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From left, Kate Boyea, Kate Eastland, Kaitlin Griffin and Sean Corrigan, students at Amherst Middle School, receive awards during the school's annual Wells' Public Speaking Contest recently. (COURTESY)

Amherst students show off poise, enthusiasm in speaking contest

AMHERST - Amherst Middle School students recently participated in the school's annual Wells' Speaking Contest, with a student from each grade level taking home a trophy.

The finalists from this year's contest were: fifth-grader Kate Boyea with her presentation of "Gingerbread Fred," sixth-grader Kate Eastland with "The Paper Bag Princess," and seventh-grader Kaitlin Griffin, with her personal memory of "The Juice Fiasco." Seventh-grader Sean Corrigan was given the Aaron Ebbert Award for enthusiasm and excellence in public speaking.

Students were required to choose a story or picture book that inspired them, memorize it and then perform it for their classroom before taking the stage in front of the entire grade level.

"The performances were exceptional. The students dazzled the audience with enthusiasm, poise and talent," said a release from the school. "It was an outstanding evening of excitement and entertainment, and we look forward to seeing what next year will bring."

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