Gurus Education, a Fremont, Calif.-based company that offers programs to teach youth life skills, held its Winter 2016 Public Speaking Tournament for elementary and middle school students Jan. 30 from 1-4 p.m at the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif.

Students from public and private schools across the Bay Area participated in the three-hour long tournament, which included two separate events: a “Poem Recitation Event” for 1st-3rd grade students and a “Speech Contest” for 4th-8th grade students.

For the Speech Contest, students were given a variety of speech topics to choose from and had to pick one to speak on for three minutes. The Poem Recitation Event had the students memorize and recite two poems. There were three rounds, and the top six finalists were selected in each event.

Dakshata Anand from Fremont (first place), Prerna Acharya from Palo Alto (second place), and Smaskruthi Madireddy from San Jose (third place) were declared the winners in the speech event.

Pavitra Kasturi from San Jose (first place), Anusha Jain from San Ramon (second place), and Siya Aggarwal from San Jose (third place) were the winners of the poem event.

Founded by Ritu KhuranaGurus Education organizes quarterly contests for its students. 'Gurus' conduct after-school classes in public speaking, personal finance and debate at over 150 locations all over the Bay Area for 1st-12th grade students and adults. For more information about Gurus Education, please visit:

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