From left: Jan Norman, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club oratorical contest chairperson; Sarah Kale, 2014 state oratory contest winner; Jeff Cheney, South Forsyth High School principal; Randy O'Dell, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club president. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2014CUMMING, Ga. — Sarah Kale, a student at South Forsyth High School, was the Georgia winner of the 2014 Optimist International Oratorical Contest held recently in Columbus, Georgia.
Kale represented the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club.
This year's topic was "How My Passions Impact the World." Kale talked about her love of horses and teaching young people to ride, helping them to gain confidence and self-esteem.
In recognition of Kale winning the state competition, she received a $2,500 scholarship and a plaque during an awards ceremony May 19, at South Forsyth High School.
In appreciation of the school's support, and the help of oratory coordinator Jeannie Johnson, members of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club also presented a trophy to Principal Jeff Cheney.
"Hundreds of students from all over the state competed, and we saw the toughest competition that I remember," said Jan Norman, oratorical chairperson of the Sawnee-Cumming Club. "But Sarah impressed the judges the most."
This was Kale's seventh year competing.
"We've had the opportunity to see through her how valuable this program can be to our young people," Norman said. "I can't tell you how proud we are of her."