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 an average of $10,000 in winnings each year for the past eight years. This year's group has been awarded more than $17,000!

*Indicates advancing to national level.


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)
Colleen McGinn - (Senior Level) 1st Place Local ($25)



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