Bright Future: ACCS eighth-grader wins impromptu speaking contest

Published 10:04 pm Tuesday, January 1, 2019


NATCHEZ — A student at Adams County Christian School took first prize in an impromptu speaking contest in November against hundreds of students from Mississippi and Tennessee.

During the Top Nazarene Talent program, eighth-grader Claire Williams competed at Trevecca Nazarene University in downtown Nashville to “showcase the talents God gave me,” she said — which, for her, includes still photography, public speaking and storytelling.

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The program, originally founded in the 1960s as a Bible trivia competition, challenges students in various skills and subject areas, including sports and academics, in order to help them discover where their interests are, said Williams’ mother, Pam.

“When students compete, they have the opportunity to visit the university and all of the department areas there,” Pam said. “It really gives them an interest in college life and also what careers are out there. … With Claire going as well as my other children, they were able to find other events they could participate in.”

Claire, who has placed first in speaking for two years running, said she enjoys that competition most.

“I’m able to express myself more in that category,” Claire said.

Claire said she also placed second in watercolor painting last November and plans to test in math later this year.

When she graduates, Claire said she would like to study either engineering or medical research.

Claire said she enjoys math, science and anything creative. She is also a member of the ACCS soccer team, track team, Key Club and drama club and plays the piano.

Claire is the daughter of Jeff and Pam Williams.