Student shows commitment, determination in speech


WILCOX — Matthew Cedar has never been someone to back down from a challenge.

The Wilcox-Hildreth senior, who turns 18 on Thursday, has high hopes for himself going into the Class D-1 district speech contest Monday at North Platte High School. Since elementary school he has dealt with a stuttering problem.

“When he’s up there, he just has to fight through that and stick with it until he can get it out and he does not let it keep him from doing it,” speech coach Carolyn Hance said.

Cedar is full of commitment and determination, she said.

This year, his presentation in the persuasive speaking event is about repealing the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act school lunch program that was passed in 2010.

“That speech topic has been a huge hit with just about every judge because it is contemporary and it isn’t extremely controversial,” Cedar said.

Certain words and sounds can be problematic. He choked on each syllable of “controversial.” 

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