Walkup wins $500 scholarship

The Savannah River Site Leadership Association announced that Williston-Elko High freshman Sallie Gracie Walkup took home the $500 Scholarship First Place Award and trophy in the association's annual Leadership Speech Contest, Chapter Level, and she also earned the privilege of competing at the Council Level.
The Savannah River Site Leadership Association (SRSLA) is the local chapter of the National Management Association and sponsors the speech contest each year. The contest is open to any student in the ninth through twelfth grades in any of the local high schools.
Sallie, the daughter of Greg and Mary Ann Walkup of Williston, competed in Savannah in the Peach Council Speech Contest on April 13 for more awards and a chance to continue to the USA Eastern Level. The USA Eastern and Western Divisions then compete for the national championship which will be held in the fall with a $4,000 scholarship first prize. "Those who heard Sallie's speech entitled, "Leadership; How to Make It Happen," believe that Sallie is capable of making it happen. She was quite organized, poised, confident and articulate. We wish her continued success all the way through the national," say organizers.
The contest, open each year to all area high school students, took place on March 21 in the Community Room at Aiken Technical College. Judges were from area Toastmasters organizations including Riverwalk Toastmasters, Charlie Norwood VA Toastmasters, and the Savannah River Site Toastmasters. Serving as Chief Judge was Scott Eberl from Riverwalk Toastmasters.
The contest featured six young speaker/contestants with three ninth graders, one tenth-grader, one eleventh grader and one twelfth grader. Students represented three Home Schools, Williston-Elko High, North Augusta High, and Augusta Preparatory Day School.
Congratulations also to Amelia Long, a home-schooled senior from Augusta who earned runner up and a $250 cash award for her speech, "Leadership; Standing Strong." Third place and a $100 cash award went to Madelynn Butler, a Home Schooled ninth Grader, for her speech, "Leadership; What Separates You from a Million Others."
Quality speeches were also delivered by Samantha Dhaliwal, an eleventh grader at Augusta Preparatory Day School, Kendrick Griffin, a ninth grader at North Augusta High School, and Jacob Boyd, a tenth grader in Home School from Aiken.
"There were strong speeches by all of these students and SRSLA personnel were encouraged by the quality of the speeches. We hope to see these students back again next year,"
Information for the 2014 contest will go to high schools in early December with registration required in early January of next year.
For more information contact Larry Adkinson at (803) 952-6012 or Michael Jordan at (803) 952-9181.