February 3, 2022–12:05 p.m.
Karis Long, a seventh-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2022 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest. The oratorical event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skills and connect with other students. The 2022 contest was the 13th annual competition and used the speech theme “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times”.
Gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school and advance to the system contest. The top two school qualifiers from each middle school participated in the system contest. The contest was judged by retired educators of Floyd County Schools, Gail Silver, Sarah Whitley, and Norma Williams. The contestants were scored on poise, speech content, delivery, and overall effectiveness. The speech could be no more than five minutes.
The winners of the contest were:
First place: Peytyn Barker, seventh-grade
Second place: Olivia Casey, seventh-grade
First place: Elinor Thomas, seventh-grade
Second place: Kayne Couch, seventh-grade
First place: Karis Long, seventh-grade
Second place: Ava Styles, seventh-grade
First place: Caedmon Burnette, seventh-grade
Second place: Rylin Crane, seventh-grade
First place: Karis Long, seventh-grade, Model Middle
Second place: Elinor Thomas, seventh-grade, Coosa Middle
Third place: Ava Styles, seventh-grade, Model Middle