• Mackenzie Dekle

Mr. Smith holds persuasive speech contest with U.S. veterans


Mr. Hank Smith's Speech and Debate class will be entering the "Voice of Democracy" speech contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The topic is "American: History: Our Hope for the Future." All CHS students are eligible to enter, as well. Students will be competing against 40,000 other high schools if CHS student winners are able to make it to state and national levels.

The contest will have two winners from our school. Those two winners will then advance to the next level: regionals. There, they will compete with schools like Bainbridge, Thomasville City and County schools, and Albany schools. If we have a winner from that level, they will compete at the state level. The winner of the state competition will win $3000 and move on to the National Competition. The winner at Nationals will receive a Grand Prize of $30,000.

The speech must be between 3-5 minutes in length. Three judges from CHS will determine the winner at the school level. Entries are due at CHS by Oct. 25, 2018. The local VFW post will determine the regional winners October 31. According to the "Voice of Democracy" entry form, "Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. residents or have applied for permanent residence and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law."

There are possibilities that student participants will receive prizes and scholarships through this contest. State winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. on March 3-7, 2019. There, they will tour Washington D.C. be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary, and receive their portion of $145,000 in national awards.

For more information, go see Mr. Hank Smith on the English Wing in room 35