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Results announced for 66th annual Henry Greve Speech Contest

Kern County Superintendent of Schools


March 27, 2021

Kern County 7th and 8th graders competed in the 66th annual Henry Greve Speech Contest, which was held virtually on March 18. Each of the competing students had between four minutes 30 seconds and seven minutes to convince the judges with their persuasive speeches, answering the prompt: “Why is it important to embrace diversity?”

The competition, sponsored by Bakersfield Toastmasters “Golden Empire” Club No. 270 and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, awarded trophies to the first, second and third place finishers. The champion’s perpetual trophy goes on display at the winner’s school for one year.

Each of the participants competed in virtual classroom, school and district speech contests to qualify for the County championship. Their performances were judged on oratorical development, effectiveness, language and physical presentation.

The contest is named in memory of Henry Greve Jr., a KCSOS speech and language therapist. He was past president of the Toastmasters Club and responsible for forming Junior Toastmasters Clubs in area schools.

This year’s top three participants:

1st place — Himmut “Mimi” Chatha –

Rosedale Middle School

2nd place — Habiba Alnahhal –

Warren Junior High School

3rd place — Anjana Chandrasekhar –

Warren Junior High School


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