JHS Senior Bertolini Wins Voice Of Democracy Contest

Jamestown High School senior Danielle Bertolini recently won the local VFW “Voice of Democracy” speech contest and placed second in Chautauqua County. Danielle received the award at a VFW luncheon.

Students’ speeches revolved around the topic, “Why I am optimistic about our nation’s future.” Danielle completed the speech as part of Barbi Price’s JCC College-Level Public Speaking class, which is an elective course at JHS. Students receive three college credits for completing the course.

“It was interesting to create the speech because it gave me a chance to explain a topic that I would have never considered,” Danielle said. “It allowed me to develop my own, personal view on the subject.”

“The students wrote, recorded and edited their speeches on DVDs in the JHS recording studios with the help of Ed Tomassini. So, in addition to developing public speaking skills, they learned more about how to create and edit a quality recording,” Price said. “Print copies of the speeches and the DVDs were sent to the VFW for judging. The contest gave students an opportunity to hone their research, writing, editing and speaking skills.”