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2021 Speech Competition

We held our 2021 Public Speaking Competition in April. In order to practice appropriate social distancing, the event was held virtually, with students submitting video speeches to the competition for three rounds of judging.

Date April 2021

Steve Stuglin – Announcement Video

Finalists (5) Click on speech titled for videos of the speeches.
Sponsors Rome Area Council for the Arts
GHC Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
GHC Student Life
Follett Bookstore
GHC Honors Program
GHC Six Mile Post
GHC Brother 2 Brother
Special Thanks to Allison Hattaway, Clifton Puckett, and Jon Hershey

Final: Travice Obas, Dana Nichols, MaKiah Jordan (student winner in 2020!)

Primary and Semifinal: Dana Pergrem, Charles Grimm, Jonathan Howard, Laura Gargis, Alan Campfield, Brandy Rogers, Jillian Petro, Amy Gandolfi, Erin Shufro, Allen Dutch, Melanie Largin, Erica Simpson, Julie Kozee, Greg Smith, Tara Holdampf, Alex Reiter

Student’s Choice Winners determined by Six Mile Post Vote
Semifinalists (30) Listed below, with speech titles.
Total Competitors   *58*



List of Semifinalists (who win a t-shirt!)

Stephanie Mendoza  

Public Schools vs. Homeschools 

Benjamin Gilbert 

America Needs to Focus More on Soccer 

Adrian Chaney 

Legalizing Syringe Exchange Programs Nationwide  

Ela Valenzuela 


Long Term Effects of Strict Parenting Style 

Cassandra Johnson 


Adopt, Don’t Shop! 

Maria Crespo 


Plastics in the Environment 

Alec Morris 


Financial Opportunities in the Stock Market 

Aiden Soriano 


Cell Phone Bans 

Kaden Harris 


Pay to Play 

Cadence Kohana Cox 

Opt out of Standardized Tests 

Jalen Caldwell 


Are Paper Books Better than E-Books? 

McKenzie Wakefield 



Abdias Perez 


Finding Peace 

Robert Davis Smedley 


A Casino on a Disk 

Zachary Von Colln 

The Tax on Life 

Amber Irene Cockrell 


Mental Health Does not Define You, It Refines You 

Samantha Lennon 


Adopt, Don’t Shop 

Lionel Nunn 


Speak Sooner 

Roy Ozmore 


Why you should play video games 

Lucille Van Valkenburg 


Why Humans Should Eat Less Meat 

Amanda Slay 


Why you Should Buy a Dog from an Animal Shelter 

Paeyton Watson 


We Don’t Need to Raise the Minimum Wage 

Mackenzie Brody 


Phone Addiction 

Kristina Vonnordeck 


Stop the Federal Minimum Wage Increase 

Abbie Barnette 


Late Term Abortions 

Abriana Byrd 


Dance is just like any other sport 

Sean Barrett 


Video Games Benefit Mental Health 

Jordan Bishop 


Why Media Bias Should Be Allowed 

Kayle Wehner 


Benefits of Recycling  

Evelisa Meza 


DACA Residency After Graduation