Students Place in Oratorical Contest
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Thursday, February 02, 2017
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Seven VHS students recently placed in the annual Black History Oratorical Contest sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company. The top 15 students in the region were selected to attend a celebration luncheon based on essays submitted in November. Out of almost 100 entries, Devon Gill and Kyra Manis were ranked among the top 5 in the contest. Gill and Manis memorized and presented their speeches to a crowd of Eastman employees, teachers, fellow students, and community members. Gill placed third overall in the competition and was awarded $300; Manis placed fourth and received $250.

Also placing in the top 15 were Caden Hickman, Kelsey Browning, Megan Painter, Katie Christian, and Riley Martin. All participants and the community are invited to attend the Black History Community event on February 23 at 7 p.m. at the Toy Reid F. Employee Center, where University of Tennessee Quaterback Josh Dobbs is scheduled to speak.


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