BofA Speech Contest
Twenty-four fourth, fifth and sixth graders participated in the annual Bank of America Speech Competition on May 8
Twenty-four fourth, fifth and sixth graders participated in the annual Bank of America Speech Competition on May 8 at the Larry Reider Education Center in downtown Bakersfield. In the end, it was Emilia Pashayeva, Mikaela Vargas, and Zoe Schimnowski who were named the best at their grade level. Each of the participants had to deliver a three to five minutes speech based on an essay they had previously written on the topic of “What is Global Warming? Is it a serious threat to our world?”
Essay competition began at the school level. Each school judged the writing and nominated one fourth, fifth and sixth grade student essay writer to represent the school. Thirty-six essays were then judged by a panel of teachers and the 24 finalists were identified for the speech contest.
Bank of America’s Central California Market and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) sponsor the competition, which awards trophies to all the finalists and Russo’s Books gift cards to the top three finishers in each grade level.
2014 Bank of America Essay and Speech Contest top three finishers:
1st Place – Emilia Pashayeva — Ronald Reagan Elementary
2nd Place – Elyse Holladay — Thorner Elementary
3rd Place – Khalei Meeks — Rio Bravo Elementary
1st Place – Mikaela Vargas — Thorner Elementary
2nd Place – Shobita Ranganath — Ronald Reagan Elementary
3rd Place – Luke Merickel — Stockdale Elementary
1st Place – Zoe Schimnowski — Endeavour Elementary
2nd Place – Sagar Gupta — Stockdale Elementary
3rd Place – Dylan Mendoza — El Camino Real Elementary