Students in grades 5-8 at Elevated Excellence Academy participated in the inaugural Martin Luther King speech competition, sponsored by the Charles H. Dater Foundation. Students were asked to use Dr. King’s words as inspiration to create an original speech on a current issue that they feel passionately about. Violence, discrimination, environmental justice, and knowing when to stand up for what is right, were topics students chose to highlight in their speeches.
“In my own words, discrimination means treating some people differently from others. After all, people are paid different paychecks depending on their race and work type.”
–Kamea Hollandsworth, grade 6
Congratulations to first place winner Kamea Hollandsworth who took home the $200 grand prize! Here she is recording her speech with the help of Principal Betty Torrence.
Congratulations to the 2nd place winner, 7th grader Dariyah Jacobs and 3rd place winner Kaiden Jenkins, who is in the 5th grade.
Democracy and Me would like to send a special thank you to Mrs. Aviguyil Yisrael-Irons, Mr. Anthony McCloud, and all of the teachers and students at Elevated Excellence for helping to make this competition possible.