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Cross Elementary students take the stage for annual oratorical competition

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Last week, seven students at Cross Elementary took the stage for the school’s annual oratorical competition. While other schools host similar events, the night in Cross is usually much different.

Student competitors at Cross Elementary each prepare speeches on a predetermined topic, some bring props and they are ultimately judged on their presentations.

The goal is to inspire a passion for public speaking in the young students at the school, but the reward has been an event that packs Cross Elementary with families and community members eager to witness budding young student leaders in action.

The topic this year -- “If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, what would he think about the current state of the United States?” 

Judges agreed 5th grade student Kamryn Pinckney spoke best on the topic, followed by 4th-grader Ny’Aja Tierra Shepherd and 6th-grader Ja’Kyra Imarei Beauford.

Judges for the competition this year consisted of BCSD teachers, administrators and community members.

Additional information can be found in the related Reflections on Black History Month article published by the BCSD Office of Diversity.