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Coppergate, RideOut students win speech contest

Sixth grade winners Landon Opp, Jeremiah Jackson, Madison Baity and Wade Taylor.

Sixth grade winners Landon Opp, Jeremiah Jackson, Madison Baity and Wade Taylor.


GREEN COVE SPRINGS-Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from 22 schools competed in the Clay County 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Contest on May 20and 21 at the University of Florida/IFAS extension office.

The winners of 20 elementary school contests competed in the fourth and fifth grade category.

Fourth and fifth grade winners Dorion Sledge, Rylee Martin, Sarah Cobb and Paxton Shuppert.

Fourth and fifth grade winners Dorion Sledge, Rylee Martin, Sarah Cobb and Paxton Shuppert.

Dorion Sledge of Coppergate Elementary won the county’s fourth and fifth grade title with his speech, “My Family (Help!)”, Rylee Martin of Shadowlawn Elementary School placed second with “One Hip Girl” and Sarah Cobb of Fleming Island Elementary placed third with “The Black Flood”. Paxton Shuppert of Orange Park Elementary came in fourth with her speech titled “Narcissism”.

In the sixth grade category, winners from 17 school contests competed for the county title.    Landon Opp of RideOut Elementary won the competition with his speech, “Life.” Jeremiah Jackson from Doctors Inlet Elementary placed second with “Three Things that are Important to Me” and Madison Baity of Shadowlawn Elementary came in third with “Body Language.” Wade Taylor of Swimming Pen Creek Elementary placed fourth with “A Dream is a Wish Your Brain Makes”.

Each of the winners from both categories received plaques and the first place winners won a week at 4-H summer camp in July sponsored by Tropicana.

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