Volney Sixth Graders Showcase Skills

During her skills summit persuasive speech, sixth grader Mary Jerred explains why women should be paid equally to men.

During her skills summit persuasive speech, sixth grader Mary Jerred explains why women should be paid equally to men.

VOLNEY, NY – Volney Elementary School’s second annual Sixth Grade Skills Summit showcased students’ persuasiveness and academic abilities.

During her skills summit persuasive speech, sixth grader Mary Jerred explains why women should be paid equally to men.
During her skills summit persuasive speech, sixth grader Mary Jerred explains why women should be paid equally to men.

In preparation for the event, students in Daniel Bartlett’s, William Cahill’s and Stephanie Zimmerman’s sixth grade classes researched current event topics and household products.

Students presented sales pitch and recited persuasive speeches to their peers, teachers and local business leaders: attorney Kevin Caraccioli, Usherwood Office Technology President Lou Usherwood, King+King Architects Partner in Charge of K-12 Education Design Studio Jim King and Dave Lloyd of Novelis.

Caraccioli visited each classroom prior to the Skills Summit to teach students how to be persuasive and prepared.

Noah Cordone who able to persuade students to limit their time on electronic devices and Alexis Ingersoll charmed the audience with her persuasive speech on why the FitzPatrick nuclear plant should remain open.

Sixth graders participate in a question and answer session in front of a business leaders panel during the school’s recent Skills Summit.
Sixth graders participate in a question and answer session in front of a business leaders panel during the school’s recent Skills Summit.

Students displayed confidence, practiced public speaking and researched topics of their choice for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based exercise, Cahill said.

They asked the local business leaders questions related to: their energy levels, the hardest part of their jobs, character traits and what makes people stand out above others during interviews.