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Henrico student earns scholarship for powerful speech about late mother

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- A Henrico County student placed third in a regional oratory competition for a speech about his late mother. 

Moody Middle School student Ishan Joshi delivered the speech, called "Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?" at the Capital-Virginia District Optimist International Oratorical Contest on May 4. 

The speech memorialized Radha Joshi, Ishan's mother, who died after being hit by a car on her bicycle on Nuckols Road in March. 

Joshi received more than $1,000 in scholarship money for the speech.

The full text of Joshi's speech can be found here.

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