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Ford’s Theatre Oratory Competition

Ford’s Theatre Oratory Competition

February 11, 2019

Congratulations to Jayda Kelly (1st place) and Shreya Reddy (2nd place), who were selected to represent Independent at the Ford's Theatre Oratory Retreat in Washington D.C. this May. More than 15 8th grade students competed on Sunday for the opportunity to attend. The students were selected based on grades, citizenship, a written essay, and the performance of their historic speech or slam poem.

A special thanks to our guest judges Aaron Profit, Dr. Martin Burch, and Suzanne Perez Tobias of the Wichita Eagle.

Congratulations to the runners-up including Lauren Schmeidler (3rd Place), Costa Veletas (4th Place), and Charlie Daood (5th Place).


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