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Heartfelt topic earns Portageville teenager national speaking award

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Valerie Kellams gets a hug from Stacy Pikey following the presentation of Kellams' honors as the national winner of the Modern Woodmen Speech Contest. Kellams based her speech on the late Sydney Beth Pikey and her gift of life to others through organ donation.
(Photo by Jill Bock, Staff)

PORTAGEVILLE - Valerie Kellams remembers her first venture at the Modern Woodmen of America's speech contest.

As a fifth grader she had advanced to the state level in Jefferson City. There, standing in front of the judges, she began her speech and her mind went blank. The words wouldn't come.

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