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JHS senior, Finley Holt, placed first, and Kara Triscari took third in the 7th Annual JCC College Connections Speech Contest

JHS senior, Finley Holt, placed first, and Kara Triscari took third in the 7th Annual JCC College Connections Speech Contest held on the JCC campus on Wednesday, April 10th. Finley and Kara competed against fourteen other students from eight high schools that offer JCC Public Speaking for college credit in the high school curriculum.

This year's topic for the four to five-minute speech was, "How does the vision of America intersect with the reality of America?" Finley focused on the importance of immigrants in American society and recounted a personal experience that he had shadowing a doctor in the emergency room. Kara challenged the audience to keep an optimistic attitude and hope in order to affect change. In addition, each contestant was required to speak extemporaneously for one minute. Finley spoke about perfecting his time management skills, and Kara admitted that giving up her phone might force her into more one-on-one conversations.

Finley commented: “The JCC Speech Contest was a great opportunity to compete and see how other contestants answered the prompt. I also appreciated the chance to show my parents how much I had progressed as a public speaker. Mrs. Price’s Public Speaking class has totally transformed my ability to deliver speeches. Not only have I learned numerous new techniques, but I now hold myself to a higher standard of speech-making effort.”

Public Speaking teacher, Barbi Price, remarked, "Both Kara and Finley confidently delivered their speeches in front of the podium with no notes. I was proud of their poise and professionalism.

Contestants were graded on both the content and delivery of their speeches by Tory Irgang, Jordan Steves, and Katie Costa, community judges with strong communication backgrounds.