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Congratulations Hannah Booth!

Hannah Booth, daughter of Development Manager Deanne Booth, is a 17 year old junior at T.F. Riggs High School who has been on the school’s oral interpretation team for the last three years.

This past weekend, all of Hannah’s time and effort paid off at the 106th Annual South Dakota Oral Interpretation State Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota. She won “Superior” awards for her individual performance of “Why A Good Book Is A Secret Door” by Mac Barnett in the non-original oratory category and in the duet interpretation category for her performance of “Peanuts” with partner, Judah McKinley.

Hannah’s individual performance was inspired by the below TED talk. The original orator, Mac Barnett, explained “I write children’s books, and there’s a quote from Pablo Picasso, ‘We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth or at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.’” Throughout this 17 minute clip, Barnett incorporates humor and light-hearted stories as he unpacks this concept and urges his audience to never lose their childlike imagination and sense of wonder.


Hannah’s oral interpretation coach, Ms. Boone, recommended she watch the performance by Barnett. She liked it so much that she decided to replicate his performance in her oral interpretation piece. Obviously it was a hit with the judges!

Deanne exclaimed, “I am very proud of Hannah and her ability to make the oral interpretation pieces she did look so easy. She is a blessing to me and my shining star! :)”

Congratulations, Hannah! With a mother like Deanne, it’s no wonder you are a shining star!