Dylan Rispoli from St. Gabriel School takes 3rd Place in District Speech Contest

On May 19, 2014, area students competed in a district speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization. This Level 2 contest, hosted by St. Gabriel School in Windsor, included competing students from St. Gabriel School of Windsor, St. Mary/St. Joseph of Willimantic, St. Pius X of Westerly, RI, St. John of Old Saybrook and St. Michael of Pawcatuck.

Level 1 of this speech contest occurred at the individual schools during the week of May 12th – May 16th. St. Gabriel School students from grades 6-8 who wished to compete prepared a 3-5 minute speech on this year’s topic, "The Importance of Healthy Living". Students are asked to consider how maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for individuals, communities or even the nation as a whole. The top three students who then competed at Level 2 were Dylan Rispoli (1st place), Devon Loftus (2nd place) and Justin Lam (3rd place), all from 8th grade. The Level 2 winners from May 19th were Quinn Green from St. Mary/St. Joseph in Willimantic (1st Place), Chrystyanna Quarrionex from St. Mary/St. Joseph in Willimantic (2nd Place) and Dylan Rispoli from St. Gabriel School in Windsor (3rd Place).

There are three more levels to compete in before a final winner can be declared; Level 3, at the State/Regional level will be held at St. Mary/St. Joseph in Willimantic on June 7th. After that competition, the top three winners are immediately taped and those tapes are forwarded to the Modern Woodmen home office in Illinois for the final two levels. The competition is over by the first week in July.

In 1948, Modern Woodmen of America developed this contest to offer students an opportunity to develop skills in clear thinking and public speaking. By preparing and giving a three- to five-minute speech on a specified topic, participants learn invaluable skills that will help with future school projects, job interviews and even careers. This Oration contest allows students to gain new public speaking skills, refine their research and writing abilities and enhance their self-esteem. This contest is pertinent in this time of modern technology where our youth are shortening not only their face to face communications, but the actual words they use; and this is not a ‘LOL’ situation! For those who still appreciate proper speech, LOL stands for laugh out loud!

St. Gabriel School is honored to host this contest and incredibly proud to have our students participate every year, for over 25 years. Visit www.StGabrielSchool.org to learn all we have to offer students in grades K-8.