Level 2 contest winners from left are Madison Lee, Kirsten Mossberg, Kienan Giller
WINDSOR – Five Catholic schools took part in an oration contest on May 18 at St. Gabriel School.
St. Gabriel, St. Mary/St. Joseph of Willimantic, St. John of Old Saybrook, St. Michael of Pawcatuck and St. Pius X of Westerly, R.I., competed in the district speech contest, which was sponsored by the Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization.
The competing students already had one first, second or third place in their local contests.
The students addressed the topic, "A Time when Volunteers Made a Difference."
The first-place winner, Kirsten Mossberg, an eighth grade student at St. Gabriel, won a $50 cash award and a trophy. Her school will also receive an engraved trophy.
The second-place winner, Kienan Giller, a seventh grader at St. Mary/St. Joseph School in Willimatic, and the third-place winner, Madison Lee, an eighth grader at St. Gabriel’s, also received trophies.
More than 100,000 students compete in Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest each year.
The next level of the contest will take place June 9 at St. Ann School in Bridgeport.