Blackhawk student wins city-wide speech competition - April 26, 2011

Record Number: 7458
Displayed from: Apr 26, 2011 , until: Jun 30, 2011

Blackhawk Middle School student Bailee Cheathams won the Fort Wayne Community Schools 2011 Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest with a speech on "Mosque at Ground Zero." Students from each of the 11 middle schools participated in the city-wide competition at the Grile Administrative Center on April 20 after winning their school competitions. First runner-up in the city-wide competition was First Runner-up was Urvi Joshi from Jefferson Middle School, with the topic "What Will Reform American Education?" Second runner-up was Caleb Curtis from Portage Middle School, whose topic was "Bully Prevention What really needs to happen?" Other speakers were: Demetria Griffin from Kekionga Middle School, Alissa Lovejoy from Lakeside Middle School, Mikayla Unger from Lane Middle School, Abigail Grider from Memorial Park Middle School, Clarence White from Miami Middle School, Lavia Walker from Northwood Middle School, Morenike Ogunsusi from Shawnee Middle School and Sydney Witzigreuter from Towles Intermediate School. The Central Lions Club will host a luncheon honoring all of the speakers at on May 18. Sponsors, principals and parents are also invited to attend.

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.