St. Andrews Middle students earn honors in oratorical competition

Oratorical competitors (front row, from left) Robert McKoy, Jay Smith, Jasmine Cavins; (back row) Destiney Render, Donnell Scott, Cordella Thompson and Ben Middleton. Horizontal W: 16.625in x H: 13.67in

Seven students from St. Andrews Middle School won medals in the West Ashley Optimist Club Oratorical Competition on March 29.

Eighth-graders Cordella Thompson and Ben Middleton won gold first-place medals.

Seventh-graders Destiney Render and Donnell Scott won silver second-place medals.

Sixth-grader Jasmine Cavins and seventh-grader Robert McKoy won bronze third-place medals.

Sixth-grader Jay Smith won an Honorable Men- tion. Cordella, Ben, Destiney and Donnell advanced to the Regional Level of competition at West Ashley High School. Students were vying for a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to the top female and male speakers.