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Fifth graders give persuasive speeches at Nolan Center


Caleb Vierkant / Wrangell Sentinel

Members of Laura Davies' fifth grade class gave a public presentation of persuasive speeches last week, on May 21. Pictured here (left to right, starting in the front row) is Katelyn Gillen, Brody Knect, Boomchain Loucks, Tyra Meissner, Christina Johnson, Ben Houser, Devaun Campbell, Dayne Pritchett, Lee Balansag, Ian Maleski, Shelton Eklund, Laura Davies, Phebe Garcia, Paige Hoyt, Clara Edens, and Shaylin Nelson.

Sixteen students from Laura Davies' fifth grade class came together at the Nolan Center last Tuesday evening, May 21, to read persuasive speeches they had spent the past month working on. Communication and learning how to formulate and defend opinions is an important part of her classroom, Davies said in a previous interview.

Each of her students were tasked with creating a persuasive speech, on a topic of their choice, and give an in-class presentation. She also allowed the kids to volunteer to give public presentations, to the wider public, for extra credit. This was the first time her c...

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