We would like to thank all of the schools in the Pelham area that sent students to our Effective Speaking contest on February 24.

Thanks to all the contestants, your speeches were informative and entertaining. In our eyes you were all winners.

To the parents thank you for encouraging your children to take part in a dying art. Speaking in public will be so important to them as they go through life.

To the judges who took time out of their busy lives to judge the speeches, thank you.

Thank you for making it a successful afternoon even with the brief power outage.