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Adair 8th grader, Blake Aaron, 3rd in Lincoln speech competition
ACMS student takes honors in statewide contest held at Hodgenville, KY. Event sponsored by Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
An eighth grade student at Adair County Middle School, Blake Aaron, won third place in the statewide speech contest sponsored by the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Aaron, the son of Barbara Shepherd and Dr. Phil Aaron, won $100 for third place, awarded February 2, 2008, in Hodgenville, KY.
Students selected from a variety of topics about Lincoln's life, researched, wrote their speech, then delivered it in competition before representatives of the National Historic Site. According to Blake, "It was an honor to compete with students from across the state. They had really done their research. It was a treat to hear their delivery," he said.
The following is a copy of the speech prepared by Blake Aaron:
Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to have been the greatest American President. His personal history is a rags-to-riches story. Born into a poor Kentucky family, he learned to read by the light of an open fire and was mostly self-educated. He had little formal schooling, but he had a great capacity for growth. He was a bookworm and whenever he was around people or books, they would cause him great pleasure. He became educated by never being ashamed to confess his ignorance and by asking questions.Blake is pledging his $100 prize to the Adair County Relay for Life.
Winners of the competition will receive their prizes during the bicentennial celebration at the national historic site in Hodgenville, KY, on Tuesday, February 12, 2008.
At the celebration, President George Bush will speak and plant a tree to commemorate Lincoln's 200th birthday. The newly elected Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, and other dignitaries will also speak.
This story was posted on 2008-02-05 03:03:05
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