On Monday, March 31, ten Bridge City finalists entertained judges and audience members with the presentation of speeches and readings in interpretive literature for the 104th Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation.

The five finalists in Declamation were Alaina Anderson, Sarah Armand, Marla Carter, Stephen Dotson, and Tory Hebert. The second-place winner was junior Sarah Armand with her speech “Whisper of Aides” by Mary Fisher, and the first-place winner was junior Marla Carter, delivering Barbara Bush’s Remarks to Wellesley College.

In Interpretative Reading, the five finalists were Jake Dionne, Emily Ginn, Emily Kosh, Taylor Miller, and Allison Stewart. Winning second-place was junior Emily Kosh reading “Death by Scrabble” by Charlie Fish, and taking first place was junior Allison Stewart and her interpretation of the poem “the Homecoming Queen” by J. J. Jonas.

Each second-place winner will receive a $1500 university scholarship. The two first-place winners will receive a $2000 university scholarship and the chance to continue in the competition for another $7500.

The seven thousand dollars awarded to four BCHS students is part of the Stark Foundation scholarship fund. Marla and Allison will now compete in the county-wide finals against the first-place winners from each of the four other county schools. This competition will be held at the Lutcher Theater on Sunday afternoon, April 27th, at 1:00 pm.