Winners Announced in Annual Bank of America Speech Contest

Friday May 3, 2024

Young minds from Kern County schools displayed their writing and oratory skills Thursday night at the annual Bank of America Essay/Speech Contest. The event provided a platform for students in grades four through six to express their thoughts on a common topic: “If You Could Trade Places with Anyone for a Day, Whom Would You Trade With and Why?”

Sponsored and judged by Bank of America employees and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS), the contest required students to craft research-based, informational essays or speeches that not only addressed the given topic but also showcased their personal insights and experiences.

The event served as a platform for young writers and speakers to hone their skills, express their creativity, and share their perspectives with the community. The competition not only celebrates academic excellence but also fosters critical thinking, communication skills, and self-expression.

First place winners Liyah Ramos, Savyaa Vyas and Adelina Skenfield.

1st Liyah Ramos – McKee Middle School
2nd Kailyn Hays – Ronald Reagan Elementary
3rd Advita Mathur – Veterans Elementary

1st Savyaa Vyas – Ronald Reagan Elementary
2nd Enslee Singh – Discovery Elementary
3rd Amrie Hinojosa – Redwood Elementary

1st Adelina Skenfield – Ronald Reagan Elementary
2nd Brianna Valera – Redwood Elementary

By Katie Avery

By Katie Avery

Katie Avery joined the Kern County Superintendent of Schools in 2023 as a Communications Specialist. As a former journalist and marketing professional, her passions include media and storytelling. Before joining KCSOS, Avery worked for various local TV stations as well as the health care industry.