LAUREL HILL —Two Carver Middle School students moved on to the district level competition in this week’s 47th annual oratorical Laurinburg Optimist Club contest.
Cooper Sutherland and Jordan Harris, were selected as winners of the speaking contest held Tuesday at Carver Middle School. The students are a part of the Public Speaking Club at the school.
This year’s topic: How my best brings out the best in others.
Cooper Sutherland said one of his best qualities is being helpful. He talked about how he helped one of his friends feel better during a difficult situation.
“He felt terrible. I kept telling him it wasn’t his fault. I finally calmed him down and the next day he felt better.”
Jordan Harris said she hopes she can be a role model to others. One of her best characteristics is being quiet.
“Don’t underestimate me because I am quiet, most of the time I am just being observant. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know.”
Neither Harris and Sutherland placed at the district level contest in Whiteville.
Before announcing the winners, Superintendent Ron Hargrave told the students they were all winners and congratulated them.
“As I say every time I get an opportunity we have some great students here in Scotland County and we should always support them in every chance we get,” he said.
A total of six students took part.
Student Liam Hawn said his traits were resourceful, perseverance, being a good friend and funny.
“These are my traits that bring out the best in me as well as the best in others,” he said.
He shared how his resourcefulness helped he and his father out in the wilderness. As it turned dark it started raining. He explained he used four sticks and a tarp to cover the ground so the rain didn’t put out the fire they were building.
“This was resourceful because I had think quickly in a difficult situation,” he said.
Student Kamdyn Morgan said the way you act to others makes a huge impact on how others feel.
“If you are nice and caring to someone it could bring out the best in them,” she said. “You never know what is happening to others when they are at home. But if you are caring towards them it could make their whole day better.”
Student Darasia Williams said be encouraging could bring out the best in others.
“You never know you might be the only encouragement that person may get. It also lets people know you won’t settle for anything less than being a success.”
Six-grader Montrice Davis shared one of his best characteristics is being a good listener. He learned this trait after noticing how during a conversation he was constantly being cut off or interrupted.
“Deep conversations can help you become a good listener,” he said.
Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.