2019 Oratorical

On December 7, 2019, the City of Columbus, Department of Neighborhoods hosted the 19th annual MLK Youth Oratorical Contest at the King Arts Complex. The contest had 25 orators from 9 different schools throughout Columbus, OH. The orators were judged on their aplomb, their physical appearance, voice quality, their proper use of gestures, posture and the oration creativity.

The orators were broken down into 4 different divisions; Primary (Kindergarden-2nd grade), Intermediate (3rd grade – 5th grade), Junior (6th grade – 8th grade) and Senior (9th grade – 12th grade). The results of the oratorical contest were as follows:

Primary Division:

1st Place: Jasmine Davis

2nd Place: Sloane Hutchings

3rd Place: Charlie Costello

Intermediate Division:

1st Place: Simeon Epting

2nd Place: Aarini Patel

3rd Place: Jaxson Hutchings

Junior Division:

1st Place: Adonia Balqis

2nd Place: Alana Casto

3rd Place: Graciela Leahy

Senior Division:

1st Place: Playon Patrick

2nd Place: Bre’Anna Walker

3rd Place: Ayla Bella