The annual Coffee County 4-H speech contest was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8.  A total of 55 4-H members ranging from grade four to 12 competed.

In grade four Cortlen Davis from New Union placed first, Grand Kuhn from the home school 4-H club placed second, and Isla Scott from Bel-Aire placed third.

In grade five Sarah Weaver from Hillsboro Elementary placed first, Ruby Bills from Tullahoma’s Robert E. Lee Elementary School placed second, and Payton Edberg from Hickerson Elementary placed third.

In grade six Blake Teal placed first, Liza Freeze placed second, and Loralie Petty placed third.  All three of the listed sixth graders attend Coffee County Middle School.

In grade seven JosEllen Turrentine placed first.  Chloe Moorman and Lexie Holder were the only two participants in grade eight.  Chloe placed first and Lexie placed second.  Makenzi Oliver placed first for ninth grade, and Nikolas Dunavant placed first for 10th grade.  Three students competed in grade 11.  Those students include Melanie McKelvey (first place), Alex Dunavant (second place), and Harrison Raulston (third place).  Samantha Peyton placed first, and Matthew Hale placed second in grade 12.  All participants in grades seven-12 are members of the Coffee County 4-H Honor Club.

All students that placed first and second were invited to advance to the sub-regional 4-H Public speaking contest.