Livingston advocates need for grain bin safety equipment at state speech contest


March 27, 2024

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Cheer squad • Carlee Livingston (second, left), prepares for her state speech presentation, Thursday, with teammates Addyson Fletcher, Yuliana Olivan and Alanna Doll.

Sometimes, it's not about the medal but more about mettle and message.

Battling a stomach bug, Carlee Livingston pushed through three rough rounds of competition in the persuasive speech division at the Class C2 State Speech Tournament in Kearney last Thursday. Though she placed 16th, her impact transcended any medal.

After hearing her speech about the dangers of entering grain bins and the importance of safety equipment for agricultural workers and rural fire and rescue departments, strangers who viewed her speech approached her on two separate occasions in the hallway, thanking her for shari...

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