Aleksandra Ramon recites "Eulogy on the Dog" during the Jones Elementary School Declamation Contest on Friday.
Michael Elencik, a fifth-grader, recites the poem "What If" during the 10th annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest public speaking competition Friday at the school in Portage. All fourth- and fifth-graders participated in the five-week event, but the competition was narrowed to six fina…
Fifth-grade finalists in the annual Declamation Contest visit before taking the stage to compete Friday. From left are Michael Elencik, Sakinh Ibrahim, Lucas Miller, Olivia Morrison, Melina Ramirez and Kaelin Ritley.
The coveted championship trophies for the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest.
Declamation contest judges Linda Williams, left, and Dr. Deb Dudek talk to fifth-grade teachers Josh Sabinas and Julie Whitten during the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest on Friday at Jones Elementary School.
Jones Elementary School Principal Mitch Miller, left, prepares to distribute trophies to fourth-grade students Friday during the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest.
Fifth-grade student Dakota Lee gives a presentation of Patrick Henry's famous 1775 speech Friday during the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest.
Fifth-grade students prepare themselves Friday as they wait to compete in the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest. Six finalists from both the fourth- and fifth-grade grades were in the running for two championship trophies awarded to each grade.
Fourth-grade student Emilee Craigin recites Susan B. Anthony's Suffrage speech, "Are Women Persons?" on Friday during the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest at the school. Emilee and and classmate Olivia Morrison both won individual championship trophies for the fourth grade, …
Fifth grade students Dakota Lee, left and Anthony Maletta step forward to claim their championship trophy Friday after competing in the ninth annual Jones Elementary Declamation Contest.
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