MORRISTOWN – Ally Long, an eighth-grade student at Rutledge Middle School, recently won a state/regional speaking contest held at Walters State Community College, sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America. Students from Grainger, Jefferson and Hamblen counties competed in the contest, April 11. Long, who is the daughter of Rick and Jennifer Long, won $100 cash and a trophy. RMS will also receive an engraved trophy. She will advance to national competition, where she will have the chance to win a $2,000 savings plan. Prior to the April 11 contest, students in the competition had already won first, second or third place in the local and county/district competitions. They shared their presentations on this year’s topic, “What does it mean to be a hero?”Second-place winner Cassie Jones, an eighth-grade student from East Ridge Middle (Hamblen County) won a $75 cash award and a trophy.Third-place winner Alexandria Boatman, a sixth-grade student from Maury Middle (Jefferson County), received a $50 cash award and a trophy. Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest is one in a series of free youth education Programs Modern Woodmen offers to schools nationwide.More than 100,000 students compete in the contest each year.