The Optimist Club of St. Simons Island held its Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) in the Glynn Academy Auditorium on March 24. This annual event is one of the programs of Optimist International, which gives college scholarships to winning contestants at the district level.
The program is driven by its mission, “Bring Out the Best in Kids” and its motto, “Friend of Youth.” The topic for the 2016 contest is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” Students either sign or give oral speeches of four to five minutes on the topic.
The local club winner in the signing division is Brenijia Oliver of Brunswick High School. Essence Williams, a Glynn Academy student, is the oral division club winner. The two winners presented their speeches at the club’s April 14 meeting. They will, then, proceed to the GATEway (Georgia and Tennessee) District Optimist competition on April 30 in Atlanta.
Other students who participated in the local club contest were Dykquari Baker, Damion Searse, Barbara Taggart, Jeremiah Butler and Persika Patel from Brunswick High School; Antonio Early from Risley Middle School; Zoe Spence from Needwood Middle School; and Emani Goodwill from Jane Macon Middle School.
The Greer Elementary School ASL Club, directed by Robin Parmelee and Paula Self, entertained the audience by performing the national anthem and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Sharon Cacase, a Glynn County School teacher for hearing impaired students, coordinated the contest with Optimist member Nancy Bryson.
Pictured, from left, are CCDHH contestants Antonio Early, Zoe Spence, Damion Searse, Dykquari Baker, Brenijia Oliver, Emani Goodwill, Essence Williams, Barbara Taggart, Persika Patel and Jeremiah Butler.