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Mitchell student receives honorable mention in national speech contest

Raina Grimsley

Raina Grimsley, a seventh-grade student at Mitchell Middle School, earned honorable mention at the national level of Modern Woodmen of America's 2012 School Speech Contest.

She is the daughter of Ron and Misty Grimsley, Mitchell.

For her achievement in the fraternal organization's annual contest, Grimsley earns two award plaques -- one for the recipient and one for the school.

Modern Woodmen financial representative Meribeth Fink, Mitchell, sponsored the local contest.

The topic for this year's nationwide contest was "A Time when Volunteers Made a Difference."

This year, Modern Woodmen asked all student speakers to select a time in American history when individuals have banded together to improve quality of life.

Grimsley's speech focused on the difference being made through volunteers in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Through this organization, she explained, a wish is granted every 38 minutes around the globe.

She discussed the history of the organization and shared examples of how 25,000 volunteers and organizations make a difference in children's lives. "The volunteers at Make-A-Wish always come through," said Grimsley. "They leave an imprint on the child's heart -- a mark that will last forever."