A Tupelo High School student’s speech was voted one of the top

A Tupelo High School student’s speech was voted one of the top 12 among a field of 360 at Friday’s National Academic Decathlon competition in Atlanta.

THS junior Sarah Robinson reportedly brought one judge to tears during her speech, which focused on the lessons she learned from her late father’s fight with cancer.

Only one student from each state is selected to participate in the Speech Showcase. Speech Showcase honorees are allowed to deliver their speeches to the 360 students who are competing in the national event, which is designed to test students’ knowledge of a variety of subjects, ranging from the sciences to the humanities. Other students only give their speeches once, before a panel of judges.

Robinson’s speech won a gold medal at February’s state competition.

Students spent Friday competing in the essay, speech and interview portions of the three-day event, which concludes Sunday with the announcement of awards.

Team co-sponsor Lynn McAlpin said team members were pleased with their performances Friday.

“They all felt really good about the way they delivered their speeches,” she said. “They are all very upbeat at this point.”

The team expected to spend several hours late Friday studying for today’s round of written tests, along with the Super Quiz competition set for this afternoon.

The Super Quiz is a game show-style event. The topic of this year’s Super Quiz is the United Nations.

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