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Inspired Chestnut Ridge 7th Graders Sweep the King For A Day Oratorical Competition

On Monday, February 15th, 7th and 8th graders throughout East Ramapo Central School District participated in the King For A Day Oratorical Competition. We proudly announce that Chestnut Ridge Middle School SWEPT the competition, with Sophia, Veronica and Gabriel taking home the trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. 

Points of Pride They are featured in this week's Points of Pride Series, and their full speeches can be viewed by clicking on the links below. 

Sophia 1st PLACE: Sophia "Eulogy for the Martyerd Children" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sept 18, 1963 in Birmingham Alabama



Veronica 2nd PLACE: Veronica "What is your Life's Blueprint" Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on Oct 26, 1967 in Philadelphia, PA




Gabriel 3rd PLACE: Gabriel "The Other America" Dr. Martin Luther King April 4, 1967 at Stanford University






All district 7th and 8th graders were invited to participate in this event, which was sponsored by the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Epsilon Chi Chapter, an organization of educators committed to Y-E-S: Youth, Education, and Service.  They have been serving Orange/Rockland communities since 2005. 

In the King For A Day Oratorical Competition, contestants recite  1 ½  to 2 minute-long speech excerpts related to the African American experience: 7th graders recite exclusively for the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while 8th grade students recite speech excerpts from other prominent people. The top three winners get trophies.  All contestants get a certificate of participation. 

Ms. Holly Zuber-Banks, Principal of Chestnut Ridge Middle School was elated. "They truly represent all that you mean when you say the words 'Points of Pride'. Just as Martin Luther King inspired so many of us, [Sophia, Veronica and Gabriel] inspired us!"

"It is just wonderful to see them working so hard, as people have done in the past, they will do in the future.  They were inspired, and they will inspire," beams Howard Buchman, Academic Standards Facilitator at Chestnut Ridge Middle School.