Eighteen students from New Covenant Christian School in Abingdon earned ribbons at the 2016 Association of Christian Schools International Speech Meet in Elkton. Here are the details:
New Covenant Christian School Students Reaping Rewards Beyond Ribbons and Awards
Students from New Covenant Christian School, Grammar School located in Abingdon, recently competed in the 2016 Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Speech Meet.
Eighteen students in grades first through sixth showcased their oral speaking skills, returning with fourteen superior and four excellent ribbons.
Students from Harford, Baltimore, Prince George’s, Frederick County, and even several Virginia area schools, participated in the April 15th competition, which was hosted by Tristate Christian Academy of Elkton, MD.
The ACSI Speech Meet is designed to help students develop techniques to speak audibly, articulately, expressively, and with poise and confidence before an audience. Students demonstrate their ability by delivering a memorized passage from categories such as Bible Memorization, Fables and Folklore and Poetry in front of a panel of judges. Participants do not compete against one another; rather, they are judged against an established set of criteria.
NCCS’s Principal, Jean Armstrong, is thankful for the opportunity this competition affords students to grow in confidence and oratory skills. Speaking before an audience is an important life skill that NCCS students begin to develop at an early age. Armstrong said, “New Covenant students begin reciting scripture and poetry in kindergarten so they will not be anxious about public speaking as they grow. Our results at the Speech Meet show that the method of a classical education works beautifully!”
“Memorizing, establishing eye contact, and learning to speak clearly and distinctly are skills that will help them for the rest of their lives as they interact with the world around them. We are so proud of our students who took on this additional challenge,” she added.
The following students had outstanding performances at the competition: first-grade poetry: Giada Pugh, superior; first-grade Bible: Deacon Riley, superior; second-grade poetry: Abby Allen, excellent; second-grade Bible: Derek John, excellent; third-grade poetry: Natalie Sandbek, superior; third-grade Bible: Cassidy Walters, superior; third-grade fable and folklore: Frances Finley, superior; fourth-grade poetry: Sam Rossi, superior; fourth-grade Bible: Aubrey Heise, superior; fourth-grade fable and folklore: Caleb Brown, excellent; fifth-grade poetry: Gideon Foraker, superior; fifth-grade Bible: Mitch A., superior; fifth-grade patriotic oration: Joshua Brown, superior; fifth-grade dramatic Bible prose: Nora John, superior; sixth-grade poetry: Jill Witkowski, superior; fifth-grade Bible: Bryce Mensah, excellent; fifth-grade patriotic oration: Sofia Mullenix, superior; sixth-grade dramatic Bible prose: Lilly Brietenback, superior.