by Kelsey Murray
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we announce the winners of the National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 Speech Contest. These two youth will get to share their speeches with those attending NYC this summer in Fort Collins, Colo.
NYC takes place July 21-26 at Colorado State University for youth who have completed 9th grade through 1 year of college, or the age equivalent, and their adult advisors. There is still time to register for NYC. Go to www.brethren.org/nyc .
Don’t forget to celebrate National Youth Sunday on May 6. Free resources are at www.brethren.org/yya/national-youth-sunday.html . Share photos of National Youth Sunday celebrations with the Youth and Young Adult Ministry by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love to see your youth participating in worship leadership!
NYC Speech Contest winners
The National Youth Cabinet helped in choosing speech contest winners Elise Gage and Taylor Dudley.
Gage, a high school freshman, is an active member of Manassas (Va.) Church of the Brethren. She particularity enjoys science and hopes to pursue a career as a renewable energy engineer. In her school’s athletics program, she is a center hitter for her volleyball team, a cross-country runner, and a track MVP and captain. Shee is an avid reader, loves writing creative stories, and enjoys hanging out with friends and family.
Dudley, a rising sophomore at Ferrum College who was born and raised in Franklin County, Va., is majoring in social work, which she hopes to pair with animal therapy. She is a member of Smith Mountain Lake Church of the Brethren in Hardy, Va. She is a collegiate swimmer, and also spends her summers working as a camp counselor at Camp Bethel in Fincastle, Va.
We look forward to these young women sharing their thoughts, stories, and ideas on the NYC stage this summer.
-- Kelsey Murray is coordinator of National Youth Conference, serving through Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS).