Ten students gave speeches March 2 around the theme, "If I were leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be..." to members of the Camillus Optimists Club.
The Optimists chose West Genesee Middle School sixth-grade student Mark Kopp and eighth-grade student Rachel Putnam to represent them at the zone level of the 2011 Oratorical Contest that will be held on March 22. Two winners from the zone contest will compete for scholarships at the district level in May.
Earning second place at the club contest were seventh-grade student Nataliya Onifrychuk from WGMS and eighth-grade student John Buttner from Camillus Middle School.
Clare Thomas and Monica Andrews placed first and second respectively at the CMS school-level contest. Also, Joshua Mattice placed second at CMS and Jack Griffith placed second at WGMS.
Maureen McInerny and Jacqueline Pardee were contestants from the high school, coordinated by English teacher Suzanne Ostrander. Competitors from CMS were coached by English teacher Erin Stepowany. The coaches from WGMS were Susan Gibbons and Kerry Uy.