Speech & Essay Contests

Congratulations to our students who shine in local and regional oratorical and essay contests, and a special thank you to Mrs. Wentzel who encourages and mentors these students. Our students have earned over $9,000 in winnings already this year. In 2015-2016, O'Connell students were awarded more than $17,000!

*Indicates advancing to national level.


2016-2017


SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Oratorical Contest – George Washington Chapter
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Kelly Shepperson (pictured above) – 1st Place Local ($100), 1st Place State ($1,000), Attending National Competition in July (awarded an all-expense paid trip for her and a parent to compete in Knoxville, TN)
Kayla Turner – 2nd Place Local ($50)
Andrew Turner – 3rd Place Local ($25)

Oratorical Contest - Colonel Grayson Chapter
Elizabeth Cooke - 1st Place Local ($100), 3rd Place State ($300)


Oratorical Contest – Fairfax Resolves Chapter
Anna Biernacki – 1st Place Local ($150 + $100 expenses)
Virginia Brough – 2nd Place Local ($100)

Essay Contest – George Mason Chapter
Philip Klote – 1st Place Local

Essay Contest – Colonel Grayson Chapter
Bradley Magee – 1st Place Local

Essay Contest – District of Columbia SAR
*Gabriella Grimaldi – 1st Place State ($1,000), *Moving on to National competition in July.


CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAS
Court Queen of Peace

Essay Contest
*Natalie Lychak - 1st Place Court, 1st Place State, Moving on to National competition.

Poetry Contest
Aidan Dolley - 1st Place Court, 2nd Place State

Art Contest
*Georgia Katsapis - 1st Place Court, 1st Place State, Moving on to National competition.
Elias Landeros - 2nd Place Court


VFW - Voice of Democracy Oral Essay Contest

Post 3150
Maeve March – 1st Place Local ($300)
Elizabeth Cooke – 2nd Place Local ($150)
Alexis Ferguson – 3rd Place Local ($75)
Delaney Greczyn – Honorable Mention ($25)
Mary Salinas – Honorable Mention ($25)


Post 609
Jesse Amoss – 2nd Place ($150)



DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (DAR)
Good Citizenship Award
Sarah Lawler ($100)



COLONEL SEOANE ESSAY CONTEST
John DeCello ($500)
Katherine Gardenier ($500)
Malia Stephens ($500)



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL - FALL CHURCH
Oratorical Contest

Susana Juarez - 1st Place Local ($150), 1st Place Area, Advanced to District
Caitlin Thompson – 2nd Place Local ($100)

Youth Leadership Award
Kirsten Knauf ($275)


OPTIMIST ESSAY CONTEST
Arlington Club
Malia Stephens – 1st Place Local ($500)

VIRGINIA RIGHT TO LIFE ESSAY CONTEST

Malia Stephens – 3rd Place Local ($250)


2015-2016

Alexandra Rodriguez (above) wins 2nd place at the national Sons of the American Revolution speech contest (July 2016)
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SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Oratorical Contest – George Washington Chapter
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Alexandra Rodriguez (pictured above) – 1st Place Local, 1st Place State ($1,000), 2nd Place Nationals (also awarded an all-expense paid trip for her and a parent to compete in Nashville, TN)

Oratorical Contest - George Mason Chapter
Frank Lucchetti - 1st Place Local

Oratorical Contest – Fairfax Resolves Chapter
Marissa Luna - 2nd Place Local ($50)

OPTIMIST CLUB AWARDS
Oratorical Contest - Alexandria Sunrise Chapter
Boys
Aidan McGowan - 1st Place ($100), 2nd Place in Region
Ian Alvano - 2nd Place ($75)

Girls
Kathryn Baker - 1st Place ($100)
Erin Horrigan - 2nd Place ($75), 2nd Place in Region
Margaret McDonald - 3rd Place ($50)

Essay Contest - Alexandria Sunrise Chapter
Emily Major - 1st Place ($200)
Mary Salinas - 3rd Place ($75)


Good Government Award - Alexandria Sunrise Chapter
Andrew Janis (pictured above)

Essay Contest - Arlington Chapter
Olivia Eichner - 1st Place ($500)
Grace DiLuigi - 2nd Place ($300)
Claire Stemberger - 3rd Place ($200)

Oratorical Contest - Arlington Chapter
Patrick Roney - 1st Place ($750), 1st Place Region, 2nd Place District

OPTIMIST ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP
Olivia Eichner - $8,000 College Scholarship



VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS (VFW)
Voice of Democracy Recorded Essay Contest
John Lyon Post #3150 in Arlington

Frank Lucchetti - 1st Place ($300)
Sean Bergman - 2nd Place ($150)
Tatum Andres - 3rd Place ($75)



AMERICAN LEGION WOMEN'S AUX. POST 194
Essay Contest
Paul Bean - 1st Place Local ($25)

AMERICAN LEGION WOMEN'S AUX. POST 1976
Essay Contest
Michael Policarpio - (Junior Level) 1st Place Local ($25), 1st Place State, 1st Place National
Colleen McGinn - (Senior Level) 1st Place Local ($25)



CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS
Essay Contest
*Isabella Galdabini - 1st Place Local, 1st Place State, Advanced to Nationals

Poetry Contest
Kaylynn Boswell - 1st Place Local, 2nd Place State

Art Contest
*Mai Thy Nguyen - 1st Place Local,1st Place State, Advanced to Nationals


NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE
Oratorical Contest
Sean Coggin - Tied 1st Place Local ($150)
Dylan Seagrave - Tied 1st Place Local ($150)
Casey Shows - Runner-up
Sierra Moore - Runner-up


ROTARY INTERNATIONAL
Oratorical Contest
Aidan McGowan - 1st Place Local ($150), 1st Place Area, Advanced to District


YOUTH APOSTLES
Essay Contest
Thomas Dannenfelser - Honorable Mention
Kelly Shepperson - Honorable Mention