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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  4:21:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sports Mom's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

From the Middletown Journal...

KUDOS TO DAVID!!!


Monroe Junior High School student David Irwin, 11, is one of three students vying for a $3,000 college scholarship in the Optimist oratorical district finals in Columbus on May 17.

Irwin, a seventh-grader, recently won The Optimist Club of the Monroe-Area oratorical contest. He also won the club's Zone 15 level and regional contests, both conducted in April.

David and his competitors all must speak four to five minutes maximum on an assigned topic titled, "Why Me? Why Not?" They will be judged on poise, content of speech, delivery and presentation and overall effectiveness.

David said he chose to take the speech, which could be considered a negative topic, and turn it into a positive tone.

"Let me ask each of you," he says in his speech, "Have you ever heard a person say the questions, 'Why Me, Why Not,' in a positive way? I think not! I don't ever remember asking 'Why Me' when I was happy."

"I believe the question Why Me should not represent a negative or suggest a personal struggle. Rather, it should trigger a self-awareness of my ability to do positive things. So, the answer to the first question, Why Me?, is simple Because I can!"

David said the assigned topic was hard for him to write about, taking eight drafts and three weeks to perfect, with help of editing from his parents.

"I'm not use to writing a speech. I didn't like the topic because it's very challenging," said David, who has competed in the oratorical contest since second grade.

Nevertheless, Davis said he thinks his chances are good to win the district competition because he has been practicing an hour daily.

When he is not practicing speech writing or public speaking, David said he likes to do animated drawings on his computer, read history and science fiction books, play tennis and run track. He runs the 200-yard dash as a member of the Monroe Junior High track team.

David is the son of Arni and Mike Irwin, who is a member of Monroe Local Schools Board of Education.

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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  4:39:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit summerlover's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

That's pretty cool! Good job David!

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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  4:52:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Congratulations young Irwin!

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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I was at the School board meeting where this young man delivered his why me/why not me speech. This young man did a fantasic job.

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John Beagle
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Posted - 05/08/2008 :  5:12:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

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[i]Originally posted by Tracy[/i]
[br]I was at the School board meeting where this young man delivered his why me/why not me speech. This young man did a fantastic job.


I concur. I was there too.

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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quote:
[i]Originally posted by John Beagle[/i]
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[i]Originally posted by Tracy[/i]
[br]I was at the School board meeting where this young man delivered his why me/why not me speech. This young man did a fantastic job.


I concur. I was there too.


Ditto some more!

Congrats to young Mr. Irwin!

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another. -John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)
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Posted - 05/09/2008 :  10:46:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

David Irwin - Optimist Club Oratory Contest Regional Winning Speech to present to the Monroe City Council on May 13, 2008.

Full Monroe Council Agenda

"I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" #BillCosby
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Tracy
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If you would like to see what a young man can do this is the the time to come to the council meeting and hear his speech.

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I too have heard this speech. It was great! He did an excellent job!

Way to go David Irwin!
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Posted - 05/09/2008 :  12:57:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Congrats David! I can say I have the privilege of knowing this bright young man!
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