Weddington Optimist Club announces oratorical winners

Oratorical contest winners were Kailey Spicer, Hannah Spicer and Meredith Benton. Photo courtesy of Weddington Optimist Club

WEDDINGTON – Hannah Spicer, a freshman at Marvin Ridge High School, recently won the Weddington Optimist Club’s 2021 oratorical contest on the topic “Healing the World with Optimism.”

Hannah won $150 for the honor. She will compete at the district level where she will be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs. College scholarships are available for top winners.

Born and raised in the Weddington area, Hannah enjoys playing the piano, figure skating, writing and dancing for her school.

“Hannah Spicer made a wonderful presentation on speaking to this year’s topic,” President Bill Deter said. “Her oratory skills and sincerity of her words deserved the honor of first place.”

Meredith Benton, a sophomore at Marvin Ridge High School, was awarded $100 for her runner-up finish.

Meredith has lived in the area for four years and moved here from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Matthew and Lisa Benton.

“I live my life through faith, love giving back to the community and I pour 100% of myself into things I am passionate about,” she said.

Meredith will also advance to the district competition.

Third-place finisher Kailey Spicer received $75 for her effort.

Hannah and Kailey are the daughters of Bail and Neil Spicer.

The Weddington Optimist Club has been active in the community since 1980. Other programs and service projects that the club supports include an essay contest, five $2,000 college scholarships, a most improved student party, a visual arts contest, breakfast with Santa, and financial support to the South Mountain Children’s Home and needy families at Christmas

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