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Greve Speech Contest Champ Wins Again

At the recent 59th annual Henry Greve Speech contest, Kern County 7th and 8th graders were asked, “What is America’s Greatest Treasure?” With limited minutes to answer, students spoke on the Statue of Liberty, national parks, freedom, the 1st Amendment and even baseball, trying to convince the judges with their persuasive speeches. Ultimately, a Chipman Jr. High School 8th grader, Stephen Bush, took home top prize for the second consecutive year with his speech on the tenacity of the American people.

“He is only the fourth student, and the only boy, in the 59 year history of the contest to win the contest both years in which he was eligible,” said Stephen’s father, Kern County Superior Court Judge Michael Bush.

Second place went to Cassidy Porter of Fruitvale Jr. High School and third to Alexander Santan of Compton Jr. High School. The competition, sponsored by Bakersfield Toastmasters “Golden Empire” Club No. 270 and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, is named in memory of Henry Greve Jr., a KCSOS speech and language therapist and past president of the Toastmasters Club, responsible for forming Junior Toastmasters Clubs in area schools.

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