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7th-grade Students Participate in SVC’s Sarnoff Speech Contest

7th-grade winners in Sarnoff Speech ContestSouthern Vermont College (SVC) hosted the Eighth Annual Sarnoff Speech Contest for area seventh-grade students, which took place at the Laumeister Art Center. The contest is in honor of Dorothy Sarnoff, an American operatic soprano, music theatre actress, and an influential image consultant, who specialized in helping others perfect the art of speaking well. Nineteen students entered the contest from four area schools: Drury High School in North Adams, Mass.; Maple Street School in Manchester, Vt.; Mountain School at Winhall, Vt.; and Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Mass. Winning first place was Braiden Pearson from Mountain School (pictured right), second-place winner was Charlotte Benjamin from Pine Cobble School (pictured middle), and third-place winner was Myles Lahue from Maple Street School (pictured left). This annual event is sponsored by the Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundations under the coordination of SVC’s class, Public Speaking in Civic Life, and Senior Lecturer Tracey Forest.

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