Charles Rice student crowned 2016 oratory winner


After much hard work and rehearsal, Charles Rice Learning Center fifth-grader Lyriq Turner was named the winner of the 2016 Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition.

Turner was the judges’ top choice from among eight orators who recited their original speeches in response to the question,“What would Dr. King say in his campaign speech if he were running for president this year?” The student orators were judged on their delivery, stage presence, content interpretation and memorization.

Approximately 135 students participated in the annual competition that began in October with in-school competitions that identified 15 semifinalists. Of that group, eight finalists were selected to advance to today’s final round in which Lyric Turner was named the event’s top orator.

View the video above to learn more about the 24th annual competition.


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