Three winners and four honorable mentions were announced in the national level of Modern Woodmen of America’s 2012 School Speech Contest.
The topic for this year’s nationwide contest was “A time when volunteers made a difference.” This year Modern Woodmen asked all student speakers to select a time in American history when individuals have banded together to improve quality of life.
• Samantha Sullivan, an eighth-grade student in North Carolina, recognized the importance of the volunteers who evacuated people out of lower Manhattan during The Great Boat Lift of 9/11. She earned a $2,000 savings plan.
• Emily Freitas, a seventh-grade student in Missouri, recognized the importance of volunteers in Joplin who made a difference during relief efforts following tornadoes. She earned a $1,500 savings plan.
• Lorenzo C. Cruz, a sixth-grade student in New York, focused on the difference being made through volunteers in the Penny Harvest Movement. He earned a $1,000 savings plan.
• Ingrid Brindle, an eighth-grade student in Georgia, focused on the difference being made through volunteers in the It Gets Better Project, an online program dedicated to bringing hope to bullied teens and to prevent suicide.
• Andrew Cordes, a sixth-grade student in Connecticut, focused on the difference being made through volunteers in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
• Raina Grimsley, a seventh-grade student in South Dakota, focused on the difference being made through volunteers in the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
• Ian Hill, a seventh-grade student in Nebraska, recognized the importance of Red Cross volunteers.
The School Speech Contest, one of six youth educational programs sponsored by Modern Woodmen, is provided to schools across the country at no charge. For more than 60 years, students have gained confidence and improved their communication skills by participating in this contest. More than 101,000 young people competed in 2012, of which 26 advanced to the national judging in June.
As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders – members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2011 Modern Woodmen and its members provided nearly $26 million and one million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.
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