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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:01pm

The fifth annual College Connections student speech contest was held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus in early May.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place. The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

Students prepared a four to five minute speech on the topic, “How has traditional media shaped your expectations of the world?” They also gave a one-minute impromptu speech on a topic given to them.

Judges were Lillian Ney, JCC board of trustees member; Matt Hanley, assistant to the mayor of Jamestown; and Nelson Garifi, executive director of academic innovation at JCC.

College Connections, JCC's concurrent enrollment program with area high schools, is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. JCC offered 385 course sections in 40 area high schools during the 2016-2017 academic year through the College Connections program.

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