Wilson student wins oratorical competition
Wilson High School student Iasia Morten-Garner was the winner of this year’s Annual Oratorical Competition hosted by the Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 and held on Jan. 13.
The competition was conducted at St. Paul United Methodist Church, directed by Post Commander Don Handley. As winner, lasia moves on to a quadrant competition to be held on Feb. 17, also at St. Paul.
The goal is to advance to the state and national competition which offers up to $18,000 in scholarship money. Second through fourth place contestants also receive scholarship money.
Three students competed on Jan. 13, each delivering a brief speech he or she prepared about the U.S. Constitution. The contestants were Samuel Densmore of Florence Christian School who talked about the 4th Amendment; Jordan Snipes of Florence Christian School who talked about the purpose of the Constitution and Iasia who delivered a speech on her personal experience with racial issues.
The competition helps educate the participants and the public on the significance of the U.S. Constitution. It also helps them develop speaking skills and self-confidence.
Judges for the American Legion Post 1 contest were Dr. Eddie Harding, Dr. Patricia Handley and John Brasington.