Veena Thamilselvan and Chintan Maheshwari, both 7th graders, advanced to regional competition after winning the Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club oratorical contest.
Students recited short speeches they prepared on the subject “Why My Voice is Important.”
Nineteen girls and 17 boys competed in two preliminary contests, with eight to 10 contestants each. From those groups, seven finalists emerged.
The contests were held on March 20 and March 27 at the Jon Grant Community Center and Longacre House.
Thamilselvan, a student at East Middle School, won the girls' competition. Second place went to Zahira Nawal (Anna) Malik, sixth grade, Warner Upper Elementary School, and third place to Easheta Shah, sixth grade, Power Upper Elementary School.
Maheshwari, a student at Our Lady of Sorrows, won the boys' competition. Jagjeet Wani, seventh grade, Dunckel Middle School, finished second, and Connor Rubin, 12th grade, Harrison High School, finished third.
All winners received a medallion and a monetary award from the Optimist Club.
The Regional Competition will be held in Pontiac on April 20.
Source: Farmington Public Schools press release