Four winners named at 47th annual New Sweden Speaking Contest

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Aroostook Republican photo/Natalie Bazinet
Every Fifth- through eighth-grader at the New Sweden School competed in the first-round speaking contest on April 4. The top three contestants from each grade level were selected to compete in the Annual New Sweden Speaking Contest on April 11. Fifth-grade participants were, from left, front row: Austin Findlen, Kennith Thompson and Brooklyn McLaughlin. Second row: Tyana McLaughlin, Trevor Hill and Noah Margeson. Third row: Johnna Grant, Lance Lagasse and Nicolas Alfaro. Back row: Andrew Christie, Kylie Haines and Lukas Lagasse.

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

NEW SWEDEN — Four winners were named at New Sweden’s 47th annual Speaking Contest on April 11, one for each participating grade level.

Principal and Mistress of Ceremonies for the contest Laurie Spooner said that each grade level had such impressive public speaking showings, she was glad she wasn’t a judge.

Winners were fifth-grader Austin Findlen with his recitation of “Wild Strawberries” by Shel Silverstein, sixth-grader Trevor Hill for his presentation of “My Book Report is Due Today” by Ken Nesbitt, seventh-grader Lance Lagasse for his performance of “The Critter” by Mr. Obvious and the Unknown Caller and eighth-grader Lukas Lagasse for his performance of “The Walrus and the Carpenter or the Story of the Curious Oysters” by Lewis Carroll.

Each winner was presented with a trophy and each participant received a medal for being among the top public speakers in their class.

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Lance Lagasse
Grade 7
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Lukas Lagasse
Grade 8
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Trevor Hill
Grade 6
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Austin Findlen
Grade 5

Fifth grade runners-up were Brooklyn McLaughlin with her performance of “What If” by Shel Silverstein and Kennith Thompson with his recitation of “Simon Goldman Main Street Resident” by Paul Janeczko.

Sixth-grade runners-up were Noah Margeson for his performance of “Sam Tuttle Camera Operator” by Paul Janeczko and Tyana McLaughlin with her sneeze-filled speech “Bad Cold” by Shel Silverstein.

Seventh-grade runners-up were Nicolas Alfaro with his presentation of “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins and Johnna Grant with her recitation of “Only You Can Be You” by Cymphonique.

Eighth-grade runners up were Kylie Haines with her speech “9/11” by Rachel Z. Cobb and Andrew Christie, reciting the Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying.”

The contest was held after a community supper, and nearly all the chairs in the gymnasium were filled with spectators supporting the students public-speaking performances.