SDES Orators Competition

SDES Students Put Public Speaking Skills on Display
Posted on 02/08/2022
SDES 4th graders, Kinsley Everett, Tripp Starling, Natalie Pryor, Temprance Barnes, and Ozi Okwumabua, participated in a virtual oratory contest that was sponsored by the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, in Washington D.C. 

Students from ages 6 - 16 were eligible to compete in the annual contest. The purpose is to develop their own oratorical skills while learning about history, through the powerful messages delivered by Frederick Douglass.

Each student presented sections from Douglass' Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) speech that was delivered at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 1871.

"The kids worked very hard, mostly on their own time, to study and memorize some very challenging lines from a famous speech in American history. I was so impressed by their efforts and I'm very proud of them," said Thomas Bruno, SDES 4th grade teacher.

Students from across the country participated in the event and winners will be announced soon. 

Congratulations and good luck to the 4th grade orators from SDES!
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