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9th Graders Delight in Discourse

n Wednesday, April 8th, Pacific Ridge students, faculty and staff were treated to a series of articulate and persuasive orations at Community Life.
The eight speakers were winners of a preliminary round of speeches made by every member of the Class of 2018. Ninth graders prepared topics of their own choosing and spent five weeks writing, peer editing, revising and practicing their presentations. The finalists were assessed by a panel of judges including upperclassmen and adult members of the Pacific Ridge community. Congratulations to all orations participants and to the following winners and finalists:
1st Place: Paige Hellinger -  "Mainstream Media's Portrayal of Teenage Sex and the Importance of Thinking for Yourself"   
2nd Place: Drew Green -  "Legos, Learning and Creativity" 
3rd Place: Keara Keitel - "The Power of Positive Thinking"  
Honorable Mention: Haitong Du - "Breaking Down Cultural Stereotypes"
Rachel Bell - "The Benefits of Classical Music "   
Ben Causey - "The Art of Self Discipline"   
Ava Claxton - "Teen Body Image and Eating Disorders"
Ellie McLoughlin - "Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone