C0NGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF SPEAKING PROUDLY 2021!
Second and Third-Place Winners
First-place winner Lillian Rae Imm and emcee Annette Meeks are all smiles after learning Lillian won the Speaking Proudly oratory competition.
A Chisago City teenager, Lillian Rae Imm, took first place in the Speaking Proudly oratory competition October 23 at the Minnesota State Capitol. A student at Liberty Classical Academy in White Bear Lake, she received a trophy and $2,000 prize for her eight-minute speech titled “Conservatives Silenced on College Campuses.”
Emily Paige Lawrence
Nova Tseng, an Orono High School student from Long Lake, won the second prize of $1,500 for her speech, “Polarization Is Hurting Our Nation.” Third place and a $1,000 prize went to Emily Paige Lawrence of Woodbury, a student at East Ridge High School, whose speech was titled, “The Fear Factor.”
Girls from around the state spoke on the 2021 topic: “A More Perfect Union, Rising to the Challenge.” Annette Meeks, founder and CEO of the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota served as master of ceremonies for the final round of competition.
A non-partisan, non-profit project of Metro Republican Women, Speaking Proudly is a biennial event for Minnesota girls from all types of schools, including public, private, home and charter schools.
Hear the winners' speeches:
Watch for more competition-day photos coming soon!
Other girls competing in the event and their speeches were:
Ilana Natalya Davydova
“Stop Censoring My Rights”
Minnetrista, Mound Westonka High School
Sofia Victoria Doval
“More Civic Union”
Edina, Edina High School
Kaylee Lynn Guetter
“The Art of Compromise”
Rochester, Guetter Academy
Genevieve Rose Kapsner
“A More Perfect Union”
Melrose, Laetare Academy
Sarah Joy Klein
“A More Perfect Education”
Rochester, Klein Academy
“Curbing Excessive Executive Power
St. Paul, Cretin-Derham Hall
Elizabeth Lynn Mitchell
“Restore Our Families, Restore Our Nation”
Minnetonka, Chesterton Academy
Grace Magdalene Wachholz
“Independent Education – The Key to Liberty”
Burnsville, Wacholz Academy
Ella Mae Wanschura
“Gun Control and the Effects on America”
Forest Lake, Liberty Classical Academy
Olivia Jane Wojahn
“Believing What You Can’t See: The Pandemic and Mental Health”
Thief River Falls, Lincoln High School
Watch the final round and award ceremony, courtesy of Alpha News
FROM OUR 2019 COMPETITORS
“The whole experience was incredible … Speaking in the Capitol, I never thought I would do that.”
“I felt like we could speak our minds and ideas freely and maybe even influence the opinions of listeners.”
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