2014 Gifted Oratorical Contest
Model Middle eighth-grader wins annual speech contest
Posted on 01/17/2014

Kayleigh Carney, an eighth-grade student at Model Middle School, has won the 2014 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest.  Carney's win continued the streak of success for Model in the oratorical event. A Model Middle student has won the Gifted Oratorical Contest for each of the past five years.  The event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other students.  Floyd County Schools Gifted Coordinator McCall Govignon said, “The contest is an opportunity for Floyd County students to showcase their academic talents.” 

Carney and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle and Pepperell Middle participated in the sixth annual oratorical contest on Thursday, January 16, at the Floyd County Board of Education central office on Riverside Parkway. You may view a clip of Carney's speech on the Floyd County Schools YouTube channel at: 

The gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school and advance to the system contest. The top two school qualifiers from each school participated in the system contest for 6th, 7th or 8th grade gifted students in Floyd County Schools. The contest was judged by members of Toastmasters of Rome. The participants in the oratorical contest were judged on poise, content of their speech, delivery and overall effectiveness. Each contestant was to give a speech of no more than five minutes on the topic: "How my passion impacts the world."

The winners of the contest were:
  • First Place: Kayleigh Carney, eighth-grade, Model Middle School
  • Second Place: Laura McCurry, seventh-grade, Armuchee Middle School
  • Third Place: Kayla Hutcherson, seventh-grade, Armuchee Middle School

School participants included:

Armuchee Middle School

  • Laura McCurry, seventh-grade
  • Kayla Hutcherson, seventh-grade

Coosa Middle School

  • Zac Mitchell, seventh-grade
  • Mia Thompson, eighth grade

Model Middle School

  • Kayleigh Carney, eighth-grade
  • Emily Falcitelli, eighth-grade

Pepperell Middle School

  • Andrew Chandler, eighth-grade
  • Story Vernon, eighth-grade

Photo: Left to Right - Laura McCurry, Kayleigh Carney, and Kayla Hutcherson

2014 winners