Speech teams from The Linsly School, Moundsville Middle School and Sherrard Middle School competed Saturday in the annual MMS Forensics Tournament.
More than 60 students competed in 10 different categories. Each participant presented the same piece three times throughout the day. Local educators and community members served as judges. Trophies were awarded to the top six places in each event.
The Sweeps Award was presented to the winning team, Moundsville Middle School. The Linsly School came in second and Sherrard Middle School finished third.
Middle school speakers follow slightly modified high school speech team competition rules. Designed to expose students to the basics of public speaking, the program is built upon the premise public speaking is a valuable skill in today’s world. In addition, participation in speech team activities strengthens student self-esteem and communication skills.
MMS students practice throughout the school year, meeting weekly with adult coaches and advisors, though most work is completed independently. The team is advised by the team’s founder Charlotte Nadolski. It has grown from eight members in its first season to more than 40 this year.
Linsly and Sherrard Middle School will team up to host a spring tournament.