The local Mt. Vernon Optimist Club held an oratorical contest with several Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) students participating. The theme for this year's speech was "What the World Gains from Optimism." The first place winners, Jennifer McGowen and Josh Ratliff, will advance to the district contest in Anderson. District winners will then advance to a regional contest and national contest with an award of $15,000.
This inaugural oratorical contest was open to boys and girls in grades 5 through 12. The first place winners received a check for $300, second place $200 and third received $100; each received a medal. These awards will be presented at the Optimist's breakfast on April 1st.
Winners - Girls:
1st - Jennifer McGowen
2nd - Madeline Bovard
3rd - Madison Smith
Winners - Boys:
1st - Josh Ratliff
2nd - Drake Borowicz
3rd - Joel Ratliff
Congratulations to all the participants and special thanks to the Mt. Vernon Optimist Club for encouraging MVCSC students in their educational careers!
Back Row - Drake Borowicz, Josh Ratliff, Madison Smith, Madeline Bovard
Front Row - Joel Ratliff, Julia Ratliff, Jennifer McGowen