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Record Number: 4034
Displayed from: Apr 24, 2008 , until: May 15, 2008
Blackhawk Middle School eighth-grader Ryan Tapp won the 2008 Fort Wayne Community Schools Middle School Persuasive Speech Contest Wednesday, April 23. Students from eight of the district's middle schools participated in the 33rd annual competition at the Grile Administration Center after winning their school contests. During the competition, students each gave a 3- to 5-minute persuasive speech on a topic they researched. The event teaches students about persuasive writing and communicating fluently as well as providing an opportunity to experience public speaking. Also placing at the competition were eighth-grader Grace Jung of Lane Middle School as first runner-up and eighth-grader Lindsey Rogers of Memorial Park Middle School as second runner-up. The other contestants were: eighth-grader Chelsey Griffin of Northwood Middle School, sixth-grader Nevada Jones of Jefferson Middle School, eighth-grader Autumn Koomler of Miami Middle School, eighth-grader Allison Martin of Portage Middle School and seventh-grader Noah Ortiz of Shawnee Middle School. The event was broadcast live on LTV 54/24 and will be rebroadcast at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26; 11 a.m. and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27; 4 p.m. Monday, April 28; and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.