The program offers students and advisers both training and experience in the art of speaking and delivery as well as the opportunity to experience public speaking and debate.
Students compete in a variety of events including reading of prose, reading of poetry, memorized drama scenes, Lincoln-Douglas debate, public forum debate, extemporaneous speaking on current event topics and limited preparation events.
Trophies are awarded to the winners in each category at the varsity level and medals to the winners at the junior high level at each tournament. The top two-placing teams at the end of the competition also receive a “sweepstakes” trophy for their school.
In the first event, the first place trophy for overall performance went to Delaware Academy Central School in Delhi, second place went to Walton and third place was awarded to Worcester Central School.
At the recent Tractor Fest at the Farmers’ Museum, Central New York Tractor Club President Gary Allen was one of those showing restored farm machinery.
“Farming has changed so much over the years,” he said. Riding in the new equipment is like driving a car, he said, while the tractors he grew up with were a lot different.
He said he’s been doing restorations since he was 16.
“I love to see them cleaned up and looking good,” he said. He grew up with an Allis Chalmers WD45, and has three of them in his collection.
“You don’t do it for the value,” he said. “It’s history that will never be repeated again.”
MARK BOSHNACK is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.