Wow – hard work in high school paid off big time for this student!! She is a 2016 recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and will receive a scholarship to pay for all college and even grad school costs! Congratulations, MAYA QUINN!!
Ramsay IB students - Jarian Lee won first place and Joseph Bannerman won second place in the 79th annual American Legion Oratorical Contest.
In observance of African American history month, Ramsay High School Public Speaking classes hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest, “Only Light, Only Love.” Twelve students competed in the inaugural MLK oratorical contest focused on the theme “Only Light, Only Love.” Student speeches centered on the quote “Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Students prepared speeches focusing on an individual who exemplifies Dr. King’s Ideals of love, service, unity, concerns for humanity, and nonviolent social change. The oratorical contest also included presentations about the origins and purpose of African American History month and a speech choir presentation “What is Black History.”
Elizabeth Thomas, ELA Program Specialist, gave greetings on behalf of the Birmingham City Schools (BCS) Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Brenda Guyton, BCS Social Studies Program Specialist; Henry Brown, American Legion Post 312; judged the oratorical contest.
National Board Certified Teacher, Tineka Peoples, coordinated the program. Principal Cassandra Fells greeted the parents and special guests and expressed her admiration for the students’ talents and speaking abilities.
Contest Winners are:
First Place Winner- Denitra Streeter, Junior
Second Place Winner – Taylor Sellers – Junior
Third Place- Khaia Wheeler- Senior
Other Speech Contest Contestants:
Kimora Bell, Daija Bradberry, Cassandra Holland, Lauryn Kindall, Dominique Lassiter, Shannon Robinson, Zayvius Miller, Breanna Sledge, and Tia Williams