PERRY -- Optimism is one of the keys to life.
That message came directly from three Houston County fifth-graders at the school board’s monthly meeting Tuesday. It was the theme for the county’s oratorical contest.
“Thorough success begins with optimism,” said contest winner Selena Spielman of Russell Elementary. “An optimistic person is confident in their abilities and always gives 110 percent.”
Spielman talked about her health issues as part of her speech, noting that she had experienced migraines, partial blindness and even required a spinal tap to remove fluid from around her brain. Through all of that, she said she learned to remain optimistic despite circumstances.
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Centerville Elementary’s Ashleigh Baston and Shirley Hills Elementary’s Nadiah Watson, who finished second and third in the contest, also delivered their speeches at the meeting.
Board members had kind words for the three contest winners in their remarks, with Vice Chairman Fred Wilson and board members Bryan Upshaw and Hoke Morrow noting an emotional impact.
“These three young ladies ... they were fantastic,” Morrow said.
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