BofA Speech Contest

Winners in each grade level were from right to left: Nathan Mohanraj – Reagan Elementary (4th); Aabiba Alnahhal – Christa McAuliffe Elementary (5th); Justin Magugat – Christa McAuliffe Elementary (6th).

Twenty-five fourth, fifth and sixth graders participate in Bank of America speech competition, winners announced

Twenty-four fourth, fifth and sixth graders competed Thursday in the annual Bank of America Speech Competition at the Larry Reider Education Center in downtown Bakersfield. Each of the participants delivered a three to five minutes speech based on an essay they had previously written on the topic of “Water Resources:  Where are we now?  What does the future hold?”

Essay competition began at the school level. Each school judged the writing and nominated one fourth, fifth and sixth grade student essay writer to represent the school. Essays were then judged by a panel of teachers and the 24 finalists were identified for the countywide speech contest.

Bank of America’s South Sierra Valley Market and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) sponsor the competition, which awards trophies to all the finalists and Russo’s Books gift cards to the top three finishers in each grade level.

2018 Bank of America Essay and Speech Contest top three finishers:

 4th Grade
1st – Nathan Mohanraj – Reagan Elementary
2nd – Natalia Gonzales – Bear Mountain Elementary
3rd – Thomas Wilson – Discovery Elementary
5th Grade
1st – Aabiba Alnahhal – Christa McAuliffe Elementary
2nd – Anjana Chandrasekhar – Reagan Elementary
3rd – Cooper Dreher – Owens Intermediate
6th Grade
1st – Justin Magugat – Christa McAuliffe Elementary
2nd – Aarohi Patel – Reagan Elementary
3rd – Elizabeth Plank – Stockdale Elementary