Fraternity sponsors oratorical contest


The Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity recently hosted its third annual 'The Vision of Youth' Oratorical Contest.


From Contributed Reports

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity hosted its third annual "The Vision of Youth" Oratorical Contest on May 25 at St. A.M.E. Zion Church.

The contest was comprised of nine young men who either attend school in the Nash-Rocky Mount or the Edgecombe County public school systems. Participants ranged in ages from 8-17.

The participants in no particular order were Jeremy Brown of Bullock Elementary School, Chase Arrington of Benvenue Elementary School, Alexsyn Branch-Hightower of J.W.Parker Middle School, Sincere Arrington of Baskerville Elementary School, Elisha Shingle of Rocky Mount Prepatory School, Jaylan Petway of Edwards Middle School, Jeremiah Joyner of Rocky Mount Prepatory School, Alfred Gordon of Rocky Mount High School and Bryon Petway of Rocky Mount Prepatory School.

Participants spoke on a wide range of topics, ranging from animal abuse, the Democratic Party, politics, historical figures and sports.

The contest not only was an opportunity for these young men to showcase their oratorical skills, but it was also an excellent opportunity to show off their interview skills as each young man participated in a moderated interview in part two of the program after delivering their speech on a topic of their choice. This contest also gave these young men an opportunity to broaden skills in other academic disciplines such as research, writing and social development. Each young man spent numerous hours over the course of the past few weeks researching their speech topics and organizing relevant information that would solidify their speech topic. Once the research phase was complete, participants then started the organizational process of drafting their speech that would be delivered on the day of the competition. Each young man received a certificate of participation in addition to a $25 cash prize.

Winners from each category — Elementary A, Elementary B, Middle School and High School — also received engraved first place medals. This Annual Oratorical Contest is organized in conjunction with the Go To High School, Go To College Initiative, which is a national program of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. to ensure that young boys have an equitable opportunity to attend college and to pursue a higher education beyond high school.

The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity not only served as mentors during the course of this contest but also throughout the school year, in which they meet with these young men once a month. The Epsilon Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity thanks the community and all stakeholders involved in this event.