BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Local students made their families, schools and communities proud on Saturday during the presentation of the 2022 WJZ Black History Competition.
The annual rhetoric contest, held in honor of Black History Month, features powerful speeches by 17 Maryland high school students, based on a series of sayings by Maya Angelou, Benjamin E. Mays, and Colin Powell.
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But while we received special entries from all 17 semi-finalists, the jury could only choose one winner. And the winner is: Asher Harcum from Baltimore City College High School. Congratulations, Asher!
Coming in second place is Akil Leggett, Jr., from Annapolis High School. Third place is Osiris Griffin from River Hill High School. Congratulations to the two of you, along with all the contestants of our speech contest.
See the first, second and third class speeches below:
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This year, participants were asked to choose a quote from the three sentences listed below and explain what it means to them:
- “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” – Maya Angelou
- “The tragedy of life lies not in failure but in complacency. You don’t do too much, you do too little. Not at a standard of living above your means, but below your means. It is not failure, but setting goals too low, that is life’s greatest tragedy.” – Benjamin E. Mays
- “Have a long view. Be demanding. ” – Colin Powell
There’s a lot of stuff on the line. Here’s a breakdown of the prizes our top three entries will take home:
- First location: $700 from WJZ, $2,000 scholarship gift card from Toyota Financial Services;
- Second place: $400 from WJZ, $1,000 scholarship gift card from Toyota Financial Services;
- The third position: $200 from WJZ, $500 scholarship gift card from Toyota Financial Services.
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Once again, thank you to all of our 2022 contest participants and everyone who watched Saturday’s special event. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/26/meet-the-winners-of-wjzs-2022-black-history-oratory-competition/ Meet the winners of the WJZ Black History Lab Competition 2022 – CBS Baltimore