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On March 27, 2019, the annual preliminary optimist speech took place. In this competition, students write and present a speech about optimism. Each year the theme changes. This year’s big question students addressed was, “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?” All five competitors presented their speeches wonderfully, but three students truly exceeded the competition: Isaac Braun, (1st place) Nicholas Collins, (2nd place) and Lily Thompson (3rd place). 

 

Lily Thompson, 7th grade, participated in the speech for the very first time this year. She spoke confidently and took her rightful spot in the top three. Lily says, “I didn’t really know how to write it or how many people I would be going against.” She still did an astounding job and participated in the next round of the speech contest. 

 

Another remarkable speaker who crushed the competition is Nicholas Collins, 7th grade. Nicholas participates in the optimist speech yearly, and always places high. His speech is about how there is not a fine line between optimism and reality because his “…imagination crushes that barrier…” He also went onto the next level.  

 

Isaac Braun, 7th grade, took that first-place medal proudly.  Isaac also competes yearly and has  since the third grade. His speech expresses how you can diminish the line between optimism and reality and make an “optimistic reality.” Isaac says, “it was a really hard prompt this year…” and he had to make a big effort to place first.  

 

The next level of the competition was held at the Gulf Breeze Rec Center on April 13, 2019. All three contestants who placed presented their speeches once again and made any necessary changes to better the speech. Isaac Braun, 7th grade, placed third in the overall competition. Maggie Messer, GBHS junior and former GBMS student, placed first and will go on to the state competition in May.

 

 

 

 

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