The Harvey School has announced the winners of the 63rd annual Wells Speech Contest which featured several area residents as finalists.
Taking the top prize in the upper school was senior Maria Millette. The runner-up was fellow senior Elyse Rosman of Chappaqua. Other finalists were sophomore Grace Alpern, juniors Julian van den Tol and Jasmine Zhang, and four local residents, senior Greyson Cooper of Katonah, sophomore Kayla Lichtenstein of Armonk, and ninth graders Daniela Rynott of Mount Kisco and Ryan Byrne of Goldens Bridge.
The Harvey Middle School winner was seventh grader Anna Bogenschutz. Honorable mention was awarded to eighth grader Tory Janush of Briarcliff Manor. Among the other finalists were eighth grader Olivia Barsky and two local residents, seventh grader Stephen Millette of Mount Kisco and sixth grader Amity Doyle of Katonah.
Harvey’s school-wide speech contest tasks students in grades 6-12 with writing and delivering their own persuasive essays. The speeches judged the best from each English class advanced to the semifinal round where the finalists were selected.
Bedford Town Justice Jodi Kimmel and Tony-nominated actress Anne Twomey Lloyd of Katonah served as this year’s judges.