Middle school students speak out - April 18, 2008

Record Number: 4019
Displayed from: Apr 18, 2008 , until: May 02, 2008

Students from the 11 middle school in Fort Wayne Community Schools will compete in the annual Middle School Interscholastic Speech Contest at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Grile Administrative Center. To participate in the city competition, students had to win their school competitions by preparing a 3- to 5-minute persuasive speech. Students were to pick controversial, but constructive, contemporary topics, such as Darfur, animal adoption or single-gender schools. Students researched the topics and presented their speech before their peers and, often, judges from the community. At the city competition, the students will be judged by the FWCS high school speech coaches. Fort Wayne Community Schools has hosted a middle school speech competition for many years as a way to teach students about persuasive writing and communicating fluently. The school and citywide competitions also help students learn about public speaking and how posture, voice and gestures are used to communicate skills that will be important as they continue their education and enter the workforce.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.