(Orange, Texas)

April 26, 2014

110th Stark Reading Contest County Finals Sunday

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The County Finals competition of the 110th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Lutcher Theater, 707 Main, in Orange. Admission is free.

Contestants in the two categories of Interpretive Reading or Declamation who won first place at the local level competitions that were previously held at each of the four participating Orange County public high schools will compete for scholarship awards totaling $15,000. All participants in the County Final will receive a watch commemorating the contest, which has been a tradition for the event for since its establishment in 1904. Teachers, classmates and administrators from the representative schools, as well as all members of the community, are invited to attend the competition, which is free and open to the public.

The school-level winners who will be competing in the upcoming County Finals of the Stark Reading Contest are as follows:

Bridge City High School

• Declamation: John Ellis

• Interpretive Reading: Jessica Bean


Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School

• Declamation: Katherine Burns

• Interpretive Reading: Alexander Borel


Orangefield High School

• Declamation: Claire Trawhon

• Interpretive Reading: Katy Swiere


West Orange-Stark High School

• Declamation: Tristen Revis

• Interpretive Reading: Kalairn Keaton


The aim of the Stark Reading Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of high school students who participate in the contest. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904 and offers educational opportunities and experiences for students at each of the five Orange County public high schools. This year more than eighty students participated in the Stark Reading Contest at the four eligible high schools of Bridge City, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Orangefield, and West Orange-Stark. Since 2001, nearly 1,800 students have competed in the Stark Reading Contest.

The Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the community and encourage and assist education.