary District Conference in May.
SPEECH AWARD WINNERS – These Littlestown High School students recently captured top honors in area VFW and Rotary speech contests. Front (from left): Hannah Bowers and Ashley Jacobs; back: Javier Sandoval, Lucas Schuman, and J.E.B. Stuart Myers.