Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2013 County Finals of the 109th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation.
On Sunday, April 21, students from each of the five Orange County high schools who advanced in the contest categories of Declamation and Interpretive Reading competed at the County Finals held at the Lutcher Theater.
West Orange-Stark High School’s Amahri Finister won first place in Declamation, while Triston Stringer of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School won first place in Interpretive Reading. Both students received a $5,000 scholarship for their first place awards.
For his Declamation, Finister presented the speech War Message to Congress by Thomas Woodrow Wilson. Stringer’s reading was from a collection of poems by Carl Sandburg called Chicago Poems.
Second place in Declamation went to Jace Robertson of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School for his delivery of Message to Grassroots by Malcolm X. Bridge City High School’s Alexis Morris took second place in Interpretive Reading with her reading from Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Each second-place winner received a $2,500 scholarship. Both first and second-place winners were also presented with plaques.
All County Final contestants received commemorative watches presented by Stark Foundation President and CEO, Walter G. Riedel III, which is a long-held tradition of the Stark Reading Contest.
More than 170 students participated in the school levels of this year’s Stark Reading Contest, which was sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
“The contest was very competitive this year, and we congratulate the county winners, all local level winners, and all finalists for their outstanding accomplishments,” said Stark Reading Contest Coordinator, Dana Dorman. “We also thank all participants for their efforts and support. I also want to applaud the work and time of the school directors. The support of Brandy Bonnin (WO-SHS), Ron Chevalier (OHS), Kathie Dorman (BCHS), Tracy Anderson (VHS) and Katherine Graham (LC-MHS) are critical in making this program a success.”