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Worthington students advance to state in Speak Up Speak Out competition

Worthington students advance to state in Speak Up Speak Out competition

On January 12, six NISD middle school teams from GT Explorations traveled to UT Arlington to participate in the Speak Up Speak Out regional competition. They competed against other DFW area middle schools on a community issue they had spent the fall semester researching. 

Teams of students researched a range of issues confronting their communities, including air pollution, bullying, homelessness, school safety and productive learning environments. After identifying an innovative solution, students created and implemented their action plan.

The semester of research and data collection culminated in the district’s first Civics Fair. The top six scoring teams then moved on to the DFW Regional Speak Up Speak Out Competition last week. "Awareness Around Us" from Worthington Middle School placed second and will be moving on to the state competition, which will take place March 1 at the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin. Winners at the state level will receive funding to support their solution.

These teams presented at the DFW Regional Speak Up Speak Out Competition on January 12:

Campus Topic Teacher Students
Worthington Awareness Around Us Andrea Folse Mason Edwards
Noah Acevedo
Ethan Herndon
Cadhla Kachur
Elijah Alejos
Ava Holland
Medlin Care for the Air Tracy Gallagher Alyssa Crofoot
Kaitlyn Hua
Madi Price
Olivia Ulrich
Adams Providing Necessities for Underprivileged Students Gabe Berumen Ronin Fresh
Cohen Maples
Lottie LeMasters
Myles Jernigan
Rodner Reyes Rivera
Adams Minimizing Pollution Gabe Berumen

Kaden Steen
Madden Andrews
Easton Jansen
Christian Montelongo
Mason Josephson

Wilson School Safety, Protecting our Future Cindy Trimble Ethan Nowell
Elijah Alexander
Kamani McGowan
Harris Carson
Tidwell Project H.E.L.P. Brandy Downe Livia Virmani
Emma Nix
Lexie Butley
Lucas Dale

Speak Up Speak Out is an innovative civic education program designed to teach students about their communities and equip them with the tools to make a difference. The program is a part of the curriculum for GT Explorations, an elective for gifted learners in middle school.