BALTIMORE (WJZ) – This weekend brings another Black History Oratory competition. It’s a tradition that WJZ has held every year for decades.
As we near the end of Black History Month, there are still so many stories to be told. The stories of some of our brightest Maryland high school students.
With the most entries in the three-decade history of WJZ’s annual competition, We’re proud to once again celebrate the importance of Black history.
This year, our 17 semi-finalists chose one of three quotes and expressed what it meant 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
- “Having foresight. Be demanding. ” – Colin Powell
Our 2021 champion orator, River Hill High School’s Nefertiti Griffin recalls her victory. She says even as a shy young woman, this background has given her the confidence to be more outgoing.
“I feel it’s important for people my age, or young people in general, to participate in this competition so they can really get a feel for what it’s like to be an activist. ,” said Griffin. “Others need to know the hardships that African Americans have gone through. And how can we make it clear. A speech to show others what we’ve been through and how we can persevere. ”
When our finalists are ready, champions will share this advice:
“You’ve got this,” she said. “Thank you so much for submitting to the WJZ speech contest. I’m very proud of you. Even if you didn’t win, you did a great job. Just know that you did your best and great job for you! ”
WJZ will broadcast the contest on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m
Below are the awards the winning students will receive:
First place: $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; Third place: $200 from WJZ, $500 scholarship gift card from Toyota Financial Services.
Meet the 17 semi-finalists
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/02/25/this-weekend-maryland-students-shine-in-wjzs-black-history-oratory-competition-2022/ This weekend, Maryland students shine in the 2022 WJZ black history writing contest – CBS Baltimore