FONTANA, CA- On a beautiful sunny Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, high school scholars eloquently moved the crowd at Jurupa Hills High School, Fontana, CA with their thought on “major issues students face related to educational achievements in light of the staggering dropout rates among today’s students” at the 26th Annual Oratorical Contest sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Xi Lambda Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. Eta Nu Omega Chapter. Mr. Kevin Eastman, Mu Xi Lambda Chapter and Ms. Twillea Evans-Carthen, co-chaired this event and created a festive atmosphere by including Mr. Aaron Lash Jr. a Senior at California State University San Bernardino to inspire all through Spoken Word poetry and a pizza party as the participants awaited for the announcement of the awards. Young scholars took part in this competition too ranging from 1st through 8th graders who were passionate with their response to “Why is education important to your future?”
This annual speech contest provides the opportunity for students grades first through twelfth to have a platform to enhance their public speaking skills, promote self-confidence, educational enrichment, and to further facilitate character building in a safe environment. This contest was developed under “The Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest, and uses the International Toastmasters Guidelines.”
Winners for the following categories were: Group 1 (1st through 5th) 1st Place – Jayla Ingram; 2nd Place – Asia Ingram and 3rd Place – Lawson Bush. Group 2 (6th through 8th) 1st Place – Emma Jean Gilliam, 2nd Place – Kiana Martinez, 3rd Place – Isaiah Keaton. Group 3 (9th through 12th) 1st Place – Khari Bush, 2nd Place – Brandon Watts, 3rd Place – Kevin Jackson.