Results Announced Henry Greve Speech Contest

Results Announced Henry Greve Speech Contest

  • March 31, 2023

Kern County 7th and 8th graders competed in the 68th annual Henry Greve Speech Contest, held on March 30, 2023. Each of the competing students had between four-and-a-half and seven minutes to convince the judges with their persuasive speeches, answering the prompt: “As a part of 21st Century Education should all students learn a 2nd language starting in elementary?

Azin Khajvand from Warren Jr. High was the winner of the 2023 Henry Greve Speech Contest.

The competition, sponsored by Bakersfield Toastmasters “Golden Empire” Club No. 270 and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, awarded trophies to the first, second and third place finishers. The champion’s perpetual trophy goes on display at the winner’s school for one year.

Each of the participants competed in virtual classroom, school, and district speech contests to qualify for the county championship. Their performances were judged on oratorical development, effectiveness, language, and physical presentation.

The contest is named in memory of Henry Greve Jr., a KCSOS speech and language therapist. He was past president of the Toastmasters Club and responsible for forming Junior Toastmasters Clubs in area schools.

This year’s top three participants were:

1st place: Azin Khajvand / Warren Jr. High

2nd place: Grace Larma / Warren Jr. High

3rd place: Jasmine Bajwa / Tevis Jr. High