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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: JANUARY 28, 2009


North Carolina students with an interest in public speaking are encouraged to apply now to make a presentation at the 13th annual Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Conference. The conference, sponsored by the State Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, will be held March 30 to April 1 at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons/Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Greensboro. Selected students will make presentations during the opening session scheduled for March 30 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"Students speaking at the conference will have a powerful platform to share their positive insights and ideas about student achievement, the North Carolina Graduation Project, or high school graduation with more than 3,000 educators, business and community leaders from across the state," said State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee.

"Public speaking is an important 21st century skill that can open many doors for young people," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "These presentations will encourage students to build on their communication skills and enable us to showcase some of our state’s most talented young orators."

To apply, students in grades 3-12 should complete a Request to Participate form at Students must submit the form along with a typed copy of the speech and a DVD or videotape of their proposed presentation to:

NC Department of Public Instruction
ATTN: Teresa Smith
6341 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6341.

All applications must be received by Feb. 25. Applications will be judged on organization of material, delivery and presentation. One elementary, middle and high school student will be selected to deliver a presentation at the conference. These students will receive a $250 monetary recognition, a certificate of appreciation and transportation and lodging as appropriate.

The Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Conference is an annual event that provides education, business and community leaders with an opportunity to share best practices and strategies to raise achievement levels for all students. For more information about the conference, visit or call Teresa Smith at 919.807.3820.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.