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SEEDS OF FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: Students participate in elementary speech meet

by KIM HARTLE, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 04, 2014 10:50 AM

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

This opening line of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln was among some of the most well-known patriotic lines recited at the recent Association of Christian Schools International Elementary Speech Meet.

On March 28, six Seeds of Faith Christian Academy elementary students joined 160 students from nine Pittsburgh-area Christian schools to participate in the Association of Christian Schools International Western Pennsylvania Speech Meet hosted by the Evangel Heights Christian Academy in Sarver.

[PHOTO:  Elementary students from Seeds of Faith Christian Academy recently participated in the Association of Christian Schools International Western Pennsylvania Speech Meet. They are, front row, from left, Grant Bohnen, Isaac Deyarmin and Landon Kodman; and back row, Emily Findley, James Smyers and Joellene Deyarmin.  (Vickie Deyarmin/Seeds of Faith Christian Academy)]

Students could participate in one of the following events: poetry recitation, Bible memorization, fable and folklore, patriotic oration, dramatic Bible prose and original speech.

Student pieces varied in length according to grade level.

All presentations were memorized.

A panel of three judges who were teachers from other schools critiqued the students according to their category-appropriate rubrics, looking at stage presence, flow of language and eye contact.

Each student was both praised for what they did well as well as encouraged in areas where they needed improvement.

The day ended with an awards ceremony, in which students were recognized for their achievements in each category.

Seeds of Faith Christian Academy also hosted the Junior and Senior High ACSI Speech Meet on March 21. Approximately 50 students from Seeds of Faith, DuBois Christian School and Johnstown Christian School participated in a variety of public speaking events.

These events encourage students of all ages to develop leadership skills that will aid them in the future.

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