The Oratorical Contest is an exciting event that commemorates the oral tradition of our ancestors who were great writers, authors, and orators that helped change the world. The Oratorical Contest is intended to highlight the talents, skills, and gifts of our scholars. The Oratorical Contest will be the final event of our Black History Month celebrations.
During this event, our scholars will showcase their oratorical abilities through recitation of group speeches, memoirs, poems, and spoken word. There are three (3) selection levels to the Oratorical Contest: in class preliminaries, grade group semi-finals, and the all-school finals.
Contestants - All classes were scored using a rubric. The top (3) classes from each grade moved on to compete in the Finals on 2/28/18.
Kindergarten Title of Essays
1. Ms. Caffrey Mae C. Jemison by Dina Anastasio
2. Ms. Bickel African Child by Eku McGred
3. Ms. Macleod His Dream Lives On by Unknown
4. Mrs. Hayes Kathy Johnson by Unknown
5. Ms. Marusco I, Too by Langston Hughes
6. Mrs. McHugh Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
7. Ms. Taylor Jackie Changes the Game by Unknown
8. Mrs. Monck Equality by Maya Angelou by Unknown
9. Mr. Harrison Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
First Grade, TAAS, Life Skills, and Autistic Support
1. Ms. Hummel Harlem Hopscotch by Maya Angelou
2. Ms. Allbritain My People by Langston Hughes
3. Ms. Connor Freedom, Freedom by Unknown
4. Ms. Osborne Harriet Tubman by Eloise Greenfield
5. Ms. Buckley Martin Luther King Jr. by Unknown
6. Mrs. Cunningham America’s Greatest Farmer by Unknown
7. Ms. McGinty Ruby Showed the Way by Carol Oaks
8. Mrs. Lawrence Go to the Back Rosa Parks by Unknown
9. Ms. Kilpatrick Shirley Chisholm Knew by Theresa Gaughan
10. Ms. Goerlach Hey Black Child By Countee Cullen
Age Groups – Kindergarten, 1st Grade, TAAAS (Grades 1-2), Autistic Support (Grades 1-3) and Life Skills (Grades 1- 3)
Panel of judges, etc.
Ms. Stephanie Wright
Dr. Kwame Williams
Dr. David Clark
Dr. Linda Portlock
Dr. Benita Jessup
Ms. Annette Ray